“lESs iS mORe” and other pet peeves

In any community, there are certain phrases elicit groans and eyerolls. Maybe they’re bad takes. Or maybe they started out well-intentioned enough, but have just become hackneyed and tired. “In the unprecedented times” started as an earnest way for businesses to acknowledge COVID without saying “shit’s all fucked”. Which a lot of businesses are loathe…

2021 Wrapup

Every year around this time, I do an end of year wrap up. It’s become something ceremonial for me, kinda like boxing up and tossing all the detritus of a build after it’s completed, or tagging, sorting, and organizing photos after a trip. It’s a way to wash my hands, clear the decks, or whatever…

No Mo Rainbow

When I first conceived of the idea of Tank the Rainbow around the end of 2020, I knew that it would be a tough thing to get across to people. Hell, it was tough enough working out for myself what exactly I wanted it to be. There’s just a lot to explain at once. Hell,…

Stupid Bogey Tricks

Using magnets to overcome later handling frustrations with VVSS suspension bogeys.

Very Few Actual Aircraft

Over on my recent Inflection Points video, Kyle Keller dropped a comment that I wanted to respond to: Just remember friends it is a hobby that is supposed to be fun. I forget that from time to time, all the weather tricks are neat but very few actual aircraft ever had the type of weathering…

Complaining About Nats

The US IPMS Nationals went down this past weekend in Las Vegas, and a surely as the rumble of thunder follows the flash of lightning and hell follows the rider on the pale horse, internet drama has inevitably followed Nats. Is anyone really surprised? This time, the drama isn’t just over one or two things…

Open Letter to Tamiya

Go deep on your Phantom variants. The demand is absolutely there. A week ago, I got my hands on the new Tamiya F-4B Phantom. A few people scoffed when I called it the best kit ever produced. Or thought I was exaggerating when I said it was even better than the amazing P-38. Then I…

Airplanes & Assholes

A few episodes back, the Plastic Posse Podcast guys were discussing differences between aircraft and armor modelers and came down on the opinion that armor modelers are, generally, a friendlier bunch than aircraft modelers. (note: if anybody wants to help me remember the episode, I’ll gladly update to reflect) At the time, I didn’t really…

My Favorite Part of 3D Printing…So Far

I thought my favorite part of 3D printing would be the ability to access a whole bunch of stuff that just isn’t available in injection-molded kit form (or even resin). And that’s certainly awesome. I mean, I love that I’m working on a 1/48 TIE Interceptor and slowly but surely printing out a 1/12 Cobb…

3D Printing and Finding the Range

I’ve tried recording a video on this three times now, and each time it’s devolved into a rambling mess (even more so than usual!). So instead, I’m going to give words a go. 3D printing has a relatively steep learning curve. There are a slew of arcane rituals you have to sort out. Rituals that…