When it comes to capturing the headlines, it’s usually the fighter planes that get all the glory. Often forgotten are the workaday utility types, going about their often hazardous duties behind the scenes. A perfect example of this is the World War II observation plane. While scouting and spotting are vital to the ground forces’ […]

What do you do when your competition is beating you and you have nothing to use against them? Easy: Use captives! No, I’m not talking about taking hostages, but rather “captive imports”. This is precisely what the Big Three had to do in the early ’70s to fight back against the waves of light pickups […]

Transformers are a brand that has a long history. starting from relatively humble beginnings in 1984, the Transformers Universe has continued to grow and expand to the present day. Today the band encompasses all kinds of products, including, of course the transforming robot toys themselves, as well as comics, books, movies and statues. One of […]

Having a lot of something can be a good thing, but it can also be confusing.  Trying to keep things straight in your head can be difficult, and as most modellers know, keeping tabs on your “stash” of kits requires a focused effort. However, when you have multiple kits that are the same, or almost […]

The advent of powerful battlefield rocket artillery and the miniaturization of nuclear warheads resulted in the birth of the tactical nuclear missile in the 1950s. Taking artillery to the “nth” power, this class of weapon was quickly and widely fielded by both sides in the Cold War. One of the most famous of these was […]

As a modeller, and a Transformers fan, there are lots of times I wish I could build models of my favourite “Robots in disguise”. However, when it comes to models of G1 Transformers, there are only two choices. One is a very obscure set of simple kits from Japan, and the other is the very […]

Some classic aircraft get kitted again and again, with every maker churning out versions ad nauseum. Then, there are those planes that are really lucky to be able to get a kit at all. These are the forgotten, obscure or worse yet, useless. There is a third type: an obscure type that has one kit […]

How exciting is it to be told you’re getting a surprise in the mail?  It’s very exciting, especially when you know that the surprise is model kits, and that the person sending them has a pretty good read on what it is that you appreciate in a kit. Of course you out there know that […]

When it came to getting groceries, picking up the kids and hauling topsoil bags in the 1990’s, few cars were as useful as the station wagon. Long before SUVs took over, these extended car/van hybrids ruled the roads, and parking lots, of Suburbia. One such classic is the 1993 Volvo 850 Turbo Estate. This stylish […]

A lot of people were waiting a long time for the Master Grade Jegan to show up, and when it did, a lot of people jumped on it. I took a more conservative approach. I like the Jegan, but I already had a couple HGUC flavours, and I wasn’t really feeling the hype. The great […]