Man vs Kit

One of the nicest pieces of feedback I have received came from my “where next” post last year, where Will Pattison, one of the modellers I really look up to, commented that I had got to the point where I was starting my own journey, having figured out the basics from other people.  I have no idea where that journey is going, so I can only assume this is one of those journeys where you only figure out where you’re going by getting there.  So let’s take a look at where my journey has gone in the last year.

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“Accurate Minatures.”  They made no promises about anything but accuracy, and for good reason.

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An imposing kit of an important aircraft, Trumpeter’s C-47 is lovely and frustrating in equal measure.

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Kitty Hawk’s Su-34 is a decent kit that is let down by flaws that are all too typical.  But if you have the right expectations it can be an enjoyable build and makes a stunning model.

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Tamiya’s 1/48 Fw 190D-9 is a little gem of a kit. It keeps things simple to offer a really easy build. You just can’t go wrong with this one, it’s a delight for beginners and experienced modellers alike.

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Italeri’s big F-104 does you no favours, yet manages to be an enjoyable build.  I love this Canadian scheme and this might just be my favourite finished piece.

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Having built Tamiya’s 1/32 P-51D back in 2012 or so I was pleased to find it every bit as nice as I remembered.  This is a fantastic kit, but check the box schemes before building.

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Lovely kit of an interesting, historically significant, and under-represented subject.  I enjoyed this very much, though realistic ship weathering remains elusive.

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A modern 1/32 P-51 tooling for 30% the price of Tamiya’s kit.  Where were corners cut?  Everywhere.

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A really nice kit, as expected.  Also an opportunity to attempt to reproduce a build that inspired me to do better.

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10/63