Always keep your eyes open

Several years ago I got an old Airfix kit of the 88mm Gun & Tractor in 1/76 at a garage sale for the huge price of $1  When I got home I realized the tracks were missing.  So the kit got built and painted and sat waiting for an idea to replace the tracks.  I dropped by my local hobby shop today.  In addition to all the normal goodies, they had a small box with a bunch of small parts bagged up, most were going for a few dollars each.  This included some figures as well as many armor components in several scales such as turrets and other such parts. One of the bags contained a turret for a Panzer II as well as two fairly long tracks that looked like they would be the correct width for the tractor.  Took the bag home and sure enough a good fit, in fact, 1 track…

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Paint Accuracy? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Paint Accuracy!

Jon Bius writes on his site about paint accuracy and his thoughts match mine. Full disclosure… I was not alive in March 1945 to supervise the color application to this particular Spitfire. (Sorry…) I know some will swear the color brands called for are spot on, others will say they’re not. The only one who truly knows, I suppose, is that guy in the nacho line at the IPMS-US Nationals with the stained t-shirt. Apart from him, or perhaps an actual, real paint chip or artifact that is well preserved, or an actual eyewitness, we’ll never really know. Ever. (Except Marty and the Doc…) Yet many will pull their hair out trying to find the exact color match. I’d like to submit that such an endeavor may not really be beneficial, either to your model, your mental health, and certainly to the rest of us around you who have to…

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