Refreshing the Bench

A modeler’s bench is constantly shifting and evolving, almost like a living thing. Or at least that’s the case with mine. From the time I came back to the hobby with a cheap folding table from Costco, I’ve been tinkering and rejiggering. For the past few years, though, my bench has been *fairly* static. I’ve…

Are Price and Quality Related?

We’ve been having a pretty fun discussion over in the Scale Modelers Critique Group over the past few days about the relation (or not) of price and quality. Driven to an extent by Revell’s 1/32 P-51 and how it compares to Tamiya’s far pricier kit. Price is a Dumb Metric I’ve been on record, many…

A Reply, Because LSP Threads Keep Disappearing

Over the past few days, someone over on LSP has been making ad hominem attacks on me. Nothing new there. You create anything on the internet and you’re going to attract detractors, especially if they involve opinions, or, apparently, expletives. But…I had a few minutes this morning while enjoying my coffee and figured I’d respond,…

Su-35 Battle Royale, Part 1: Antebellum

It’s been a little over a  year since my last build review – of Kitty Hawk’s maddening Su-17 Fitter. Why haven’t I returned to the well sooner? A few reasons. One. These reviews take a lot of time and effort – especially shooting and editing and publishing the videos. Two. I wanted to use my…

All About that Base

Bases have never really been my thing. In part, I think, because the focus of my modeling has typically leaned more toward aircraft, where bases are mostly an afterthought. But there are two other factors at play. One, I’ve never felt like I have a head for picturing and executing bases. Whenever I’ve tried, I’ve…

Priorities and Shit

The last year at the bench has been a real struggle for me. And if I’m being honest, it was a continuing, and worsening, of trends that have been creeping up on me for a while. But they really landed hard in 2017. There was the constant rearguard action against flagging motivation. Against my own…

Let’s Talk About The Last Jedi

I know, I know. This is a modeling blog. But for this one post, it’s not going to be. Because I have to talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And I have to talk about it in more depth than a Facebook post allows. Don’t like it? Don’t care? Don’t want to be spoiled…

The MiG-23 Landing Gear Pickle

Last week, I finally got to the point of installing the gear struts on my 1/32 Trumpeter MiG-23MLA (the kit is technically the MLD, but being built as a Bulgarian MLA). And…fuck. The thing looks like it’s standing on its tip-toes. Since I’m currently about 1700 miles away from my bench, I’ve been thinking about…

Photography: Study in Light

Why is it important to learn how to use your camera’s manual controls to shoot photos of your models? Because when it comes to model photography, digital cameras are dumb as shit. Your Dumbass Camera The automatic modes in digital cameras – be they point-and-shoots, DSLRs, or the camera in your smartphone – are programmed…

Photography: Focal Length

When we’re shooting photos of our models, there are a lot of factors to consider. Lighting. Proper white balance. Aperture. But there’s one factor that is often overlooked, and that can play a significant role in the look and feel of your images. Focal length. Dorky Photography Stuff Now, technically, focal length refers to the…