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+... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

1/48 Fine Molds Ki-15 Kamikaze (Babs)

I have always liked the look of golden age aircraft.  The more streamlined the better.    Something about polished metal, wheel pants and big engine cowlings.  Aviation technology was changing so rapidly between the wars and it seemed as though every new model broke some sort of record. First flying in May of 1936, the... Continue Reading →

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