Modeling by Mike Grant

Eduards’s 1/72 Bf110E

by Mike Grant on August 13, 2015 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

This kit is effectively the 1/48 kit scaled down, and Eduard have done a great job of cramming as much detail as possible into the smaller version. Surface detail was superb, and the fit of parts virtually perfect except where […]

Fine Molds 1/48 Ki-10 ‘Perry’

by Mike Grant on August 7, 2015 in Aviation -- 59 Comments

This is a beautiful kit that exudes quality, from the box-art to the presentation of the instructions. Parts are moulded in a grey-green and exhibit beautiful sharp trailing edges to the flying surfaces, delicate recessed panel lines and very crisp […]

Japanese Ram-jets

by Mike Grant on July 29, 2015 in Aviation -- 51 Comments

Meng 1/72 Kayaba Katsuodori Ram-jets It seems to be ‘1/72 Japanese week’ on iM, so here’s another contribution. These Meng kits come two-in-a-box, and are superbly moulded. The actual aircraft was a concept only and never got beyond one wooden […]

Airfix 1/72 Cessna O-1 Bird Dog

by Mike Grant on July 22, 2015 in Aviation -- 52 Comments

I remember building this kit as a teenager back in the 70s, but a few years ago I had another crack at it. It’s actually quite a nice little model, spoilt only by the poor clear parts and some unfortunately […]

Meteoric Rise

by Mike Grant on July 16, 2015 in Aviation -- 49 Comments

Xtrakit 1/72 Gloster Meteor F.8 Amongst my all-time favourite aircraft are several 50’s jets – including the F-86, Hawker Hunter and Gloster Meteor. Xtrakit’s 1/72 Meteor kit was a re-boxed MPM tooling, and looked great in the box with finely […]

French double-decker

by Mike Grant on July 9, 2015 in Aviation -- 34 Comments

Long before the A380 took to the skies, there was another twin-deck, four engine French airliner, the Breguet Br.763 ‘Deux Ponts’. When a 1/144 injection-moulded kit of the type was announced by F-RSIN, I immediately ordered one, seduced by the […]

In the belly of the whale

by Mike Grant on July 3, 2015 in Aviation -- 46 Comments

I’d intended to build this Airfix 1/72 LFG Roland C-II Walfisch (whale) with minimal upgrading, but with only giant pegs and a blobby aircrew in the cockpit (not surprising for a 1965 tooling) the interior needed a bit of help. […]

Komatsu 1/48 Japanese Bulldozer

by Mike Grant on October 20, 2014 in Armor -- 31 Comments

This is the Tamiya 1/48 Komatsu G40 bulldozer, built a couple of years ago. It’s the second 1/48 Tamiya armour kit I’ve done and I can’t say enough about how nice they are. This is stress-free modelling at its best: […]

1/72 Avia Ba.122

by Mike Grant on September 9, 2014 in Aviation -- 27 Comments

This is RS Models 1/72 Avia Ba.122, a 1930s Czechoslovakian aerobatic biplane, a few of which were pressed into military use at the beginning of WW2. The kit’s typical short run; some nice detail, some rough parts, vague instructions, lovely […]

Skeletal Fokker

by Mike Grant on August 19, 2014 in Aviation -- 29 Comments

I’ve always had a phobia about photo-etched parts. Paint won’t stick to them, they fly off into oblivion when picked up with tweezers, they bend where they shouldn’t and you can’t sand them to shape; it’s a pretty unforgiving medium. […]