2014 in Scale

As 2014 is drawing to an end, I thought it would be nice to recap what happened from a scale modelling point of view.

The first (and for me, the most exiciting) thing: I started my own business, producing and distributing accessoires that hopefully will help fellow modellers achieving more realistic markings for their aircraft and military vehicles. I decided to do that after the digital marketing agency I was working for was shut down by its mother company. During my self-imposed timeout I pondered the question what to do next –  and finally settled on doing something I really like and spent the better part of 30 years on doing.

Next on my list of excitements is the amazing amount of developments in our hobby in the past twelve months. We have seen an explosion of new companies, be it kit manufacturers, aftermarket providers or producers of paints and finishing materials. Combine that with the ongoing [digital stuff copy goes here]

Apart from that, I was lucky to be able to spend lots of time on the bench, building a total of 14 kits in roughly 750 hours of work. Naturally, most of them are US aircraft, as this is my main area of interest at the moment. On the other hand, playing around with russian stuff (a first for me) and going back to armor modelling one time provided me with a very nice change of pace.

Unfinished Business

I have a couple of projects on the bench that most probably won’t be finished this year. And then there is that one annoying little kit that has been waiting for its rigging for more than a year…

  • Academy P-36 Hawk
  • Eduard P-38J Lightning
  • Miniman Factory M916
  • Classic Airframes P-6E Hawk

But in general, I’m rather happy with what I actually did finish this year, despite the stash getting larger and larger.

So, what’s next?

First off, development of new products will of course continue, with some surprises coming up 🙂 Apart from that, I have two large aircraft projects on my mind that will definitely take some time to finish. Most probably I will again go back to armor once in a while – and right now I’m thinking about venturing into ship modelling, purely to see if the skills needed in this area will help me achieve better results in other projects.

Ok, finally this year’s output, in roughly chronological order…

Classic Airframes F2A-1 BuffaloIMG_7720

Eduard MiG-21MFP1000552

Hasegawa P-51D MustangIMG_7807

Accurate Miniatures TBM AvengerIMG_7888

Special Hobby Spitfire Mk.VbIMG_8279

Hobby Boss F-84F ThunderstreakIMG_8287

Hobby Boss F/A-18C HornetIMG_8285

Eduard F6F-5 HellcatIMG_8512

Revell F-15E Strike EagleIMG_8557

Esci M60A3 PattonIMG_8487

Tamiya P-47D ThunderboltIMG_8530

Italeri OH-58D KiowaIMG_8623

Accurate Miniatures A-36 ApacheIMG_8677

Hobby Boss F-14A TomcatIMG_8730

 

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