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New Section! For Sale!

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, […]

Round up the Big ‘Uns

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 […]

Cross that Dinky When You Come to It!

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 […]

Carry On Up The Matsuri!

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 […]

A Veritable Sprue Orgy!

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, […]

Maybe the “S” is for “Surplus”?

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 […]

Official Third-Party Badassery!

Breaking in to a competitive market is risky, and the mech model business is getting more crowded than it has been since the early 1980s, when Bandai had to contest with the likes of Takara, Arii, Imai and others for a slice of the styrene pie. Into today’s busy, but apparently profitable, market came the […]

Clipped and Thinned: An Oddball Spit

While the Spitfire is generally regarded as one of the most beautiful aircraft of WWII, if not ever, not all versions of this legendary bird looked as good as the others. One of the more oddly-shaped and less “Spitfire-like” of the lot was the LF. XVI. The clipped wings and bubble top combined with the […]

Life-Like’s Own Off-White Streak

The early days of motoring saw a great number of companies start, and fail. Dreamers, tinkerers, engineers and outright charlatans competed in what would prove to be the most cutthroat industry that mankind has ever seen. So many fell by the wayside, but a few have survived. One of those, perhaps amazingly, is Buick. Back […]

Going to War? Bring a Friend!

Because two sets of eyes are better than one, the US Marine Corps decided that the two-seat TF-9J Cougar (aka “Twogar”) would make a great forward air control asset over the jungles of Vietnam. Thus, equipped with 20mm cannons and rockets, the venerable trainers took to the skies of Southeast Asia on the hunt for […]