Review: Gunze Mr. Airbrush PS-770

A few years ago, I found a screaming deal on a gently used Iwata CM-B Custom Micron. Did I need it? Not really. But I’d been hearing Custom Microns talked about in reverent tones and was curious if the hype was real. Was it ever. I’m something of an airbrush whore, so I’ve sprayed a…

Airbrushing – Cleaning the Damn Thing

After my deep dive on airbrushing, I’ve received several requests asking for me to discuss my cleaning process. I get it. Cleaning sucks and it seems like it’s probably one of the top three stories people throw out about why they don’t like airbrushing. So what the hell. Let’s talk about cleaning. First, a story…

Airbrushing – A Deep Dive

UPDATED – AUGUST 2018 This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a long time. After all, airbrushing is probably my favorite single aspect of modeling. And, with all the airbrushing talk that’s been swirling about the interwebs lately, it seems like the time is right. So what is this? It’s a deep…

Fight the Future

Yesterday, I was doing a bit of bench cleanup… And came across my big, unwieldy bottle of Future. What to do about it? Well… When I posted this over on the Facebook page, it elicited some cheers, some laughs, some “but…why?!?” comments. As well as questions over what I use instead. And that little blog…

Test Drive: Mr. Paint

Recently, I was testing out a few new metallics, trying to sort out what exactly I want to use on the F-104. In that test, I came away rather impressed with Mr. Paint’s Super Fine Silver. This little revelation stirred conversation about the brand itself, how it paints etc…especially since many people have never heard…

Photo Setup – Sprue Cutters Union #27

The Combat Workshop‘s “Sprue Cutters Union” is akin to a group build, only with blog posts instead of builds.  This week’s topic: Show us your photo studio A few months ago, I wrote a post about the evolution of my photo studio, so it seems a bit silly to rehash the same ground. Instead, I think…

Glues I Use – Sprue Cutters Union #26

The Combat Workshop‘s “Sprue Cutters Union” is akin to a group build, only with blog posts instead of builds.  This week’s topic: What glue(s) do you use – and how do you apply them? In the beginning, there was Testors tube cement. And it was terrible. Growing up, I used all of the “standard” modeling glues….

Review: 3.5X-420mm Dental Binocular Loupes

Modeling can often involve working with – and straining to see – extremely small parts. Detailing instrument panels. Drilling out gun barrels. Rigging biplanes. We’re often faced with bits that can measure mere fractions of a millimeter. Even with my solid eyesight, I find myself going cross-eyed at times. The answer, of course, is magnification….

Gear Review: Tamiya Electric Handy Drill

Of all the tools in a modeler’s arsenal, there’s none I despise more than the pin vise. While it’s utterly necessary, it’s also an exercise in frustration, particularly when fragile micro drill bits are involved. Let’s face it, the human hand is a crappy mechanism for delivering linear, unwavering torque. Too little pressure, and the…

I Just Sold My Badger Airbrushes. Here’s Why.

Back in April, I scored a really good deal on two Badger airbrushes – the 105 Patriot and the Renegade Velocity. When I first picked them up, I was impressed by their solidity and their balance. They felt substantially different from the Iwata and Harder & Steenbeck airbrushes they joined in my stable, much in…