Category: From the Bench

Finished or work in progress model kits

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Nuts & Bolts Volume 36: Büssing’s schwere Pz.Spähwagen Part 2 – schw.Pz.Spähwagen (7,5 cm) (SdKfz.233), schw.Pz.Fu.Wg (SdKfz.263) (8-Rad) & Panzermesskraftwagen

The latest title from the Nuts & Bolts team is part two of the Pz.Spähwagen series. Although I have other great reference works such as the Panzer Tracts for scale plans and production information, this is still a worthy addition to the library. Since the title’s target group includes modelers,...

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Hands on Vallejo Metal Colors

Howdy folks! Hope you all are doing and modelling great. Here’s another interesting topic that I had to work on because frankly, I was really interested in checking out how good and effective in real life the Metal Colors from Acrylicos Vallejo are. To give these colors a real life test,...

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Nuts & Bolts 33: ”Leichte Feldhaubitze 18, GW II für le.F.H. 18/2 ”Wespe“ and ”Hummel-Wespe“

One thing I respect about Nuts & Bolts is that they are ready to revisit earlier books on vehicles they find new information on and don’t seem concerned if other publishers have touched the subject.   I had bought the original many years ago when it first came out.  It is still...

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1/32 Trumpeter Me-262 W.I.P.

Well, I am off and running with my next project. The Me-262 from Trumpeter in 1/32 scale. I just started with the cockpit and so I thought I would show you. Speaking of cockpits; do you know how that term got started? It is a left over from old sailing...

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MPC Millenium Falcon WIP

Hey folks, here is a current side project I’m working on. Here is the Millenium Falcon from MPC. I’m adding some tiny pieces from my spare box. As some of you might know, the side walls on this kit are too thick and they will be replaced for stock styrene...

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Justin’s MUST-HAVE Modeling Xmas Gifts: #1 – The Small Shop’s 5 Speed, 5.5″ Photo-Etch Work Station

MUST-HAVE XMAS GIFT #1 – The Small Shop’s “5 Speed” 5.5-inch Photo-Etch Workstation The big question that never gets spoken aloud in the modeling world is: To photo-etch or not to photo-etch? Whether you’ve read a million build-logs or watched every armor “How-To” video on YouTube that you could ever...

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MIG AMMO World War I Paint Sets Review

This year is, of course, the centenary of the start of the Great War. A lot of model and model accessory companies have already begun to acknowledge this gruesome hundredth-year anniversary with complementary kits and paints specific to the colors of what would later become known as World War I...

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Removing chrome from model kit parts

This question arise very often among model car builders: Why do model kit builders remove the chrome from those parts to have them painted in chrome finish again? This is up to the model builder and his/her available resources when building a particular model kit like access to Metalizer, Alclad2...

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Everything You Need to Start Modeling Pt. II of II

Hello! How’s everybody doing? Just here to— What do you mean where have I been? I’ve been right— Well, I was gonna write, like, tons of articles—in fact, I’ve got them all written already, like, I just have to upload them into the… Mother… base(?) and then like BOOOOOM, they’re gonna be so many articles...

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Panzerwrecks 17; Normandy 3

I first came across William (Bill) Auerbach’s books over 35 years ago in a hobby shop. I bought a book called ‘Last of the Panzers’ and was very impressed with the quality of the captions and the unique photos contained therein. One in particular that stuck in my mind was...