Man vs Kit

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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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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Since the announcement that Wingnut Wings’ first effort outside of their typical First World War subject matter will be a 1/32 scale Lancaster, I’ve heard a lot of people get very excited about it.  I’ve also heard a few ask whether this move makes sense for the company and whether we can expect to see any further kits from later eras.

In this article, I’m going to show why this makes business sense, and what this might mean for the future.

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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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Back around the turn of the millennium, I loved the PC flight sim Comanche 3.  This took you into the world of a helicopter that blended stealth and firepower, having to figure out the best way to approach various mission profiles.  It was great fun, and it made me really like the RAH-66 Comanche.

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The story of how Eduard’s little MiG-21 ended a streak of really struggling with builds.  What a nice little kit it is.

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Front left view

This is the wrap up of my posts on building Kitty Hawk’s 1/48 Su-35.

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