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WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 Rafale Pt.3 – Painting & Finishing

I picked the build up again in February 2024 and while looking at what else needs to be done I reaalized that I had missed out on the a pair of lights on each wingroot. These were quickly handpainted. Based on pictures the inner one is actually a clear panel with the outer one being …...

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WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 Rafale Pt.2 – Painting & Finishing

I’m building a French Air Force Rafale so the color scheme is a uniform medium gray which can look somewhat monotonous. To add some variations to the finish I first added a mottling coat with white color over a base of black. There are usually staining on the hind quarters. To help the eventual oil …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-2A Pt.1 – Construction

The first build of 2024 is Japan’s indigenous F-16 variant, the F-2 Viper Zero. Hasegawa usually makes some extra effort with Japanese subjects, let’s see how this one builds up. First impressions are mixed. This mold is from 1998 but it’s barely more detailed than the F-16 that’s from the 1980s. A plus is that...

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WIP : Academy 1/72 F/A-18E Super Hornet ‘Top Gun’ Pt.1 – Construction

Like any self-professed aviation geek, I was a massive fan of Top Gun: Maverick and upon seeing that DEF Model has issued decals for the aircraft in that movie including of course, Maverick’s F/A-18E Super Hornet, I just had to build one. The kit will be the newish Academy offering that is (somewhat) snapfit. I …...

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A look at Rocket Punch in 2023

Oof… nothing went right for me in 2023. Things started well enough though and I was on track to finish a few kits by the first quarter. Then everything went down hill from there. To summarize: All this is to say that I only finished one kit for 2023. I do have a many in …...

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Hobby Musings, Real Life

A shopping spree in Tokyo in December 2023

At the end of December, my family and I made a short trip to one of our favorite vacation spots, Japan! Scale modeling shopping is always on the to-do list when in Japan. As we decided to take it easy and not hit every tourist spot in Tokyo, this trip afforded me a chance to …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-15E Strike Eagle Pt.1 – Construction

Unlike most aviation fans, I’m not that much of a fan of the F-15. But it’s one of the more important fighter jets of the 20th/21st Century. And of course I want to have a ‘teen fighter’ collection so here we are. Likely overshadowed by newer releases, this Hasegawa offering is at one point, the …...

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WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 Rafale C Pt.1 – Construction

It’s strange that considering how popular the Rafale is (200 or so units in active service) that only Hobbyboss has kitted the subject. My experience with Hobbyboss has been hit or miss though so let’s see how this one goes. As we shall see, this build will heavily reference this Rafale on the Prime Portal …...

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Completed : Fujimi 1/72 Grumman F-14A Tomcat ‘Top Gun’

Kit InfoBrand: Fujimi 28010Scale: 1/72Media: StyreneMarkings: DEF Models 72004F-14 Decal set Movie collection No.1 The SubjectThe Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, twin-tail, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft developed for the United States Navy’s Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program after...

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Hobby Musings, Real Life

A visit to HQ Hobbies

I’m currently in Milford, Connecticut accompanying my daughter to a competition and I found a hobby shop! HQ Hobbies is a 21 year old shop run by Randy and his assistant Pumpkin. As usual with an American shop there are a lot of AMT/Monogram car kits. But the shop also carries some reasonably priced Eduard …...

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