Way, way, back I can still remember when me and my dad bought my first model kit ever, a BF-109 F. I can't recall what shop we went to, but I remember the clerk telling us that the Italian planes were more expensive than the others. Interesting how you can remember random tidbits. Now I'm going to get all sentimental as well as nostalgic.
Anyways, for that reason, the BF-109 is one of the most memorable aircraft for me, and I still have that kit, except that it is in horrifying condition, since I changed the paint scheme about 3 times. I will probably change it once more and then leave it alone from here unto eternity. It was a nice kit, 1/32nd scale, and it includes a pilot. The company was 21st Century Toys. Anyways, so there my modelling began. My dad built the kits though, with me mainly just watching, but I don't think I wanted to build them, I gladly let him do the work. Anyways, the first model kit I ever built on my own was a 1/48th F4F Wildcat. It too, is in poor condition.
However, I'm now a more "serious" modeller. My ideal at this time would be to build something that looks good enough to put on casual display in a hobby shop. Nothing fancy, just a nice, clean, model.
I haven't been doing my best towards that end, but I feel that my skills have definitely improved, or at least I have a good grasp on what I need to do. My biggest bane right now is skipping steps and improvising because I don't want to wait till the next time I go to a hobby shop to attain the right supplies. But I'm not too picky, and I'll get better as I go on I would think, and more picky as well.
So first I'm going to start with what I'm currently building and my workshop.
It is decent, but tends to fall into chaos rapidly. The photograph below says it all poignantly:
But it works well enough.
My tools consist of razor blades, latex gloves (which subtract from dexterity but prevent me from having to file paint and cement off my fingers after each modelling session) a swiss army knife, pliers, nail file, old paint brushes/bits of sprue, an iron and emery file, plus a selection of dremel tool bits, (I have a dremel but don't typically use it). The big flesh-colored spot is a paint bottle spill.
Now for the kits I'm currently working on:
A while ago, I was planning on building a Sabre. And the minute I saw this I swept it off the shelf.
It is an old kit. (1976!) but in good shape other than the decals. For 8 dollars it was a steal. A 1/48 Monogram kit. Right now it is about 70-80% complete.
This one is a Tamyia 1/35 M4A3 Sherman. It is largely complete, but languishing since I still need to get paint for the tracks, stowage, and I have 7 tank crew members that need assembly/painting. I bought the wrong olive drab color for the model and since the aftermarket crew was NW Europe '44, I abandoned my idea of making it a mud-splattered tank in the Italy theater and gave it a white wash scheme for winter in Germany. 90% complete.
Here is the aftermarket US tank crew I bought for my Sherman. The company is Dragon, and of course, scale is 1/35. My only regret is that my painting skills prevent me from making the best of the kit, but after all, it was only five dollars. 30%-ish complete
This too is a 1/35 scale tamiya kit, a T-34/76 awaiting track painting, a new cupola hatch, and better figure painting, but otherwise it a decent-looking model. 95% complete.
I particularly like how the driver can be seen from the open hatch.
This another ancient kit, a 1977 Aurora/Esci Stug III.
It was about 9 bucks, not bad, but it is in bad shape, with brittle parts.
It's 1/72 scale. About 5 to 10% complete.
And finally, last on the list, a Hasegawa 1/72 M1 Abrams. It was about 5 dollars, and it doesn't have any of the problems that the Stug has, since it's newer. 30% complete or something like that
So, that wraps it up! in my upcoming posts I will be documenting the assembly of these kits. -Andrew