The return of the Silver Saucer!

  If you’ve read my previous blog about the Haunebu II, you have a pretty good idea of what it was all about back then, when Germany desperately was looking for a way out and leave it all behind. The interesting topic however but what if it would have happened? Scary thought but it also […]

Reach for the Black Sun!

Building and painting Squadron Models HAUNEBU II kit

Recently, I finished my first “Sci-Fi” project ever. Squadron’s own Haunebu II kit. I never was a big fan of Science Fiction. Never warmed up on the idea of building a spacecraft, although I have to admit that as a kid in the sixties, I was a devoted groupie of the Apollo missions. Ever since, […]

Exciting New Release By Squadron Products !

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

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 […]

Days of Thunder [Final Edition]

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

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

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 […]

The Cat is out of the bag!

Encore’s 1/48th F6F-5 Hellcat Review

LIMITED EDITION Encore Models 1/48 F6F-5 Hellcat

When I think about a WW2 US Navy fighter, the image of the Hellcat pops up. What the Mustang and Thunderbolt meant for the USAAF, the Hellcat did it for the Navy. The Grumman F6F Hellcat, nicknamed “Wildcat’s big brother”, was a carrier-based fighter aircraft that a distinguished and very successful career in the Pacific […]

Days of Thunder [Sixth Edition]

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

F-84

Once I got done painting, it was time to put the “stickers” on. I always enjoy this moment because I realize the end is near and I can start the only thing that I really look forward to. Weathering! Looking at the extensive colorful decal sheet I already could visualize how the F-84 was going […]

Days of Thunder [Fifth Edition]

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

I finally got around squirting paint in my Iwata. There is always a decent dose of anxiety into the blend when airbrushing a model. At least for me that is. After all the work you put into a project, a botched paintjob can ruin your day pretty bad. So to avoid descending into a state […]

Days Of Thunder [Fourth Edition]

Building Encore’s 1/48th F-84F Thunderstreak. Pt.IV - It's Airbrush Time!

It’s airbrush time! Long awaited, but finally here! As I mentioned before in the previous chapters, I wanted to depict the box art version for my model. After staring at photos and corresponding with some friend -modelers from Belgium, I did not get any wiser about the NATO colors. Some photos of Belgian F-84Fs had […]

Days of Thunder [Third Edition]

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

Well, I bit off more than I could chew when I promised to finish the kit within 3 sessions. I also want to throw in the excuse of my family moving to a new place and all the fantastic things that come with it. Packing, lifting, carrying stuff up and down stairs, cleaning, unpacking and […]