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They can't all be winners, unfortunately. But you can always learn something along the way. I am not sure whether it was the kit or me, but I ran into issues that I couldn't fix. The fuselage is very thin and flimsy and when I tried to [...]
The Revell Blackbird is up on its stand. I made an effort to finish the model with a 'well worn' but not abused look. I used several reference photos of Blackbirds to help me.
Everything except the decals and the pilots are out of box [...]
This was my second try at the big Zero from Tamiya. And I have to tell you, this is one of my favorite models. The cockpit sure looks complicated in all of its parts but they all fit together so nicely and the parts breakdown allows for [...]
After an unfortunate hiatus due to factors beyond anyone's control, March 27, 2022 saw the triumphant return of HeritageCon at the unique and wonderful Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum on a cool windy day in Hamilton Ontario. For those [...]
The Tamiya Tomcat is on the shelf now. I finished it in the requisite VF-84 Jolly Rogers as an homage to the Tamiya Catalogue style of finishing models. This style really attracted me to the hobby back in the day and while I appreciate [...]
I have developed a real appreciation of 1930s aircraft. Big open cowls and wheel pants. I don't know, they just look co cool. Finemolds has one version of their Babs as a civilian record setter known as 'Kamikaze' - which at the time of [...]
This was the second time I built the Tony and I was much happier with this model over the older Hasegawa Tony. The cockpit is a gem and after it is complete, you can have the rest of the plane ready for paint in mere hours.
Painting was [...]
Truth be told, I am not sure why I went online and bought this model in the summer of 2020. I may be very into Japanese WW2 planes but biplanes? Hey, I am not insane. Then again, these silver doped planes are very attractive with their [...]
The RF-86 Haymaker has an interesting history. In a nutshell - there were more than a few modifications needed to turn a tactical day fighter into a strategic reconnaissance airplane. While it enjoyed a brief period of success, the [...]
I occasionally venture outside of my cozy 48th scale fighters. This little Arma Wildcat has a ton of detail. In fact, I would stand this up against a lot of 48th scale kits, especially the engine and the cockpit. This 'Expert' kit came [...]