Sunday, August 11, 2013
Sprue Cutters Union #3: Playing favorites
I recently ran across The Combat Workshop blog that has started a modeling "blog carnival." I was immediatley suspicious...would there be scale clowns? After being assured it was just a loose assocation wherein a bunch of blogs get together and write on a similar topic, I decided to join in. Called the Sprue Cutters Union, this week's question is "What is your favorite model kit ever assembled?"
For a died in the wool 1/72 scale fan, my answer will probably come as a surprise. Sure, there are tons of awesome 72nd scale kits out there, but my favorite model kit is the Sweet 1/144 Hawker Hurricane. I am a huge Hurricane fan, so I decided to venture outside of my normal scale. I was so glad I did!
It may be the only kit I have ever build without using any filler. The parts were crisply molded, the surface detail is fine, it fit together with total precision, and most importantly for a 1/144 kit, it looks like the subject it is supposed to depict. (Often, many of the old school 1/144 kits only resembled their subjects if you squint real hard.) In fact, it might be more accurate than all of the 1/72 Hurricane on the market. A pure pleasure. I did mine up as a Malta PR version and even managed a good job on the canopy framing. (Heck, it must be a good kit, I placed at a Regional with it.)
One added bonus is that you get to use the pun "sweet" as a review of the kit...
Part of being in the Union means you must include links to fellow contributor's posts within your own response. So here are a few posts from some of the other members:
The DogsChuffers Scale Model Workshop's Opel Blitz.
Yet another plastic modeller's indecision.
Kermit's Bench's He-111 and wooden schooner.
Doog's Models' Spitfire VIII.
The Combat Workshop's Caribou.
The Eternal Wargamer's Shadowsword.