Tag Archives: WW2

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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It had been a while since I built a tank kit, so when The Group Build Group (it’s a thing, honest) on Facebook ran “WWII” as their next subject, I took the opportunity to dust off Meng’s King Tiger.

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Eduard’s 1/48 P-51D has had a lot of hype.  It’s a good kit: but it’s “Eduard good,” not “Tamiya good.”  Here’s why that matters.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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