Tag Archives: 1/72

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 […]

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 […]

Cute Little Night-Peeper

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s always something that pops up to amaze you and drive you to continue learning. For me, that’s an interesting feeling, since I was pretty sure I was familiar with pretty much all of Japan’s considerable stable of flying boats and seaplanes. However, just when you thought […]

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 […]

The Devil’s Lawn Dart

If you remember lawn darts, then you remember dangerous, heavy pointy sticks with a few fins that  you would throw at a target for fun. They were dangerous if used improperly, and really didn’t do much else other than fly in a straight line. This, then, is a perfect analogy for the Sukhoi Su-15 Flagon […]

The Luftwaffe’s Parasolled Workhorse

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’ […]

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 […]

A Literal Shark-nado!

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 […]