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…

Welcome to the Stressed Skin Era

Over this past weekend, news broke wide open that Wingnut Wings, prolific maker of excellent World War I kits that aren’t Nieuports or SPADs, is developing a 1/32 Avro Lancaster. Somewhere across the Pacific, the HK Models Team is currently banging their foreheads into their keyboards repeatedly. After all, they were supposed to release their…

1/32 Italeri F-104G Part 1 – The Pre-Build

Two and a half years ago, I put the finishing touches on Italeri’s big F-104, which I’d built as an Italian F-104S ASA. At the time, I was not particularly kind to the kit. The kit has just enough charm to pull you through the early stages of the build, and once you’re closing the…

The Vision Thing…

In my recent post digging into the various mental hangups and obstructions that have been screwing with my ability to get kits off the bench in a completed state, I touched on the idea of vision: Now, all of the issues listed above are very real issues. But are they causes, or just symptoms? Or…

Mind Games

I am a mess. It’s tempting to say that it’s just something that happens this time of year. Or to blame it on the heat (even though that’s abating now). But, I know better. The thing that’s fucking up my bench time, that has me turning in circles, second guessing myself, and generally not making…

Some Slapdash Market Research

In the early days of my career, I specialized in secondary research and analysis. A lot of this involved combing through massive reams of established research – the Census, Forrester, RL Polk and so on – to answer questions, find stats, and make connections. In some industries, it’s amazing what you can draw out. Modeling…

Decals – Clear Coats, Insurance, and Thick Carrier Film

A few years ago, I wrote about how Decals are Magic, and I still stand by that sentiment. Due to the variety of printers and substances and setting solutions, there is something in the way of alchemy about them. Some setting solutions work great on some decals, but not on others, and so on. But…

It’s Called a Flightpose. Jesus.

When you run a Facebook page with more than 13,000 followers, you get some…tedious questions. I generally try to be understanding. Facebook’s algorithm can mean that only a few thousand people see any given post, and maybe they missed the paints being used, or what effect I’m after or whatever. Fair enough. But there’s one…