Articles for the ‘Plastic Model Kit How To's’ Category

Aurora Nieuport 11 ‘Classic Build’ With Rockets For An Attitude!

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

by Eric Freese. There are plenty of WW I planes in my collection and plenty more to add as well.  I’ve always been amazed at the guts it took to get in a fabric and cloth covered kite and hit the throttle.  But to go into aerial COMBAT?  The flight environment ... Read the rest of the article...

CONSTRUCTION OF THE JUPITER & NO 119 LOCOMOTIVES From MPC’s The General

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

By Frank Leimbek BACKGROUND Two locomotives met at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869, signaling the completion of the transcontinental railroad.  This is now the Golden Spike National Historic Site located in Utah north of the Great Salt Lake.  Replicas of the two engines meet there again during reenactments.  The wide open spaces and ... Read the rest of the article...

Restoration of an Aurora 1/48 Zero

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

By Eric Freese  Box photographs courtesy of www.Oldmodelkits.com   Virtually anyone I meet at an air show, museum, or the local hobby shop has a list of their favorite planes, ships or cars.  Personally, I can't get enough of the Zero.  I put it among my top ten favorite designs because it is ... Read the rest of the article...

Mustang Madness!!! An Aurora P-51 “Classic Build”

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Return to kits for sale By Eric Freese  After posting Eric’s article on how to do a Classic Build (using a Monogram P-40), I asked if he could make an Aurora kit look that good.  Well, he did.  I was blown away by the results.  And better yet, all of ... Read the rest of the article...

How to build Resin Model Airplane Kits-Resin 101

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Return to kits for sale Article and Photography by Ken Friend Editors Note: It is my pleasure to bring you another article on modeling by Ken. Since Ken would never brag on himself, I must point out that his work has been featured in in FSM (Fine Scale Modeler) and he ... Read the rest of the article...

How to Repair Clear Parts on Plastic Model Kits

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Return to kits for sale By Mace R. Abrams Editors Note: I first saw Mace's work through photographs but quickly realized that I seen it before - in big screen movies. Mace is a professional model builder/supervisor/rigger at Stageco and has honed his techniques in the high pressure field ... Read the rest of the article...

How To Build Vacuform Model Kits

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Return to kits for sale Many customers have written emails asking how to build vacuform kits. My skills in this area are lacking - which is a nice way of saying that I have ruined most of the vac kits that I have started. But I noticed several ... Read the rest of the article...

More on Using or Restoring Old Decals

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Return to kits for sale by Alan Bussie Google+ profile Introduction How are decals made? How can old decals fail? Common problems and solutions Making new decals Introduction With fewer molds being run by fewer manufactures, many modelers are turning to the older kits to find desirable subject matter. The plastic usually ages well, but ... Read the rest of the article...

Foiling Plastic and Resin Model Kits for Realism by Ken Friend

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Return to kits for sale Background There have been several really good modeling articles written about using aluminum foil and hobby foil to generate the natural metal finish (NMF) of unpainted aircraft. The photographs of the finished product(s) show exquisite detail and realism that can’t be matched by any other method. ... Read the rest of the article...

Save Those Old or Yellowing Plastic Model Decals

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Return to kits for sale by Ken Friend Nothing is more discouraging than watching decals yellow with time after they have been applied to one of your favorite models. Well, maybe there is something more discouraging; spending your valuable allowance on an older model kit only to find the decals ... Read the rest of the article...