Man vs Kit

Lately, I’ve been reflecting upon the kits I’ve built.  While thinking about what I enjoyed building as a kid and what I’m enjoying now, I wondered how much of my choice has been personal interest and how much was dictated by the kits available.  As a kid, many were gifts, too.

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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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In preparation for my build of Tamiya’s 1/32 Mosquito FB Mk.VI I did a bit of reading on the flame suppressors.  It’s an optional part with a lot of interest and history.

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These were built for the group build over at Topnotch Masks, both to represent specific aircraft as seen in reference photos.

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I didn’t enjoy this build.

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My Viggen was judged the winner of the Baltics group build over on Cold War Model Making and Photos.  I’ve never had a model win something before, so it’s a little bit of a big deal.  Thanks to everyone who provided info, advice, and support on this build, especially the Vikings who wouldn’t let me put a foot wrong.

You can read more about the build here and here.

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“Basic modelling skills”, also shortened to “BMS” is a phrase that has entered the modelling lexicon.  Here I will argue that it has a negative effect on the hobby and its community, show why it is flawed, and suggest how we might improve.

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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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Fish swim, birds fly, bears steal hubcaps (thanks Gary Larson!), and scale model bloggers write about what they built during the year.  So “bear” with me as I talk through the good, bad, and ugly of this year’s building.

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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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