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 […]Read More 1/48 Hasegawa RF-86 Haymaker
Unless you are making a UAV, your model airplane will have a cockpit. After radial engines, cockpits are probably my favorite part of an aircraft build. Today’s kits typically come with excellent detail right out of the box that just need paint. Of course, there is always room for an aftermarket resin set or some […]Read More Tips and Tricks for Modeling Aircraft Cockpits
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+ […]Read More 1/48 Tamiya Ki-61 Hien (Tony)
Does Box Art really sell kits? This seems to be one of those logical things we all believe. In my personal experience, I have only bought one kit because of the box art and that was a long time ago. I am much more likely to buy a kit based on the contents of the […]Read More Box Art – An Artist’s Perspective
Or is 72nd scale in decline? I have listened to some opinions about this in recent podcasts. One of the hosts from the Scale Model Podcast explained that he does not build 72nd because he has trouble seeing the parts. Yet one of the hosts from Plastic Model Mojo boldly claims 72nd to be God’s […]Read More Is the Gentleman’s Scale still relevant?
Spring model shows are just like any other gathering of people. The ones in March-May have all been cancelled or postponed. It is unfortunate but a small price to pay to limit the spread of this virus and to help our health systems cope with it. We can still look at some models though! This […]Read More A Look Back at the 2013 HeritageCon Show
As I stated on my previous looking back article about the 2012 Montreal Model Meet, one of the many unfortunate realities during this time is the cancellation or postponement of all sorts of events and gatherings. Relevant to this blog is the cancellation of model shows this spring. This is definitely a small price to […]Read More A Look back at the 2012 Well*Co*M*E Model Show
It is spring 2020 and it will certainly be a period of time that will live long within each of us. It is my sincere hope this thing turns a corner soon and we can get back with our regular lives. One of the many realities during this time is the cancellation or postponement of […]Read More A Look Back at the 2012 Montreal Model Meet
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 […]Read More 1/48 Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat
Cold weather is a great excuse to take the little one to the air museum. No matter how many times I go there, I always find something interesting and last time was no different. I found this gem on the bookshelf in the kiddie drawing & reading room: “Model Planes For Beginners” was first printed […]Read More Model Kits that broke the Internets!