Decals are Magic!

I’ve been in a decal state of mind lately. In part because I’m neck deep in the decal stage on my F-104, and in part because of some, let’s say heated discussion about the quality or lack thereof of certain decals. Perhaps more than any other aspect of modeling, decals seem prone to disclaimers of…

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…

Is Modeling Art?

Spend any amount of time in the online modeling community – on forums, on Facebook, YouTube, blogs, wherever, and you’ll see it pop up. Modeling as art. Or modeling as an art form. Or modelers as artists. There are actually modelers who self-describe as “art modelers”, whatever the hell that means. And of course…”art is…

How About Better Aftermarket Cockpit Sets?

Recently, some well meaning commenters have intimated that I am some kind of aspiring modeling dictator, telling everyone else what and how to model. While nothing could be further from the truth (I will tell you what and how I think you should model), it got me thinking. If I was some kind of scale…

Weathering Words

At work, everyone wants to own their little slice of “strategy”, to the point where the term itself has become – I won’t say meaningless – but certainly confused. Over the past week, I’ve been on vacation. Away from the bench and largely away from the computer. I’ve done more following and reading than I…

“Just” a Hobby?

“Whatever. It’s just a hobby.” “It’s your model. Do whatever you want.” What if – bear with me here – but what if we all agreed to put aside these dodges when discussing various aspects of modeling? Why? Because they add absolutely nothing to any discussion of any kind. And because, in my opinion*, they cheapen…

Fetishizing the Enemy

Fellow modelers, we need to have a talk. Because…what the actual fuck? What’s the deal with this hobby’s fascination with German crap? A 109 here, a Panther there, I get it. In moderation, German subjects can be a nutritious part of a well-balanced modeling diet. But I frequently see it going beyond interest to fascination…

The 4 Key Attributes of Kits – and the 2 Reviews Usually Miss

Butthurt Prevention Note: This hobby is highly dependent upon preferences and perspectives. What follows is my own. Yours may differ. And that’s totally fine. When I first came back to modeling, I figured I’d start with something simple and cheap. So I picked up a Revell SBD Dauntless. Maybe, once upon a time, it was…

Panel Lines: Do They Even Exist?

My recent rant against egregious panel line shading has drawn quite a hefty response. Plenty of voices of support…and of butthurt and defensiveness. A few who have mistaken the entire thing as some kind of condemnation of all pre-shading. And then there’s Tom, who left this comment earlier today. Good grief. Black basing, pre-shading, post-shading, it’s all…

Thoughts on a Show

The annual Austin IPMS contest was today. Despite falling on the same weekend as ACL and the TX/OU game, turnout was actually pretty good. There were a lot of entries, hopping vendor tables, and blah blah. Contest-wise, I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped. My Bf 109G-10 and Leopard C2 won their categories, which…