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Armoured warfare wasn’t a staple of the Japanese army’s doctrine in WWII, at least not the way it was for the European combattants. As a result, most Japanese tanks were smaller and lighter, counting as medium tanks. Mounting smaller guns and less armour than Shermans and other US vehicles, the Japanese tanks weren’t going to […]

It takes skill and imagination to turn the everyday into something special. This is never more true than when it comes to creating radical custom rides out of pedestrian, workaday vehicles. However, the Vannin’ crew of the ’70s figured out how to do it, and it wasn’t long until the Japanese mini pickup was targeted […]

There has never been an era of fighter plane development in which the “need for speed” was more prevalent, more of a driving factor, than during the immediate post-WWII era and into the early/mid ’50s. At that time, speed records fell almost weekly, sometimes, daily, and creating fighters with ever higher performance was a point […]

No, it’s not that I got the kids’ song title wrong, it’s just my most recent, and yet most ancient, model kit score! Blasting out of the deep past, when the very existence of plastic models was something of a novelty and not having to work wood was opening up new possibilities in our favourite […]

There are times I decide to part with some things from the stash. The For Sale page is where you’ll find those things that I’m looking to sell. The page contains links to Ebay auctions, and form there you can do all the normal Ebay-ish stuff. I’m not trying to make a webstore or anything, […]

There’s a periodic trend in model kit production that sees an alternating primacy of larger vs. smaller scales. For cars, it was common in the ’70s to have large-scale kits, with sizes going to 1/16, 1/12 and even larger. However, these huge kits were relatively rare. One large scale that did seem to grab on […]

If getting there is half the journey, then surely it’s no fun having the trip interrupted by a natural obstacle. For an army on the march, such disruptions can lead not only to lost time, but may ultimately lead to heavy losses or even defeat in a battle. To compensate for such occurrences, specialist bridging […]

When it comes to festivals, Japan comes second to none in the variety and number of events. One of the most famous of all is the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, a multi-day festival with parades, floats, dancing and drumming that takes place in August. If you’re asking what this has to do with a site dedicated […]

For the first time since 2019, I was actually able to get to a model show! And, with a model show, comes the vendors’ room! This is, of course, my very favourite place to be; lots of weird and esoteric stuff and usually at pretty good prices! The Heritagecon 14 Vendors’ Room was no exception, […]

Deciding what to do with leftovers isn’t just a problem when you have half a turkey left after Christmas, or half a plate of cold chicken wings left after Superbowl Sunday. No, it can happen even to the biggest enterprises, like car makers! A perfect example of this happened when the Vega ceased production at […]