“lESs iS mORe” and other pet peeves

In any community, there are certain phrases elicit groans and eyerolls. Maybe they’re bad takes. Or maybe they started out well-intentioned enough, but have just become hackneyed and tired. “In the unprecedented times” started as an earnest way for businesses to acknowledge COVID without saying “shit’s all fucked”. Which a lot of businesses are loathe…

2021 Wrapup

Every year around this time, I do an end of year wrap up. It’s become something ceremonial for me, kinda like boxing up and tossing all the detritus of a build after it’s completed, or tagging, sorting, and organizing photos after a trip. It’s a way to wash my hands, clear the decks, or whatever…

No Mo Rainbow

When I first conceived of the idea of Tank the Rainbow around the end of 2020, I knew that it would be a tough thing to get across to people. Hell, it was tough enough working out for myself what exactly I wanted it to be. There’s just a lot to explain at once. Hell,…

Stupid Bogey Tricks

Using magnets to overcome later handling frustrations with VVSS suspension bogeys.

Very Few Actual Aircraft

Over on my recent Inflection Points video, Kyle Keller dropped a comment that I wanted to respond to: Just remember friends it is a hobby that is supposed to be fun. I forget that from time to time, all the weather tricks are neat but very few actual aircraft ever had the type of weathering…

Complaining About Nats

The US IPMS Nationals went down this past weekend in Las Vegas, and a surely as the rumble of thunder follows the flash of lightning and hell follows the rider on the pale horse, internet drama has inevitably followed Nats. Is anyone really surprised? This time, the drama isn’t just over one or two things…

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…