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…

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…