I completed 14 models in 2008. Sort of.
1/72 Revell Hunter F4
1/72 Revell Hunter FGA74
1/72 Hasegawa RF-4E
1/72 Hasegawa F-15A
1/72 Tamiya Mosquito NF.II
1/48 Eduard FW-190A-8
1/48 Tamiya Spitfire prototype
1/48 Tamiya FW-190D
1/48 Hasegawa F4U-5N Corsair
1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire XII (Aeroclub conversion kit)
1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire VII
1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire VIII
1/48 Eduard F6F-3 Hellcat
1/48 Tamiya Corsair II
I say "sort of" because I'm not counting the eight 1/72 Armourfast tanks
that I started as paint dummies to see whether I had what it takes to build
armour models. They turned into a lot of fun. Neither am I counting the
eight Dragon 1/35 figures that I tried my hand out and which turned out
rather well. I'm not even counting the 1/72 Sea Fury, Hellcat and Corsair
that I built as fun "What If" projects. And I'm definitely not counting the
half dozen 4mm scale Stanier railway coaches.
All in all, I had a rather satisfying 2008, modelling-wise. What are the
scores on *your* doors?
New abode, updating all my qualifications (having ceased being a full time
carer) and various other life events got in the way - Mainly due to lack of
somewhere to keep models safe - However friend's kid wanted some toy
soldiers, so I did him some with some vehicles and scenery - The bug has
definately bitten - He is now the proud owner of a *lot* of WW2 military
stuff culled from my stash, all in correct formations but awaiting the
Armourfast German half tracks to complete. Got totally absorbed in the
scenery side, solved all the problems I had when I was his age, particularly
fond of the bank-statement sand bags (should make life harder for identity
). Also rather
pleased with the 'safety trees', got very carried away with that lot (
), all he needs now is a
*really* big room to set them all up in. Not sure his Mum was too impressed
but apparently his mates are all turning up to play with them!
There is a plan to build a 'space base' (ripple lighting down the runway,
revolving radars etc, fancied building one since I was a kid myself, those
who grew up with Fireball XL5 and Space Patrol will understand), but I thnk
I need another kiddie to give it to as it'll be about five feet by two feet
six inches. Should make a good 'night light' though, especially if I can
get some stories written to go with it (to reinforce the idea of someone
being 'on watch' in the control tower). Converting some Airfix Orion
Shuttles to air-breathing atmic powered transports (dorsal intake and fin is
all that is required for that) but want to have removable undercarriage so
they can also be suspended from the ceiling if required.
Personally I have to make some ships to go on a model railway, have the
materials, all I need now is some time, and the model railway.
In the longer term I have to finish the project started in about 1976 to
model representative forces of NATO and WP for Europe in the middle of the
Cold War, still working on the military side (distinct shortage of suitable
figures there) and when the shelving goes up I'll start on the air support
side. For the moment it's all in A4 box files, about three or four cubic
Still think kits are both cheaper and more effective that anti-stress
medication, have always believed that kits should be made available on the
National Health (in the UK at least).
Best wishes for the new year
I usually am a fast builder, but slowed down in the past few months.
New baby in the house...
Without getting out my records, my December builds were a YP-37
(Beechnut fuselage, all the rest modified from an Academy P-40B),
Matchbox JU-188, Entex XP-50 (pure junk), and a Frog Me262 done gear
Frog? I have a couple of Frog Gannets in the Deep Stash. Once day I'd like
to do a triple build - Revell, Trumpeter and Frog - and make sure I get them
all to the same standard. I think it's the sort of thing that Al
Superczynski would have approved of.
That's something I have done in the past. I have a small flock of Bf
110s of all manufacturers waiting for their canopies to be finished.
Masking those has been a laborious process but I don't have the steady
hands to freehand the frames anymore.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
Well, all in 1/72nd...
3 E-2's, Fujimi (completed the day I heard about the Hasegawa offering)
4 F/A-18F, Hasegawa
1 P-3C, Hasegawa
2 F-15C, Hasegawa
2 F-15D, Hasegawa
3 A-4M, Fujimi
4 F-16AM, Revell Germany
2 F-16BM, Revell Germany
3 2 1/2 Ton Trucks, Tamyia
3 Dingo's, Revell Germany
1 F-16CJ, Revell USA
I've noticed that it takes me longer to finish kits than in the past.
Interruptions have increased.
I also fired my agent, got a new one, and finished two novels and started a
third. Took a big bite our of the modeling time!
Not a huge amount completed but better than I'd expected.
1/48 Airfix Lightning F6
1/48 Airfix Jaguar
1/48 Dynavector TSR2
1/48 Hasegawa Sabre, Revell box and Eagle Strike RAF decals
1/48 Classic Airframes DH Hornet. What a horrible kit.
1/48 Dragon Fw190D9. Not a horrible kit and unfairly maligned.
1/48 Hasegawa F104G
Plus Airfix Buccaneer underway
Airfix Nimrod that stalled waiting for the Model Alliance stencil data
decals and failed to get restarted.
Not a lot of models but a fun time building them.
Don't be so hard on it; it's not a bad as a Starfix....
I built mine as an American Luft '46, with underwing rockets and
accurized painting and markings; didn't look ~too~ bad although I
admit I'd never enter it in a contest. I liked the national insignia
on the box art too, too bad the builder put them on upside down.