Post by Tony Madge - HJG on Jun 28, 2019 17:46:40 GMT
Jim's a very talented guy, I keep looking at my models and realise that they would look a rubbish compared to Jim's Where does he store them all once completed, I had a great collection in my younger years but darn the dust settled so quickly! Great work Jim I enjoy looking at these pictures
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Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Aug 14, 2019 0:11:10 GMT
Latest modelling project just completed by Jim ....
ITALERI 1/48 ES-3A SHADOW
Quite a difficult build/conversion .... right down to badly fitting parts and some of the decals being oversized and in need of "very delicate" surgery .... as explained among other circumvented problems associated with this particular kit .... per the following linked progressive build report ....
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Nov 29, 2019 4:13:12 GMT
Jim's latest undertaking .... and with all the usual weathering washes and dirt pigments applied ....
SVEZDA 1/35 T-28 Soviet Medium Tank
No build review for this one .... since time hasn't been in our favour recently
Some SVEZDA kits are reknowned for their fitting issues and being "somewhat of a challenge" to build" .... BUT .... this one, being one of their more recent toolings, went together quite well .... in comparison to some of their much earlier releases.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Jan 24, 2020 8:54:06 GMT
The first completed assembly for 2020 .... representing just on 1 months work from start to finish .... and with all the usual dirt and weather effects too ....
TAMIYA 1/35 PANZERKAMPFWAGEN VI TIGER II/JING TIGER
One of the beauties of modelling German tanks from this particular WW2 era is that, apart from what was the case among some production vehicles, there was no such thing as a standardized camouflage pattern/scheme (unlike what was the case among most aircraft) .... since the pattern/scheme applied to the majority of these vehicles was customized by their own crews and in the field .... and often modified for winter seasons too. This particular scheme is based on photos of a R/W vehicle that was operated by the 3./S.SS-Pz.Abt. 501 Division and which participated in what became known as "The Battle Of The Bulge" in the Ardennes during 1944 ....
Not sure what's next, but, it is (apparntly) jim's intention that this year be primarily focused on British armour (and during which a trip to the Bovington Tank Museum might transpire too) .... so .... we'll see what happens
A few dollars today (less than $30) will normally buy one "rubbish" .... unless one "tomb raids" someone's kit stash that's probably been part'n'parcel of yet someone else's deceased estaste (the original owner having "left the launching pad and shot into space/died" .... gone to the "big blue model/hobby shop in the sky") and which is then being marketed on E-BAY (or the like) by family members whom are only to keen to get rid of such hoards for whatever remuneration they can quickly get.
Plastic scale modelling today is no longer a cheap hobby though.
Kits, now, are "expensive" (though far superior to what was available throughout the 60's, 70's, 80's) and so are the modelling accessories too .... along with replacement/after-market parts also .... since one can't expect to build anything of worth/quality straight from the box (despite the fact that the quality of plastic moulding now is "a science") and without either the appropriate/required accessories or such after market parts .... or the necessary skills to bring it all together too.
Any completed model is only as ever good as the effort that's applied to it in the first instance .... not to mention the skills of the individual modeller as well.
Post by EAL017-Aharon Dayan on Jan 25, 2020 15:23:54 GMT
Talk about inflation!!!
I paid 2 bucks for a single sheet of decals in old times in 20th century. I always bought lots lots of Israeli air force and Israeli army decals!!! It is now according to those websites ten bucks!!!
I am afraid to ask how much are paints!!!! I think I paid 2 bucks per paint in 20th century!!
Do those plastic model tanks come with motors?? My plastic model tanks at 8 bucks each came with motors!! I remember I built plastic model Centurion MKV with Israeli decals that had motor!! First time I had to install motor into plastic model tank!! The plastic model company was some Japanese company (I think it was Tayima). My main plastic aircraft model brands were Revell, Monogram, Airfix, Heller, and few British and Japanese brands whose names had escaped my memory. It has been many many many moon years ago. I even had one B-52 bomber whose wings took up too much space that I had to put it under my bed!!!!
If I wanted to build fleet of four F-15s or four F-4s or four Saab Viggens, to save time, I opened 4 boxes, laid down plastic parts on table,and built FOUR planes AT ONE TIME!!!
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Jan 25, 2020 21:22:32 GMT
Talk about inflation
YEAH but for the now much higher costs/prices .... the quality of most kits and accessories have also "improved" dramatially too .... simply because the market demands it.
"IF" one wants/expects quality .... then .... one has to pay for it
Paints and undercoats (etc) aren't too badly priced though .... and paints (along cements, fillers, glass papers, and tools too) are also mostly now very high quality products (since a lot of stuff marketed duing the 60's, 70's, and 80's .... particularly in regard to paints .... was simply a recipe to ruin one's kit) and are now "custom matched" to the "actual shades" employed by various forces, and within various regions, around the world too .... and often right down to various period campaigns as well ....
These (and other similar) paint sets, are "the way to go" following a bit of ground/investigation work on the part of the prospecting modeller .... just as is being done, by me, at this moment and in regard to these 1/35 scale IDF MERKAVA's I'm contemplating starting soon ....
Airbrushes (including compressor equipment) are "EXPENSIVE" .... but "ESSENTIAL" .... as nobody hand brushes a model anymore .... except in regard to the application of weathering and detailing products or other fine detailing that can't easily be addressed per air brushing.
By far the best kits now are those produced by ARV, MENG, TAKOM, TAMIYA, TRUMPETER .... and also some of the ACADEMY and HOBBY BOSS releases too since in some cases (in regard to armour subjects at least) "some" of (but not all of) these are none other than original TAMIYA releases under licensing.
A lot of the AIRFIX stuff is just re-hashed/re-leased "60's/70's "rubbish" by todays standards (a new box now with a pretty picture but no work applied to improving the kit parts or their detailing .... they just produce'em to sell'em .... to keep a past famous brand name alive sadly it seems) .... although their/AIRFIX's latest releases, and re-tools, of the past several years (mostly WW2 aircraft) "are" actually very good indeed .... because they have to be now in order to appeal to todays market.
HASEGAWA are OK .... but .... the market doesn't like having to buy separate armament sets (which can be almost as costly as the kit itself) to fascilitate what should be provided within the box as part of any kit subject (the like of MENG included everything one needs within the box) .... a stunt that even AIRFIX have employed in the recent past too unfortunately.
DRAGON can be "a bit of a risk" .... though their recently retooled stuff is quite good/much better.
HELLER are OK ..... despite their age.
ITALERI can be "hit or miss" .... too many instances (even now) of inexcuseably badly fitting parts and even decals that don't fit the intended kit surfaces (such as was the case with the VIKING build presented within another posting on this thread).
REVELL ("Germany") are mostly quite good .... but .... I/we tend to avoid their early US/and often ex-MONOGRAM produced subjects simply because they don't meet our expectation/s for the price/s being demanded.
And .... ZVEZDA can be "a wee bit of a risk" (sometimes) too. Some of their stuff is really "quite good" though (as per the T-28 featured within this thread) whilst some of their earlier stuff (acquired from other producers and under license it seems) can be appallingly bad too.
Even so .... a bad kit can usually always me made into somethig "VERY NICE" .... if one has the necessary skills .... and which also often requires one to be something of an engineer as well as "a plastic surgeon too. And even a good/expensive kit can still be "screwed up completely" by someone whom lacks the knowledge, experience, skills, tools, and accessories .... and above "THE PATIENCE" to be able to do a decent job.
Plastic modelling is "fun" and "enjoyable" for most .... and often even quite "challenging" too .... but .... it can also be "intimidating" and even "disapointing" for others.
Like is the case with most things in life .... one can only get out of it/plastic modelling what one's prepared to put into it .... something that can probably even be applied to FS as well
Do those plastic model tanks come with motors??
"NO" .... but some of them can be.
We choose to build and display only .... regardless whether or not motorized accessories are provided or procurable. There's no point in investing "A LOT" of money in any kit then having it broken up/destroyed due to constantly being played with.
We don't play with them once they're finished and displayed .... since we grew out of shorts an T-shirts many years ago
I opened 4 boxes, laid down plastic parts on table,and built FOUR planes AT ONE TIME!!!
Some people do that .... BUT .... in the interests of producing "quality/making it all worth while" .... multiple builds are really not a good way to go.
It's up to the individual .... of course .... but .... staying focused on "just one build at a time" (one thing at a time) is a better philosophy and the one which normally results in a finished product that's great deal more rewarding.