McLaren MP4-13

After a few weeks away here’s what I’ve been working on, Tamiya’s McLaren MP4-13 With the Top Studio detail set and aftermarket decals.

The model was painted in McLaren’s test livery with International Orange. I used Tabu Design’s aftermarket decal sheet for the West sponsorship and used Studio 27’s decal sheet for the carbon fiber.

Overall I’m very happy with how it turned out although at times the build was a slog.


Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I S33 Complete

After starting in July, I have finally completed Tiger S33. After nearly a month of no work getting done in June (due to parts not arriving) The Tiger is complete. Aftermarket parts used included Fruilmodel metal tracks, RB models metal barrel and 2m Aerial, As well as Eduard Phototech. The model weighs a pretty significant amount due to all the metal!

After priming in black I finished it in pretty standard brown and green camoflauge, Tamiya Acrylics were used.

For weathering I clear coated the model, did a dot filter, clear coated again, and used AK interactive’s Streaking grime product. It worked pretty great although I would caution anyone who wants to used it to make sure they work quickly and not allow it to dry on the model.

I finished with testors dull coat

*Work in Progress (Part 5)* Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I S33

Last update until primer and paint goes on! just 1 or 2 things left to add/fix. I decided to post an update to show what the model looks like with all the aftermarket pieces added. one of my favorite details is the fire extinguisher it really enhances the detail of the model to another level.

Many of the tools are not glued down, as I didn’t want them getting in the way of the weathering and I wanted to be able to paint them with greater precision. There are a few details I added that were not included in the kit or PE sets. One of which is the wires for the headlights, as well as the tow cables. I made them by taking three pieces of soldering wire, attach one end to a vice and the other to a dremel tool, I think it looks ok but I could have used smaller wire.

Thats all for now! Paint is imminent, I have a big project coming that needs to be finished by the end of September (for a competition) so I hope to start working on it around August!


*Work in Progress (Part 4)* Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I S33

After getting Eduard’s PE set in the mail this past week the Tiger is finally progressing, Photo etched parts are bout 80% complete, I just need to add a few small details and handles for tools and such, should be ready to go for paint in a few days. in general I’m really happy with where the build is going, especially the damaged side skirts and fenders. Not pictured is a metal antenna from RB model, which will probably be applied last.

I’m still plugging away on the Taisan Porsche, although right now i’m only focusing on the body. It’s got it’s first coat of paint and gloss coat although I still have to do 1-2 more coats of the gloss in preparation for the decals an polishing.

Taisan Starcard Porsche 911 (Part 1)

Since my Tiger’s parts are taking so long to arrive, I’ve decided to move on to another project. The tiger is still the priority to get finished by the end of September (when I hope to enter it into a IPMS competition) but in the meantime I will be working on a new model. Tamiya’s 1996 Taisan Starcard Porsche 911.


The kit is over 20 years old and it’s age is apparent. It was cheap though and I won’t be adding any aftermarket improvements so there won’t be any extra detail.

What the build will focus on is finishing and enhancing my skills with the airbrush. The car will have a glossy black paint scheme so polishing will be paramount. here’s some photos of the box contents and what I’ve completed so far.

So far the rear suspension is complete, and painted. The exhaust was first hand painted silver and then lightly misted gold with the airbrush. The body was lightly sanded then shot with primer I will put the first coat of black on tonight or tomorrow.

More to come


*Work in Progress (Part 3)* Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I S33

After starting the Fruilmodel tracks this past Friday I decided to power through the weekend to get them done by Monday, it took a while but they are finally complete! the only other metal tracks I have built were by Spade Ace models for a BMP-3 a while back, and I would say that they were quite similar to the Tiger tracks.

Each side has 94 links although I may add more after looking up more of my references (they may be a bit too tight). I also painted the road wheels a few days ago, so they are all complete. I wanted to work through this weekend so when I get more photo etched parts in this upcoming week I won’t have a backlog of tracks to complete before I get started.

all in all I am very happy with the progress of this build so far, the tracks add a very satisfying weight to the model.



*Work in Progress (Part 2)* Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I S33

Decided to post an update to the Tiger, not much has changed on the actual model, but I have revived some Aftermarket parts. I started building Fruilmodel’s metal tracks and their looking pretty good so far. finished about 60 so far out of 220 give or take total links.

I also got Alliance modelwork’s painting template for the markings, I didn’t want to risk a finish using decals that might not go down properly (looking at you Tamiya). the template is just a piece of very thin photo etched metal and it will be interesting to see how it works out. the set includes several markings for the Das Reich division including S33.

*Work in Progress (Part 1)* Tamiya 1/35 Tiger I S33

I recently decided to return to the world of armor. Having never built a Tiger I before I opted to finally get it off my bucket list. I wanted to represent Tiger S33 from the Das Reich division (2nd SS Panzer Division) which fought around the Kursk region in 1943.

I chose this Tiger because I liked the camouflage scheme and it is a fairly popular tiger with several photos of it online.

When It came to choosing  a kit I needed a Early variant with some modifications, the most notable one was the removal of the Feifel air filters. I chose Tamiya’s Early kit because it was cheap and I wanted to add a lot of aftermarket parts to it, and because it was the correct variant.  Speaking of aftermarket parts, I am adding Eduards general Photo etched set for the Tamiya kit as well as: Fruilmodel tracks, an RB model metal barrel, and 2 meter antenna. I have also ordered a Alliance modelworks metal template for the markings so no decals have to be used.

Here’s what I’ve done so far, unfortunately I don’t have any of the AM parts yet so my progress is slightly hampered. the grey in the mantlet is Mr. Surfacer, it is meant to represent stippling. I also had to filling quite of the holes as I won’t be needing a majority of them.

More photos to come soon!

1/72 Bandai Tie Fighter

After recently completing Tamiya’s 1/32 P-51 I decided to shift gears into something else with a much slower pace. I elected to try out one of the Bandai Star Wars kits. Being a fervent supporter of the Empire, I decided to go with the iconic Tie Fighter.

The kit was great, although by only complaint was that it being snap together, there wasn’t often a chance to test fit before gluing (I opted to glue my model together for strength). To be brutally honest I put a lot more effort into this model than I should have, it was a cheap kit and meant to be a cooldown build before I started my next project (Which is underway right now :)). By opting to glue, paint, and weather the thing it made the build a bit more complicated and time consuming. I know that some people may mention the bands on the wings (I don’t know the exact terminology). They were simply put there to add color and contrast, I am aware that they should normally be Red and be on a Tie Interceptor, However I added them because I thought they looked badass. It’s as simple as that.

Don’t mistake my choice of words however, the kit was a blast to build, and the finished product looks great IMO. I would recommend this kid (any any star wars bandai kit by extension) to modelers with any skill set.