HGW Microtextile Seatbelts

There seem to be certain aspects of modeling where perfection remains ever-elusive. The perfect paint. The perfect putty. The perfect method for masking canopies. And…specific to aircraft…the perfect seatbelts. There’s thin strips of tape with wire buckles. There’s lead foil. There’s photo-etch, which can be excellent, especially with Eduard-style color photo-etch. But photo-etch is stiff…

The Pipeline

With the Tamiya Fw 190A-3 well into the painting stages, I’ve already started casting furtive glances at the stash and planning my builds for the next several months. These are obviously subject to change at the slightest provocation or whim, but right now, here’s where I’m at:

First Kit Back…

Progress on Bench Mk.II has been hindered somewhat over the past few days thanks to a resurgence of the sinus infection that hit me a few weeks ago, but I’m still planning to have things ready to go by Thanksgiving…and that leads me to a conundrum. I’m planning to tackle Trumpeter’s 1/32 F4F-3 Wildcat in…

Future Build Preview: PBJ-1J Mitchell

In the early days of World War II, the U.S. Navy realized that it had need of a land-based bomber force to support its operations, particularly in the roles of anti-shipping and anti-submarine warfare. Of course, the USAAF wanted its bombers all to itself – most famously Hap Arnold’s hoarding of B-17s to support the…

Future Build Preview – F4U-1 Corsair – “Tojo Eats Shit”

There are exactly three aircraft for which I am determined to build an example of every major variant. The first is the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. The second, the North American P-51 Mustang. The third is the Chance-Vought F4U Corsair. The F4U Corsair Originally intended to replace the Grumman F4F Wildcat, the Corsair ran into problems…

Future Build Preview: Wake Island Wildcat

I scored a heck of a deal at the ASMS show. Sign up for IPMS (International Plastic Modelers’ Society) for $25, and receive a free kit. From the choices, I immediately selected Trumpeter’s 1/32 Late Production F4F-3 Wildcat. Not bad, considering you’d be hard pressed to find the kit selling for less than $45 (and…

Tanks. A Lot.

The move is approaching. Our closing date on the new house is set for late October, and we’ve been prepping by cleaning out and packing up as we can with two small children darting about underfoot and generally deciding that when daddy is on the ladder changing a light fixture is the ideal time to…

On the Bench: 1/35 Tasca M4A3(76)W Sherman

I haven’t written much about it, but the family and I are moving sometime in the next 6-10 weeks. Not cities, just houses. Single story with a flat driveway and a big backyard for the kids. And…dedicated bench space in the garage. It’s all very exciting and stressful, but it also means that the time’s…

Future Build Preview: Spitfire DB 605 Conversion

The Spitfire and the Messerschmitt Bf 109. In terms of machinery, these two iconic fighters have to stand near the top of any list of World War II’s greatest rivals. During the tense years of 1940-1943, these two were the Ford vs. Chevy of their time. Or, going by their engines, the Rolls-Royce vs. Mercedes-Benz….