1/72 Hasegawa Ki-45 Nick

When I decided to go to the 2018 Nationals, I wanted to compete and not make a fool of myself.  I figured the only way I could safely bring a model with me was as a carry-on.  That meant something small that could be protected in a small box; something that could easily fit into […]

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Modeling Radial Engines

I believe one of the more interesting parts of World War 2 airplanes is the engine.   In terms of visual impact, the kit engine is one part of a model where it is worth the time to improve – especially if it is a radial engine.  It is also one of the easiest ways of “improving” model […]

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The Expensive Model Kit Myth

One of the repeating things you hear in hobby circles is that the price of models today is out of line with the prices of years ago.  There are several variations of this theme: Today’s manufacturers are pricing themselves out of the hobby Kits are too expensive for kids Models cost a lot more today […]

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The Parrot is not a Rivet Counter.

Way back in my university days I played sports with a guy who considered himself very smart.  His was a mind chock full of trivia and he could recall all of it at any time. When asked an obscure fact about some pop culture item, he could reply instantly.  Sports?  He knew that stuff cold.  Entertainment, Pop-History, […]

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The Torcan 2019 Show Report

Held on May 25, 2019 at the Century Gardens Recreation Centre in Brampton Ontario, Torcan is the annual scale model show and contest hosted by the Peel Scale Modelers.  And I finally made it to a Torcan.  I say that because for the longest time there was no Torcan.  I am not sure why it […]

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Stall Warning

The dreaded shelf queen.  I’ve written about what to do with models that end up half built on a shelf.  I’m now thinking about what causes the stall.  I have some thoughts about that.  But let’s start with my biggest stall yet:  The HK B-17G. It started out great – the model was big and […]

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Back to Base-ics

I have written previously about model bases for aircraft.  I am still toying with the idea about designing and building bases that include graphics and information but in the meantime I decided to experiment with some round bases with some basic ground cover. There are a few options for round bases.  One is a milled […]

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