Trumpeter T-80BV MBT

My little tank was finished about a year ago. One hell of a kit Trumpeter made, over 800 parts and at times a difficult build. The nice thing with tanks is that generally painting is quite straightforward and you can have a bit of fun weathering. I added a few extra details myself, metal headlights and other lenses, and a grassy base I made myself from pre-made moorland slabs from Faller.

Scale is 1/35, build time is around 60 hours.

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MG Sinanju Stein Ver. Ka.

I was planning to build a proper Gundam for a long while. After much pottering around I decided on the Sinanju Stein, primarily because I like its design, it is a nice and beefy Master Grade kit, but also because I like spending hours on decals and the Ver. Ka. versions deliver these in boatloads. It being my first proper Gundam I overestimated my skills a bit and decided I would also do some custom details, metal effects, pearl effects and a fully painted inner frame. Needless to say this one took me a while, 3 months to be more precise.

I am quite satisfied by the result though, Bandai really makes amazing kits!20170408_121313

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Airfix Fokker EII

This little fucker was build from the new Airfix kit they released last year. It is tiny, the hull is about as long as a lighter, but the detail is very nice and fine, a joy to build. For a while Airfix was known for old bad quality kits, but lately they’re really proving they can also make proper new ones that sell for very decent prices.

I couldn’t resist putting it in a little field and managed to do the rigging even though I hate fidgeting with threads. Added a few metal details from scrap and even pulled of something similar to wood grain on the propeller. Scale is 1/72 which makes it about 11cm wide.

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Trumpeter 12,8cm Kanone Rh.

This one took me a while. I was quite set on making a proper piece of artillery again, this time with all the paintings and trimmings. For the first time I also ordered an aftermarket turned aluminium barrel and brass munition set. Naive as I am I got started on this one with much anticipation, but boy did I forget a few things;

  • Trumpeter makes difficult kits with lots of parts, quality can be a bit chaotic too
  • Proper painting and weathering of an artillery kit takes time and patience
  • Painting and building in parts makes the risk of a final cockup a bit “stressy”

A few cursewords might have left my mouth with this one. In the end I’m quite pleased regardless, especially with the base and the scratchbuilt ammo rack I added besides a few extra details to the kit. Scale is 1:35, painting is done by hand and with airbrush, total build time is 30+ hours with over 320 parts.

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Hasegawa P-47 Thunderbolt

Winter is in full swing so growing Bonsai is a bit of a contradiction now, keeping them alive is a term that applies more at the moment. There’s enough to say about Bonsai but when they’re not growing outside I tend to lose interest a bit. They are cold outside and talking about them won’t change that, so I’d rather create something else while we wait for spring. Another hobby of mine is one that has a habit of popping up then, building scale models. Just leave it to me to find something even more elderly and uncool as growing Bonsai in your early thirties. Ah well, from now on one or two finished models might also pop up here. I’ll try my best to keep the blog mostly Bonsai oriented though.

To start things off I’d like to show a build I almost threw in the bin a few years ago but finished regardless. Just a simple aluminium plane in flight, I like the elegant but powerful form the Thunderbolt has. The scale is 1:48, painting is done by airbrush. Getting an aluminium finish like this is more difficult than you’d think so I’m actually a bit proud of this one 🙂

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Like with Bonsai, making a good photo of one of these is almost as hard as building one.