Sunday, 11 January 2015

2014 Year In Review

2014 was a great year for us scale modellers with some landmark kits like the Airfix 1/24 Typhoon and the new Star Wars kits from Bandai being released along with companies like Meng and Great Wall Hobbies showing they are here to stay and will continue to produce great kits and there seems to new companies popping plastic all the time.

Myself, well I had a great year with the stash growing faster than the kits could make it to the display cabinets but I was still able to lock away more finished kits than the last couple of years, even with a house move in there somewhere.
Many things contributed to the increased output, a new 'workbench' helped along with motivation from the MSMC champs, a great NZD to JPY exchange rate and of course, a very forgiving wife :-)

So lets recap the year of builds, apologies for the ones not in the blog but 2015 will be better i promise.

First was a build of first, first military, first dio, first mud, and of course first of the year

Next was Bandai's Real Grade Strike Freedom which was so enjoyable it started the purchasing of the entire RG series which I'm glad to say I now have all of the standard release kits, and a couple of the limited releases as well.

Then there was the move of houses which technically gave me a smaller man-cave but one solely dedicated to my indoor hobbies. It still looks pretty much like this but with the addition of a couple of extra desk lights and some drawers under the bench

Airfix 1/72nd Albatross proved to be a pig of a kit so ended up on the 'shelf of doom'

Airfix 1/72 Male Tank was completed for the MSMC WWI themed night

AMT Shelby Cobra was also a constant fight so joined the Albatross on the shelf off doom

Bandai Tiger and Bunny 1/8 was next and this was finished, although not until the end of the year.

Airfix Fiesta WRC 1/32 for the MSMC Club Build

Fujimi Fiat 500 F1 edition was completed so something shiny could be on the shelf.
Scibor Treeman 2 miniature was a first and change to try something different

Bandai Re100 Nightingale was at the other end of the size spectrum from the Treeman

Bandai MG Wing Gundam
Bandai 1/12 Darth Vader got snapped together, no paint decals or glue here.
Bandai 1/72 XWing was assembled with no glue or paint, just the decals and a dark grey wash.
Bandai RG Z Gok was assembled while away over the xmas break

along with Bandai RG Justice Gundam which was decaled and flat-coated on my return

Bandai HG Beargguy San right out of box.
Lets hope 2015 is as productive if not more

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