To Win Or Not To Win

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

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 […]

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


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 […]

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 […]