So this weekend I was leafing through some of my collection of Fine Scale Modeler magazines. I mainly build WWII armor but have had a lot of fun scratchbuilding (i.e. making or modifying parts myself) the occasional space ship as well. And like most modelers I have about three projects in progress and a shelf full of stuff waiting in the wings.
But this weekend, as I looked at the 2,645th photoset and article about the German Tiger I tank followed by the 405th reader Gallery entry of a diorama showing a Tiger driving by one of its "unlucky victim" tanks, I sprang to my feet, raised my hand, and swore a mighty Oath that this year I will make my own diorama showing a blasted and wrecked Tiger I being passed by by a U.S. or Brit tank destroyer. Maybe an Archer - that weird little "rear-fire-only" TD that mated a rear-firing 17 pounder antitank gun to an old Valentine tank chasssis. Does anyone make a kit of an Archer, I wonder?
Don't get me wrong - the Tiger I was a cool-looking tank; a heaping helping of mean on top of a big pile of ugly. But as a bit of a WWII grog, you get plenty sick of 'em pretty fast.
So that's my one New Year's Resolution so far.