Author Archives: adamrehorn

Jack of Many Trades, Master of None

While the need for multirole combat aircraft isn’t new, the approach taken to this “maid of all work”-type of aircraft has changed quite a bit from the interwar period. Nowadays, we think of multirole along the lines of “fighter/bomber/recon” and additional roles, like close air support. We don’t think of combining the roles of bomber, […]

Three (Wheels) in the Pink

The evolution of the three-wheeled delivery vehicle from a motorcycle with a basket behind the seat to a full-realized class of vehicle took place as post WWII Japan worked hard to resurrect itself from the ashes of its defeat in that global conflict. With tight roads and high taxes, simple and small was the way […]

That’s Some Riveted Sheepskin!

In the late ’70s and early ’80s, it was pretty common for vehicles to be almost as important a “star” of a show or movie as the actors! However, these “super vehicles” (such as the Bandit’s various Trans-Ams, the General Lee or KITT from Knight Rider, to name a few) were all about standing out. […]

For Sale Updated

If you’re looking for somewhere to spend your Christmas money, you can stop by the For Sale page. I’ve updated it with some new stuff! There’s a number of hard-to-find mecha (like the 1/100 Wildwurger from SRW-OG) and Denial Gundam, as well as a new (old) plane, the TT-1 Pinto that’s been done on this […]

On a Redux and a Prayer

Inspiration is where and when you find it, and it sometimes comes from unexpected places! I have a goal to recreate my old Gundam Wing lineup with the snappy upgraded Master Grade renditions of the past few years. However, I wanted updated designs, so the MG Wing didn’t cut it. I also hate the Katoki […]

The Lagoon’s First Decade!

I can hardly believe it, but it has been 10 big years since the I first posted here on the Sprue Lagoon. It was on Remembrance Day, 2012, that I came home from the annual ceremony at the downtown cenotaph and posted my first article, the Matchbox Mirage III B-2 (RV), which was followed the […]

A Big Box of Little Possibilities

When you’ve got a big stash of kits (like many of us do…) there are times when it can be difficult to determine what you want to build next. Maybe you want to change it up, or maybe you’re burnt out from your last hyper-detailed build. Well, for situations like that, where you want something […]

Sword 1/72 TF-9J “Twogar” Update

Value is subjective, and it’s not always something that you can predict. Throughout history, there have been some aircraft that just seem to be endowed with an intrinsic value that is almost “designed into” the airframe. A good example of this is the TF-9J Cougar trainer, also known as the “Twogar”. While the Grumman Panther […]

Too Little, Too Late

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 […]

Park This Where The Sun DOES Shine!

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 […]