Fixing Rubber Band Tracks

Of the (many) headaches I’ve had with AFV Club’s Achilles Mk.IIc, one of the most persistent has been the tracks. AFV Club provides a set of soft, flexible “rubber band” tracks representing the T51 flat rubber block-type track common to many VVSS vehicles. At first I was jazzed about these, since individual links freak me…

AFV Club Achilles Build Report 3: Decals, Details, and Track Issues

With World War II aircraft, I feel like I’ve found a pretty satisfactory build process. Obviously each bird has its own small variations, but for the most part, the process is at least similar. Not so with armor. The Achilles has been a logistical nightmare for me. A confused series of subassemblies that can’t come…

WingScale Announcement – A Sad Day for Audacity

UPDATE 2/7/2012: Some new…perhaps not facts…but some new perspectives have come to light regarding this whole affair. Please check out “Of Wingscale, Wing XL, H-K Models and Big-Ass B-25s” for the latest. If there’s one thing I hate in a business, it’s laziness and a lack of passion. I prefer that the products I buy…

AFV Club Achilles Build Report 2: More Assembly + Paint

I can’t believe it’s been something like three weeks since I posted the last Achilles build report. Where does the time go? Work on the Achilles did slow down somewhat while I polished off the Mosquito NF Mk.II, but now it’s roaring ahead full steam. In this build report, a bit more assembly, then paint….

Tamiya Mosquito NF.II Build Report 3: Do-Over

I have – I wouldn’t call it a philosophy, exactly – but I have a perspective when it comes to building models. With every kit, something, somehow, goes wrong. . And minimizing or overcoming the mishaps is every bit as crucial to turning out a worthwhile model as painting, assembly, decals and weathering. Well, the…

Academy P-38F – Coned

A cone of shame, a table surfing yellow lab, and a P-38 in the wrong place at the wrong time…

Monogram P-47D – FAIL

The past isn’t what it used to be. Of all the fears I harbored about tackling the venerable old Monogram P-47, it wasn’t the fit, or the terrible blast tubes, or the raised detail that worried me most. It was the decals. Plastic doesn’t go bad. Oh sure, if stored improperly it can warp over…

Zvezda La-5 – The Wheels Come Off

Things have gone downhill with the Zvezda since the last post. Adventures in Repainting It began with the White Ensign AMT Black. It’s proven a very temperamental paint that either goes down somewhat translucent, or somewhat gritty. Well, I got the somewhat gritty version, so I went to do a wet polishing sand, hoping to…

Eduard Yak-3 – Painting

With main construction finished (see Eduard Yak-3 – Cockpit and Main Assembly) and the major fuselage seams filled and sanded, it’s time to move on to the fun stuff – painting!

Soft Masks: Child’s Play

I hate masking. Of all the various aspects of modeling, it’s probably the task I enjoy least. Unfortunately, until model paints are replaced by nanotechnology and little pigment robots that can lay down exactly where you tell them with no hint of overspray, masking is a necessity. With the Eduard Yak-3 and Zvezda La-5, I’ve…