Tag Archives: 1/72 Model Airplane

Five Old Silver FROGS

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 […]

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 […]

Sweet (ish) Sixteen

In the annals of aviation history, the Supermarine Spitfire is certainly one of the all-time greatest aircraft ever produced. It constantly evolved from the days before WWII, and naval variants were fighting in the Korean war. It’s not hard to argue that anyone interested in aviation’s history or WWII should pretty much HAVE to have […]

Big Japanese Score + Weirdos

Now, it’s not abnormal for me to bring home the “weirdo” kits, is it? It is a little bit less normal for me to get quite so many Japanese kits, both in subject and maker, all at once, though. This is doubly true when it’s airplanes we’re talking about, not Mobile Suits or other mecha. […]

Flagon G Update 1: Take It In, (Almost) Throw It Out

They say that nothing good comes easy. Of course, they’re wrong. It should be “easily”. (After all, “easy” needs to be an ADVERB modifying “comes”, and thus needs to be in the “ly” form to be correct.) However, the apparent ignorance of grammar aside, the kernel of wisdom is, like so many other old saws […]

As Real As It Can Get

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 […]

Lumpy and Violent: Perfect!

There’s nothing like taking a perfectly good aerodynamic shape and throwning extra lumps on it. This is a common enough practice, as some of the most finely-crafted and refined aeronautical shapes have, over the years, grown to have large “hunchback” spines. Thuds, F-16s and Skyhawks all did it, and so did the MiG-21! I, personally, […]

Two’s a Crowd

Unlike swimming, where it’s always good to go with a buddy, dogfighting is often better left to a single pilot in an appropriatley-sized aircraft. That was certainly proven to be the case by the Boulton Paul Defiant, one of two “turret fighters” put into service by the British in WWII. While it might seem cool […]

In Defiance of Good Sense

The crucible of war is the most severe test of any military technology or tactic. History is full of new ideas and inventions that have changed the face of battle, and it is just as full of those that got chewed up and spit out. To fail in battle is fatal, but it does make […]