Welcome back! I’m truly sorry for your loss. I’ll be optimistic in the hopes that you are doing better, and may this year be a good one. You’re bird looks pretty darned cool, and you’ve made some great headway on it. Do keep with it!
I too did a little walk away from the hobby, mostly due to distractions with all that’s going on in the world, and the roll out of the new forum, which I think I unfairly blamed everything on! As I dabble on it, it’s not that bad, and in some respects better, though I do miss the little things like the campaign ribbons. I’m sure that we’ll figure this out in time.
The wife says I babble too much, and don’t tell her, but she’s most likely right! I began Trumpeter’s 1/48 Vigilante for the “Boys on the Postage Stamps” campaign. I knew going in that this build would be a lulu, and it was. If you want a Vigilante in this scale it’s the only game in town, and you really need to want it! I did, and I got to expand my modeling skills even more. At times I asked myself why, and went back to the “Oh yeah, I really want this on the shelf!”. There is no nice way to say it, but this is a very difficult kit, that leaves (at least me) asking when will this end. I slugged through, picked up some nice ejection seats and tossed them in, a set of decals that looked great in the package, but did their best to shatter at the wrong look. This kit now holds “Worst ever” in my book, and unless someone pays me a great amount of money, I won’t do it again. Ha ha ha, still I wanted it, and it looks the part, but what a journey.
And after uploading these pics, I realize that the mask on the windscreen remains, it just doesn’t end!! I’ll fix it, and move on. I learned a lot on this build, and I feel good about getting it done.
So, remember during these trying times, we can get a project done and take a little time-out. Dust off the Queens!!