Three weeks holidays + mostly shit weather + intermittently functioning charging system on motorcycle + recent house purchase and resultant decline in available play money = lots of time to build models.
Here's two I just finished:
1. Acura Integra: Monogram-Revell kit. Given my intense dislike for nearly any kit North American built, this one was pretty sweet. Fit and finish was pretty damn good, especially for something I picked up for $14 at Michael's on sale. This is a custom paint job (my first with my airbrush). Gloss black undercoat, followed by a very light overcoat made up of one part clear blue and one part metallic blue. The rims came covered in that cheap chrome looking shit which I stripped off and re-painted.
The tribal decals look kinda cool. A little passe, but they were in the box and I knew I'd never use them for anything again. I covered the hood in carbon fibre decals, and as you can see, fucked up and chipped a piece off the front. I'll paint it gloss black and tuck the model at the back of the shelf and no one's the wiser.
The interior was flocked and custom painted red/black with aluminum/chrome highlights.
This kit took about 35 hours, I'd guess, and was a pretty nicely detailed kit. It came complete with three different sets of rims, a whack of decals and tons of hop-up parts. A great kit if anyone's looking to bash it for extra parts for other cars.
Overall verdict: Great kit, great price, great looking finished product.
2. Ferrari F40: Tamiya. Holy fuck me gently. If there was something that could be screwed up in this model, I did it. I mean, literally, at each step, I screwed something up. Most I was able to fix, but near the end, I didn't care and just wanted to finish it and move on the next.
The fit and finish is typical Tamiya, and falls together with little pain. This was built box stock (meaning nothing was customized). All factory accurate details were adhered to. I used some photo-etch metal parts which added some nice detail to the steering wheel, pedals, shift gate and exterior emblems.
This kit was a great one, it was just the builder who was the dumbass.
Overall verdict: Excellent kit, great price and spectacular looking finished product.
Next project: Ayrton Senna's 1993 F1 car, made by Tamiya.