Sticking to my plan of just a few builds instead of over doing it with six has become hard to stay focused on. I need to lock up my stash until I am fully able to start new builds. I feel that I have become a slower model builder the more that I add to the workbench. I do like to always have something to work on, but it’s getting frustrating watching kits sit longer than they should. With that said, I think I have the perfect plan. I have, in fact, added two more builds to the mix. The catch is that they will not be started until the Fw-190 and BV-141 have their wings. I think that can be a pretty solid rule that will creat a better dynamic here at Amateur Airplanes. This will provide kits getting finished at a more relaxed and faster pace. Not that speed is important but I don’t want to work on a kit for four weeks when I can have it done in two. In no way will my new plan hamper any quality. That is the most important cog to this scenario. I want to be more efficient and basically less frustrated with myself. When it comes down to it, it’s me biting off more than I can chew.
The new kits that I added are actually fairly new to my inventory. New kits don’t tend to make quick appearances here but these two are interesting in their own right. First, I will start with Hasegawa’s 1/72 Polikarpov I-153. This is just a cool little airplane. It reminds me of a bi-plane version of the Brewster Buffalo. These “lesser known” aircraft are fun to build in many ways to me. The build part is of course fun, but the research and learning part is most important to me. Aviation in general is the real passion here and I just like to learn about the aircraft that I am building.
This little kit looks great in the box with a good looking cockpit. As you can see, there are only two parts trees so this will be a quick one. The paint scheme and decals are what I am really excited to work with. Finland isn’t a well represented country on my shelves so it’ll be nice to add this build.
The next kit is from a country that I tend to neglect as well. Italeri’s 1/72 Macchi MC.205 Veltro is a perfect edition to represent Italy. After building the Saetta last year, I have kept a stern lookout for other Macchi aircraft. This one was found at a great price a little while ago so I grabbed it. This is a little more extensive than the I-153 with three parts trees. They look great with good detail and I can’t wait to get moving. The paint scheme is still undecided. I am leaning towards the all grey scheme but I’m not 100%. There is plenty of time to decide that.