Firstly it’s been a good few weeks since I last did a post. Life’s usual activities have to take priority over hobbies. However this Easter weekend I’ve managed to get quite a bit of bench time. Therefore now is a good time for an April 2023 update.
Static Grass Applicator
Lets start of with a new purchase! I was very fortunate to be in a position to afford to pickup a Static Grass Applicator, in my case the WWScenics Pro Grass Micro Static Grass Applicator Layering System. Oh boy, what a game changer this system is.
So far, I’ve only used it on two quite small bases (you’ll see one of them later). But I’ve been blown away with the results. It does prove the old saying, “you get what you pay for”.
Expect to see many bases over the next few builds that incorporate grass applied with the applicator. So a big thumbs up from me for the “WWScenics Pro Grass Micro Static Grass Applicator Layering System”.
Amera display baes
What’s next on the list for the April 2023 update? Well it ties in with the above grass applicator.
I purchased a little pre-moulded display base from Amera Plastic Moulding of an aircraft dispersal bay, in 1/72.
The little display base in question is S222 Dispersal Area. It measures 34x24cm and as you can see from the photographs will happily take a small aircraft. Lucky for me, my next two builds are not much bigger than the F-51 Mustang.
For the price of £5.95 excluding postage (price as of April 2023), I think it’s quite a bargain in todays inflationary period.
1/35 Italeria Land Rover 109 build
Is it finished? Well 99% of it.
I had some issues fogging up the clear parts (rookie error!). So I have been trying to create open side windows from clear plastic. The issue I have been having, is getting the clear plastic to glue together. Experiments are on going!
It was actually fun building the Italeria 1/35 Land Rover 109′ LWB. Yes it had some fit issues, but I don’t mind that, tests my modelling skills, and I hope improves them.
The squadie figure is from David J Parkins
As you can see from the photos, I had a play with the WWScenics grass applicator, I like the result. Oh, please ignore the dust on the model!
Old Airfix purchase
I picked up this old Airfix 1/72 F-86D Sabre from the Yeovil model show. Is it strange with so many more modern kits on sale, but for some reason this one said ‘buy me’. At only £8, couldn’t resist. Anyway, it fits in quite well with my early Cold War USAF collection.
1/72 Korean Air War builds
Currently I have 2 USAF aircraft from the Korean war being built.
First of, we have the Academy F-86F Sabre “Korean War”. This is a very nice little kit, and is going together quite well.
Having a parts count that is quite low, so not a difficult build. The scheme options are very colourful, and should like great, if I can get a nice finish on the kit.
To go along with the Sabre, I have it’s younger contender. the Airfix 1/72 F-80C Shooting Star. I’m really having fun building this one. Lots of fine tuning of parts with a blade and sanding sticks. Hiding open holes with plastic card.
Mind you, there are a few gaps that will need filling, but that all comes with a kit of this age.
As you can see, or read in this case, it has been quite a good model making time for me, even if I’ve not had much free time to do so.
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