Welcome to Plasticfantastique

This site is all about my hobby. Building plastic models, predominantly aeroplanes in scale 1:48. I share kit reviews, detail pictures of real planes, tips & tricks etc.


Plastic kit reviews, written as I built them
I continuously write new reviews of the kits I build. Hopefully informative if you're thinking about buying a kit. The latest review is of the Messerschmitt BF 109G-6 by Trumpeter in 1/24.


Themed kit building
Sometime I build several kits connected to a historical event. My latest history project is Midway epilogue - Operation Vengeance. Reading with pictures of the models as well.


Reference pictures of real planes
I know the importance of good pictures of the original when building kits. I photograph these as often as I can. Latest added is pictures of the Sopwith Camel


Sharing experience
Building models is a constant learning. Here I try to share some of what I've learned along the way. I try to cover the most important aspects in an easy way. It's not in depth but I like to think it's useful.

The occasional blog

Here are the latest thought about modelling and my works in progress.
For a complete list please visit my blog page.

My paint and weathering technique
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Box review of Special Hobby's 1/48 Reggiane Re.2000 'Re2000 Export Birds'

Special Hobby announced this kit a while back which came as welcome news. Excluding a sad kit form Směr it has been hard to find a kit of the Reggiane Re.2000 in 1/48 (the last new kit was released almost 20 years ago). Interestingly it has first been released in an Export Birds release (which […]

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Building the Tamiya Grumman F-14A Tomcat (part 3)

Sudenly realized that I've neglected to update my build progress. You'll have to excuse me. For the eagled eyed you'd already noticed that I've written a review of the kit build here https://plasticfantastique.com/my-builds/grumman-f-14a-tomcat-tamiya-1-48/. It was a thoroughly enjoyable build and a very good kit. It's always challenging when you use a lot of after market […]

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Box review of Airfix 1/48 de Havilland Tiger Moth

In January 2019 Airfix announced a new tool 1/48 kit of the classical de Havilland Tiger Moth. Now this made me really excited as at the time the only available kit of the Tiger Moth in that scale was a version from SMER and that left e few things to wish for. Unfortunately this kit […]

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Building the Tamiya Grumman F-14A Tomcat (part 2)

Finally I've got moving on my project. It's officially flying. I've acquired a couple of reference books to help me out. One is excellent as expected the other one came as a bit of a let down. The first is "Grumman F-14 Tomcat: A Comprehensive Guide" by Andy Evans from SAM Publications. Their Modellers Datafile […]

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Building the Tamiya Grumman F-14A Tomcat (part 1)

OK, the official start of a new project. Building Tamiya's Grumman F-14A Tomcat in scale 1/48. This one is going to be fun. And slow. My goal is to finish this by January 2020. I've bought a load of after market parts to improve what I've understood to be an already good kit. I started […]

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