Joe LoMusio shared this awesome looking Soviet vehicle. It looks like something from The Empire Strikes Back! Great work Joe!
I’m always interested in unique and interesting subjects to model. This is Trumpeter’s 1:35 scale kit of the Soviet Aerosan NKL-26. Almost looks like a forerunner of some Star Wars armored vehicle fighting in the Battle of Hoth. Great kit, though, and built straight out of the box. I wanted it to look heavily weathered in that harsh Russian winter landscape on the Eastern Front.
When it comes to Trumpeter kits, there only seem to be two opinions. You either love them or hate them.
The distinction seems to be how you feel about accuracy. Trumpeter aircraft kits are not known for their accuracy. Interior detail is often fictitious, at best it’s sorta kinda close. Shape is often suspect, and while the models generally resemble what they’re intended to look like, those with a sharp eye for shape rarely like what they see.
But Trumpeter does sell a whole lot of kits.
And I happen to be one of those folks who love them. Well…. mostly. Read more
This isn’t the first Italeri Spitfire Mk. IX I’ve built. In fact, it’s the fourth. The kit, which is actually the old Occidental kit, is not really the best shaped, or the best fitting, or the best detailed. So why have I built so many of them? Simple- it can be found for cheap, it’s not a fiddly or difficult build, and when it’s done, it looks like a Spitfire to all but the most “boffiny” of Spitfire boffins. Read more
For the past few years, I’ve been really impressed with the work Agape forum member Honza Knetl has done with kits from RS Models. They seemed to be some very interesting subjects, and the kits themselves looked pretty nice. There was only one problem…
They were all 1/72nd scale. I’m just not able to see things in that scale anymore.
Then I saw that RS Models released a 1/48 Fokker D-XXIII. I contacted my good friend, Mike Starling, a great American, at my favorite hobby shop, Hayes Hobby House in Fayetteville, NC, and I said “get one of those for me!” After Mike said “Who is this?” he agreed to order one for me. Read more
When it comes to building the Spitfire Mk. VIII, there are really only two choices to build right out of the box in 1/48 scale. It’s either Hasegawa or ICM. (Although Eduard will be releasing a Mk. VIII soon!)
The Hasegawa kit is the easiest build, but the ICM kit has the better shape. Because I’d just completed the Hasegawa Mk. VII kit, I decided to go with the ICM kit. Read more
Mark Strasser shared this very colorful Super Sabre on the Agape Models forums. Great work on this Mark!
Agape forum member Dale Hutchinson (Hutch) shared his results on this awesome looking S-199 conversion. Great stuff Dale!
I really wanted to get this build done before the new year and I finally crossed the finished line. At this summer’s Nats my goal was to pick up something unique and not really add that much to the stash. My wife blessed me with a few dollars to splurge and I made a purchase that I rarely make. I had always eyed the 1:32 Werner’s Wings S-199 conversion set, but the price of $75 made me hesitant. I decided to make the plunge, so I chatted with the nice Werner’s Wings folks at the vendor table…they are really nice folks.
The base kit I used was the fine 1:32 Hasegawa Bf109G-14. The Werner’s conversion set came with an entirely new nose piece and some great decal options. I have to comment that the Werner’s resin was first rate…finely detailed and not brittle…surface was perfect.
As part of the conversion, I had to cut off the nose of the base kit. However, the resin nose fit was perfect. Additional aftermarket parts were some RB Productions fabric belts in the cockpit, and some Barracuda Wheels. I painted the model with MM RLM 02 and chose the Czech scheme.
I did make one annoying error….when I clamped the left wing I did it too tightly which compressed the wing…this resulted in poor fit with the resin nose. So the fit in this area was my fault and not the conversion set.
In conclusion, for my first experience with a full conversion of a kit I am very pleased. It was a fun build.
Mike Reader shared this long term project. It looks great Mike, no matter how long it took!
I am not the quickest of builders and this was no exception, it was supposed to be finished for the WW1 fellowship build 2 years ago. Anyway all is complete , all I added was the fishing line rigging, masking etch seat belts, some control lines for the radiator shutters and some wind driven fuel pumps. At this rate and course I should complete my model stash in about 78 years at present speed.
Andy Mason shared this superb F-18. Great job as usual Andy!
This is Academy’s 1:32 F/A-18C with the following aftermarket parts:
- Sierra Hotel Models seamless intakes
- Black Box cockpit
- Rhino Models exahusts and wheels
- SuperScale decals
- CAM resin GBU-32
- G-Factor brass landing gear
This model is a real treat to see! Michael did some amazing work on this cutaway Ju-88. Awesome stuff Michael!
This 1/48 project has been one undertaken in parts, depicting cutaway versions of wing and fuselage areas. The aircraft is presented in an inverted fashion, all detail fashioned and viewed from the aircraft underside. The inspiration is in part the Luftwaffe aircraft itself; the WB80 gun pod and its construction; and the cutaway vantage point from beneath. At the outset, I designed to depict an open wing/nacelle/landing gear structure for the port wing, and a whole wing (with retracted landing gear) depiction for the starboard wing. The fuselage would be openly viewed from tip to tail showing cockpit (without floor deck,) fuel tank bay, bomb compartment, aft-ward mechanical gear and tailwheel assembly (partially retracted.)
The wing and stab parts are from a Ju88 Koster Vacu-form kit, the fuselage and canopy from an AMT Ju88A kit, a few detail pieces from a Dragon Ju88A-4 kit, and aftermarket sets of Aires resin Ju88 engine/wheelbay details, and Verlinden resin Ju88A cockpit details. The remaining components (including the gun pods) are all scratch-built. This project has been a good test of skill development, personal patience, and diligence – all qualities which I fully attribute to the One who has supplied them in love, Jesus Christ. His Word states this fine encouragement…The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8 Amen!
Joe LoMusio shared this unusual resin kit from Alley Cat. Great work Joe!
Just finished this Bristol M1.c resin kit from Alley Cat in 1:32 scale. A unique monoplane that saw limited action in front line squadrons on the Western Front. This depicts a plane that was used as a trainer in England, and therefore not armed. This is a really nice kit to build and the rigging is quite simple (compared to typical biplane rigging schemes.
Honza Knetl shared another of his wonderful RS Models builds. Great work Honza!
Steve Cook shared these photos of his gorgeous Super Corsair. Excellent work Steve!
Mark Strasser shred his very shiny Fairey Gannet build. Great work Mark!
Mark said “I used alclad chrome. I should have used aluminum, but I love the shine on my shelf. I also used a mix of Craftsman acrylic orange and dayglo orange- 2/3 orange to 1/3 dayglo. I finished the kit with light coats of Future.”
Steve Cook finished this great looking F-35, and shared his photos on the Agape Models forum. Looks awesome, Steve!
All in all a decent kit, there were some inaccuracies with the instructions, but I managed to overcome this issue by cross checking online references for photos. Im very happy with the outcome and hope to try another one soon.
Joe LoMusio sent in photos of his stunning WWI diorama, “The Pulpit”. He shares with us the great story behind the photo that inspired the build (and an amazing video link showing the actual event!), as well as his experiences building the model. Thanks for sharing this with us Joe!
Be sure and check out more of Joe’s work on his website, “World War One Modeler”.
As a pastor, the moment I first saw the photo of an RAF Chaplain conducting a Sunday morning service from the front nacelle of an FE2b, I was inspired. As a modeler, I knew I wanted to recreate it in a diorama. I began to do research on the photo, which led me to contacting David Blake, Curator of the Museum of Army Chaplaincy, Amport House, England. Mr. Blake sent me valuable information, including the Chaplain’s name and the location of the No. 2 Supply Depot, where the service took place on that September morning, 1918. Read more
Agape forum member posted photos of this Val dive bomber he recently completed. Great work Tom!
After doing two armor builds and a ship build it was time to return to my roots…aircraft! This was a simple, quick and easy build. I have always liked the Val dive bomber as I watch Tora Tora Tora a lot. Yes I know that was not a real Val in that film but I still like the looks of it, maybe it was the fixed gear that reminded me of another cool dive bomber, the Stuka.
Agape forum member Brett Grogan (CharlyGnarlyP290) shared this great looking P-51. Awesome work Brett!
After long last, my P-51 is complete.
Considering I haven’t built an aircraft kit in a very long time, it didn’t turn out too bad. I am pleased with it. Not satisfied, but pleased.
Anyway, here it is in its imperfect glory. Again, I do like the way it turned out, and I learned a few things, and have some goals for next time.
Mark Strasser shared this striking F-18A. What a cool paint scheme! Great work Mark.
Agape forum member Joe V shared his completed work on this IAF F-16. Great work!
My first modern jet in over 20 years.
I am not a fan of modern aircraft, specially the pointy kind. This was part of a group build some pals and I were doing. I am not going to bore you with the WIP. Let me tell you, I had a heck of a hard time staying focus on this. This is NOT my cup of tea.
Here is my finished product.
I am happy with the results.