Much of life comes as a surprise. It can be good, bad or simply challenging. Similarly, some projects come to our tables without notice or warning. If everything could be planned and foreseen, all tension and stimuli would be missing. Isn't it just these projects we're growing on? I guess so. Force us to take a look outside the box and leave our comfort zone.
It's the little things that make a model interesting. Consistent details that fit into a model. When I opened the box of my current project, I was full of anticipation. It is an old model from the last century, with a little love and affection it can be turned into a beautiful model. While I was looking over the components, a lot was wondering about something that was not at all possible. The tires were round! Admitted dimensions at that time standard for aircraft models. You can find out how to make really good model tires out of here!
You read it again and again, the ominous "Washing" ... Washing is an old method in model making to highlight details. Washing is a very thin color, similar to a glaze. The thin, fluid color rests in the recesses and the edges of the raised details on the model. As a result, the details are more noticeable to our eyes. There are washings based on oil, enamel and acrylic paints. Manufacturers such as Citadell, AK Interactive or Vallejo offer a wide range of finished washes.
Hardly any other aircraft is so closely associated with the German Air Force in World War II as the Messerschmitt Bf-109. "One-o-nine" is also a household name internationally. A model of this type belongs in almost every collection of airplane lovers.
Much has already been written about the Messerschmitt Me-262 and it would be pointless to add another variant. The variant 1b is a further development of that of the 1a with BMW-003 engines. They were expected to perform better and, above all, to be more reliable. The Jumo-004 engines in Figure 1a turned out to be the major weak point on the Me-262.
Much has been written about the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang. I can hardly report anything new. For me, the P-51 is one of the most beautiful aircraft from World War II. I was particularly drawn to the many colorful variations of color design. Many pilots gave their machines a special touch.
This is Trumpeter's MIG-3 in 1/48 scale. Trumpeter has conjured up a beautiful and finely detailed model here. It is not in line with the original in some areas, but the overall impression of the model fits.