1/32 Trumpeter P-47D “French Jug”, Part II – Construction

Part I | PART II | Part III | Part IV | Part V I recently read a review of Quentin Tarantino’s latest, “Django Unchained” (excellent flick by the way), that started off by saying “this movie is a motherf****er”. Well, Trumpeter’s P-47 is also a motherf****er. It’s big, it’s bad, it’s awesome and it’s…

Review – Zvezda 1/48 Yakovlev Yak-3

A few years ago, Russian kitmaker Zvezda released a 1/48 Lavochkin La-5FN (soon followed by the earlier La-5), sparking a complete re-evaluation of their reputation and kicking off what’s become a more-or-less steady trickle of new-tool VVS subjects. Considering the dire state of the Soviet VVS in 1/48 scale, even this trickle is a blessing…

More Soviet VVS Kits!

I’ve ranted before about the piss-poor representation that the Soviet VVS has in the modeling world, particularly in 1/48 and 1/32 scales. While things are still bad, I have to admit a certain tide seems to be turning. Around the time I came back to the hobby, Zvezda made some major waves with its wonderful…

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…

On the Bench: Eduard 1/48 Fw 190F-8

I’ve been jumping all over the place regarding which Fw 190 I wanted to build for the Fw 190 Group Build being hosted over on Finescale. Literally, all over the place, from 1/48 to 1/32, from Tamiya to Hobby Boss to Hasegawa to Eduard, from an A-5 to an A-7 to an A-8/R2, F-8 and…

On the Bench: 1/48 Hobby Boss Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a/U4

For the new year, the Scale Plastic & Rail forums are hosting a Messerschmitt group build that’s been gaining some crazy interest. My first thought, as I started pondering which Bf 109 I was going to build, was “there goes my resolution” – as for 2013 I’m planning to step back from World War II…

2012 Year in Review

Is it just me, or has 2012 flown by? On a personal front, the year of the apocalypse that wasn’t saw a major job change and the terrifying/exciting news that Mrs. Doogs and I are expecting offspring #3, due in March of this next year. On the modeling front, this year hasn’t been as productive…

1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G-6 Part III – Painting

Part I | Part II | PART III | Part IV The Swiss 109 has been built, puttied, sanded, primed and made ready for paint. Time to do it to it! Candy Canes After laying down a black base (Tamiya X-1), I sprayed the white for the wings and rudder, using my trusty Gunze Mr. Color C69…

On the Bench: 1/48 Hobby Boss Tornado GR.1

For the most part, I’ve never been particularly drawn to foreign jets. Growing up, it was all about American aircraft – the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, A-6 and so on. But there was always one big, whopping exception – the Panavia Tornado – the twin-engined, swing-wing strike fighter developed as a cooperation between Britain, Germany and…

1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G-6 Part II – Construction + Paint Prep

Part I | PART II | Part III | Part IV When we left off in Part I, the 109’s cockpit was more or less done, and the fuselage joined: After that, the wait for the RB Productions seatbelts and radiator grilles kind of sidelined it for a bit, and I found myself distracted by…