Monogram 1:48 F-84F

French Air Force (Armee de l'Air), 201 Fighter Squadron (Ramat David) Build Date: 2004 French F-84F in Suez Canal Crisis - Historical Background The Suez Canal was opened in 1869, having been financed by France and the Egyptian government. Later, the Egyptian government's share was bought by the British; British banks and business held a... Continue Reading →

Academy 1:48 Su-27S

  Build Date:  June 11, 2018, Finished August 13, 2018. On this post, I am building the old Academy 1:48 Su-27 Flanker B, Kit# 2131, issued around 1995.  This kit was used by Eduard as the bases for their Limited Edition multi-media high tech Kit Number 1167.   Since then Hobby Boss had issued a brand... Continue Reading →

Kitty Hawk 1:48 PLA Su-35

Build Date:  Start Feb 13, 2018, Finished June 5, 2018.  The Chinese military confirmed that it took first delivery of four Su-35 in late 2017.   In anticipation of this, Kitty Hawk issued an update to their Su-35E kit in October which has decals specifically for the PLA's Su-35. The kit comes in nine part trees... Continue Reading →

Academy 1:35 MH-60S

Builder:  Ricky Wong. Build Date: April 2018. Academy released this 1:35 MH-60S Knighthawk kit back around 2014.  It was the first and, still at the time of writing, the only available kit of this Navy helicopter in this scale.   Refer to Cybermodeler for a detailed review of this kit. Ricky has been building this kit... Continue Reading →

Revell A-6E Intruder

Build Date:  September 10, 2017, Finished Jan 22, 2018. A-6E of VA-115 (Eagles), Atsugi Naval Air Station, 1996. I saw the movie, Flight of the Intruder, in 1991 and I was immediately hooked on the A-6.  Yeah, it was a cheesy movie with over the top lines but the real history underlining the movie is... Continue Reading →

Kinetic 1:48 Harrier TAV-8S

Build Date: Nov. 12 Start, Finished Dec 10, 2017 The full build article for this model can be found in the April 2018 edition of the Tamiya Model Magazine International (TMMI) Issue 270. I received this new kit from Raymond of Kinetic/Lucky Model while I was in Hong Kong in November 2017.    I am... Continue Reading →

Model Shop: Hobby Land, Osaka.

Location: Hommachi, Osaka. The last noteworthy scale model shop I visited in Osaka is Hobby Land located in Hommachi District.  Take the Midosuji Subway Line to Hommachi Station, get out at Exit 17, turn right and walk two blocks, then turn right again.  The store is as shown on the map below.  Very easy to find. ... Continue Reading →

Model Shop: Volks, Osaka and Tokyo

Location:  Akihabara District, Tokyo, and Nipponbashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka. While in Tokyo and Osaka, I visited Volks, a chain of large hobby shops in Japan.  Volks is a large hobby shop spanning six floors of a building, same in both Tokyo and in Osaka, with each floor dedicated to a category of hobby such as Gundam, sexy... Continue Reading →

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