On the Bench: Dragon 1/35 Pz.Kpfw.VI Tiger I Ausf.E

Once upon a time, I built armor on a regular basis, often side-by-side with an aircraft build as a way of switching things up. In the nine months or so this went on, I managed to knock out a Tamiya M4 Sherman, AFV Club Achilles IIc, Dragon Panzer IV Ausf.G and a Cyber-Hobby Panzer III…

1/16 Panda Pz.Kpfw 38(t) Pt. 4: Weathering & Finish Out

Part I: The Build-Up | Part II: Paint + Markings | Part III: Whitewash | PART IV: Weathering Last time around, the big Pz.38(t) got its whitewash. In Part IV of the build log, it’s all about the weathering and the final stages of bringing the build together. The Tracks After being pulled away from…

1/16 Panda Pz.Kpfw 38(t) Pt. 3: Whitewash

Part I: The Build-Up | Part II: Paint + Markings | PART III: Whitewash I decided pretty early on in this build that I wanted to go after the last marking option Panda provides: Why? Well, mainly because I’ve always found ¬†straight-up Panzer Gray somewhat boring (and difficult to weather without it looking stupid). Part…

1/16 Panda Pz.Kpfw 38(t) Pt. 2: Paint + Markings

In Part I, I took the Pz.38(t) through its relatively straightforward buildup. Now, it’s time to paint the bloody thing! RAL 7021 The Pz.38, like all things German armor in 1941, was finished in a gray so dark it was nearly black – often referred to as Panzer Gray or Panzer schwarzgrau. Whatever. RAL 7021…

1/16 Panda Pz.Kpfw 38(t) Pt. 1: The Build-Up

Recently, I received an advance copy of Panda’s new 1/16 Pz.Kpfw 38(t) to review for Scale Plastic & Rail (read the review HERE). You can read all about the kit itself over on SP&R. Here, we’ll actually explore building the thing. The Hull I can totally understand why Panda eschewed the usual one-piece lower hull…

1/48 Hobby Boss Me 262A-1a/U4 Part IV – Finish Out

Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV With the main scheme laid down, I moved on to gloss “Wilma Jeanne” ahead of decal work and immediately ran into problems. I’ve never been able to find a clear gloss that I without reservation love. And yes, I’ve tried almost all of them….

1/48 Hobby Boss Me 262A-1a/U4 Part III – Paint

Part I | Part II | PART III | Part IV The 262’s turn at the airbrush came at a frustrating time for me. On the one hand, I’ve been increasingly falling in love with Gunze paints and their excellent spraying characteristics. On the other hand, issues with paint peeling have massively undermined my trust…

1/48 Hobby Boss Me 262A-1a/U4 Part II – Construction

Part I | PART II | Part III | Part IV Sometimes kits just fall together. I normally associate them with Tamiya, Wingnut Wings and a few other select manufacturers. Trumpeter – and by extension Hobby Boss – have never really fit into that hallowed league, at least in my experience. The two early Wildcats…

1/48 Hobby Boss Me 262A-1a/U4 Part I – Cockpit

PART I | Part II | Part III | Part IV Before diving into the cockpit, I decided to kick off the 262 by cutting off the barrel of the kit’s 50mm cannon and make sure the Master replacement fit. It did! And it’s such a massive leap over the kit parts – more on…