Category: modelling

Airbrushing report

Greg is looking to get into airbrushing after many years of paintbrush and rattle cans. I’ll try to put down my experience so far in order to help him and others that may want to consider this step 🙂 After my friend Marc’s first foray into the weird world of airbrushing, I took the plunge…

Not dead yet

Just a very quick reminder that I (and this blog) am not dead yet 🙂 As a recap, my F/A-18E is displayed at the Museum of Flight, I went on a very nice vacation across Europe on Christmas, and I’m working on a number of new builds on my Regia Aeronautica Project and on other…

Quick update

On the modelling front… The diorama I’m building for my father in law has entered the final stretch. Figure and chopper are done, the perforated steel plank base is primed and I’m just waiting to find out a suitable glass case in order to determine the overall size of the base I’ll need to build.…

Reggiane Re.2000

Details Kit: Special Hobby SH72079 1:72 Wikipedia: Reggiane Re.2000 Specifics: 1° Squadriglia FF.NN., Aviazione Ausiliaria per la Regia Marina, 1942 I received this kit as a trade for a Revell Mosquito in 1:48 (along with an Hasegawa P-51C Mustang) at the June IPMS Seattle meeting, because I wanted to go exclusively 1:72 for my aircraft builds. It is definitely…

My progress so far

It’s been a couple of months since I came back to aircraft modelling and one month since I started the Regia Aeronautica Project. Let’s see if I can take stock of what I’ve learned… Spitfire Mk.VII This was the “comeback kit”. I used an airbrush on a plane for the first time, used weathering techniques…

Fiat CR.42 “Falco”

Details Kit: Italeri Nr. 1260 1:72 Wikipedia: Fiat CR.42 “Falco” Specifics: Regia Aeronautica, 162ª Squadriglia, 161º Gruppo Autonomo C.T., Maritsa (Rhodes), Greece, 1941 Again a kit acquired at the Skyway Model Shop, second hand but complete. This Italeri release has a beautiful photographic reference manual in it, with dozens of detailed photos and reference schemes for nine aircrafts. Also, it’s…

Aer.Macchi C.205 “Veltro” – MM92160

Details Kit: Supermodel 10-013 1:72, Sky Models decals Wikipedia: Macchi C.205 “Veltro” Specifics: MM.92160, 360° Sq. Pilota Tenente Martinelli – Monserrato, Sardinia, Summer 1943 I got this kit from the Skyway Model Shop, in a ziploc bag. One of the blades on the propeller was broken (but present in the bag), but otherwise all parts were accounted for. To…

The WWII Regia Aeronautica project

This project aims to build some of the most important and iconic aircrafts used by the Regia Aeronautica between 1940 until the September 1943 armistice. After that date, Italian air forces split into the Royalist Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force (Aviazione Cobelligerante Italiana, or ACI) and the National Republican Air Force (Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana, or ANR) that flew for the Italian Social…

Big haul on Saturday

In my weekly visit to the Skyway Model Shop, I finally got my Special Hobby 1:72 Fiat G.55, a Supermodel 1:72 Macchi C.205 Veltro unboxed, some Hasegawa pilot figures and two Fujimi kits to provide some flavor to the display bases: a Kubelwagen (a type 82 that comes with a BMW R75 sidecar, a howitzer and…

New stuff in the stash

While working on the Messerschmitt Bf109G-6, I managed to get ahold of an Hasegawa 1:72 Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero Fighter Type 32. A used kit that I got at the Skyway Model Shop and that came with a Eduard A6M5c Zero resin cockpit and Hawkeye Designs photoetched parts. Total deal.

Spitfire Mk.VII

Let’s start with something familiar. I think I’ve built a dozen of Spitfire kits in my life. Mostly Airfix ones. This Hasegawa one will work great to familiarize myself with the new generation of kits. Kit: Hasegawa 02096 1:72 Wikipedia: Supermarine Spitfire Specifics: Royal Air Force N. 131 Sqn (NX-L) – MD 172, June 1944 First of…

Current kits

From the bottom, clockwise: Spitfire Mk.VII & Mosquito FB Mk.IV “Operation Overlord” – Hasegawa 02096, 1:72 scale. Limited edition double kit issued for the anniversary of D-Day in 2014. Doesn’t look too hard, but it will be great to get my old skills back. Ferrari Enzo – Revell 85-2192, 1:24 scale. Not as complex or detailed as…

Back from the dark years

Hi again, it’s me. The “dark years” is a term allegedly coined by Lego to describe that period of time in one’s life between childhood and full adulthood. Between when you saw Legos as Christmas toys and when you go out and buy yourself a $800 Lego Star Destroyer and say to the same self:…

Ferrari Enzo – Part 1

Details Kit: Revell 1:24 85-2192 Wikipedia: Enzo Ferrari (automobile) Specifics: none This was Roxy’s (my wife) Christmas gift in 2013. It’s late, but I need to start it 🙂 First of all, I built the V12 engine… The V12 after a bit of wash and weathering.

Old flames

(the content of this post originally appeared on the forums at CrankyOldGamer, a lovely gaming blog run by Greg Buron) We meet again, old friend 🙂 Update on April 24, 2015 Oh, hello http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001738DXU/ Update on May 26, 2015 Greg, I’m trying to put together some posts at http://www.paolomarcucci.com … Let’s see for how long…