Another old Monogram kit. I just joined the Monogram group on facebook and wanted to post a few pictures of Monogram kits I have built. It was then I realized just how many Monogram kits I have built, recently. I built ALL of the 1/48 Century series, F-4, F4U-5, P-61, Fw-190, Bf-110 and the list goes on. I love all of the new high tech kits, they have the detail we only dreamed of 40 years ago, but sitting down with one of the classics is still good.
I started the TBD-1. Although the detail is not anywhere near the crisp detail of today it’s not too bad, and the kit is engineered to go together pretty well. I was impressed cleaning up parts for painting that there were very few ejector marks on the visible area I neede to account for. Pretty clean kit.
It’s going to be a little challenge getting around the rivets and corrugated wing relief but that’s the fun of building an old kit from the box.
Here are a few shots of the kit.
NEXT! They always told us not to say that to the next customer waiting at the airport as it made it seem like a fast food place.
But anyhow, Huey is finished its time to move on to the next project while the fire is in the belly. I’ve been waiting to tryout a set of Vallejo US Navy colors my son bought me for Christmas and am opening up the Tamiya Birdcage Corsair and a bagged Monogram TBD-1.
The plan at this point is to build the TBD-1 out of the box. I still need to purchase a set of decals for it but I see the Starfighter decals are available in places including eBay
The Corsair will be off of the Owl Decals Marine night fighters. I have fallen in love with Owl Decals and have used them in a number of previous night fighter projects. You can find those looking through my earlier blogs.
I’ll build it using the True Details cockpit detail set.
This Corsair kit has a bit of history. Many years ago my wonderful daughter was 3 years old when she figured out how to get into daddy’s model display. I know she knew how much I liked the models I built and wanted to play with them too. It took me a few minutes to realize that what I heard was the sound of breaking styrene. When I break a model I always say “They started out in pieces, we are just helping them return to their natural state” I just had help this time
She got the Tamiya Fw-190A3, the Hasegawa F-14, and the Tamiya Corsair. I have now built another Fw-190, this is the Corsair replacement (after 16 years), and the Tomcat is on the to do pile. Then there will be harmony again in the styrene world.
I spent most of the weekend working around the house and the time I did get to work on the kits was sawing detail pieces out of resin blocks. I was reminded that when I was young I could have put the whole kit together in the time it takes me to prep a set of resin and etch for a kit.