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.
Why do people build so many WWII German subjects? Many possibilities have been raised, and here are three reasons I think we are missing: poor history, subject visibility, and perceived elan.
I just received my copy of Eduard’s new 1/48 P-51D, via Topnotch masks where Sean kindly included insignia masks in a selection of sizes. As might be expected from a new-tool kit of a popular plane in a very accessible scale, it’s been attracting attention. These are my first thoughts on the kit.
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?”.