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…

1/32 Trumpeter Me 262A-2a, Part IV

Part I | Part II| Part III | PART IV It’s time to wrap this puppy up! The 262 has been a long time building, and finally, in Part IV, it all comes to completion. Strap in – here we go! Picking Up In Part III, I walked through my technique for masking and painting…

1/32 Trumpeter Me 262A-2a, Part III

Part I | Part II| PART III At last, we come to the reason I cracked this kit open in the first place. When I first stumbled upon Me 262A-2a Wk.Nr. 111712, I was intrigued by the unfinished appearance of bare metal covered in a latticework of putty. I’d seen this on other late-war Luftwaffe…

1/32 Trumpeter Me 262A-2a, Part II

Part I | Part II| Part III It’s been some time since this blog has visited the long in-progress Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a. In Part I, I walked through some early test-fitting and the build-up of the cockpit. Part II is usually all about the construction, but honestly, the 262 built rather fast and uneventfully. So…

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…

1/32 Trumpeter Me 262A-2a, Part I

Part I | Part II| Part III When the Academy F-16 build began running into roadblock after roadblock, I started searching about for something else to share the bench. And damn did I ever vacillate. Until I somehow stumbled upon this profile of a Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a: It seems this particular specimen was left abandoned…

1/32 Polish F-16D Block 52+, Part II

Part I | Part II| Part III This Kit is Cursed You know those kits where nothing seems to go right? Not because it’s a bad kit, not because it’s fighting you in any specific way, just…because. That’s where I’m at with this F-16. There’s nothing wrong with the plastic per se. Some of the…

1/32 Polish F-16D Block 52+, Part I

Part I | Part II| Part III I haven’t built a modern jet since I was a kid. Well, not counting the mini-MiGs, which I don’t. What happens in 1/144, stays in 1/144. Since coming back to modeling, I’ve been largely focused on World War II, with some deviations into the Great War. I haven’t…