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.


Jon B said...

Nicely done Hurricane! And welcome to the Union!

Matt Tauber said...

Jim, unless I counted wrong...this is your 300th post! Congratulations!!

AScaleCanadian said...


I didn't even notice; thanks for pointing it out. Does it mean I get to have cake?