Jul 19, 2014 - Scifi    Comments Off

AMT Mr Spock

Jonas’s (age 11) favorite Star Trek character is Mr Spock; I’m not sure why. He’s wanted to build a model of Mr. Spock for a couple of years now, and with a kit showing up under the Christmas Tree last year, he finally had his chance. I think he did a great job!

You can find this model at Amazon: 1968 Vintage AMT Model Kit Star Trek Mr Spock Large Box

Feb 4, 2013 - Armor, Models    Comments Off

Italeri 1:35 Demag with Pak 38

Garrett built this Italeri 1/25th scale German halftrack in about a weekend. He’s experimenting with dry-brushing and layering coats of paint to add depth.

Jan 19, 2013 - Armor, Models    Comments Off

Dragon 1/72 Challenger 2

This is a Dragon 1/72nd scale  Challenger 2, a Main Battle Tank (MBT) of the British Army.

Garrett built this in a weekend. He’s 13, and managed to figure out the dry brushing technique on his own. Note the scratches near the hatch on the turret.

Oct 2, 2012 - Aircraft, Models    Comments Off

P-40B Flying Tiger

Jonas, age 9, built this beautiful P-40B Flying Tiger. He did nearly all of the assembly with guidance from me. I did the paint job as he’s not experienced with the airbrush yet; I helped him with the large decals because he didn’t want them to rip.

Oct 2, 2012 - Armor, Models    Comments Off

DML M1A1 Abrams MBT With Mine Plough

Another masterpiece by Garrett, his first “quality” kit. Some of the little fiddly bits gave him trouble, especially the basket on the rear of the turret and required my assistance. He also asked me to do the link & length treads — they gave me fits! — so he just did them one day while I was making dinner… just turned them out in about 20 minutes.

 

Oct 2, 2012 - Models, Naval    Comments Off

BB63 USS Missouri in Two Days

Garrett, age 12, knocked this kit out in two days. The only thing I helped him with was ensuring the waterline masking was as straight as we could get it. I never did the rigging and flags when I was his age. What a show-off! This is the Revell USS Missouri Battleship in 1:535

Oct 2, 2012 - Armor, Models    Comments Off

Tamiya M5A1 Stuart Light Tank

When I was young, I loved to build models. I started around age 8 and built quite a few over the years; mostly  armor, planes, and ships.  I wasn’t into building cars or other bland (to my young sensibilities!) kits. I always wanted to build a Tamiya kit as they always looked to be of superior detail than similar Monogram or Revell kits but they were always out of budget.

As an adult, I decided to return to model building and promptly made my inner child happy and bought a coveted Tamiya kit, the M5A1 Stuart Light Tank   *. I resolved to use every ounce of skill I had, every drop of patience, and produce a build worthy of this precious kit. I bought the proper paints, fresh X-Acto blades, and set to work. I took my time, carefully trimming each piece, dry fitting and most importantly, using just enough glue. No  gluey fingerprints would mar this masterpiece.

Then life happened. The wedding, then two great kids — future modellers, but that’s another post — and my partially built kit sat in its box, gathering dust.

Fast forward 15 years. Yes, fifteen. Now that my boys are older, and happily kit bashing alongside me and more importantly no longer requiring supervision and assistance on every part, my attention returned to my neglected Stuart.

Here’s the final result. My oldest, Garrett, did the final detail painting of the tools, shells in the machine gun, and he also weathered the tracks with a weathering crayon. Not bad!


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It appears Tamiya has updated their kit since I purchased this one. Most notably, the turret has the large slope on the right hand side