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1/48 F-14D AMK / Tamiya Build-off! Initial impressions

1/48 F-14D AMK / Tamiya Build-off! Initial impressions

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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GWH 1/48 F-15E

GWH 1/48 F-15E

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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How we got here: Man vs Kit 2009-2019 roundup

How we got here: Man vs Kit 2009-2019 roundup

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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Aoshima 1/350 Kongo: A lesson in hubris

Aoshima 1/350 Kongo: A lesson in hubris

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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