Tag Archives: Trainer

Fitter? Heck, I don’t even know ‘er size!

The Soviets always had a knack for finding interesting and original solutions to their armament requirements. When there was a need for a high performance fighter bomber, they took a proven design, the Su-7, added swing wings and got the Su-17. These “Fitters”, as NATO continued to call the new family, proved to be tough […]

Fight like you Build!

Appearances can be deceiving. Just like the little, unassuming AT-3 can pack a big punch, so too can the LO Model 1/72 AT-3 hit hard! While it looked like a fairly nice and simple little kit, it turns out that this model will really fight a builder all the way. With fit issues to rival […]

Fly, Baby, Fly!

The Grunau Baby family of gliders was, for a long time, a staple of the primary flight training scene, especially in Europe. While it’s not as well-known today, or in North America, the folks at AZ Model have created a nice little kit of this iconic plane for everyone to enjoy. Check out my out […]

O Man(i)! What a Two-Holer!

The 1/72 Matchbox Hunter T.7 kit is something you don’t see everyday, which is one of the reasons I really wanted it! It’s another one of those loveably odd British side-by-side trainers, and was exported to many countries to boot. I couldn’t leave well enough alone, though (No, really?), and decided to convert it to […]

Strombecker’s Classic Flying Pony!

Strombecker is not a name that has been seen in the modelling world for some time. In fact, there are likely a lot of younger modellers who’ve never even heard of them. I was among that crowd until I stumbled upon the 1/42 Temco TT-1 Pinto at a local show and swap meet! This half-century […]

One or Two – It’s Up to You!

I have a thing for two-seat aircraft, especially conversions from one-seaters. Thankfully, while many companies ignore the trainer variants of so many planes, Matchbox did not! A perfect example of that is the 2-in-1  1/72 kit of the Hawker Hunter T.7/FGA.9. While it may be old and simple, it’s also somewhat rare, and it can […]

Little Plane, Big Possibilities!

Sure, maybe the term “midget” isn’t politically correct anymore, but NATO didn’t know that when they named MiG-15 UTI way back in the day! Despite its importance, the two-seat version of Russia’s famous Korean War fighter doesn’t get a lot of attention in plastic. Thankfully, Hobby Boss fixed that with their surprisingly good “Easy Build” […]

The “4” in T.4 Must Be The Part Count!

Here’s an oddball for you! Check out one of my more recent rescues, the old Heller/Humbrol/Bobcat Harrier T.4, my newest Out of Box Review! You don’t see this kit much today, and once you read this, you’ll know why!

Like a Rainbow in the Dark!

Want to see something bright? Check out the Hasegawa Fuji T-1A/B. That thing has a paint job that would make a Rubik’s cube blush! You can see it in the Planes section of the Model Kits page.