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…

1/32 HK Models B-25J Mitchell – Part IV – Finish Out

Part I | Part II | Part III | PART IV The end is in sight! It’s amazing to think I first started this kit more than five months ago…and that it’s been back on the bench for more than two. So far, it’s been BUILT, PAINTED, and MARKED. Now comes the home stretch of weathering and seeing to all those…

1/32 HK Models B-25J Mitchell – Part III – Markings

Part I | Part II | PART III | Part IV In Part I it was built. In Part II, it was painted. Now, it’s time to give the B-25 its proper markings. The B-25 I’m building is “Bottoms Up II” of the 340th Bomb Group. There aren’t very many markings out there (yet) for the 1/32 B-25, but thankfully “Bottoms…

1/32 HK Models B-25J Mitchell – Part II – Paint

Part I | PART II | Part III | Part IV The big bomber build continues! In Part I, I picked up the pieces of a paused build and pushed through main assembly and paint prep. In Part II, it’s time to paint the beast!