Stash Reduction Efforts


Interests change. Space becomes a premium. Anyway – I’m taking efforts to reduce and focus my stash. So…I’m throwing a bunch of them up for sale. Want to see the list and have a go?


Rules and How This Works

Okay. These are the rules. Any questions about the rules will be referred back here.
Figure out what you want and email me at
If kits are available, I will figure out shipping, discounts etc and send invoice. Then you will pay the invoice!
If an item is spoken for but not paid for – WAITING LIST! If first buyer flakes, I will move down the list.
Buy multiple kits and I will combine shipping.
Buy $100 worth – get 20% off
By $200 worth – get 30% off + free shipping (excluding big ass boats)

Bare Metal Variance


These days, we modelers face an embarrassment of riches when it comes to quality metallic finishes. But as good as many of them are, none of them seem up to the challenge of capturing the worn patina found on so many late World War II and Cold War-era bare metal aircraft. I’m not talking about aluminum that’s been battered flat here. The look I’m referring to is still shiny, still reflective, but definitely no longer in pristine condition. Like so…


Republic F-84B in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo)

So I decided to see if I could us the semi-translucent qualities of Alclad Airframe Aluminum and play with the underlying coats to get something that exhibits that sort of worn variation while still being fearsomely shiny.

And I made some videos about it.

Long story short? It works! At the very least, the potential is there! The key seems to be using a very dark gray as a marble coat – whether it goes down over a prior metallic (like Alclad High Speed Silver) or gloss black.

Nothing like actually trying shit to get a sense for it.

Decals are Magic!


I’ve been in a decal state of mind lately. In part because I’m neck deep in the decal stage on my F-104, and in part because of some, let’s say heated discussion about the quality or lack thereof of certain decals.

Perhaps more than any other aspect of modeling, decals seem prone to disclaimers of your mileage may vary. Tamiya decals may work fine for one person, and terribly for another. One decal sheet may respond very well to Micro-Sol, while another’s decals shatter under the stuff. But try Solvaset or Mr. Mark Softer or some other option, and you get the opposite reaction. Some decals need very warm water to work, others don’t care, and still others fall apart in the increased temperatures. Even on the same decal sheet, major markings may perform wonderfully, while stencils may be prone to silvering despite all attempts at prevention.

This is because decals are magic. Continue reading

Stalling Out


The Combat Workshop asks an interesting question for the first Sprue Cutters’ Union of 2016:

At what point of the build do you tend to stall?

Well, shit. That’s not really an easy question for me to answer, since it tends to bounce around depending on what I’m building. So…I can potentially stall out at multiple points. Which is a huge part of why my completion rate was 25% last year.

Let’s walk through them: Continue reading

Dick Move

I did something yesterday, and it’s still eating at me.

I came across a build. Not a good build at all. The paint job was your typical “hairy stick” special. The construction was amateur at best – unpainted vinyl tracks floating way above their return rollers.

Something that was supposed to be snow was applied to the running gear and tracks. Turns out it was “Christmas Village” snow. It looks like the vehicle had rumbled through some scrub brush covered in glitter.

Now…that’s fine. We all have to start somewhere, and god knows several of my early armor builds were equally cringeworthy.

But here’s the thing. This build was getting attaboys. “LOVING THIS!” and “I really love the snow on the running gear – it looks to be in scale…”

I can only conclude this person has never actually seen snow.

Anyway. I came across this build, and I did an asshole thing.

I moved on.

Here’s the thing. I’ve railed about this hobby’s attaboy problem before. The mindless praise doesn’t help anybody – but it actually harms novice builders.

We can’t grow, we can’t improve, without recognizing that there is room for that improvement. And with more novice builders, a lot of times it’s kinda like Rumsfeld’s famous unknown unknowns – they don’t know what they don’t know.

Before the butthurt train leaves the station – I was there once. And you were, too. And I’m not at all advocating shaming people out of the hobby…but it’s possible to encourage and praise effort without blowing sunshine all over shitty results.

And I wanted to, with this particular build. I came very close to doing so.

But this was in one of those “friendly” groups. As a fellow modeler said, “if you’re honest with him, you’re getting lynched.”

So I decided to be an asshole, and move on.

Black Basing, Now in Video!

Ever since I posted about Black Basing a year and a half ago, I’ve wanted to follow it up with a better, improved version. And since I’m making the foray into video, it seemed the perfect subject to tackle, as it’s a bit challenging to convey the marble coat with just words and pictures.

So…enjoy! And give it a shot for yourself!

Fight the Future

Yesterday, I was doing a bit of bench cleanup…

And came across my big, unwieldy bottle of Future. What to do about it? Well…

When I posted this over on the Facebook page, it elicited some cheers, some laughs, some “but…why?!?” comments. As well as questions over what I use instead. And that little blog post idea light bulb started blinking above my head. So here we are.


TL;DR version if you want to skip to the next section – Future is inconsistent in performance and therefore not to be trusted. Continue reading