1/48 Trumpeter MiG-21F-13, Part IV

Part I | Part II| Part III | Part IV Welcome to Part IV of the MiG-21F-13 build. At the end of Part III, the Fishbed was painted, chipped, and had just had the markings masked and sprayed.   Now, it’s time to continue the journey with some weathering. Wash & Strut Handling the MiG-21…

1/48 Trumpeter MiG-21F-13, Part III

Part I | Part II| Part III At last! Welcome to this build’s big moment of truth. Making this: Look something like this: Or…similar. While I was tempted to go for 100% fidelity…the “AMS” side of the Force…I have found that stressing so much about complete accuracy doesn’t really do anything except suck the fun…

1/48 Trumpeter MiG-21F-13, Part II

Part I | Part II| Part III With the cockpit sorted, it’s time to move on to the build portion of the build. Overall, Trumpeter’s kit is straight-forward and hiccup-free. Still, there are a few areas to watch out for, and it’s probably a good idea to have a sanding stick or five on hand….

1/35 Tamiya Challenger 1, Part 3

The Challenger continues! In Part 1, the Challenger itself got built and received it’s initial paintjob. In Part 2, I shifted direction to work on the display base. This Part 3 has been a long time coming, as the Challenger got sidelined for a time so I could focus on finishing off the Me 262A-2a.┬áIn…

1/48 Trumpeter MiG-21F-13, Part I

Part I | Part II| PART III It’s amazing how our tastes and interests change over time, isn’t it? When I was a kid, the vast majority of the models I built were jets. Mostly 1/72 scale. It was only relatively late in the game – into junior high and high school, that I really…

1/35 Tamiya Challenger 1, Part 2

I can count the number of bases I’ve built with one hand. Hell, with one finger. When I was a kit, I made a very poor water base for Monogram’s OS2U Kingfisher. It was my first and last foray into placing a build into its natural habitat. For 2014, I aim to change that, beginning…

1/35 Tamiya Challenger 1, Part 1

The last few months have been tough ones. After finishing off the Hasegawa Ki-84 toward the end of October, I hit a rocky patch marked by an ultimately losing battle with Academy’s 1/32 F-16I Sufa kit. The Trumpeter Me 262 lives on, but I’m currently stuck waiting for some materials before I can move it…

On the Bench: 1/48 Hobby Boss Tornado GR.1

For the most part, I’ve never been particularly drawn to foreign jets. Growing up, it was all about American aircraft – the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, A-6 and so on. But there was always one big, whopping exception – the Panavia Tornado – the twin-engined, swing-wing strike fighter developed as a cooperation between Britain, Germany and…