Man vs Kit

Wingnut’s monster flying boat is worth the effort.

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A fun little build of an interesting late Cold War US spy submarine.

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Takom’s Gepard anti-aircraft tank is a lovely kit, let down by poor attention to detail in some areas.

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This kit deserves its reputation for terrible engineering, but it’s a sad indictment of the industry that even among modern toolings, this is far from the worst kit I’ve finished.

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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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10/67