Two More to the Stable

Last week, I splurged on a Harder & Steenbeck Evolution to celebrate a new job. In the end, it came down to the H&S Evolution or the Badger Patriot. The decision was so tough – both have very positive reviews – that I literally decided with a coin toss. Then, not a day after the…

Harder & Steenbeck Evolution Silverline

I just accepted a new job on Tuesday, and in keeping with tradition, bought myself a little something in celebration. My rules for this splurge are pretty simple. No more than $200, and it has to be something I’ve wanted, but don’t really need. Otherwise it wouldn’t be a splurge, now would it? This time…

Screw You, Bugs!

I build my models outside, in the garage. First, because of the fumes. Modeling involves some pretty strong chemicals, and I don’t want them inside the house, especially with two young kids. In the garage, anything short of full-bore rattlecanning dissipates rapidly. Second, because I make a hell of a mess when I’m at the…

Gear: Glues and Solvents

In the beginning, there was tube glue. This awful, vaguely gel-like substance was the default modeling glue, but I really don’t understand why. Gooey, prone to getting all over fingers, and with ridiculously long set and cure times, it seems, in hindsight, like the worst possible adhesive for an impatient kid slamming together a dodgy…