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Me109-E4

My first completed model in 30 years, it's not 100% accurate and I've yet to add the aerial but I'm happy with how it turned out. Airfix 1:48 club Me109 kit with Eduard PE and after market decals, airbrushed with Humbrol enamels. [Edit: Changed[...]

Wingnut Wings 1:32 Albatros DV.a

This is my first WWI model in 1:32 scale. The kit is superb, however I added some scratch built on the engine. Rigging was made of monofilament thread and scratch made turnbuckles. Painted with Gunze acrylics and weathered with oils. The wood gr[...]

Tamiya 1:48th F4U-iD

I took up the challenge of a few commission builds, for a chap who builds R/C. His mission brief was for reference kits in 1:48th of RNZAF a/c used in the PTO. Normally his preference was for moderate weathering. However, due to the Pacific cond[...]

Trumpeter 1/350 USS San Francisco (CA-38)

When I was an 18 year old sailor, I stood on the ruined bridge of USS San Francisco there in the park in the city whose name she bore, thinking to myself what might I have done had I been there that terrible night off Guadalcanal. USS San Franc[...]

Trumpeter 1/350 HMS Hood

So, what do you do when you haven't built a ship model since you were in Junior High School (back in the early Triassic)??? Why, go out and get one of the most complicated kits ever, get all the photoetch possible, and dive right in! This sort[...]

WNW Albatros D.V

Another great WNW kit, with Pheon Decals. Rowan invented the "fitted lozenge" decal WNW started using with their Pfalz D,XII. It makes doing a lozenge scheme totally easy.

WNW Hansa-Brandenburg W.29

One of the great Wingnut Wings kits, the first one to sell out (so where are all the other built-ups???) As with all the other WNW kits, commit the revolutionary act of actually reading the very good instructions and following them, and you can[...]

Blackburn Roc

Built a few months ago (reviewed in detail at Modeling Madness), using the A2Zee conversion set for the Special Hobby kit (which had been sitting around since 2007 till I got this set which increased the interest level). The big deal was to dri[...]

Trumpeter 1/350 Scale HMS Hood

I have considered this to be the most fun I have ever had building a model. No fiddley photo-etch, except the three or pieces that came with the kit, just open the box and go to town. The only real extra work I did on this kit was to totally r[...]

F2G Super Corsair Racer Kit Bash

This was one of my first forays into AMS and kit bashing. I started with a Special Hobbies 1/48 F2G Racer, and added the wings from an Academy 1/48 F4U-1A, because I wanted the flaps down, and I wasn't about to chop up a Tamiya kit. I do reali[...]