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  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, June 16, 2022 9:21 AM

Gamera

Nice additions there too SP. Love the P-12 and the Macchi! 

Not models but I recently found these at a flea market. Not sure what you call it outside the US, second-hand store anyway. 

Two bucks a piece for these. 

Fifteen bucks for the series, think it's still a pretty good deal. Everything is in like new condition. 

 

Wow, Gamera. Nice score. I've seen the Pacific on TV. Great show with tons of good stuff. Well worth watching over again.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, June 18, 2022 12:37 PM

I spent the past week in Austin, Texas at a software engineering conference.  I had known about a local model shop there for a while but had never had the time to stop by on the rare occasions that I was actually in that city (Texas Aggies have no love for the school that there that seems to think the sun rises on it daily).  But I did tell the wife that we would be going one evening when my conference activities were done for the day.

What I didn't tell her, because I didn't even know this at the time, was that we would be making a second stop there on our way out of town yesterday.  And surprisingly, she had no wife-y comments to make about either stop.  Then again, she is entirely supportive of this hobby for me because it keeps me out of places that would cost a lot more than this.

First stop, I came out of King's Hobbies with these 4 kits:

But later that night, when we were done with sightseeing and a stroll down some road near the hotel to one of those great old-time style hamburger stands for some ice cream (much needed given how hot it has been throughout Texas in recent days), I told the wife that I thought I'd left a few kits at the shop that really needed to come home with me.  She didn't even blink an eye.  At the time, I was thinking of a couple of ancient Testors kits I spied on the shelves that I had never built - a Me323 Gigant and a Heinkel He111 Zwilling (the glider tug comprised of two Heinkels, much like a Twin Mustang).

When we got back to the shop Friday afternoon, I took a look at those kits.  Did not like the pricing on the Gigant, and the Zwilling box looked beat to hell.  Opted to leave them there.  But I spent the next hour going over the shelves as with a fine-toothed comb.  Almost brought home a Monogram P-40B in the 70s-era white boxing, but decided against it as I already have several of those built/unbuilt in various other boxings. Considered a couple of Tamiya kits (P-51B and a Seiran) but thought I could get them cheaper elsewhere.  Really wanted to get the original issue Monogram B-36, but didn't want to part with nearly $200 and don't have a space for another huge one like that. There was a newer boxing of a Revell Hurricane in 1/32, but I couldn't recall that kit and didn't know if that would have been a reboxing of an older Revell release.  It was still in the shrink wrap, so I probably should have grabbed it, price was good but I just couldn't pull that trigger.

What I ended up with was 3 more, all of which I either have already built or have in my stash.

I have a soft spot for those old Monogram blue boxes.  I couldn't leave those behind.  The B-26 is an original release from 1978.  I seem to recall a Shep Paine diorama sheet with the B-26, but this box had clearly been re-shrink-wrapped and there was no sheet in there.

I know that I'll need to replace the rubber tires included with the Tigercat.  I almost bought the F7F-3N, but then recalled that is the variant that I built about 15 years ago. Wanted to get a different version, and as luck would have it, they had both on their shelves.

The Harrier was still shrink wrapped and did include the Operation Iraqi Freedom booked as indicated on the box art.

The Tiger was a bit of a surprise.  Upon opening the box, I discovered there were two full kits in there.  When I looked back at the price label, the fact that there were two kits included was on the tag.  I just missed that.  And all for $20.

The Mustang was a bit of a what-the-hell add-on to the stash.  I've read that it's a good kit.  

Kings Hobbies is a small shop located off 183 going through Austin right near North Lamar.  Easy to get to.  I got the sense that the kits they have on their shelves all came from collections they bought.  I didn't see much of anything new in there, i.e., no Tamiya Phantom or Lightning, for instance.  What was new(ish), like the Airfix Mustang, was from someone's collection.  They did have pretty much every line of paint that I've heard of.  Lots of supplies.  They had some bins full of random after-market parts, mostly resin, but that was going to be far too overwhelming to go through as those were just dumped into the bins.  Same for the decal bin.  Kits were mostly aircraft, but they also had a scattering of ships, armor, and science fiction.  Don't recall seeing any cars.  They had HO trains as well.

All of that was sandwiched around a couple of other purchases.  Before my trip to Austin, I picked up this Revell P-51D Mustang in 1/32:

And when we got home last night, there was a massive box on the front porch with my name on it, fresh from Japan.  Tamiy'a 1/32 F-15E Strike Eagle:

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, June 18, 2022 3:36 PM

That's quite a haul there Aggie! Lots of kits and in multiple scales, large and small subjects! And every one of them is a fine subject. You have some serious building ahead of you!

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Saturday, June 18, 2022 8:58 PM

You got some classics to build, Aggieman!  That latest Revell P-51D late model is a good kit, though not as good as the Tamiya.  I'm building one right now, though it's not a Texas school it's named after.  Big Smile

Gary

  • Member since
    January 2021
Posted by PFJN2 on Sunday, June 19, 2022 11:53 PM

I stopped by a sort of local hobby store today and piced up these two kits.

Hawk

Stork1

I bought the Hawk just becuase I like the plane and thought it could be a fun, sumple build.  The other kit though I had never heard of.  It appears to be a VTOL transport from some sort of giant robot cartoon/anime.  I'm not really a fan of those type cartoons, but I liked the look of the kit so I bought it.  

Pat

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, June 20, 2022 6:27 AM

That stork carrier looks a bit like the dropships in the movie Aliens.

  • Member since
    December 2008
  • From: UK
Posted by PatW on Monday, June 20, 2022 10:56 AM

Whilst travelling back from Portugal with my wife our youngest son left this for me for Father's Day..

But whilst in Portugal I saw this for some extra inspiration as I have a few VW kits on the shelf..

Remember , common sense is not common.

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Monday, June 20, 2022 11:10 AM

 Some great kits you guys posted.  I wanted to go back and build kits from when I was a kid.  I found the Viper at LHS.  It's the Revell kit.  I wish I could remember others.  The F15 was an add on to a recent online order to have free shipping.  
I have the Airfix 1/24 Hellcat coming tomorrow!

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, June 20, 2022 8:04 PM

I recently acquired that Hellcat. Have not started it yet. It is a huge box.

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Monday, June 20, 2022 10:18 PM

Aggieman

I recently acquired that Hellcat. Have not started it yet. It is a huge box.

 

I hear it goes together really well.  I have no plan to start mine anytime soon but after a guy brought one to our club meeting I knew I had to get a copy.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, June 20, 2022 10:33 PM

What a nice son Pat!  I got that kit when it came out and it looks like a beauty.  I picked up a motorcraft decals set for it.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    December 2008
  • From: UK
Posted by PatW on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 2:08 AM

Thanks keavdog, I was going to see what was available on the decal front, whether I can get them in the UK is another matter!

Remember , common sense is not common.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 3:34 PM

PatW-love the Mustang-my LHS has one that I have to resist everytime I go in.

Regarding decals, check Indycals.net  Below is a link of several Mustang GT4s about a third of the way down

https://www.indycals.net/decals/newestreleases.html

Bob

 

  • Member since
    December 2008
  • From: UK
Posted by PatW on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 4:36 PM

Thanks Bob I'll have a look.

Remember , common sense is not common.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 8:12 PM

WOO HOO Whatta haul Aggieman! 

And nice stuff there Pat and other Pat and Wpwar11 too! 

 

I'll let you guys figure out who's Pat and who is Other Pat... Stick out tongue

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, June 27, 2022 2:00 PM

So I e gotten a few new aircraft items in over the past couple of weeks.

 

First up, some 1/48 Eduard BL.755 CBUs for a future project or two

 

 

Then some Yellow Wings white number decals and Verlinden yellow stencil dry transfers, both of which will come in handy

 

 

and lastly this Hobbycraft 1/48 Bf-109B, which I had been wanting for quite some time, and I was finally able to score at a decent price

 

 

I must like 109s, because this is the third that I’ve picked up in the past year… 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Monday, June 27, 2022 6:20 PM

wpwar11

 

Aggieman

I recently acquired that Hellcat. Have not started it yet. It is a huge box.

 

I hear it goes together really well.  I have no plan to start mine anytime soon but after a guy brought one to our club meeting I knew I had to get a copy.

 

Must be something about the Hellcat, I just order one myself!  Wanted to try something new after doing Airfix 1/72 armor.  Looks like it was a good call. :)

(LOL, just realized I mis-identified the kit in question.  I got the Tamiya M-18 Hellcat tank destroyer.  That's ok, still looking forward to building it.)

On The Bench:

1/700 Space Submarine I-401

  • Member since
    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Monday, June 27, 2022 6:33 PM

Star Trek kits aren't something I typically seek out, however.  While at the LHS These three called out to me and I just had to pick them up.

Star Trek

The Franklin looks like it will be great fun to build.

On The Bench:

1/700 Space Submarine I-401

  • Member since
    January 2021
Posted by PFJN2 on Monday, June 27, 2022 9:22 PM

Hi,

I recently picked up a generic SSK model that I hope to paint up gray and white and finish up with this shark face decal, and maybe some gill slits etc.

Sub

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 9:35 AM

Hmmm;

     That sounds like that would look interesting.

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 1:33 PM

My purchasing has been slowing down as of late, but when they come, they are as weird as ever.

The HAL X10, a crazy prototype military walking tank, from the Japanese series "Mobile Police Patlabor":

The Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar, a serious proposal from the 1950s that captured my imagination since childhood:

A tarmac base for 1/72 airplane kits, up to about F-15 size:

Yeah, it's for lazy modelers.  But it really needs a dirt wash, some grime,, and a bit of grass between the expansion joints.

And finally, a book on how to do full-open car models plus how to light them up:

Even though it is thicker than the usual Japanese "how-to-modeling" book, the photos simply cannot illustrate everything, so some ability to read the captions will be immensely helpful to get the most out of this book.  The car guys here might think "meh", but being a non-car modeler, it is fascinating stuff.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    May 2020
Posted by Keyserj on Thursday, June 30, 2022 11:18 AM

Figured I would branch out from the armor kits i usually buy and picked these up. The zumwalt has been on my wishlist for quite some time and while I've never heard of snowman model, they partnered with takom on this kit so I am guessing it should have good fitting parts.

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

John

On the bench:

 

                     

  • Member since
    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, June 30, 2022 11:55 AM

Aggieman
First stop, I came out of King's Hobbies with these 4 kits

I went to Kings when Bob just had a small shack across the street in the 70's. It was just Bob and his wife. He was kind enough to display my terrible teenage builds.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:17 PM

Keyser, nice score on that Zumwalt! Nice to know that there is a 1/350 injection plastic kit of that subject. Kinda looks like a 21st century USS Monitor...Hmm

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, July 1, 2022 7:36 PM

Well continuing my Yellow Wings purchases, these two came in the mail. This time some Army Air Corps types

 

 

The P-6E on Tuesday

 

 

And the P-26A on Thursday… happy birthday to me ;)

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    September 2020
Posted by fearlessfarless on Friday, July 1, 2022 9:54 PM

Hey stikpusher, that P-26 looks awesome! PLEASE let us know how it builds up! Smile

Here's my latest. I kinda went on a shopping spree Surprise



Great Wall Hobbies F-14D + resin seats

 

Airfix F-86F-40 + resin seat + an Aztec decal set for a Colombian aircraft 

 

Great Wall Hobbies F-15E ( will probably need resin seats as well Sad )



Thankfully, while my wife doesn't appreciate the hobby, she is 100% supportive...otherwise I would probably be LIVING in the doghouse by now Indifferent

 

P.S. Why in the name of God's green Earth can't these companies put a decent ejection seat in a new tool kit? The seat in that Sabre looks like one of those reclining hospital chairs. It's pathetic. (End of rant) Wink

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, July 2, 2022 10:35 AM

I have to confess that I've been on a bit of a buying spree lately.  (My justification is because I whittled down my stash noticeably while I was unemployed; and this hobby remains near the top of my retirement plans).

Latest to the stash:

This goes along with their initial P-38F/G release, as well as their forthcoming P-38J that I have on order.

  • Member since
    February 2011
Posted by knox on Saturday, July 2, 2022 5:24 PM

Received these two today.  Both are great kits  .  Excited.  

  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, July 4, 2022 11:39 AM

I feel like I'm on this thread a bit too frequently.

This one came yesterday.

I probably wasn't interested in this kit until I pulled out the ancient Revell P-51B from the stash.  That thing was not good.  Typically I can fight a kit to get it to an acceptable status, but I simply could not get the engine fitted to where I could close up the fuselage. And with all the heat we've had in Texas, I got ticked more easily and gave up.  Came in to the A/C and ordered this one.  The old Revell I did actually put together sans engine (with two gaping holes where the exhaust stacks should be); she will serve as a paint mule.

  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 11:49 PM

Looks like a lot of nice models in the previous posts. After getting a bunch of detail items recently, I finally was able to spring for a few new to me kits:

I think I have plenty of cars and aircraft to build. Now it will be time to purchase some armor / military land vehicles next. 

Happy Modeling Everyone!

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)

PROJECTS:

1/350 Tamiya Yamato - DONE

1/20 Revival 1936-37 Auto Union Tipo C  - WIP

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged

 

 

 

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