I have previously published a quick and dirty guide to modeling the many US variants of the Corsair in 1/48 scale. In that last guide I detailed the differences between the variants as they were developed. Instead of repeating that information, this guide will have a bit more information about the story behind the use […]Read More The Quick and Dirty Guide to Modelling the F4U Corsair in “Foreign” Service
A Sleeper Build? Ever pick up a model kit on a whim? It was not on your radar and you may not have known about it. Perhaps you saw it cheap at a show, got it from a buddy or it was on heavy discount at the hobby shop or online. Not expecting much from […]Read More Tamiya’s 1/48 J1N1 Gekko – A sleeper build
The only time I visited the The National Air Force Museum of Canada was when I did a weekend wine tour in Prince Edward County with my wife some years ago. Admittedly, that holiday was “pre-kid” and the wine was good so I don’t recall most of the details. However, Prince Edward County is beautiful […]Read More A Visit to the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton Ontario
I’ve written an “Airbrushing and Finishing” feature for Finescale Modeler magazine about my Little Nick. As I described in a previous post, I added most of a resin cockpit, scratch built the engines and gear bays and added other details. I then painted the model, including the markings, with Tamiya acrylics. You can read about the […]Read More My Hasegawa Ki-45 Nick in FSM
Most people spring clean. I do too but I get the most cleaning done in the fall. And by cleaning I mean purging. The rule I have adopted is “if I have not touched it in 2 years, then out it goes.” But there are a few exceptions: Stuff that doesn’t actually belong to me […]Read More Remember Model Ads in Comic Books?
Now I know what you are thinking: Are there model aircraft at a model car show? Absolutely! And I will get to that below, because there were some great ones! The 6th Annual Ottawa Scale Auto Contest was held on a very rainy Sunday on October 27, 2019. Since its inception in 2014, it has been […]Read More The 2019 Ottawa Scale Auto Contest Report
Held on September 28, 2019 at the unique and wonderful Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, CapCon is the bi-annual scale model show and contest hosted by IPMS Ottawa. It’s Been Ten Years?!?!? CapCon is the first contest I ever went to (2007) and the first contest I ever entered (2009). I still remember being a […]Read More 2019 IPMS Ottawa CapCon Show
It seems a bit silly to be discussing the virtues of Social Media & scale models in a WordPress blog post. Has Social Media hit scale modeling? Of course it has. Has this been a good thing? Of course it has – even if there are some downsides. I believe one of the biggest changes in this […]Read More A Model Maker Revival: Scale Models and Social Media
We hear a lot about the demise of the hobby and certainly the demise of the brick and mortar hobby shop. Of course the internet, China, Japan, video games, expensive kits, lack of youth interest, the economy, oil prices, and the way the winds are blowing that day are a few the many reasons for […]Read More Hobby Stores Bucking the Trend – The Hobby Centre (Ottawa, Ontario)
Last weekend I attended the annual contest and model show put on by the Association de Modeles Reduits de l’Outaouais – otherwise known as AMRO. As far as I can tell, this is a small local club that meets regularly in the home of one of the organizers. AMRO is not affiliated with any formal society like IPMS […]Read More AMRO 2019: A small show brought to you for 30 years.