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…

X-Winging It

Saturday, October 7, 2017. My big 1/32 Trumpeter MiG-23 had been plodding along, and was nearly at the painting stage. But I decided to take a week off for a little sidecar project – a 1/144 Bandai T-65 X-Wing. Why? A few reasons. First, the MiG-23 has been a slow, steady project, but one that’s…

Tamiya’s New 1/48 Bf 109G-6 – Quick Thoughts

Every time a Shizouka Hobby Show or All-Japan Model & Hobby Show roll around, the modeling community gets all pins and needles in anticipation of the latest Tamiya release. There are other manufacturers, too, but for the most part their new stuff blows cover well before it’s shown publicly. Tamiya seems to be one of…

It’s My Model

Earlier today, a modeler posted a video to a Facebook group. A video of most of his completed builds making a trip into the trash can. He’s moving, see, and wants a fresh start with the new house. If you’ve spent any amount of time on the internet, you can guess where this went. Pearls…

Does It Fit – 1/32 Academy F-16 Edition

Resin aftermarket often seems to exist in some weird fog, where you can’t find good, high-res photos or instructions online, much less actual thoughts from people who’ve used them. Even harder is finding a straight answer to the question central to many a resin purchase: Does it fit? This DIF series is my attempt to…