They say you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Model kits make their first impressions with their box art. While I've never based my decision to purchase a kit solely on what is essentially the hobby's version of a profile picture, a well done work of art does go a long way to inspire me.
Here is a short list of box art that I consider some of the worst, and least inspiring.
Hasegawa Real Thing
Hasegawa has been known to make some pretty attractive box art, but their trend toward using photographs of the real thing are just boring.
Revell's box art is typically OK. This one makes the list, however, because I'm not sure why this Fishbed would have it's air brakes open while in afterburner.
All of Testor's Box Art
Basically the modeling equivalent of still life, it's just objects arranged in a some what photogenic manner that aren't even marginally better than the WIP photos I produce at my workbench. And what&…
A preliminary look at Kitty Hawk's upcoming F-5E/F in 1/32 scale
Several weeks ago, Kitty Hawk announced their intentions to release a large scale Tiger after sharing several CAD images on their Facebook page. It usually isn't prudent to jump all over CAD images with criticism so early on because many things change through the course of a model's production timeline. It would be like saying your child looks nothing like you after catching a glimpse of the ultrasound.
Never the less, the image gives us an idea of part placement, engineering and features like open panels and weapons that will be included. Since as you know I have a distinct fascination with aircraft weaponry, that will be the main point of interest here. So, let's explore the world of the F-5 Tiger II and see if we can't figure out what to expect from Kitty Hawk.
The Kit so far...
These are a few of the images released by Kitty Hawk that show the weaponry apparently included in the kit. The first th…
The AIM-9 Sidewinder is the most successful short range air-to-air missile in the world. Since entering service in 1956, it has been employed by twenty-eight nations worldwide and has seen combat in multiple contested air spaces since its first action in 1958. It's low cost and continuous upgrades have enabled the missile to achieve success well into the 21st Century.
It's incredible life span has allowed the AIM-9 to serve on a range of different air frames, making it the air-to-air missile you will likely see in your kit's box, especially if you intend to build a Western subject. However, through the copied K-13 Soviet version, you may also see it in Eastern Bloc subjects as well like the MiG-21.
So what's this about?
It's not hard to look up the history of the Sidewinder online. Good thing I am not writing a history book. Instead, I recognize that the little missile is quite popular in the United States as well as the air forces of foreign nations. It will appe…