Tamiya P-47D Build Report 1: The Cockpit

Tamiya’s P-47D Bubbletop is a honey of a kit. Let’s just get that out there straightaway. The venerable old Monogram kit is competent, and with the proper care builds up into a pretty good looking Jug. But the Tamiya kit plays at a whole different level. In my opinion, it’s only a notch shy of…

Monogram P-47 – A Series of Tubes

Monogram’s P-47D Thunderbolt isn’t a great kit. In fact, it doesn’t compare well at all to the newer offerings by Hasegawa and especially Tamiya. But it’s a competent, fast-building kit, with surprisingly solid detail. Well, except for the blast tubes in the wings. I’m trying to build this one mostly out-of-the-box, but I just couldn’t…

La-5 – Baby Steps into Scratchbuilding

As a kid, I never descended into the scrappy art of scratchbuilding. I was impatient enough as it was, and the idea of slowing down to play that game never entered my mind. These days, I’m a bit older, a bit more patient, and far more in tune with my inner perfectionist. I still don’t…