Anyone that has built any of these old Monogram kits, will be aware of their raised surface detail and that if you tackle one, you may have to replace one or two panel lines during construction and then the subsequent clean-up of seams and joints.
Over the last few months I’ve turned my attention from all things Tamiya, to all things Monogram, an armoured Legacy Collection, being replaced by a Legacy Collection that not only features machines with wings, but one that deals specifically with Century Jets, in all of their glory.
Anyone that has built any of these old Monogram kits, will be aware of their raised surface detail and that if you tackle one, you may have to replace one or two panel lines during construction and then the subsequent clean-up of seams and joints. Created at a time when such luxurious frivolities as incised details were a mere glint in a Monogram designer’s eye, modellers in 2022 who choose to build these kits are faced with either the ordeal of a full rescribe, or a few steps that work with the panel lines, to create a neat looking model with a complete set of details still in situ.
Being a lazy sort(!) I wanted to treat this series very much as a collection of builds that maintained the spirit of those initial releases, constructing them as they were intended and thus working with the surface detail, rather than removing it and starting again. That meant that I had in places (lots of places, as it turned out!) I had to reinstate the lines so that any removal through clean-up looks as seamless as possible, all puns intended!
This little video shows you how that has been achieved over the last two builds, the F-101 and the F-106. It’s simple, needs few tools and actually only a modicum of skill to carry out. If I can do it, anyone can! I hope that you enjoy the video and that it helps you to build these models cleanly should you decide to take the plunge and have a go at one of Monogram’s kits.
See you next time!
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