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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.

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Lockheed P-38L-1-LO Lightning 96th FS – 82th FG – Italy – European Theater – 1945

P-38L-1-LO, s/n 44-23852, 'Beautiful B***h (let's see if the profanity filter snags this one)', coded 'B7', flown by Lt. John J. Kane of 96th FS / 82nd FG, Vincenzo, Italy, March 1945. Decals from Kagero's P-38 Lightning at War Part II, wh[...]

Kinetic 1/48 Mirage 2000

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin. If you love the Mirage, look away. I love flying the Mirage in DCS, so I had to build one. I found the C/5F and B/D/N kits on sale and snapped them up. That's the end of the happy side of the story[...]

Ryefield Sherman Firefly + M4A3E8

Sherman Firefly "Velikiye Luki" 2020 was the year of deals and clearance sales for me, which meant I got to build some things a bit outside of my comfort zone but got to beef up my modeling muscles. So, frustrated with the glut of models of Mi[...]

La La Lavochkin Land! 1/48 Zvezda La-5s

I get inspired by the planes I fly in flight simulators. Go figure. I've flown the LaGG-3 in IL2-GB and hated every minute of it. Once I stepped up to the La-5 I had something approaching the same revelatory moment pilots had when they traded i[...]

Zvezda Yak-3s

Pain-free. Go slow, enjoy the build and mind the gunsight glass so the carpet monster doesn't eat it. The blue decal for the spinner is poorly sized and if you use it, the decal won't conform no matter what decal setting solution you use. I ju[...]

Yak-130 “Mitten”

Mittens are all the rage on the internet right now, so I'll get in on the action and post this, the 1/48 Zvezda Yak-130 "Mitten" Originally a joint project between Aermacchi (now Leonardo) and Yakovlev for a subsonic jet trainer with secondary[...]

Another 2020 retrospective

Full writeups of these will come in due time. Why do I have a feeling I'm going to have the same amount of free time in 2021? :) :) :( :) :) >:C ^^$%$#! :| >:/ :D :) :)

Antonov AN-2 Colt

Hobbyboss produced three kits of the AN-2, the AN-2V, the AN-2M and AN-2CX. The AN-2M is a specialized agricultural variant with a hermetically sealed cockpit and the squared-off rudder, so being one who wants a little more bang for their mode[...]

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[...]
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