Modeling Rabbit Holes

Around the modeling interwebs, it seems like everyone is suddenly kung-fu fighting about “basic modeling skills” and, honestly, I have no desire to join in. It’s all stupid for a few reasons. There is no agreed-upon threshold for “basic”, so it’s all subjective. People who throw the term around non-ironically are usually humorless pedantic assholes,…

KA-BLAM!

When Tamiya announced they were doing a new tooling of the M551 Sheridan, I had something of a mixed reaction. The M551 is one of my favorite pieces of esoteric American armor – up there with the M18 Hellcat and M270 MLRS. But my fascination stems from the Desert Storm era mainly, and the Tamiya…

2018 – A Year in Review

2018 is just about over, and I don’t see anything coming off the bench in the next few days, so it’s time for the obligatory end-of-year post. What a Year 2018 was an…eventful year. Before I get to what happened on the bench, I want to touch on everything that went on beyond it. Because…

1/32 F-104G Part 2 – Painting a Distressed Finish

The worst part about working on a 1/32 scale F-104 is contending with its shape. The combination of a long, cylindrical body and short, stubby little wings makes maneuvering the thing to different positions a logistical nightmare. The complete inability to securely position it at anything other than an upright angle has led to plenty…

How to Focus Stack Your Images

If you’ve ever taken a photo of a model, you’ve almost certainly experienced it. A depth of field too shallow to show your entire build in sharp focus. While it’s easy to mitigate on certain subjects, like figures and particularly squat tanks, it can be a real challenge to overcome on subjects with more splayed…

Welcome to the Stressed Skin Era

Over this past weekend, news broke wide open that Wingnut Wings, prolific maker of excellent World War I kits that aren’t Nieuports or SPADs, is developing a 1/32 Avro Lancaster. Somewhere across the Pacific, the HK Models Team is currently banging their foreheads into their keyboards repeatedly. After all, they were supposed to release their…

The Vision Thing…

In my recent post digging into the various mental hangups and obstructions that have been screwing with my ability to get kits off the bench in a completed state, I touched on the idea of vision: Now, all of the issues listed above are very real issues. But are they causes, or just symptoms? Or…

Mind Games

I am a mess. It’s tempting to say that it’s just something that happens this time of year. Or to blame it on the heat (even though that’s abating now). But, I know better. The thing that’s fucking up my bench time, that has me turning in circles, second guessing myself, and generally not making…

Some Slapdash Market Research

In the early days of my career, I specialized in secondary research and analysis. A lot of this involved combing through massive reams of established research – the Census, Forrester, RL Polk and so on – to answer questions, find stats, and make connections. In some industries, it’s amazing what you can draw out. Modeling…