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Welcome to my world of building plastic model airplanes !
I started this site for a couple reasons. The first was to be an inspiration for me to get some of these kits built and the second was to provide some focus. I'm getting back into the building part of the hobby after a 30 year hiatus and found that after all these years I had collected way too many kits to build in my life time. Creating this site helped me decide which planes I most wanted to build. While the list started out rather modest it has grown almost uncontrollably and has ballooned to over 100 kits. This is better than the 300 plus I started out with is still ambitious based on the rate that I finish models but I intend to stick with what is here and probably add a few more just to make the information about the kits available for other modelers. Whether I'll get to build them all is anyone's guess.
It won't take you long to realize that my primary focus is on World War II German aircraft. While I like almost all types, for some reason I find German aircraft more interesting than others due to the wide variety of types and unusual configurations as well as an endless variety of paint schemes and markings.
While I did not originally intend on this being a review site, I have over time added in box reviews to most of the aircraft listed here and I hope by posting them it will increase the availability of information to help you decide whether a given kit is what you want. Kits that have in box reviews will have a red asterisk * following the description under its profile. If there are photos of completed models there will also be an ! Note that I provide links at the end of reviews to other reviews or builds to let you see what other folks thought of the kits or how they looked when completed. This is something most sites do not do. Old Dog does not accept free kits or advertising from manufacturers, distributors or dealers. All kits reviewed have been paid for out of my pocket and as a result I feel my reviews are unbiased.
Starting in mid 2015 I made a decision that will affect what you see here in the way of reviews. When I started this site back in 2007 there weren't a lot of sites providing reviews and some that did seemed to be either lacking in good information or heavily biased due to the kit being supplied free for the review. Also I found that finding reviews for older kits was difficult which was what prompted me to do them in the first place. Flash forward eight years and there are now numerous websites providing reviews. Doing reviews is labor intensive and I have found as of late that many of the new kits are way more complex requiring even more work to do an adequate review. It seemed like I was spending more time reviewing than building and thus I decided that from here on kits that I can find reviews for, that I feel are adequate or equal to what I would have done, I will not duplicate but just supply links to reviews I have found. I will still provide some history and perhaps some general comments about each kit. If good reviews are not available then I will take the time to provide a review. Kits with these abbreviated reviews will be designated with a red percent symbol %
One thing I normally don't do in my reviews is spend a lot of time measuring the kit parts to make certain it adheres to the prototypes dimensions. I'm not such a nit picker that I'm going to sweat minor discrepancys in dimensions or missing or incorrect panels or other aircraft details. There are plenty accuracy zealots to go around and I refuse to let them spoil my fun. If the discrepancys are well know and correction sets are available for major boo boos, I will most likely purchase them and if I do they will be reviewed along with the kit.
The kits are grouped into categories and can be accessed by clicking the links in the column to the left.
How I got to this point and how I made my choices on what to model is contained in the "About Me" section. I hope that by sharing the information here that you may be inspired to build one of these kits or that the information provided here will help you with your choice of models or projects.
While you are here be sure to check out the Links page to find the best sites on the web for reviews, tips, forums and best places to buy the models themselves and all the goodies that go with them! Enjoy and thanks for stopping!
As it is with most of my kits, this site will always be under construction !
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