I'm Having…Fun?

Modeling is a hobby. And for me, it’s primarily a form of decompression. Years ago, I came across the idea of “western meditation”. Whereas eastern meditation is all about clearing the mind through intense focus on something internal, like breathing, western meditation uses intense focus on a task. When I’m “meditating” at the bench, focused…

Musings on Quarter Scale

It’s 2020, and this year I’m doing something a bit different. After years focused on 1/32 scale, I’m kicking the year off with a pair of 1/48 WWII subjects. If you don’t immediately recognize them, that smaller one is a 1/48 Tamiya P-47M, and the larger one is HK’s new 1/48 B-17G Flying Fortress. It’s…

A Decade of Doogs Models

In mid-2010, nearly a decade, two kids, two dogs, and six jobs ago, I was restless. With our daughter’s birth weeks away, I was casting about for something I could do at home, and that I could easily step away from to deal with newborn stuff. My wife suggested that I give modeling a shot….

Fetishizing the Enemy – 4 Years On…

Four years ago, I wrote about this hobby’s fascination (to put it mildly) with German WWII subjects. And it elicited a lot of discussion (again, to put it mildly). And this was all before Trump. Before Brexit. Before Charlottesville and “good people on both sides”. Before this troubling surge in white supremacy that seems to…

Too Damn Hot

When you live in central Texas, the heat is part of the bargain. Yes, we get breakfast tacos and more queso than you can shake a tortilla chip at. Amazing BBQ, some damn tasty burgers, and a spring and fall that most of the country would kill for. We spend our winters usually somewhere in…

Modeling Rabbit Holes

Around the modeling interwebs, it seems like everyone is suddenly kung-fu fighting about “basic modeling skills” and, honestly, I have no desire to join in. It’s all stupid for a few reasons. There is no agreed-upon threshold for “basic”, so it’s all subjective. People who throw the term around non-ironically are usually humorless pedantic assholes,…

KA-BLAM!

When Tamiya announced they were doing a new tooling of the M551 Sheridan, I had something of a mixed reaction. The M551 is one of my favorite pieces of esoteric American armor – up there with the M18 Hellcat and M270 MLRS. But my fascination stems from the Desert Storm era mainly, and the Tamiya…

2018 – A Year in Review

2018 is just about over, and I don’t see anything coming off the bench in the next few days, so it’s time for the obligatory end-of-year post. What a Year 2018 was an…eventful year. Before I get to what happened on the bench, I want to touch on everything that went on beyond it. Because…

1/32 F-104G Part 2 – Painting a Distressed Finish

The worst part about working on a 1/32 scale F-104 is contending with its shape. The combination of a long, cylindrical body and short, stubby little wings makes maneuvering the thing to different positions a logistical nightmare. The complete inability to securely position it at anything other than an upright angle has led to plenty…

How to Focus Stack Your Images

If you’ve ever taken a photo of a model, you’ve almost certainly experienced it. A depth of field too shallow to show your entire build in sharp focus. While it’s easy to mitigate on certain subjects, like figures and particularly squat tanks, it can be a real challenge to overcome on subjects with more splayed…