Dear Santa…

Belgium-Christmas

Coming from Belgium, Christmas has always been and I assume, still is, the greatest time of the year. That’s the time when the turkeys have to run for their lives over there. Belgians don’t have Thanksgiving like we have here in the US, so usually the family reunions were planned around Christmas time. When I […]

Keeping An Open Mind

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Over the recent years there were many occasions where I attended model shows. I still do actually.  Usually I look forward with a big dose of excitement for those days.  Mostly it is to physically monitor what’s new on the market but more important, to observe the quality and craftsmanship that is on display currently. […]

Exciting New Release By Squadron Products !

Encore Models Re-releases the Czech Model T-50 Bobcat

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Once in a blue moon a kit comes around that brings back nostalgic recollections. Not necessarily the kit itself but things associated with it. Like smells or songs or a place in time. Nothing serious really, just the pleasant feeling that you can relive a happy moment because of a model you’re building. Now before […]

Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas

Sending Goodies and Encouragement To Our Troops Around the Globe

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Greetings all!  As Manager of the Customer Service team here at Squadron, I was thrilled to have the chance to Guest Author the blog this week.  As a modeler myself, joining the group here at Squadron has been like a dream come true. Not only am I surrounded by a treasure chest of model kits […]

Guns-N-Plastic Roses

Guns & Plastic Roses Blog

I’ve always had a fascination with guns. I like everything about them. The look, mystique, engineering and the “power absolute” that a gun carries. Does this make me a violent person or an antagonistic individual? Not at all. There is more appeal to guns than the eye beholds. Agreed, with what is currently going on […]

Focus!

When Will I Finish Another Model?

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I’m becoming more and more aware that I’ve reached a point in my life after almost 5 decades of being a modeler, that it is hard to stay focused with subjects that I’ve picked to build. What I’m trying to say is that, while I love what I’m doing, staying on point is not all […]

Father’s Day

Build a Model...Build a Bond

Father and Son

I was tasked to write something about Father’s day and the joy of modeling, sharing this wonderful experience with your kids and grandkids. An easy task they said – but that is only partially true. Especially for me since I never mastered the skill of siring a male heir to the Verswyvel throne. Although I […]

Days of Thunder [Final Edition]

Building Encore’s 1/48th F-84F Thunderstreak. Pt.VII

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THE END!!! Well, here you have it! I was finally able to finish the F-84F Thunderstreak. It took me a while but after countless distractions, most of them derived from my ever wandering mind, I am proud to say that the Streak is at long last behind glass! After airbrushing a model, there is always […]

Birds and Bovines

Squadron Signal Continues To Be A Great Reference For Modelers

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In one of my previous blogs I explained how, many years ago, I came across Squadron Signal publications in my country of birth, Belgium. As a young and dyed-in-the-wool  modeler I had never seen anything like it. Back then, as many hobbyists of my generation will concur, there was not much available as far as […]

To Win Or Not To Win

Can Showing Your Model Without Anxiety Be Just As Exciting As Winning? - I Say Yes!

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I used to be a big competitor at model shows when I was a lot younger.  I would go above and beyond and most of the time to the extreme, to win the coveted 1st prize. Usually a $3.75 award with an engraved plaque that announced in a burnished manner that you were the Kaiser […]