Building the older kits that you see here (many of which are nearly my age!) has allowed me to take a step back in time, both in terms of the kits being built, but also the techniques used to finish each one.
With this year coming to a most welcome close, I thought that you might like to see all of my builds from 2020 in one place.
As you can see, I began the year with aircraft for my day-job, before moving on to my ‘Legacy Collection‘ as the pandemic struck, only returning to aircraft in November with my build of the very impressive Italeri 1/32 Tornado GR.4.
Balancing out the old and new has certainly been a thrilling ride and one that has allowed a variety of techniques to come to the fore. Day work ensured the need for up-to date techniques that play well with the new kits that often find their way to my workbench. Necessary as they are and fun to carry out, the challenge there is always to keep on top of those ideas and in many cases, materials, to ensure that readers can see how the hobby is developing.
The ‘Vintage Collection’ allowed a different approach. Building the older kits that you see here (many of which are nearly my age!) has allowed me to take a step back in time, both in terms of the kits being built, but also the techniques used to finish each one. Though I haven’t as yet gone the whole hog and worked with enamels as basecoats for instance, the simplification of many of the steps used to finish the models has allowed me to return to a time when my own work was not quite as complex as it is today. This has certainly been not only been enjoyable, it also allowed the models to be completed more quickly; sure, it’s fun to work on the minutiae of a weathered finish for as few days to create a wonderfully intricate result, but it’s just as much fun to build and paint a model in a day or so!
So here are the models as I finished them, last year. You will find out what each one is under the image with a little explanatory description where needed.
I hope that you enjoy seeing all of these once more and that you all have a wonderful day!
Links for those that wish to read more about some of these models:
Academy Tomcat – MAI April 2020
Azur FFROM Dassault Mysteré B.2 – MAI May 2020