Demo Builds

I think I already mentioned that this is Hasegawa’s Hurricane Mk. 1 in 1/72 scale. The fit is wonderful and quite a change from the Golden Hind or the A-20 Havoc. Those kits were from the 1960’s and it showed. In fact, all the models I have built on this blog have been challenging, for …

Continue reading Gluing: Hurricane Part 1

The Heller 1/72 Ouragan is missing its munitions. No bombs. No rockets. So I went looking through the stash for something to steal. These rockets are from the FROG Wyvern. These “napalm tanks” are from the Matchbox/Revell Mystere IV. I’ve decided to build the Ouragan in a nifty four-color scheme. Like this one. In fact, …

Continue reading The Gathering: Ouragan Part 1

I think I’m reaching the point with this model where I’m losing my ability to make good decisions because I’m facing two classic obstacles that tend to destroy one’s ability to think. One, I’m up against the limit of what I can do, and two, I’ve already made some mistakes that I can’t undo. One …

Continue reading Enough Already! A-20 Part 9

Weathering a plastic model is more art than science. That’s my story anyway, and I’m sticking to it! I explained in my last post the proper procedure for adding panel lines and post-shading. First, draw in the lines. Then add a coat of clear flat to “kill” the metallic sheen on the pencil lines. Then …

Continue reading Weather or Not: A-20 Part 8

Panel lines have become a “controversial” topic on plastic kit forums, and you won’t be surprised to learn that I have a story to tell about that. Once upon a time, I used to make skins for European Air War. No, we didn’t skin out critters to use a throw rugs during aerial jousting. That’s …

Continue reading Panel Lines: A-20 Part 7

Adding the “spots” to this particular color scheme is a real problem for the model builder–even if you use an airbrush, it’s a problem. You have to mask it (how?) and then spray, or try to fake it without masking and just assume you’ll get by on the universal “airbrushed is OK” rule. On the …

Continue reading Old Splotchy: A-20 Part 5

This old Revell kit has beautiful fit but it’s covered with rivets the size of bowling balls. The Sonic Scrubber worked it’s magic on the A-20, removing those rivets quite nicely. The whole sanding job took less than half an hour. I dry sanded it to avoid having to wait for days for it to …

Continue reading Not Priming: A-20 Part 3

Actually gluing the parts together doesn’t get much respect on most “serious” plastic kit blogs. The gluing and stuff is just a given–it’s the shading and the misting and the photo-etching that has center stage. So I thought I’d devote a little space to the neglected art of lining up parts and attaching them together …

Continue reading Assembly: A-20 Part 2