My first resin kit was a Czech Master Schneider SH.38 glider. I wanted
something simple to practice a new rigging material.
It was simple, all right. Frame, wing, seat, horizontal tail. Scratch building
the controls and jazzing up the seat netted nice results and the rigging turned
out to be a snap.
Since then I've done several cast resin models (and manufactured several more).
So far my favorite is the Muroc Models Northrop GB-1. Bright yellow, looks like
a combination Jetson's/Archie roadster. The tall antenna just cries out for a
1/72 racoon tail.
Any problem with warped parts have been solved with the hot water treatment.
Found out to avoid files, use multi-grade emery boards for best results.
1. 1/72 for myself (publishing ESM 72 helps take the pain out of buying all
those kits:-). Any scale for clients.
2.I build whatever catches my interest. 1/72 allows a huge range of selections,
many of which are available only in 1/72 scale. Well over 12,000 kits and
models have been produced over the years, many times more than any other scale.
BTW, 1100 of these are WWI subjects.
3.Used to produce resin kits, now I have them made for me. I find them a bit of
a challenge, but the increase in subjects is certainly worth it. Vacuforms, on
the other hand, have never appealed to me. The sole exception comes in doing a
WWI aircraft as I find vacuformed wings to be far closer to scale than most
injection molded or resin kits. I have never used etched metal or resin
detailing sets until my current Yak-11 project.
I find that the current level of detail in kits from Roden, etc. to be superior
to most etched metal sets as they are three dimensional, not flat.
I dearly wish I could find more than the usual suspects (ex. Dr I and Sopwith
-whatever-). Trying to find any of the Italian bombers (in 1/72) has proven
impossible for me to date. Although, I confess, I haven't exactly devoted
myself to the hunt, just casual.
I know the resin is good stuff for detail. But I just purely hate those THINK
sprues and trying to detach fine/small parts like machine guns. Even pretty
solid things like wheels seem brittle (I'm used to being able to use my
cutters/knife and moving right along).
The only 1/72 Italian WWI big bomber was done a few years ago by Meikraft, the
Caproni Ca.3. I did a lot of the research, instruction sheets and decal
decisions. It was expensive then and now, with Meikraft and it's owner
deceased, they can fetch a pretty penny, over $100 usually.
Of course if you are only building occasional models try looking at it this
way: Buy five $20 models and take five months to build them or one Meikraft
Caproni Ca.3 and take six months to build it.:-)
It was predominanently injection molded with several cast metal parts, included
rigging material (two of the six months worth of work), wood veneer and superb
decals. Have seen them of e-bay fin the $100 range.
The Roden line, which started as Toko, has a very large range of superb 1/72
WWI kits from the Gotha bomber and just released Felixstowe to their wonderful
line of fighters.
If you are looking for particular subjects and can't subscribe to ESM 72
(Vol.6, #3 and #4 covered everything ever produced on WWI subjects with updates
continuing through Vol.7) just post a request here and I (along with several
others) will be happy to help you find them.
The Roden (ex-Toko kits are now available from Eastern Express) are usually
under $10 and are a serious value for the money. The best part about them is
the tiny little parts are injection molded in three dimensions. Etched metal
parts are great, but they are often flat where they should have some body to
>But, I balk at the idea of a
I actually spent over $100 for a 1/72 B-24 diecast from Corgi. I never would
have put out the money, but I get to fly Collings' "Dragon" once in awhile and
I just couldn't stand missing it. Now, if they did their B-17G in "Nine-O-Nine"
markings they would get more of my money. Instant gratification can be
An ESM 72 subscription is $25, $30 outside the U.S. You would want Vol.6 as it
contains two entire issues of WWI subjects. You may want to extend to Vol.7
eventually for the many updates.
Corte Madera, California
Like I said before, let us know what subject you would like to see and we'll
climb over each other to fill you in.
in article email@example.com, SamVanga at
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote on 11/3/03 12:17 AM:
First off, I build whatever strikes my fancy. For me this usually means 1/48
aircraft that have props but I build quite a few 1/72 kits as well. Not to
say that I don't also build the occasional armor piece or car or even ship.
I don't do collections but I tend to do "themes" (BOB, Coral Sea, etc.)
I buy whatever catches my eye and that means I have a very eclectic
collection of kits. And I buy a lot of resin and PE. Building OOB is a near
impossibility for me.
And, I'll build whatever a client asks for but I don't enjoy those builds as
much as I once did. I try to build only for my own pleasure and for my own
As for resin and vacs? I've never done an all resin kit but I've done a
number of vacs. Today's mix-media kits are generally very good but a tad
expensive for some modelers.
My .02 cents.
On Mon, 03 Nov 2003 06:17:37 +0000, SamVanga wrote:
I started out as a kid doing 1/72nd aircraft. As a "poor young one",
it was hard to go wring with those Hasegawa kits at-a-then $1.29MSRP!
I also did sci-fi, as well as "real" space stuff.
As I grew older, I went full bore into figures and armor.
( no specific scale )
I did many of the classic Series 77 "The Americans", and gradually
moved to conversions and scratch. I hardly ever do a "stock"
figure nowadays. I like to do something that no one else has.
As I see it...no matter how well I paint a stock figure....there
will be a "zillion" artists that do a BETTER job on it....lol
For armor and aircraft, pretty much WWII is the area of interest
(though not limited to that...)
For figures, the "War Of Northern Agression" is my primary area of
interest, although if something "gonzo" strikes my fancy.....
Resin is pretty much unavoidable in figures. The state-of-the-art
in resin casting far surpasses white metal, and on a "detail by detail"
comparison, even exceeds injected styrene.
Plus, the "resin-ish" epoxy putties ("A&B", "Magic Sculpt", "Atlas",
"Duro/Knead-A-Tite") are a revelation (or is it "revolution"?...lol).
Sadly...the epoxy putty that most modelers are familiar with
("Milliput") is vastly inferior to any the above.....
1) I prefer larger scales - 1/48, 1/35, and 1/32...though I seem to be
buying less and less in 1/48 these days.
2) Yes - I tend to build "collections"; a series of subjects that are
somehow related or relevent to each other or an event or period in
history, as a rule. If by "eclectic" it is meant that I build other
than one genre of kit - like aircraft - exclusively....hmmnnn...I might
3) Yes - I love resin. But not as much as photo etch...
Somewhat. I have a good number of P-36/Hawk 75s, and am ready (well, will
be) to build even more. I figure by the time I finish building all the
schemes, etc. I want to, I'll have about 40-50, with no two alike. Then
there are ME-109s/FW-190s, and F-18s in special schemes.
I`ve always liked 1/72 all my modelling life, But lately I`ve startedto do a
couple of 1/48 Aircraft, The Academy Hunter I did was the first time I used
resin because of the woeful cockpit provided, This has definitely given me a
taste for it and would love to do more, However I am still sticking to
1/72-1/76 armour because I just enjoy it, I also flirt with 1/700 ship kits
as well, Lately though I have had an itch to go back to 1/24 Car kits but
obviously cost is a major factor, Oh and I like to do Motorcycle kits too
and I am looking to the new Italeri 1/12 kits as well, This modelling thing
tends to take over your life does`nt it? Not that I`m complaining of course!
On 03 Nov 2003 06:17:37 GMT, email@example.com (SamVanga) wrote:
1/72 planes. I tried 1/48 a couple of times but it's too big for me.
I build mainly modern russian jets, but I also like the Century Series
(I love the F-106): I think they all share the same "raw" beauty. But
sometimes I model something completely different. For example I just
took an Avro Vulcan.
I love resin. I even cast custom parts sometimes (so I need only to
scratchbuild one master instead of multiple parts).
To send e-mail write "mclink" instead of "non.credoproprio" in the
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