I built Tamiya’s big Mosquito.  It’s the latest tooling in Tamiya’s 1/32 aircraft series, and it is nothing short of fantastic.  I’ve built their Corsair and that is also superb.  One of these two must be the best model kit ever produced to date.

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To my great delight, my Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-17 was judged the winner of the Cold War Model Making & Photos Early Cold War Group Build.

This was a very tough build during which I learned a lot about techniques, paints, how to get certain effects, and the importance of properly masked markings.  It was a major factor in my decision to get a Silhouette Portrait 2 mask cutter, which has already proved itself invaluable in my Mosquito build.

My in-box review of the kit is here

And my full build review is here.

Front Left view

Despite initial misgivings, this kit turned out to be something of a diamond in the rough.  Nothing about this kit suggests it should go together well, yet somehow it does.  Read on for my first encounter with Kinetic.

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I didn’t enjoy this build.

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Another year, another group build, another regrettable purchase?  Welcome to my in-box review of Trumpeter’s MiG-17, in 1/32 scale.

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After the Corsair, I wanted a straightforward, not too involved build to end the year.  I was really enjoying 1/32 props, and was looking for a low parts count and something that would fit well.  Hasegawa’s Kurfurst fit the bill on that point.  Overall though, this was a “were they even trying?”.

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Tamiya’s big Corsair has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best, if not the best, plastic model kits ever created.  There’s little point in me doing a review of the sprues or construction, so I’m just going to walk you through my approach to painting it.

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