Sunday, January 18, 2009

It begins (again)

In 1989, I completed my last model. It was, if I remember correctly, a German Marder (modern infantry fighting vehicle). It was done entirely with a brush, and has not survived.

This autumn, I suddenly got the bug again. After a hard day at work, I stopped by the local hobby store and picked up an Academy Boeing P-26 Peashooter and I was hooked and I mean hooked. I had been gifted with an older Aztek airbrush a couple of years ago, but it sat idle until this September.

Here's the Peashooter. It turned out just good enough that I thought I could keep going. The pilot is from Tamiya's F4U-1a that was the next model I built:

The Corsair was an eye-opener. I'd built a lot of Tamiya armor in the late 80's but their aircraft are spectacular. The engineering of the kit was fabulous. Not just the detail, but how the pieces fit along existing panel lines to minimize seam issues. Wonderful. This Corsair is displayed on an in-progress scratch-built (scratch-building?) carrier deck. There will be better photos taken when the deck is complete:

So, that was the beginning. I'm not 75% done with a Tamiya Wildcat a nice model that I've been working on since mid-December. I'm trying to go slow and not end up with things that 'will do' and make sure that it's the best I can do.

listening to while posting: "Blood Red Roses" by Sting


  1. I really love the figure standing on the wing, I just think that looks quite neat.

    I think I've only ever done sci fi related models, the hardest being the Enterprise A because the model itself was weighted all wrong and it kept tipping over.

  2. I think figures make the piece. I think a model on a shelf is just boring.

    When I was a tyke in the 70's I was gifted with a giant (to me) AMT TOS Enterprise AND a Warbird (that huge decal was a pain). I think that the ships need to be hung from a ceiling for optimum effect.