Category Archives: Reviews

I just received my copy of Eduard’s new 1/48 P-51D, via Topnotch masks where Sean kindly included insignia masks in a selection of sizes.  As might be expected from a new-tool kit of a popular plane in a very accessible scale, it’s been attracting attention.  These are my first thoughts on the kit.

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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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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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Millennium falcon, front left view

A long time ago, in a town… well, a few kilometres from where I live now, I decided that I wanted to build a 1/72 Millennium Falcon.  Back then, the Fine Molds kit was the only option, so when I saw that it was on a 30% off sale at HLJ, I snapped it up.  I bought the Tamiya 1/32 Mustang at the same time, and given that I built that many moons ago indeed, I really did sit on this one for a long time.

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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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Viggen front left view

Back when I first opened the box and wrote that nice, optimistic review of the sprues, I was concerned that some of Tarangus’ design choices could prove problematic.

They did.

The Viggen was an absolute pain of a build, and every problem could and should have been fixed before they even cut the moulds.

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Left side

It’s time to rethink my opinion of Trumpeter.  This little frigate is a really nice build.

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I’m currently working on Tamiya’s 1/32 Corsair, and I still need to write up that Type 23 Frigate, but today let’s take a look at something completely different: Tarangus’ 1/48 Viggen.

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