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 Field T-34/85
- Two kits that just didn’t get wrapped up in time for the new year – Trumpeter’s P-40F and ICM’s Panhard 178
- Several WFHWIP armor builds are in a sort of pre-primer limbo with no immediate next step in sight. It’s too bad that slapping together armor kits is a great way to let my brain chew on work challenges – it means I’m building kits way faster than I can move them into the paint stage.
- Figures are hard. I’ve started four this year and two are still actively in progress.
What’s on tap for 2021?
I’ve got big plans for 2021. Probably bigger than I’ll be able to actually pull off. But we’ll see!
Finish the P-40. It’s close. It’s in weathering. It should (fingers crossed) be done by the end of January.
Undisclosed quick-turn build. Stay tuned.
Lightning time. One the P-40 wraps, Tamiya’s P-38F is the next aircraft hitting my bench. But there will also be a guest appearance by Trumpeter’s 1/32 P-38L. I’ll be using it for a build review of Red Fox Studio’s new Quick Set Instrument Panel upgrade set. Not sure whether I’ll carry through to the entire kit or not – it really depends on how I’m feeling when I get to that point.
Figuring out figures. I’ve got two in-progress that I don’t hate. But I could be much better. I want to spend part of 2021 getting to a point of at least Dunning-Kruger levels of confidence about my abilities with figure work.
Doogs Models 3D. This will be the year that I finally get off my ass to figure out at least the basics of 3D printing. And designing parts. I gave it a very half-hearted go in 2020 and it was a total bust. This year it needs more discipline behind it and could be a good project for that summertime heat.
Armor experiments. The RFM T-34/85 really revealed a lot of my bad habits and deficiencies in armor building (or rather – painting and weathering). In 2021, I’m going to be tearing down my approach and rebuilding it piece by piece, getting out of my comfort zone and into several techniques I’ve never really given a fair shake. This one’s extremely ambitious and already pretty highly structured – details to come soon. I think it’ll be fun!
Better bench video. I’m replacing my dying Panasonic V770 with a Fujifilm X-S10 mirrorless number. A better camera doesn’t automatically make for better video, but the larger sensor with a better dynamic range should let me capture subtle tonal variations that the V770 is missing. And I’ll have the ability to flex to 4K if I want. And I may well do so, when the subject calls for it.
That’s…a lot. Stay tuned! It’s going to be an active year.