Man vs Kit

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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I neither wanted nor expected to enjoy this kit, but once I got used to it, I found a very pleasant build experience.  But don’t get the wrong idea: this kit has plenty of oddities…

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Is it a stag?  Is it a dragonfly?  Is it an owl?  Tamiya’s He 219 is a really nice little kit.

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After watching the Ukrainian Flanker’s demonstration at RIAT this summer, I wanted to build one.  So I did.

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A Cold War Reconnaissance group build?  What could be a better fit than a big SR-71?  Admittedly I didn’t realise how big this kit was going to be, nor how frustrating.

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Sometimes, you know a kit will be so much work that you just can’t summon the motivation to get started unless something gives you a prod.  In my case, that kit was Aoshima’s 1/350 Kongo, and the prod a pair of group builds: the “whole year build” at Rivet Counters, and the “1944” build at Warts and All.  These overlapped nicely: one encouraging modellers to get really stuck in and pull out all the stops, and the other being the year the kit relates to.

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