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@avispa93 Wes Pennest

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A humble styrene addict from the Washington, DC, area. I build whatever catches my eye. Recently, I’ve been trying my hand at applying armor weathering techniques to Gundam models, with surprising results.

Meng 1/35 Leopard C2 MEXAS + Dozer

The Leopard C2 MEXAS is an upgrade of an upgrade of an upgrade. No, really! Leopard tanks in Canada began with the C1, which was essentially the 1A3. The C1 was upgraded to C2; several C1s were fitted with the Modular Expandable Armor System ([...]

1/35 Academy M1A2 Abrams SEP v2 TUSK II

The Abrams tank has always been a challenge for me to model. I've never had a happy time building these, being so infuriated by the old Dragon offering with the separate guide teeth on their floppy, rubbery tracks that I didn't even bother cons[...]

Trumpeter 1/35 IS-7

Straight outta World of Tanks, it's the IS-7! This is an absurd vehicle, and it was too absurd even for the post-GPW Soviet Army, which rightly rejected it. But WHAT IF...? So, I guess this needs a backstory? What if a mass uprising of unde[...]

Objekt 272 T-10M, Meng 1//35

This tank is the evolutionary dead end of Soviet heavy tanks. Some people mark the IS-4 or IS-7 as the final example of eastern bloc heavy tanking, but the T-10M has the distinction of being the last of the dinosaurs to shuffle off to the boney[...]

Sukhoi Su-27P, Ukraine VVS.

Hobbyboss 1/48 Begemot stencils Foxbot Decals J's Work masks Wolfpack bang seat A quarantine-build that didn't really "fight" me, but it did struggle a bit. The kit goes together pretty smoothly. No huge steps or areas where you need globs [...]

Meng 1/35 AMX30B

The AMX30B is an odd duck. Contemporary tank designs favored increasing armor thickness and radical sloping to defeat anti-armor shells of increasing caliber, but the AMX design has almost no armor to speak of-- offering sufficient protection ag[...]

Trumpeter 1/16 SU-100, or “How to determine your workbench is level for only 200 dollars”

Originally, this was to be a large, substantial article about the large and substantial 1/16 scale SU-100 assault gun from Trumpeter. Fate intervened and decided instead to teach me the value of having a one-hundred-and-ten-percent level work be[...]

Yekîneyên Parastina Gel T-55

The T-55 from Tamiya, out of the box. Much of this text is from my YPG T-72 article (q.v.), and I have taken a similar approach to weathering this kit. In the ongoing Syrian civil war, the largely Kurdish west of the country is less of a conf[...]

Yekîneyên Parastina Gel T-72

The T-72 from Tamiya. In the ongoing Syrian civil war, the largely Kurdish west of the country is less of a conflict between the Free Syrian Army and Assad, and more of a conflict between the "Islamic State Of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL / ISIS) [...]