Brilliant Engineering

I tend to go on at great length about engineering and fit of different model kits. Now, a lot of people tend to bundle these together. But I view them as two separate things. Think of it a bit like the difference between a story and acting in a movie. Engineering is all about the…

Modeling and the Cloud

By day, I spend my time writing about various aspects of the cloud. And as something of an aficionado of tortured metaphors, for the past month or so I’ve been drawing various connections between what’s going on in modeling and the way that cloud is reshaping how businesses and people do the things they do….

Thoughts on a Show – ModelFiesta 39 Edition

I spend most of today down in San Antonio at the annual ModelFiesta show/contest, and drove home with a whole bunch of thoughts banging around in my head. It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post about a contest, but I feel like this year’s calls for it for one big reason. This year I…

I’m Having…Fun?

Modeling is a hobby. And for me, it’s primarily a form of decompression. Years ago, I came across the idea of “western meditation”. Whereas eastern meditation is all about clearing the mind through intense focus on something internal, like breathing, western meditation uses intense focus on a task. When I’m “meditating” at the bench, focused…

Musings on Quarter Scale

It’s 2020, and this year I’m doing something a bit different. After years focused on 1/32 scale, I’m kicking the year off with a pair of 1/48 WWII subjects. If you don’t immediately recognize them, that smaller one is a 1/48 Tamiya P-47M, and the larger one is HK’s new 1/48 B-17G Flying Fortress. It’s…

A Decade of Doogs Models

In mid-2010, nearly a decade, two kids, two dogs, and six jobs ago, I was restless. With our daughter’s birth weeks away, I was casting about for something I could do at home, and that I could easily step away from to deal with newborn stuff. My wife suggested that I give modeling a shot….

Fetishizing the Enemy – 4 Years On…

Four years ago, I wrote about this hobby’s fascination (to put it mildly) with German WWII subjects. And it elicited a lot of discussion (again, to put it mildly). And this was all before Trump. Before Brexit. Before Charlottesville and “good people on both sides”. Before this troubling surge in white supremacy that seems to…

Too Damn Hot

When you live in central Texas, the heat is part of the bargain. Yes, we get breakfast tacos and more queso than you can shake a tortilla chip at. Amazing BBQ, some damn tasty burgers, and a spring and fall that most of the country would kill for. We spend our winters usually somewhere in…

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…