Review: 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-17M3/M4 Fitter

You know that old saying “you attract more flies with honey”?

It’s false.

If the conversation that’s swirled around this build review is anything to go by, you attract more flies with a steaming pile of garbage.

Review: Gunze Mr. Airbrush PS-770

A few years ago, I found a screaming deal on a gently used Iwata CM-B Custom Micron. Did I need it? Not really. But I’d been hearing Custom Microns talked about in reverent tones and was curious if the hype was real. Was it ever. I’m something of an airbrush whore, so I’ve sprayed a…

Review: 1/32 Fly Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc

Not too long ago, I had a thought. And that thought quickly turned into an effort. Contributor-funded, contributor-selected kit reviews. How’s it work? Simple. Contributors donate into the Review Fund and select the kits to be reviewed. Then I review them, with an exhaustive focus on how – and how well – they build. These…

1/32 Fly Hurricane – Thoughts at the Midway Point

At what point does “it’s a limited run kit” stop being an explanation, and become an excuse? As I reach the halfway point of my Fly Hurricane review build, that’s the question that keeps rising to the surface. What do I mean by explanation and excuse? Simple. By their very nature, limited run kits have…

Contributor-Supported Reviews: Round 1 Selection

It’s hard to believe it’s been less than a week since I got this notion in my head about contributor-supported, unflinching kit reviews. While there’s been some measure of expected butthurt, the outpouring of support has been overwhelming, and I’ve truly been flabbergasted by it. So since that time, what’s happened? I’ve rejiggered the REVIEWS…

Video Review – Tanmodel 1/48 RF-84F Thunderflash

Tanmodel (read my interview with founder Baris Tansoy) was kind enough to send me a review sample of their new 1/48 RF-84F Thunderflash, and I decided what the hell, let’s do it up as a video. Instead of the usual blathering while flipping through sprues, I decided to take it a bit further, with comparisons…

Review: 1/32 Italeri Mirage IIIC

Italeri’s big Mirage IIIC has been one of the most anticipated kits of 2015, so when I got my hands on one, I quickly whipped up a review for Large Scale Modeller. You can read the full thing HERE. I also took some time to put together a video version of the review, for those…

Test Drive: Mr. Paint

Recently, I was testing out a few new metallics, trying to sort out what exactly I want to use on the F-104. In that test, I came away rather impressed with Mr. Paint’s Super Fine Silver. This little revelation stirred conversation about the brand itself, how it paints etc…especially since many people have never heard…

The 4 Key Attributes of Kits – and the 2 Reviews Usually Miss

Butthurt Prevention Note: This hobby is highly dependent upon preferences and perspectives. What follows is my own. Yours may differ. And that’s totally fine. When I first came back to modeling, I figured I’d start with something simple and cheap. So I picked up a Revell SBD Dauntless. Maybe, once upon a time, it was…

Trumpeter 1/48 Su-9 Fishpot Quick Review

With the 1/48 Sukhoi Su-9 Fishpot, Trumpeter adds to the growing list of new-tool Soviet aircraft that have been ignored for too long. The Su-9 was a heavy, all-weather interceptor designed to counter U.S. and NATO bombers. The Fishpot bears a strong resemblance to the MiG-21 Fishbed, but the two should not be confused –…