On the Bench

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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On the Bench

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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On the Bench

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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Previews

Preview : 1/72 F-4 Phantom II kit comparison (Fine Molds, Fujimi and Hasegawa)

The fine folks at Fine Molds have a reputation of superbly done kits and the latest kit in their quiver is the F-4 Phantom II, the first versions (the Japanese EJ and EJ Kai) of which were released in December 2019. With this new kit in my hands, I now have F-4 kits from four …...

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Site News

A look at Rocket Punch in 2020

I finished 11 kits in 2020! I would have finished 12 if not for the long build that F-16A TOPGUN 51 turned out to be. In any case, at the beginning of the year I set a target of 10 completed so I managed to go 1 kit beyond the target. Unfortunately it’s not because …...

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Completed Builds

Completed : Fujimi 1/72 Douglas A-4F Skyhawk

Kit Info Brand: Fujimi F-24 Scale: 1/72 Media: Styrene Markings: Superscale 72-828 The Subject The Douglas (later McDonnell Douglas) A-4 Skyhawk is a single seat subsonic carrier-capable attack aircraft originally developed for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. While relatively lightweight, it was nimble, had a top speed of more than...

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On the Bench

WIP : Fujimi 1/72 A-4F Skyhawk Pt. 2 – Construction, Painting & Finishing

Work continues with the smaller details that need to be addressed. First up is the mis-molded tailhook which eventually broke during my handling during construction. I cut off the tailhook bar and replaced it with 0.5mm plastic rod instead. I drilled a hole into the actuator side and inserted the rod to get a more …...

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