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Hertz SVO 014

The saga of the Monogram SVO continues! Now it’s time to work on the body, and get things ready for paint. One of the distinguishing feature of the SVO is its “biplane” spoiler. I expected that the trunk of the SVO would be “bald” and the spoiler would fit onto it, or else have some […]

TT1 Pinto OOB 001

Strombecker is not a name that has been seen in the modelling world for some time. In fact, there are likely a lot of younger modellers who’ve never even heard of them. I was among that crowd until I stumbled upon the 1/42 Temco TT-1 Pinto at a local show and swap meet! This half-century […]

Here's the engine at home in the engine bay. It's a good fit, although the air intake hose might make installing the chassis into the body a bit tricky...

With the interior bucket done, I have turned my attention towards the bottom end of things, namely the Chassis and Engine of the SVO. The Chassis: The chassis of the Monogram SVO isn’t bad. It isn’t great, and the underpinning detail is a bit weak. There’s no spring detail (like you’d see on an MPC) […]

Another view of the completed interior. If you look closely, you'll see that the driver's seat is pushed further back than the passenger one. This is likely how most SVO interiors were arranged.

Before even choosing a colour and staring the body and chassis, the Monogram SVO’s interior can be done. That’s because the SVO’s interior was the same for all versions, at least as far as I can tell. Like many sportier cars in the ’80s, the SVO could be had with either leather or cloth. Looking […]

The box art on the Astute doesn't make me want to join the Royal Navy or anything, but it is a nice image, and rather classic in its approach to illustrating such a modern subject.

I generally don’t build boats, ships or other floaty things. However, I do have an (ever expanding!) interest in unusual or cool-looking submarines! To that end, I couldn’t help but pick up Hobby Boss’ 1/350 Astute class sub. This is the Royal Navy’s newest attack boat, and cuts a uniquely hunched-back figure on the high […]

Makin' its way, the only way it knows how... SLOWLY! The box art on the Trumpeter attacker is suitably non-dramatic for the rather sluggish machine reproduced within.

Nearly unique in the annals of aviation history, the Supermarine Attacker was a tail dragger jet! Designed with a Spiteful’s laminar flow wing and a body that would make the Michelin Man feel svelte, the Attacker was slow and uninspiring. Because of this, the Attacker’s place in history is largely forgotten, and thus few kits […]

Dovenwolf Old Vs New 018

Whenver a new kit comes out, it’s always interesting to compare it to an older version of the same subject. Nowhere is this more true than for Gundam kits. The improvements made in the engineering of Mobile Suit kits in the last 25+ years is astounding! Given that both the old and the new kits […]

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