Man vs Kit

Kinetic has taken a significant step up with this kit.  The fiddly landing gear are the only downside to a kit that is otherwise a joy to build.

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AMK’s Kfir is a lovely, uncomplicated kit let down by fiddly landing gear.

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For a kit that dates from the 1980s, Tamiya’s HMS Prince of Wales is surprisingly nice.  I backdated it to the ship’s May 1941 configuration at the Denmark Strait.

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Eduard’s 1/32 Bf 109: a nice kit that manages to be strangely annoying.

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The F-14 buildoff left me feeling rather drained, so I opened the kit I had kept the longest.  Like all Wingnuts it presented a curious mix of perfection and (self-inflicted) challenge.

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Tamiya’s F-14 is a joy to build.  AMK’s should not have been released.  Even on parole.

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Now AMK’s 1/48 F-14D is finally here, I’m going to build it side-by-side with Tamiya’s recent F-14D release.  The Tamiya is said to be a lovely kit, and I recently enjoyed AMK’s Mig-31, so this ought to be fun.  I bought both kits myself, and this is the first time I have built either, so you’ll be getting my honest impressions as I go, desk to keyboard with no filters in the way.

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The F-15 is possibly my all-time favourite plane, and the E model’s variety of ordnance and interesting weathering makes it a very compelling subject.   I had heard that the GWH 1/48 kit was very good, but found the reality to be more complex.  How far into a build can you get before realising the kit isn’t as good as you hoped?  Twenty minutes in this case.

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It has been interesting and instructive to look back on my past ten or so years of modelling, but there’s little point if we can’t learn anything from it.  I need to learn something, because at this point I feel like I am just circling, unable to improve.  I have successfully reached a stage where I can easily build models to a decent quality, often with a nice finish, but I know that I am a long way from the quality of the guys I really look up to.

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While thinking of what I wanted to say for a 2019 roundup, I realised I got back into modelling in 2009.  That’s not quite ten years, because of how numbers work, but it still feels like a good point to pause and reflect on how I got here.  All I can say is that I hadn’t realised I’d improved that much.  The bar was set low…

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