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January 10, 2018

Hobbico files for bankruptcy

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Hobby distributor Hobbico has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Hopefully this won’t have too much impact on the Revell model lines.

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February 15, 2017

Do-17

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For years, those of us in 72nd scale had only the old Monogram Do-17.  Now we have the Airfix kit, the ICM kit and now Revell re-boxing the ICM kit.

September 20, 2016

New kit news

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Revell releasing a 72nd scale Spitfire Mk. II

A company I never heard of doing a resin SM.75

January 6, 2015

Magazine review: Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol. 36 #2 (April 2014)

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Yes, this is a review of an issue that is almost a year old.  I swear, I will catch up someday.

This issue is your typical SAM.  For the 72nd scale modeler, there is a number of articles.  An Australian Army Tiger ARH helicopter from the HobbyBoss kit. There is also a Gannett from the Revell kit in an interesting Red and Silver scheme. Also, there is a build of the Hasegawa F-15D in Israeli markings.  The Special Hobby CAC CA-13 Boomerang is featured in a build article.  There are also build articles on making an air racer from a a Trumpeter Sea Fury and a Revell IDS Tornado in some spectacular Tiger Meet markings.  The feature article is on the colors and markings of F-15s in their various makes and models.

All of the build articles are nice.  The photos are very good, but the articles lack detailed descriptive text.  Additionally, this issue suffered from the usual typos.  I don’t know why a major print magazine suffers worse copy-editing than volunteer magazines such as RT and the Journal.

I like SAM.  I really do.  I do wish there were fewer but more in-depth articles. along with other types of features.

January 2, 2015

2015 Modeling report #1

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A couple of years ago, I started the year by posting short posts keeping track of modeling time and what I was working on.  I only kept it up for a month or so, but in that time it seemed to help me in several respects, and there did seem to be some interest in it.  Therefore I am going to do it again in 2015.

Date: Jan 1st, 2015

Time: 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Time: 2.75 hrs)

Yearly total: 2.75hrs

Summary.  The morning session was at the shop, where the younger daughter and I joined the MMCL gang for some building.  She worked on the Revell snap together YF-22 and I worked on the Revell RAF pilots and groundcrew set for figures for the France 1940 diorama.  The evening session was spent watching the Ohio State-Alabama game while putting some finishing touches on the Airfix P-51 and working on a simple base for it using the Max Models resin base.  Photos to follow.  Speaking of photos I also took a couple of snaps with my new Nikon D3200. I think it will work out well for shooting models.

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Base

January 1, 2013

The 2013 modeling project (entry 1)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:03 pm
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Well, 2012 is done.  As far as modeling is concerned, it wasn’t my best year and it wasn’t my worst year.  Looking back I have tried to estimate how many hours I actually spent modeling.  I am betting it is no more than 75, at most.  I am talking about actual modeling. (Sanding, painting, decaling, etc.)  I am not talking about time reading, researching, photographing models, etc.

Given my rather full life, (full-time job, wife, two young daughters) 75 hours might night be too bad.  However, I have to think that I might not be utilizing my time well and that I might be able to better maximize my available time for my hobby.

As a first step in that direction, I’ve decided to track the time I actually spend modeling in 2013.  I think it will be interesting to see if my guess about the amount of time I actually model is correct.  I also hope that it might give me some insight on my time utilization for the hobby.

Here is the first entry in this project.  I plan that they will all follow the same form.

Date: 1/1/2013

Time: 12:00 a.m.-12:45 a.m.

Session time: 45 minutes

Total time for the Year: 45 minutes

Description:  Added more decals to the Airfix P-40  Detail painting on Airfix P-40.  Sanded the fuselage seam on the Revell MiG-21F-13.

You are all invited to follow along this year and see how things turn out.

 

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