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WIP : Hasegawa 1/48 Fw 190A-5 Pt.1 – Construction

The Focke-Wulfe Fw 190 (nicknamed Würger; English: Shrike) was one of the workhorses of the Luftwaffe during World War II. It’s therefore a popular subject for model kit manufacturers. By all accounts the Hasegawa offering is detailed, fits quite well and comes in a lot of variants. The boxing I have is the A5 variant …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 SV-51y Pt. 2 – Painting

With so many subassemblies coming together, there are inevitable gaps which thankfully, were easy to tackle. The first thing to be painted is the canopy frame which was given the cockpit color of greenish blue. Then an overall base coat of black is done with Mr. Hobby Finishing Surfacer Black. Thinned with Mr Hobby Levelling …...

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Completed Builds

Completed : Bandai HGUC 1/144 RX-78GP01 Gundam Zephyranthes

Kit Info Brand: Bandai HGUC 013 Scale: 1/144 Media: Styrene Markings: Various The Subject The RX-78GP01 was a prototype general-purpose mobile suit developed under the Gundam Development Project, an initiative started by the Earth Federation after the One Year War. The RX-78GP01 was the second prototype completed under this program....

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WIP : HGUC RX-78GP01 Pt. 2 – Painting & Finishing

General malaise has slowed down my builds but I’m trying to ramp it up again by finishing this one. I managed to lose the insert on the left torso so I scratchbuilt something out of plastic plate and Kotobukiya minus molds. Painting begins as usual with a base coat of black. My GP01 will have …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 SV-51y Pt. 1 – Construction

My annual Macross build begins with this one, a part of a build-off with my good friend Maxwinamp from Out There. He is done with his while I’m still taking my own sweet time. Ah well. Anyway, beautiful CGI boxart as usual from Tenjin Hidetaka. A dryfit shows a surprisingly huge kit. As usual with …...

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Hobby News

Upcoming : Hasegawa 1/72 TR-5 Harpy from Crusher Joe

This is a must get for me! Incidentally, the Harpy was used in Battletech as the original ‘Samurai’ Aerospace Fighter but that has since been re-designed due to lawsuits. Anyway, I hope the Siren will be released next. Coming in late March @ 2,860 JPY. More pics on Hobbysearch....

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On the Bench

WIP : HGUC RX-78GP01 Pt. 1 – Construction

I’ve had this kit snapfitted for a few years already so I thought it’s time to finish it before Bandai eventually releases a new version. Except for the overly large hands typical of older HGUC releases, I’ve always liked the proportions of this kit. So there’ll just be very minor mods on this one. First …...

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Completed Builds

Completed : Hasegawa 1/72 Boeing AV-8B Harrier II

Kit Info Completed : Hasegawa 1/72 Boeing AV-8B Harrier IIKit Info Brand: Hasegawa 00449 Scale: 1/72 Media: Styrene Markings: Kit The Subject The Boeing (previously McDonnell Douglas) AV-8B Harrier II, the second generation of the Harrier Jump Jet family, is a single-engine ground attack aircraft capable of vertical or short takeoff...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 AV-8B Harrier II Pt. 2 – Construction, Painting & Finishing

Gap fixing took some time as quite a few prominent joints didn’t fall on natural panel lines. There was a noticeable seamline where the LERX meets the wing which required filling and rescribing of the whole area. The bottom was relatively free of annoying seamlines. The fit of the gunpod though… The gunpod system is …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 AV-8B Harrier II Pt. 1 – Construction

I started this kit in early December 2020 thinking that since it was from Hasegawa I should be able to finish it by the end of year and hit my target of a dozen kits completed. Alas, I had too much faith in Hasegawa. This kit really needed ‘some basic modeling skills’ after all. What …...

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