Modellers with growing collections arecontinually challenged by the problem of space, and while collections covering a complete air force might be desirable, the need to accommodate both large and small types in a single scale is rarely possible – even if you can find the kits needed.
My fondness for the diminutive Cessna jet stems from viewing the USAF SIG’s display at model shows, in which the club had amassed a remarkable collection of types ranging from the smallest trainers right up to the C-5 Galaxy, all in 1/72. Realising that such a display was well beyond my limitations I lit upon what was for me one of the most attractive models in the line up – a squat, heavily armed Cessna A-37B, complete with photoetched FOD guards and an exquisite paint job. I assume it was the Academy kit with the Airwaves etched set, but it was a while ago now and I may have been mistaken. This inspired a long-abandoned collection based on the type, but my interest has recently been rekindled, and with modelling skills improved over time, and enough shelf space to accommodate at least a dozen in some of the many schemes it has carried, a closer look at the currently available product seems timely.
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Small Scale Stingers
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Hasegawa’s 1/48 Shoki as a 47th Sentai Gunned Escort Fighter
Tempest II in 1/48 - A lockdown conversion using Airwaves’ venerable resin set.
AH-64D Long Bow Apache By Rafał Lebioda
Thunderflash. Bang. Wallop. What a picture!
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Ferocious Eastern Feline
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From Lynx to Wildcat
Coronavirus has had many impacts on our lives over the past eleven months, many of them difficult, some of them tragic and most of them generally frustrating. To be faced suddenly with a situation where our lives are not our own to control, where we are unable to pursue the joys and pleasures we take for granted, and instead find ourselves all too often restricted to our own four walls is not something that is comfortable.
Salmson & Dai Nippon
Evangelos Vassilopoulos builds GasPatch Models’ Furanso no teisatsuki
It wasn’t in my power to mend a broken heart, but I sent needle and thread, with chocolates for good measure
This Marine veteran was tormented by memories of the Vietnam War. Learn how music was his salvation
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UClear MOTION Infinity
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MADE IN AMERICA
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Walking in Wenatchee
What? Her walk? Yes, and the sights and people she sees are soul-enriching
Veterans Needs for the motorcycle community
“22 Veterans a day are committing suicide and one of the key indicating factors is the lack of connectivity”
I stepped back from the wall to admire my new shadow box. I’d just had it framed.
RONIN TACTICS IS ON A MISSION
TU LAM SHARES HIS INNER WARRIOR WITH HIS STUDENTS.
‘Squeezed Between Two Giants'
Vietnam once looked like one of the few winners in the U.S.-China trade war. Now it’s bracing for trouble