P l a s t i c   S t o r i e s

An overview of all the models I build since I became an active member of the Hyperscale community.

All builds are in 1/72 scale, unless specified otherwise

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July 2014 - The promise I made

- HR Model : Phönix C.1

A model I finished already in March - but only in July I had time to do the final post

Basically I had promised Jan H. from HR Model to have his Phönix finished before the Panther's Cup, the first major Czech Model show in the year

I started it early March - and was able to finish it in just two weeks - thanks to the good qualities of the kit

Part I

Part II (incl Flanders Modelling Festival 2014 show report)

Part III (incl Panther's Cup 2014 show report)


July 2014 - The old square

- KP : Avia B.534

My fist entry in the Hitler's First Moves Group Build

An old classic which is starting to show it's age - but still I could squeeze a lot of fun out of it

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV (incl Modèles Réduits 2014 show report)

Part V


May 2014 - The Duel

- Airfix : Focke-Wulf Fw190A-8
- Hasegawa : Focke-Wulf Fw190F-8

My participation in the Group Build of the new Airfix Fw-190 was spiced up with comparing it against the Hasegawa kit

Both were very pleasant builds, the Hasegawa kit having very good fit, and the Airfix kit having good detail

Part I

Part II

Part III (incl 7de Brabantse Modelbouwbeurs show report)

Part IV (incl Hendon Model Show 2014 report)


April 2014 - A decoy

- A Model : Kochyerigin DI-6

My only entry in the Great Patriotic War group build

A typical A-Model build, it looks rough in the box, but with some work an interesting model can be made

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part IV


March 2014 - End of the Line

- Frog : DH Hornet F.Mk.3

After having built an Airfix and a Matchbox kit for the BBGB, I thought it was a good idea to also do a Frog kit

Problem was I only had about 10 days to finish it - what I barely managed

Part I

Part II

Part III (incl Pleins Feux sur le Maquettisme 2014 report)

Part IV


February 2014 - Westland Wessex HAS.3

- Mark I Models : Westland Wessex HAS.3

My first helicopter in the small 1/144 scale

It looked nice in the box - but it was pure limited run material when building it, still the attractive Australian Navy scheme was worth it

Part I

Part II (incl Plastic Winter 2013 show report)

Part III


January 2014 - A banshee start

- Airfix : F2H Banshee

My Airfix participant in the baby Boomers GB

It was a pleasant build - only troubled by my painting mistakes

Part I

Part II

Part III (incl Belgian Scale Modellers Convention 2013 report)

Part V

 

 



December 2013 - Making up the numbers

- Matchbox : SdKfz 234/2 Puma

A quick finish as this kit was assembled by my father almost 30 years ago

I finished it (by painting it) now - in a short time - to make up my output nbrs for 2013

Part I (incl overview my 2013 builds)


December 2013 - The Weekend Edition

- Airfix : DHC Chipmunk T.10

My participation in the Chipmunk GB

It's a nice classic kit with low parts count - and I managed to finish it (very basically) in 2 days

Part I


December 2013 - A Dutch treat

- Matchbox : Curtiss P-40N Warhawk

My first entry for the baby Boomers GB (1946-1964 area)

It's a very basic kit - but I believed with a little TLC it could shine

It took me a long time and in the end I rushed it a bit to get it finished

Part I

Part II (incl Euro Scale Modelling 2012 show report)

Part III (incl Euro Scale Modelling 2013 show report)

Part IV (incl Scale Model Challenge 2013 show report)

Part V


December 2013 - Et maintenant une jolie française

- Airfix : Dassault Mirage F.1C

I wanted to add to my collection one of the most elegant aircraft in the world, the Mirage F1

It's not a difficult kit but I had a hard time with it - but luckily I still ended up with a presentable example

Part I (incl Flying Legends 2013 show report)

Part II (incl KMK Scale World 2013 report)

Part III (incl Plastic & Steel 2013 report)

Part IV


November 2013 - Little time... little model

- Zvezda : LaGG-3

With a very busy period in my life, and little time for the hobby, I figured building a small 1/144 scale model was the way to go

It indeed didn't require so much work - but it still took me 2 months to finish it

Part I


October 2013 - Dora on speed

- Airfix (Airwaves conversion) : Messerschmitt Me-109D

A long time ago I wanted to a Messerschmitt Dora conversion with the Airwaves conversion set. The perfect opportunity came with the Me-109E GB on the Airfix forum

But I didn't find a proper early canopy, and had to "adapt" the kit's late canopy. A not so good paint job classified this one as one of my not so good builds

Part I

Part II

Part III


August 2013 - Hier kommt die Sonne

- AZ Model : Gotha P.60 C1

I was looking for a quick build - and I thought a Luft'46 would fit the bill - since I could take short cuts on accuracy

I was wrong - the engines were to small and I had to make them bigger

I could go wild on the camo scheme though - something which I enjoyed very much

Part I (incl. Pantherscup 2013 show report)

Part II

Part III

Part III


August 2013 - Cheaper then a beer... and it shows

- Frog/Novo/TechMod : Morane Saulnier MS.406 C.1

We had a very hot July month this year - making it very difficult to focus myself on a worthwhile modeling subject, so I decided to build this old classic - which I had bought for 30 CZK (about 1 Euro) one month earlier

It turned out to be a pleasant experience, excellent for practicing my airbrushing skills on a difficult (for me) French camo scheme

The Turkisch Air Force markings made it suitable for the Club Med GB

Part I

Part II

Part III


July 2013 - LS F-16

- LS : General Dynamics F-16

To complete my small 1/144 scale F-16 collection - I finally got around building this one

It was a quick and easy build

Part I


July 2013 - Desert Blitz

- Airfix : Opel Blitz

Another one of my dads last builds which he started about 30 years ago, but never finished

I finished this Blitz in a few evenings as my ifrst entry in the Club Med GB

I followed dads idea - and hooked it up with a trailer, instead of the Pak

Part I (incl Hendon Model Show 2013 show report)

Part II


June 2013 - Revell & Dragon F-16

- Revell : F-16C Fighting Falcon
- Dragon : F-16C Night Falcon

Since my first builds in 1/144 scale about 20 years ago, I have been looking forward to a good F-16

Late 2012 Revell treated us with a new tool and it is a real beauty - I bought it right away and started it soon
It's not an easy kit - but it looks every inch an F-16 once finished

I build it together with the Dragon F-16 as comparison

Part I

Part II

Part III


June 2013 - Unfinished symphonies from dad

- Airfix : Panzer IV F1/F2
- Matchbox : Hanomag SdKfz 251/1

Two of my dads last builds which he started about 30 years ago, but never finished

I finished them in 4 pleasant evenings during the Military Vehicles GB

Part I


June 2013 - What was I thinking

- Revell : Spitfire

An oldie with a fighting spirit

I build it to complete my early Spitfire model kit collection - and had some fun in the process

Part I

Part II

Part III (incl. Moson Model Show report 2013)

Part IV


May 2013 - Late again

- Airfix : De Havilland Mosquito Mk.II/VI/XVIII

I opted to do a Belgian TT for the Airfix Mosquito GB

But I only had 5 days to finish it - I barely managed it

Part I

Part II


March 2013 - An Aerial Limousine

- Airfix/Classic Plane : Airco DH.4 Airliner

I started this as my second entry in the Inter War GB

Sadly I could not finish it in time - I learned biplanes can not to be rushed !

Part I

Part II (incl. Belgian Nationals 2012 show report)

Part III (incl. Flanders Modelling Festival 2013 show report)

Part IV


January 2013 - The time of the Gipsy

- Novo (Frog) : DH60G Gipsy Moth Biplane

I was surprised by this delicate and well tooled little kit - hard to believe it's from the early 1960s

I found some spare free Insignia magazine decals for a Chilean Air Force trainer to go with it

Part I

Part II


January 2013 - Tony's heavy brother

- RS Models : IJA Heavy Fighter Ki-60

Inspired by many Ki-61 Hien builds on the forum, I started a Ki-60

A well detailed limited run kit with nice PE parts

But I failed on the Alclad test - and I had to use a Tamiya spray can for the finish

Part I

Part II

Part III

 

 



December 2012 - A Zero high

- Airfix : Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero
+ Jo-Han : A6M2 Zero Zeke/Rufe floats

Started early in the year when I was on a Zero high

The new Airfix Zero, mixed up with Jo-Han Rufe floats

An easy conversion, but it took me until the end of the year to finish it

Part I

Part II (incl Moson Model Show Part 2/2)

Part III


December 2012 - A Gnat on Speed

- Airfix : Folland Gnat T.1

Another Airfix One Kit Group Build participation - which I again started in the last week

I was hoping the time pressure would pull me through quickly

It did - but at the cost of the result

Part I

Part II (incl Plastic Winter 2012 show report)

Part III

Post script : Gnat into the drink - (incl. Belgian Scale Modellers Convention 2012 show report)


November 2012 - The Duxford mission

- Airfix : Spitfire F Mk.22
- AZ Model : Spitfire Mk.22

My mission at this years Duxford show was to find/buy the new Airfix Spitfire Mk.22

Unfortunately it was not available there, so I got one on eBay - and started it very soon

It was joined by the AZ Model Mk.22 because I liked the markings options for this kit much better, and used them for both builds

Part I (incl Flying Legends 2012 show report)

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V


September 2012 - Fairey Firefly

- Airfix : Firefly Mk.5
- Eastern Expres (Frog) : Fairey Firefly Mk.I

Another build inspired by an Airfix One Kit Group Build

I decided to team it up with another old classic : the Frog Firefly

Part I

Part II (incl. Plzenkit 2012 show report)

Part III (incl. eDay 2012 show report Pt.1)

Part IV (incl. eDay 2012 show report Pt.2)


September 2012 - A Hotel Puma

- Airfix : SA.330 Puma

My boss at worked sent me to South Africa for 3 weeks

I still had to finish a multi engine build for a GB on the Airfix forum, so I took a Puma along with me

It was mostly build in my hotel room in South Africa - except for decals, a final clear coat & weathering

Part I


August 2012 - The wrong kit

- Special Hobby : TT-1 Pinto

I bought the civilian release of this kit by mistake, and thought I might as well as build it then

However later I bought the US Navy trainer edition - and used the schemes & decals from this kit, to finish it

It was not my finest hour, I'm happy to have the subject in my collection, but I don't think I will try another one

Part I (incl. Panthers Cup 2012 show report)

Part II (incl Mosonkit 2012 show report - part 1/2)


May 2012 - A Hurricane just for FUN :-)

- Revell : Hawker Hurricane Mk.I

After building and enjoying the old classic Airfix Mk.I, I really wanted to try my luck with the old Revell Hurricane

Again it was a very enjoyable quick build

Part I


April 2012 - Like a Hurricane

- Airfix : Hawker Hurricane Mk.I

I started this build in the last week of the "Hawker Hurricane" Airfix One Kit GB

Naturally I had to rush through things, but this keeps me focused - and it turned out to be a very enjoyable experience

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part III (incl. Model Force 2012 show report)


March 2012 - The Valentine treasure

- Special Hobby : Boulton Paul Balliol T.2

From my dearest I was allowed to buy this kit On Valentine's Day when it was just released in Prague - and I started it pretty soon

It's a nice tooling with PE and resin parts, and I big canopy to show the beautiful interior

Part I

Part II

Part III


March 2012 - Joy

- Airfix : Hellcat

This was supposed to be a quick build - but it needed more time due to more parts and some corrections

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV


February 2012 - Race against the snow

- A-Model : Yak-1

After taking pictures of the I-3 in the snow I wanted to build a proper aircraft in winter camo for similar pictures

Unfortunatly, weather forecasting predicted the end of snow so it was a race to finish the model before the snow was gone

Part I

Part II


February 2012 - Claus' Ken's twin brother

- AZ Model : Kawasaki Ki-78 "Ken"

I started this kit after a trade with Claus from Denmark, we both build our Kens together in the prolonged 1/72 scale GB

Finished in two weeks time, it was a pleasant nice kit of an unusual subject

Part I

Part II


January 2012 - Polikarpov I-3

- AGA : Polikarpov I-3

I started this as a quick project in last years summer, as my first build in the 1/72 GB

The big radiator halted me, and only my 2012 New Year resolution made me finaly finish it - just when the first snow hit Belgium

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI


January 2012 - The sobbing son

- Hasegawa : Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero fighter

I was still on a Zero high after finishing my 2 Sons of the sun, so the old Hasegawa tooling was dragged from the stash to the bench for a no thrills quick build

Again it prooved to be a very enjoyable experience - finishing the kit in just 6 days

Part I

Part II


January 2012 - Sons of the sun

- Airfix : Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero
- Hasegawa : Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero fighter Type 21

After finishing the new Airfix early P-40, I decided to do the new Airfix Zero too, since no builds were done yet on the Airfix forum - a month after its release

I teamed it up with the modern Hasegawa tooling, the major competitor of the Airfix kit

It was my most enjoyable build since a long time, though I messed things up with hand painting the canopy frames

Part I

Part II (incl. Belgian Scale Modellers Convention 2011 show report)

Part III

 

 



December 2011 - Flying sharks

- Airfix : Curtiss Hawk 81-A-2
- Trumpeter : P-40B/C Warhawk
- AML : Curtiss P-40 Tomahwak I

I always had a soft spot for these early P-40s, and as soon as Airfix released their new Hawk kit, I bought one

And it was the perfect excuse to start building a small collection of these aircraft, all having a shark mouth

Part I

Part III

Part IV

Part IX

Part X

 

Post scriptum (incl Plastic Winter 2011 show report)

... one of them was the AML kit which fought me bravely

It was the toughest kit I build this year

Part II

Part V

Part VI

Part VII

Part VIII


November 2011 - The Hawk that was no shark

Novo : Tomahawk Fighter

While building the Airfix and the Trumpeter and an AML Hawk, I figured I could build the ancient Novo/Frog kit as well

It was a very pleasant out of the box build, completed in just 5 days.

Part I

Part II

Part III


October 2011 - The Duxford Spitfire

Airfix : Supermarine Spitfire PR.XIX

After an inspiring visit to Flying Legends 2011, I just had to build something gracious and powerful. The new PR.XIX Spitfire from Airfix fitted the bill perfectly.

It is a nice kit but I made it difficult for myself by filling all the deep panel lines

Part I (incl Flying Legends 2011 show report)

Part II

Part III

Part IV (incl. Pilsenkit 2011 show report pt.1/2)

Part V (incl. Dutch Nationals 2011 show report)


October 2011 - CESJK - MiG-15 UTI

KP : MiG-15 UTI

During the 1/72 scale GB, Ted and Massimo launched the idea to build early Soviet jets. I joined as a Comrade of the Early Soviet Jets Kits with an old early 1970s KP kit.

Part I

Part II (incl. Pilsenkit 2011 show report pt.2/2)

Part III (incl KMK Scaleworld 2011 show report)

Part IV

Part V (incl eDay 2011 show report pt.2/2)


September 2011 - MFAK Me-262

- Airfix : Messerschmitt 262A
- Revell : Messerschmitt Me262A-1A

Build during the My First Airfix Kit Group Build - a nostalgia build of my first model kit ever, the Airfix Me-262. To make things more interesting, I decided to build it together with the old Revell kit

Since I started building only a few days before the end of the MFAK GB, I had to finish them in just four days time

Part I

Part II

Part III

 

Post Scriptum (incl eDay 2011 show report pt.1/2)


June 2011 - The homeless swallow

Vami Models : Me P Schwalbe

My second full resin kit, for the sake of getting more experience with resin

I had bought it cheap, so I wouldn't loose much money on it, and it was Luft '46 so I didn't have to worry about accuracy

Average kit, but it looks pleasing on the shelves, and knowing not many of these are on shelves is pleasant too :-)

Part I (incl Pantherscup 2011 show report, Pt.1)

Part II (incl Beskyd Model Kit 2011 show report, Pt.1)

Part III (incl Modellbrno 2011 show report, Pt.2)


May 2011 - Merlin Beau

Airfix : Bristol Beaufighter T.F.X.
with Magna Models : Bristol Beaufighter Mk.II

This was my first serious work with resin

Using Magna Models' resin conversion set, I tried to get a Merlin engined Mk.II Bristol Beaufighter from the Airfix

It was the hardest modelling project in my life so far, the project was even shelved for half a year - but eventually finished after 1 year in a mad race against time

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI

Part VII

 Part VIII (incl Panthersup 2011 show report, Pt.2)

 Part IX (incl Beskyd Model Kit 2011 show report, Pt.2)

Part X

Part XI

Part XII

 Part XIII (incl Modellbrno 2011 show report, Pt.1)


March 2011 - Italy's wooden arrow

RS Models : Ambrosini SAI.207

While being sick at home I started this quick build project

It is a pleasant little kit, providing everything that is needed - and most important for me, there is not much documentation out there to distract you into AMS territory

Part I

Part II


Feb 2011 - First resin kit


- Vami Models : FW 190 Falcon Wing
- Academy : Focke Wulf Fw-190A-8

Always fascinated by weird subjects, I sooner or later had to start a resin kit.

My first try at this medium is with the Vami Models Fw-190 Falcon Wing, build on the Resin GB forum.

Halfway the build an injected Academy Fw-190A-8 joined in.

Part I

Part II

Part III

 

 



Dec 2010 - September Brothers

My Spitfires needed some playmates.

So I opened an Airfix Me-109E for the ABBoBAGB.
Some other kits joined in, incl an RS Models Me-109X, though the ICM Me-109E kit proved to be the king.

Part I

Part II (incl Belgian Nationals 2010 show report)

Part III

Part IV (incl Dutch Nationals 2010 show report)

Part V (incl Lier Convention 2010 show report)

Part VI (the "bug" incident)

Part VII

Part VIII


Oct 2010 - Spitfire Summer

While building the Spitfire duo below - Airfix released suddenly an all new Spitifre Mk.I

I bought one on eBay and build it along the the AZ Models Spitfire Mk.I early mark - accuracy wise the main competitor for the new Airfix Spitfire.

Part V

Part VI

Part VII (incl eDay 2010 show report)

Part VIII


Aug 2010 - Spitfire Summer

Ever since my teens I wanted to build a two bladed Spitfire, the only out of the box option for a long time was the Hasegawa kit.

What better excuse then the ABBoBAGB on the Airfix forum to build it together with another iconic classic from my youth, the Airfix Spitfire Mk.I.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV


June 2010 - Wallflower Spitfire

I have to confess I had never heard of the early mark Long Range Spitfires, with their typical port underwing fuel tank.

As soon as AZ Models released this Spitfire Mk.IILR, I bought one.

It was the first Czech limited run kit I ever build in my life.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

 

 



Dec 2009 - 3 Little Würgers

After having build my first Revell Fw-190 in 2008, I liked the idea of a kit manufacturer collection of little Würgers.

The Airfix GB forum was a perfect excuse to start another Airfix Fw-190F, together with 2 other Würgers; another one from Revell and one from Mastercraft.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI

Part VII


May 2009 - Kit beyond hope

From the disposal list - to a great fun build.

I regretted buying the Airfix Dornier Do-217 Mistel as soon as I opened the sealed box back home. This one was definitelly beyond hope of ever getting build.

But after my Komet adventure, I was looking for another Airfix kit to goof around with on Hyperscale. So, what was better then this disposable piece of ancient junk ?

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI

Part VII

Part VIII


April 2009 - Saving Grace

Abandonned in a corner of my hobby room lay an old Airfix 1/144 scale VC-10, waiting to be binned.

Fellow Airfix builder Neil Scrimgeour showed up with a VC-10 build on the Airfix forum, and kindly pointed me in the direction of some interesting decals from TwoSixDecals.

This was the kiss of life for this dead project.

Part I

Part II

Part III


March 2009 - Whirly woes

Originally I wanted to build the Airfix Swordfish, which I had bought second hand from a friend, together with this Airfix Whirlwind HAS.22.

Upon examining both kits, I discovered the Whirlwind model was already started.

I don't like partially build kits in the stash - that's how I ended up building my first helicopter kit EVER.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI

 

 



Sept 2008 - The tiniest

My first postings on Hyperscale, when Brett started an Airfix Group Build, I just had to participate

Careful, not to make too many waves, I choose possibly the smallest aircraft kit in the Airfix catalogue, the tiny yet brutal Me-163 Komet.

I finished it in just a few days time.

Part I

Part II

Part III



William De Coster / Belgium

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