My Three Builds for 2022
Well 2022 was not a record year for me, I didn't even manage to build my usual four kits, but only managed to pump out three. I would like to build more, but I am not too disappointed with my production really since two of the three were big complex builds.
The first completed finished in March was the incredible 1/48 ICM He-111Z1 Twin Bomber. A good, but challenging kit that took a long time to build and paint. It was one of those planes that I had wanted to build since I first discovered it. I have two Monogram kits and was looking for the conversion kit on eBay constantly. Then low and behold ICM does a mainstream kit! Hallelujah! During this time of year you should give thanks, and I am thankful for my good friends who know me, and like me anyways. One of them is Ed and he got his kit for me, and I can't thank him enough for it.
The second was a relatively quick and fun build of the 1/48 Dragon Ba349A. The desperation, creativity and sheer insane drive and incredible bravery of the men that dared fly this contraption. This was a fun kit that I picked up at IPMS Nationals. I had seen it when it came out but couldn't afford it then. I can say to anyone, it is a good kit with no real issues.
Lastly, and the one I am most happy with is the venerable 1/48 Monogram B-24D. When I saw a gentleman in Mexico building this plane in these markings on another site I knew I had to build it also. Out of the box was out of the question, so I scratch build some interior, drew up and 3D printed some parts, scribed the panel lines, tried some riveting, resin after market wheel wells, wheels, engines, nacelles and supercharges. Then after finding the right color, lots and lots of decals that performed flawlessly (thankfully). I have Spiros, @fiveten, to thank for them.
Well now I rush off to 2023, with two in progress, and yes another B-24D to start, and yes have got all the purchased resin on order again, and all my parts printed up! After that, who knows my two goals are to enjoy my builds and try to build more than four. If I am successful with the first, the second won't be as important.