Building models since age 7 (except for a short respite in my military years). Enjoying it now more than ever. I build across the spectrum but am biased towards towards historical miniatures and military vehicles.
I attended SilverCon 2018 in Northern California last weekend. Great contest! High quality, very competitive entries. Best of Show went to a phenomenal 1/48 B-25. Best entry in the theme '1918' went to Du Schweinehunt! An incredible WW1 dio[...]
After hearing such great things about these Bandai Star Wars kit, I had to try something out of character. Even though these are 'snap tite' kits, they are premium quality and well engineered =. Plenty of detail. Almost zero filling and sandi[...]
The fuselage markings and unusual black coloring attracted me to this kit. I'd avoided biplanes for a long time out of rigging anxiety. This one has mercifully little. This project also gave me an opportunity to try some wood grain painting t[...]
Had to take a hiatus to sell our house and move into an apartment until the new house is finished. Got back to models with this great little gem. Haven't set up an airbrush station yet so did all the painting by brush. Used AK interactive's g[...]
Nice little kit but smoothing in the big windshield area was challenging. Built it to compliment a Hasagawa 1:200 C-130. Is a 1:72 next?
The 2017 IPMS- SilverWings in Sacramento once again put on a great show with a broad range of high quality entries. The 1/35 Armor and 1/48 Single Engine AC were particularly competitive.
Earlier this year I found my stash contained three nice 1/72 Panzers; Dragon Pzkw III Ausf. J., Dragon Jadgpanther and this Hasagawa Panther. I thought a trio of petite Panzers would be a great addition to my collection. This kit went together[...]
Had a blast with this kit! Meng kits cover go together beautifully. Despite the unusual design of this tank this kit, like other Meng kits, went together beautifully. Given the subject, I was able to try out a lot of weathering tools, like Vall[...]
The 17pdr Achilles was a British adaptation of the American M10 TD armed with a very effective 17 pounder anti-tank gun, similar to the Sherman Firefly. As with all other Tamiya 1:48 kits I've tried, this was nearly flawless which left plenty [...]
There were some high quality entries at the 2016 Hobby Expo in Rohnert Park, California.