How a weekly ritual can bring back memories of those favourite old kits…
“Back then, those small dusty shops, run by old guys in leather-patched tweed jackets that smelled of cigarette smoke and resentment, sold not only newspapers, local and national, but also magazines, sweets and most pleasingly, plastic model kits”
We complete our look at Hasegawa’s delightful A-4M Skyhawk II.
“As with almost every Hasegawa aircraft kit, this one is devoid of weapons save for the underwing tanks that are specific to the aircraft”
Do you want to build a model that accurately represents reality in miniature? Then your first step is to look at the real thing!
“Attention is never paid to trends or products du jour, because that would determine the route a build would take and that’s simply not something that is of any interest to me”
Sometimes you can become bogged down with an endless precession of similar projects, so why not try something a little different to cleanse the palette?
“I’ve always loved the early Tamiya bike kits but their release at a time when I had little money and even less skill, meant that they rather passed my ramshackle desk by”
Painting A Complex Tail Marking – Step By Step
“Weathering a model is all a matter of personal taste and though I like my models to show wear and tear, I’m not keen on them looking like junkyard dogs”
In the face of larger scale kits with more detail, 1:72 remains an enduring love.
“I have neither the time to build larger kits nor the space to display the results, so more often than not I return back to my first love and that as in obvious now, is 1:72”
Applying decals is easy – you just have to know the rules of the game.
“What this experiment has shown me is that yes, both systems work, but one is considerably more time-consuming and risky than the other”
We continue with our retro build of the Hasegawa A-4M…
“Perhaps the most important aspect in the painting of any model is the preparation of the model and how you go about priming the surface ready for its final layers of paint”
As authors, are we running the risk of alienating those that aren’t as confident or technically proficient, when we let our own ego and drive, dictate our approach to each build?
“I might not win as many awards these days and that Gold medal may be nothing more than a distant memory cluttering a drawer of forgotten aspiration, but at least I know that somewhere, a modeller is going to get something from what they see from my hands”
Get the best from Hasegawa’s 1:48 A-4M Skyhawk II, using basic ideas, simple tools and enamel paints!
“Ever since Matchbox released their 1/72 kit – complete with the same VMA-331 markings seen on this one – I’ve wanted to build a detailed model of this aircraft”