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.
Tamiya's quarter scale armor kits are awesome. This one is no exception. The fit is great and builds up like a dream. leaves lots of time for painting. I used everything in the toolbox to paint and weather...AK primers, Tamiya german gray for [...]
Besides wanting to add one of these beasts to my display, the "Die Cast Metal Parts Included" intrigued me. The well detailed hull, tub/suspension are cast metal, already primed. Fitting the two pieces together require some filing and adjustin[...]
Can't let my friend Scott's great Sumoa go unanswered. I just finished a Dragon Pzkw III Ausf. J. Great little kit. Plenty of detail for the scale. Painted predominantly with Tamiya German Gray and Deck Tan applied in washes and via air brus[...]
This is the January Random Award Prize from iModeler. Thanks Martin! It is also my answer to the Airfix 1/48 Hawker Hurricane shot my friend Scott sent my way in April ( This is a great kit with great molding and lots of fine subtle details[...]
A classic. Tamiya's 1:35 M60A1 with reactive armor. The kit built up nice but showed its age. This was a kit that could have been motorized so the rear end needed lots of filling and sanding. The biggest challenge was the weathering. In ne[...]
Note that this article is the next episode of a friendly rivalry between myself and my good friend Scott Nelson (see Painting a Spitfire on March 8) centered around new Airfix 1/72 kits. These are great models that stand up to kits twice as exp[...]
The 2016 IPMS- Sacramento Model Club had a great turnout and something impressive to suit everyone.
This was inspired by an episode described by Steven Pressfield in The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War in which newly minted IAF pilots were dispatched on close support missions in Fouga trainers. Compared to newer toolings, [...]
1:72 Hasagawa P-51 Mk. III. Did this kit to try out low tech techniques. All bush painted. The outside camo was done by painting on multiple coats of thinned acrylics with two wide flat brushes. No extra detailing, PE or resin supplements. OOB [...]
Thank you Martin for the great prize. I don't have a good track record of winning random drawings. So, this was a special surprise and a really beautiful kit. Haven't built a plane bigger than 72 scale for a long while. But I have built a ha[...]