Modeling by Mike Still

Tamiya German Field Commander, 1/16 scale

by Mike Still on April 23, 2017 in Figures -- 11 Comments

Tamiya has been making a fair bit of hard currency over the past couple of decades with their 1/16 scale series of plastic figure kits, and their German Field Commander offers a mix of good detail and marginal parts fit. […]

Tamiya A-1H Skyraider 1/48 scale

by Mike Still on May 26, 2016 in Aviation -- 22 Comments

Everyone knows about VA-176’s ‘Bumblebee’ MiG killer, with its giant killer bee artwork, but the first USN Skyraider to shoot down a MiG-17 seems to be lost in the shuffle. Tamiya’s A-1H USN kit, fortunately, includes markings for VA-25’s ‘Canasta […]

Aeroclub/Airfix Spitfire Mk 21

by Mike Still on January 27, 2016 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

This is a conversion of the Airfix Seafire 46/47 using the old Aeroclub Spitfire Mk. 21 conversion set. The conversion uses the extended kit wing, landing gear, exhausts and miscellaneous parts along with Aeroclub’s fuselage, radiator baths, tailplanes and spinner/propeller […]

ICM 1/48 Spitfire F. IXA

by Mike Still on January 23, 2016 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

Remember the days when we Spitfire enthusiasts thought we were in hog heaven with Mk IX releases from Occidental and ICM? Well, that’s been almost two decades and a blizzard of Eduard IX/VIII releases later, but here’s an ICM Spit […]

Airfix 1/48 Bf 109E-1

by Mike Still on January 22, 2016 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

A bargain compared to the Tamiya and Eduard Emil kits, if only for the optional parts. You can do just about every major E subtype from the parts in the box. There are a few minor let downs. The propeller […]

Eduard 1/32 Bf 109E-3, Weekend Edition

by Mike Still on January 14, 2016 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

Even with whatever Trumpeter and HobbyBoss may have released, the Eduard series of Bf 109Es are just about the best available in 1/32 scale. They do require careful fitting during assembly, but your reward is a model with very little […]

Pacific Coast Models 1/32 Spitfire Mk IXc

by Mike Still on January 14, 2016 in Aviation -- 7 Comments

It may not have all the bells and whistles of Tamiya’s 1/32 Spitfire IX, but the Pacific Coast Models kit gives you a pretty accurate Mk IX without having to worry about a stratospheric parts count. While in many ways […]

Revell/ProModeler P-47N, 1/48

by Mike Still on January 14, 2016 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

One of two 1/48 injection-molded P-47N kits out there (Academy’s N coming out around the time this one came out in the late 1990s), the ProModeler kit was repopped a few years back by Revell. While it’s the most accurate […]

Revellogram A-4E Skyhawk

by Mike Still on January 13, 2016 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

The classic Monogram A-4E/F Skyhawk still lives 36 years after its initial release. Yeah, the Hasegawa kit may offer finer details and cleaner moldings, but you can do a lot with the Monogram kit too. Revell’s most recent repop of […]

Airfix Folland Gnat T.1, 1/72

by Mike Still on January 13, 2016 in Aviation -- 5 Comments

Except for a lot of add-on details in the cockpit (punched instrument faces, reworked ejection seats, sawn-open canopy, it’s basically stock. Solid overall detailing, but still before Airfix really hit its stride in the past couple of years. Fitting the […]