Open Letter to Tamiya

Go deep on your Phantom variants. The demand is absolutely there. A week ago, I got my hands on the new Tamiya F-4B Phantom. A few people scoffed when I called it the best kit ever produced. Or thought I was exaggerating when I said it was even better than the amazing P-38. Then I…

Tamiya F-4B Test-Fit Review

When I got back into modeling in 2010, Tamiya already had a fearsome reputation for engineering and fit. At the time they were in the middle of their 1/32 Spitfire run, and those kits were something. Over the last decade, it’s been amazing to watch them find higher and higher gears. The Mustang. The Corsair….

Mojo is Dumb

“I’ve lost my mojo…” How many times have you heard this or one of its near-infinite variations? Probably a lot. It’s an annoyingly common complaint in the modeling community. And it fundamentally misunderstands motivation and how it works. On Resistance For a number of years, writing was my hobby. That ended when my career shifted…

Airplanes & Assholes

A few episodes back, the Plastic Posse Podcast guys were discussing differences between aircraft and armor modelers and came down on the opinion that armor modelers are, generally, a friendlier bunch than aircraft modelers. (note: if anybody wants to help me remember the episode, I’ll gladly update to reflect) At the time, I didn’t really…

My Favorite Part of 3D Printing…So Far

I thought my favorite part of 3D printing would be the ability to access a whole bunch of stuff that just isn’t available in injection-molded kit form (or even resin). And that’s certainly awesome. I mean, I love that I’m working on a 1/48 TIE Interceptor and slowly but surely printing out a 1/12 Cobb…

3D Printing and Finding the Range

I’ve tried recording a video on this three times now, and each time it’s devolved into a rambling mess (even more so than usual!). So instead, I’m going to give words a go. 3D printing has a relatively steep learning curve. There are a slew of arcane rituals you have to sort out. Rituals that…

2020 Wrap Up

Holy shit we made it to 2021! Since I’ve already gone and done a 2020 wrap video, I’m not going to belabor everything by typing it out again. If you’re in a TL;DW mood, here’s the gist. Five completions this year – the P-47M Thunderbolt, A-6E Intruder, Eduard P-51D-5 Mustang, Tamiya F-51D Mustang, and Rye…

Pony Bash – 1/48 P-51 Wrapup

It started with an idea. Build an Eduard P-51 Mustang. There was a bit of a pony fad going on over in SMCG at the time, and with all the discussion around the kit, I just had to see what it was like for myself. Then it grew into something else. What if, in addition…

Building Trumpeter’s 1/32 A-6E Intruder

Blame it on Desert Storm. Blame it on Flight of the Intruder. Blame it on my own predilection toward ungainly and ugly and fearsomely effective aircraft. Whatever the case, the A-6 Intruder is one of my favorite aircraft, period. And almost certainly my favorite carrier-based aircraft. I knew from the moment Trumpeter announced their 1/32…

Building Tamiya’s 1/48 P-47M Thunderbolt

At the very end of 2019, I set out on a return to 1/48 scale, in the form of both an HK Models B-17G (that…didn’t fare so well) and Tamiya’s venerable P-47. Specifically the P-47M. And more specifically, “Fire Ball”, a 63rd Fighter Squadron M that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. And…I…