Aftermarket is optional

I recently received an order from Hannants models mainly consisting of a set of vinyl tank tracks for my Dragon 1/35 Sherman Firefly as well as a few Yahu photoetch cockpit panels for a variety of RAF Spitfires and Mosquitos in both 72nd and 48th scale. From some modelers, the idea of getting a vinyl track set instead of using individual links is a copout. Similarly, the idea of just getting photo etch for a cockpit panel instead of all the bell and whistles one can get is a wasted opportunity. To that, I say “nonsense”. How much detail and accuracy is up to the individual modeler.  You are building for your own enjoyment.  If you want to enter a contest and you feel the aftermarket items are necessary then that would be a different story.  You are building for you. In the case of the tank tracks, I had…

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Tool Review – Mr Hobby Paint Jar Opener

The Mr. Hobby Paint Jar Opener is a 2 part tool to allow you to easily and safely open Mr. Hobby 10 and 18ml jars and Tamiya 10 ml jars. The tool consists of a plastic wrench with knurled ridges to put the paint jar cap in. As well there is a rubber gripper base to put the bottom of the paint jar in. Once this is done, usually a very quick turn will break the seal and allow the jar to open.  No more having to use pliers and trying to keep the jar from flying out of your hands. I’ve seen this tool for years and it’s one of those things that once you use it, you will wonder how you ever did without it.  Recommended Here is a short review video I did.     \  

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