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1/48 Hasegawa Ki-44-II Hei Shoki

Here are some photos of my recently completed 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-44-II Hei. First released in 1995, I think, this is the newest 1/48 scale Shoki kit available, so if you’re listening, scale model industry, it’s about time for a modern [...]

Fine Molds Kawasaki Ki-10The Sequel

I’ve already sung the praises of this kit in a previous article, so I won’t say more than “buy this kit,” this time around. My earlier build was one of my first kits completed after a long sabbatical, and I wanted to see how I [...]

Mitsubishi Ka-14 - Fine Molds 1/48Empire of Japan

Here's my latest project: the Fine Molds 1/48 Mitsubishi Ka-14. As others have already noted, this is a jewel of a kit. I'm actually a bit stunned by how quickly this one went together for me. From arrival in the post to completion was [...]

Honda RA272 – 1965 Mexican Grand Prix – Richie Ginther

As I've previously mentioned, this was the year I got back into modeling (well, FINISHING models) after a fifteen year hiatus brought on by the birth of my first child. This time I'm showing off one of the last kits I finished back before [...]

First FlightEmpire of Japan

Here's the last of the four kits I finished this year - Hasegawa's lovely Mitshubishi 12 Shi experimental fighter, a.k.a. the A6M1. The kit allows you to build either of the two prototypes. I built the first and decided to model it as it [...]

Fine Molds 1/48 Kawasaki Ki-10

Doi Takeo was an engineering school classmate of Horikoshi Jiro, and Doi went on to have an impressive career of his own. He apprenticed at Kawasaki under German chief designer Richard Vogt. After Vogt returned to Germany and Dornier, Doi [...]

Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima Ki-44-I Shoki

Here's another one I finished this year after my long hiatus from the hobby. I'm still on a big Japanese aircraft kick, as you can see. This is the 1/48 Hasegawa kit of the Nakajima Ki-44-I. It's an excellent kit that goes together simply, [...]

The Prodigal Scale Modeler

This is the first model I've finished in 15 years. To my credit, the last one I finished, a super-detailed 1/20 Tamiya Tyrrell P-34, won a 1st in category and a special award at the 2005 IPMS Nationals in Atlanta Georgia. But that was also [...]