Scale Model Podcast Ep. 8 – Jim Bates

Welcome to Episode 8 of the Scale Model Podcast.

In this podcast, I aim to entertain, inform, and promote the hobby of scale model kit building with interviews, reviews, and news about the hobby.

Guest: Jim Bates

Bio:  An expat Canadian now living in Seattle, Jim builds RCAF, RCN, US Navy, and Commonwealth aircraft in 1/72 scale. Jim is an avid reader and a sometimes writer, a fan of rock, folk, and jam bands, and a private pilot. When he’s not exploring one of the many museums, parks, and libraries of Puget Sound with his wife and their daughter, Jim is a practicing attorney and working on a book about RCAF use of the Hawker Hurricane.

Jim has a blog at

North West Modellers Show

Latest news

1/48 Royal Navy catapult cradle – Perfect for your Airfix Walrus.

Fine Molds is to release three versions of the Mitsubishi Ki-15 in 1/48 scale.

Revell November releases.

Italari November Announcements

New 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk. I coming from Arma Hobby  (Metal Wing new tool)


News From Telford

Wingnut Wings WnW is releasing the 1/32 Lancaster cockpit nose for those who don’t have space for the entire kit. – What a great idea.

Wingnut also announced they are working on a 1/32 Handley-Page 0/400 – Another large kit.

Airfix has announced a 1/24 Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat.

Lots of ‘discussion’ on the various modeling forums about this kit.

Airfix also had a new-tool 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk. XIV at the show.

Eduard has released its new tool 1/48 scale Tempest Mk.V


What else are people talking about via hot kits section

Gloster E28/39 Pioneer



Interview with Jim Bates

Any other websites or YouTube channels you recommend?

Model Paint Solutions

Plasmo on Youtube

ScaleModelAircraft on Youtube


What’s on the bench


Tamiya 1/35 Panther. Working on weathering. (Build log )
Hasegawa 1/72 F-18a Hornet is in progress.


Revell 1/72 Hunter from the Right Stuff for a display at the Museum of Flight
Tamiya 1/72 A6M5 Zero



Sites and tips

Commercial sites often have very helpful guides for using their products.
Ammo by Mig Jimenez
AK Interactive downloads


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