1/48 Hasegawa RF-86 Haymaker

In the Spring of 2019 I made the trip to Dayton Ohio in order to attend WrightCon and to visit the Museum of the United States Airforce.  My collective 6+ hours in the museum felt incredibly rushed because there is simply too much to look at.  The report of my USAF Museum visit also seems […]

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1/48 Tamiya Ki-61 Hien (Tony)

Do we really need a new Tony? I always find it hilarious when I hear: “Do we really need a new kit of the [insert new kit] when the old [insert kit from ancient times] is perfectly fine?“ I have heard and read arguments in support of certain Monogram, Aurora and Revell kits from 40+ […]

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1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat

I’ve had these Tamiya Wildcat kits on the shelf for a long time.  It seemed that every time I considered building one, something else bumped it down the pile.   However, I read that Eduard was planning to release a series a new mold Wildcats in 48th scale sometime in near future.  If the Eduard Wildcat […]

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My Hasegawa Ki-45 Nick in FSM

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 […]

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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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