COMPLETED: Tamiya 1/48 Crusader Mk II

This things been sitting around mostly done for 3 years. Glad to finally have her in the display case.

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My Precious….

My want list is pretty small when it comes to modelling. I have most of the kits I really want, as well as a few extras. Sure there are a few “nice to haves” but the ” current must have list” just shrank by one. One huge one that is! This is the 1977 MPC release of the Airfix 1/24 Scale Ju87B Stuka Dive Bomber and it’s still shrink wrapped! My dads parents gave me one of these exact kits for Christmas in 1977. Almost exactly 37 years ago. It’s a large kit. It seems a bit smaller to the adult me but make no mistake this is a big box of big fun! I can’t wait to finish up some of the other builds I have going so I can start on this beast.

So what’s left on that “must have” list? Well it’s pretty short compared to most…

  • Aurora 1/72 Scale Hughes Airwest DC-9 – My Dad gave my brother and I each one of these when he flew home to California from being treated for burns in Las Vegas in 1976. Once in a while they show up on the market but they are extremely rare and expensive.
  • Revell’s 1973 release H124 Eastern Airlines L-1011 – Another Christmas present from long ago from my Dad
  • VFS 1/24th Scale P-47M Thunderbolt – The P-47 is my favorite WW2 Fighter and the M was the epitome of the design. This kit is still in development and is due to be releaesed this coming January. I’m not holding my breath being as it was supposed to have been available for months now but I will have one. The only thing that could be better would be a Razorback D model but I’m not that picky. You can see my 1/48 Scale P-47M here.

This is an exercise in patience. It took me @ 5 years to find this Stuka with a combination of price and condition that I was willing to accept. I’ll just wait and see what I fall into on the others. I won’t die without them but two of them hold memories from a simpler time when a box of plastic reminded me that my Dad loved me enough to think of me when he had so many other things to deal with.

On the Bench – Sept 21, 2014

Todays Update…

Lot’s of parts prep and a tiny bit of PE folded over the weekend. Not as much as I had hoped but I had the opportunity to spend some nice quality time with my wife so I took advantage of it.

Most of the trimming and scraping is done. You can see all the holes where I have removed consoles in preparation for the PE replacements that are to come. The two large structures at the bottom of the frame are the instrument pedestals. A lot more to come. I’d really like to see primer next weekend.