Model Kits Review is a site founded in Minnesota by George Collazo, photographer by profession native from Puerto Rico and Model builder and toy collector as a hobby. George Has been in the plastic modeling kits hobby since the early 80′s.
Originally I started model kit building as an escape from reality when my father contracted cancer. My interest initially was armor an aircraft, but living in Puerto Rico is not easy for modelers. No dedicated hobby shops and I was at the mercy of a few military colors in the old square Testors Enamel bottles from just a handful of toy stores and local pharmacies. With no internet, local stores and no mail order available, at the time, eventually my frustration lead me to abandon such a wonderful hobby.
Fast Forward to the early 90′s I gave the hobby another change but that time instead I started to work with Car plastic Model Kits. Color were not a problem, sports cars are usually, Yellow, Red and Blue, colors readily available in Testors enamel spray at most pharmacies and K-Marts; when I wanted something different, my local hardware store came to the rescue.
After getting married, the hobby was put aside until December 2009 when I decided to do something to keep myself busy during our long Minnesota winters. Ever since and going back to my roots of modeling armor and aircraft, its been a thrill, but most important, all the required model building materials are a mouse click away or a short drive away to my local Hobby Town in Oakdale, MN (thanks to George, Brian and staff) or the good buddies at Scale Model Supplies in St. Paul, MN. Thanks also to Bruce and his knowledgeable staff for always having an answer to my model building questions and a friendly greeting smile.
My favorite airbrushes are Testors A470, Badger Velocity and Passche Talon although for the most part I tend to grab the Testors A470 Metal body. It is awesome to clean and switch colors and patterns by just changing nozzles.
Give me Testors Model Master Acryl, Tamiya and or Hobby Color any time. It cleans easily, dry fast and make precious modeling time more productive. Today’s acrylic paints for model kits are well formulated and do a very nice job compared to my old enamel paints. Acrylic paints are usually underrated by older modelers who have yet to give them a real chance and play with the new acrylics. 48 hours curing time is not my idea of model kit building any more. To each his/her own, but Acrylic paints rule, feel free to see my builds, they speak by themselves ;o)
I consider myself as an ”utility” modeler, I can build from a 1:24 scale car to a 1:32 scale modern jet plane and anything in between including sci-fi models. Life and modeling time is too short to keep building model after model of the same subject in different variations and or markings. Even with my ultra soft spot for F-16 Falcons, I don’t have every variant on my shelves. A subject might grab my attention for a certain battle role and I will build it as faithful as possible but no early to late and everything in between variants for me.
I like to build 1/72 scale every now and then as a relief from longer more complicated model kits. But my scale of choice is 1/48th followed by 1/32. Within these scales you’ll find in my showcases, Cold War, Modern Jets and WWII aircraft. 1 out of 5 builds are WWII aircraft and some armor in 1/48 and 1/35 is also built.
Lovely wife and strong supporter of this entire endeavor since day 1. Mother of 3 and grandmother of 1. Jeannette is in charge of photographing and processing of the model kit packaging and sprue pictures.
She also post the new and upcoming model kit releases. If you have news, pictures or rumors of new model kits, click on the menu SUBMIT NEWS above. She’ll be the one taking care of them in a timely fashion.