Gluing Shit Together 101

When I came back to modeling in 2010, I initially had a lot of questions about glue. After all, my last experience had been building models as a kid, and the glue situation was pretty much as follows: Testors tube cement, which was gooey and didn’t work very well Testors liquid cement, which just didn’t…

Painting Tamiya’s 1/32 F4U-1 Corsair

With each new build, I try to push myself outside of my comfort zone (RELATED: Where the Magic Happens) in at least one area. Test a technique. Try a new paint. Experiment a little. But every so often, a build comes along that’s more than that. That kicks me into an entirely new level of…

Technique: Multi-Layer Chipping

I’ll straight-up admit it. I’ve been procrastinating on my big Tamiya F4U-1 Corsair. Oh, sure, part of it’s been working on other builds, but a bigger part has been sheer anxiety over how I’m going to paint the thing. The problem is pretty basic, really. I have a pretty reliable painting process that puts a…

Tonal Crush

I’ve touched on the idea of tonal crush in a few posts here and there, but it occurs to me that I’ve never stopped to fully explain the concept – or its implications for modeling. Time to fix that! A Brief Explanation Tonal crush is, at its most basic, the apparent loss of tonal variation…

Technique: Black Basing

UPDATE: I’d recommend checking out the Black Basing video: I’ve never been a big fan of the standard pre-shading, where you trace panel lines in black and then try your damnedest to cover the gray primered areas without completely blowing away all that fine airbrush work that went into the preshade lines. It’s a very…

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…

On the Bench: Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-3 “Obnazhennyy”

For most people, summertime conjures up visions of sun and surf, of late days, sweltering heat, kickass movies, fireworks and cookouts. It conjures those visions for me, too. But it also conjurs visions of spiders. For some reason, my bench becomes the equivalent of a small town Dairy Queen for an unending parade of tiny…

Photo Studio Upgrade

The garage photo studio got a huge upgrade last night. In fact, I’m tempted to go all Idiocracy and call it an “Upgrayyedd” (the double D’s are for a double dose of pimpin’). Light Evolution Back when I first got back into modeling, I had a very simple setup consisting of two clamp-style work lamps…

1/32 Wingnut Wings Sopwith Snipe Part II – “Pailding”

Part I | PART II| Part III | Part IV When approaching a biplane, I think it’s helpful to consider them as a completely different genre from other aircraft. Literally, as distinctly apart as armor or ships. With your traditional monowing aircraft, the build process is straightforward. Once the interior is sorted, you slap it…

1/32 Wingnut Wings Sopwith Snipe Part I – The Cockpit

PART I | Part II | Part III | Part IV As I was nearing the end of my long Trumpeter P-47 build, I was chomping at the bit for something quick and easy. A palette cleanser before diving into another ambitious project. Then I got laid off. The last time this happened, in the…