Days Of Thunder! [Second Edition]

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

Once I had everything laid out, I’d started with gluing the sub- assemblies like the wings, drop tanks and prepared the smaller parts. It is always nice to have all the pieces cleaned up and at the ready before you start the big stuff. I must admit, other than a minor “tweak” around the intake […]

Days Of Thunder!

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

F-84F Thunderstreak

Not too long ago I was tasked to come up with a new subject for our Encore line. Anything, they said, as long as it is an airplane. Having a carte blanche once in a while is not a bad thing and since the Powers That Be weren’t looking all that closely that day, I […]

Raining Plastic From China

Great Quality and Well Rendered - Hobby Boss and Trumpeter Are Destined For a Bright Future

When Trumpeter and HobbyBoss first came out with their larger kits, I think it revolutionized, or should I say, catapulted the hobby into the 21st century. For the longest time, the industry was in a dull place as far as styrene kits were concerned. Nothing was really moving and new releases other than resin updates […]

Tool Mania

Why Modelers Need So Many Tools

Why do we need so many different tools to build a model? I remember a time when a potato knife and my mother’s nail file sufficed to finish the task. Sometimes I got really lucky and found some leftover scraps of sandpaper in my dad’s toolbox that he used to sand the rust off his […]

HAVE A GANDER AT THE GOOSE!

Floatplanes have always been fascinating to me. There is no particular reason for it other than I like big puddles of water and I like airplanes so something must have connected in my brain to put those two together. WWII floatplanes were cumbersome. No matter if they were American, German, Japanese or British, most of them […]

Dragonfly Alley!

A few years ago during one of our EagleQuest happenings, our guest speaker was Major John Lamb (USAF retired). Major Lamb made his mark, flying combat missions over Vietnam and accumulating more than 2,400 hours flying time on the T-37B. He kept us nailed to our seats with his fascinating stories about how he flew […]

Squadron Products: Limited Edition P-40E Warhawk Release

There is no need to introduce the P-40, as it is well known for its history and has been a very thankful subject matter in many books and publications throughout. The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American, single seat, all metal fighter and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. P-40 Warhawk was the […]

Ship ahoi!

Last October I attended the Ihobby show in Chicago. As we were setting up our booth and display, a crate arrived from the Meng factory in China. In it was a build-up model of their latest release; the Crossing, based on the latest John Woo film. I hadn’t heard of the movie but the factory […]