Bigger is Better!

I just got my hands on the NEW 1:32 Scale B-24J from HobbyBoss!

Once in a blue moon…not too often; but on occasion, I still get a visit from the Papilionoidea family in my stomach. For me to exclaim this and revealing publicly of having a soft underbelly, the reason must be one of extraordinary proportion and awe-striking visuals. Well, HobbyBoss’s newly released 1/32nd B-24 is one of […]

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, […]

Nighttime Nemesis

Building HobbyBoss' P-61 Black Widow - Customer Build & Guest Post by Rick Cockrum

I recently shared with Jef at Squadron workbench my build of the BIG 1/32 scale Hobby boss  P-61B Black Widow. At over 740 pieces, this was the most ambitious project I have ever attempted. And without question, this big bird challenged my skills. Still, colorful language used during the month and a half project, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]