Monday, December 30, 2013

Revell 1/48 Mi-24D Hind - Build Preview


Kicking Off the New Year With a Crocodile!

My local hobby shop is about a forty minute drive from my house. While the term local may be a bit of a stretch, it is certainly well worth the drive when I can make it out there. They have a wide selection of kits that I could literally spend hours looking through, trying to decide which will be the lucky one to come home with me. However, trips to AAA Hobbies are few and far between, so I supplement my addiction with trips to a more travel-friendly location - Michael's Arts and Crafts.
While not the best store to go model hunting, it does actually have models, which is more than I can say for stores like Target and Walmart. Moreover, they are affordable especially when coupled with a forty percent off coupon that comes in the mail once a week. This is why, if you've ever seen my stash, you'll understand why I have so many blasted Revell boxes.
Any way, several years ago I purchased Revell's 1/48 Mi-24 Hind with said coupon and it has been waiting patiently in my stockpile since then. What its been waiting for, I'm not sure. I also can't tell you why I purchased it in the first place - its ugly, and big. Never the less, apparently the right time has cropped up and its found its fugly lookin' mug on my workbench. It now has the honorable distinction of being the first build of 2014...

Friday, December 27, 2013

Revell 1/72 Panzerhaubitze 2000 - Finished!

The Final Project of 2014 is Complete! 


All told, it took me exactly thirty days to wrap up this little vignette. Considering the busy holiday season, it likely would have taken me less time had I been operating on it several months earlier. Never the less, the kit came together fabulously. I weathered it only slightly and mated the PzH 2000 to a simple base making for a rather nice display. The fence that runs along side the dirt road was made using a spare part from the '41 Chevy pickup I did earlier this year. The culvert is made from foam core board and a bit of PVC pipe. The water is Realistic Water from Woodland Scenics. I hope you enjoy the little scene!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Santa Was Good to the Combat Workshop

Welcome Some New Arrivals to the Stash!

Christmas has come and gone, and now the next big milestone is the New Year and we can start focusing on projects of 2014. But first, what kind of modeler would I be if I did not at least mention what new kits were added to the stash this past holiday season? Modelers can't resist showing off their latest acquisitions, and the rest of us just can't look away. Some how its a mutually beneficial relationship. 

Any way, the 25th of December brought about some new additions that should make for a fabulous 2014. Check it out...

Monday, December 23, 2013

State of the Union: The Stash

Show us your Stash!

Two things are certain in this hobby. First, modelers almost always suffer from some sort of addiction to purchasing model kits, whether they think they'll be capable of building them in their lifetime or not. Second, some one always has a bigger stash than you. Don't believe me? Read on...


The holidays seem to be keeping us a bit thin! Never the less, some really great posts and some really great caches to look at!

Don't Forget!

All Current Members, to help grow our respective audiences, don't forget to add the links from your fellow contributors onto your post.
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

It's Not the Size of Your Stash That Counts

Ah, the fabled stash. It is one of the many commonalities that bind modelers together. Most modelers have a healthy cache of stockpiled kits, and I would bet that if you do not have one currently, you are likely a new modeler and will most certainly have one in the not so distant future. I only make this statement out of personal experience as it was not long ago that I doubted I would ever have a stash my own as I simply couldn't comprehend the attraction. I soon changed my mind as I discovered merely shopping for kits was almost as fun as actually building them. Though I have a collection of unbuilt kits now, it is still quite small in comparison to some as you will see when you examine the posts of my fellow Unionists. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

17 Ways to Lose Your Mind

Though I know the Union somewhat addressed this topic several weeks ago, I thought I would have some fun and dive a little bit deeper. Ask any modeler and he or she will gladly tell you that one of the most positive aspects of the hobby is its stress-relieving qualities. Its a very solitary hobby, with little human interaction for the most part, so what could possibly go wrong? Well...let me count the ways. Here are 17 different ways to irritate a modeler (complete with GIFy visuals!):

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Revell 1/72 Panzerhaubitze 2000 - Time to Start the Base


With the PzH 2000 basically complete, its on to the best part...

For all intents and purposes, the model is complete. Last night, I applied some chalks and washes, giving it a nice dusty appearance that I am perfectly happy with. The only thing I still have to do is some minor painting of a few small parts, but that will come later because at the moment I feel like moving on!

I only took one photo just to give you an idea of where she stands. With every picture I take, the more I realize I need a proper photo booth. Perhaps for Christmas...


Time to start planning the ground work. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for an update!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Modeling Has Gone to the Doogs!

Meet the man behind the models...

Photo and model by Matt McDougall

Welcome to the first installment of Scale Spotlight! Once a month, I will be using this feature to spotlight the work of a fellow modeler, and perhaps get to know them a little bit better. Its a way we can get a little more insight into the hobby and explore some blogs and pages that we might not have seen before. This month, I'm very pleased to announce that the inaugural guest is Matt McDougall, aka Doogs from Doogs' Models!

I first bumped into Matt when I was a fairly active participant on the Finescale Modeler forums several years ago. He is one of the more talented modelers I know, and certainly one of the most knowledgeable. If there is any one out there who can make me say I wish I could model like that, its Matt. His work is flawless and clean, and his photography brings out the best in his creations.
I have followed his builds, and his blog for a long time and I would be remiss not to admit that he was a great deal of the inspiration behind starting a blog of my own. He is also a member of the review staff at Scale Plastic and Rail and is very vocal on the Large Scale Modeller forums as well. His Facebook page has reached well over 2,000 likes so I thought it was a fitting celebration to highlight his work here! Now that I've given him a proper introduction, lets find out a little bit more about him...

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sprue Cutters Union 22: The Whole Kit 'n Kaboodle

Last week, I asked the Union to get their cameras out and take a few pics of the all-important workbench for all of us to see. This week, I hope your cameras are still in good working order because you're going to need them again...


- I'll show you my stash if you show me yours... -


Yes, that's right. Its time to showcase your lovely collection of unbuilt kits. Lets see what you've got laying around the house. I am sure we'll see some interesting subjects. I wonder who has the biggest...

How this works:

Listen up noobs, all it takes is a passion for this hobby and a blog to go along with it! All you have to do is write a post in response to this topic by Sunday and you can be a member of the Sprue Cutters Union. Take a look at the Sprue Cutters Union page for more detail. Once you've written your post, either email me the link or drop the link in the comment section below.

Returning Members:

The goal is to send new readers to our sites, so don't forget to include the links to other modelers' responses when you get an opportunity. Feel free to grab the badge!
Spread the word.
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State of the Union: The Workbench


Show us your workbench!

Last week, I asked the Union to break out their cameras and show us the place where all the magic happens! No, not Disney World...the workbench. Certainly some awesome spaces to behold. See how you stack up with these other great modelers...



Excellent participation this week! Keep an eye out for the next topic!

For all current members, to help grow our respective audiences, don't forget to add the links from your fellow contributors onto your post.
If you want to join the Union, all you need is a blog and a passion for the hobby! Spread the word! Join the Union!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Putting It All On The Table

Welcome to my workshop!


In my roughly ten years of serious modeling, I have had several incarnations of a workbench, or work space, or whatever you want to call it. I have certainly been fortunate enough to have the available area in which I can put together my models and shoot my airbrush. Not always the most ideal conditions, but I will take what I can get!

We have all seen the pictures of that guy with a spare bedroom set aside specifically for him and all of his goodies. You know what I'm talking about. There is a broad and spacious table awash in perfect lighting, big enough to hold the vast array of tools, paints, glues, and spare parts bins necessary for the job. Its flanked by cabinets containing references books and magazines, compiles over years of endless obsession. Above it are rows of shelves bearing the weight of the almighty stash that other modelers would drool over. Adorning the walls of this magnificent paradise are works of art, prints depicting "Cripes A'mighty" or the "Memphis Belle" and even some framed box art. How could you forget the luxurious display cases, highlighting all the models he has built in recent years. Envious? Indeed.
But rest assured, you won't feel jealous when you see my meager set up...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Panzerhaubitze 2000 References

Planning on Building a PzH 2000 in the Future? Here Are Some References to Get You Started!


When I started working on this project, I wasn't sure I'd find very much interesting or compelling about this piece of armor. After looking around that expansive and sometimes useful tool for information called the internet, I did actually find some cool photos of the PzH 2000 that inspired me...
Take a look!







All of these photos provide much needed inspiration for weathering as well as for context or setting for the eventual base work.
For more images of this AFV, check out Prime Portal's extensive album on the PzH 2000.

Revell 1/72 Panzerhaubitze 2000 Update: Painting


Pleasant day to you! I have just a brief update to share with you. The paint work for the PzH 2000 is pretty much complete, minus the finer detailed work that still must be accomplished later on. I went with the three-tone woodland scheme which looks quite nice on the little model.
I applied it freehand, loosely following the requirements of the paint guide. It isn't perfect, but I'm not a snob for such things. At the end, I lightened each color a bit because I feel at such as small scale it is better when the colors pop out more as they can tend to blend together when viewed from even a short distance.


Shortly thereafter, I applied a gloss coat and let that set for a day. When it was ready, the decals were placed and dull coat applied. Ready for weathering and such! For that, I have the perfect reference...


Stay tuned! More to come.
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sprue Cutters Union 21: Where the Magic Happens

The past couple of weeks have been a little slow for the Union. This is a fact that can likely be blamed on the busy holiday, where shopping and traveling can undermine our ability to sit in front of a screen and type. Plus, the last several topics may not have been relevant to every one of my fellow Union members, so this week, I'll be taking it back to the basics...


- Show us your workbench! -


You see, no matter what type of modeler you are, whether you like military subjects or you're a hardcore warmonger, you have a space set aside to build, paint, and enjoy your hobby. Show the group where the magic takes place!

How this works:

Listen up noobs, all it takes is a passion for this hobby and a blog to go along with it! All you have to do is write a post in response to this topic by Sunday and you can be a member of the Sprue Cutters Union. Take a look at the Sprue Cutters Union page for more detail. Once you've written your post, either email me the link or drop the link in the comment section below.

Returning Members:

The goal is to send new readers to our sites, so don't forget to include the links to other modelers' responses when you get an opportunity. Feel free to grab the badge!
Spread the word.
Join the Union!

Monday, December 9, 2013

State of the Union: Our Christmas List


What do you hope Santa Claus will bring you this Christmas?

The Union seems to have thinned out a bit over the past couple of weeks. I'm not sure if its due to the relatively busy season, or something else, like a lack of interest. Hopefully, its just because too many people are chugging egg nog, or better yet, actually working on models. Never the less, some folks chimed in with their Christmas lists. Take a look!


Thanks for the continued participation! Keep an eye out for the next topic!

For all current members, to help grow our respective audiences, don't forget to add the links from your fellow contributors onto your post.
If you want to join the Union, all you need is a blog and a passion for the hobby! Spread the word! Join the Union!


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Revell 1/72 Panzerhaubitze 2000 Update


Construction is complete! Read my thoughts on the kit so far, and where we go from here.

This build took no time at all. About three night's work, or around six hours, was all that I needed to put this little PzH 2000 together. Little probably isn't the best word to use here despite its scale. Much like its name, the Panzerhaubitze is actually quite large. Compare it to the 1/72 Revell Jagdtiger and you'll see what I mean...


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

All I Want for Christmas...

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I spent most of this past weekend dragging all of the decorations out of the shed and sorting through boxes of LED lights, ornaments, dancing Santas and stockings. With three kids running amok in the house, the experience can be both rewarding and much too frustrating to feel like continuing. Kinda like this hobby, actually.
Inevitably, we have to consider shopping for the children. This is actually quite an easy task, given that come every December 26th they usually start telling us what they want next Christmas. Its always nice to have a notice a year in advance....

Not unlike my children, I have always fancied myself terribly simple to shop for. I have few interests, and am not extremely picky. Really, anything model related will probably pacify me. That said, it isn't often I actually get a model kit as a gift by surprise. Most Christmases, I will get a wad of cash to spend in the hobby shop as I see fit. It would seem, though our hobby is simple enough, most outsiders haven't the foggiest idea what makes a good gift, therefore, they defer the decision making process to me. Honestly, I'm okay with this because it keeps my stash at a manageable level of interest, and it gives me the means to buy things that are not kits. Lets face it, if some one is giving me a hobby related gift, nine times out of ten...its a kit and not, say, paint.

I haven't actually thought about what I wanted for Christmas in a very long time. With a wife and three kids, it just isn't that important to me. I tend to not think about these things until I'm in the hobby shop with the money some one gave to me. So, this should be a fun assignment. Lets see what I come up with here, and compare it to what I actually get come December 25th. Without further ado, here are the top four things I want for Christmas...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sprue Cutters Union 20: The Wish List

In keeping with the holiday theme, the Sprue Cutters Union will be addressing a key topic that should always arise this time of year. What do you want? Of course, I'm well aware that we have a very diverse Union and therefore, not everyone may celebrate Christmas or the holidays at all. No matter what you observe, the question can still be answered...


- What are FOUR items on your wish list? -

See? Simple. If you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or nothing at all, there have to be some hobby related goodies you want. Its up to you whether these are items you want as gifts this season, or just things you eventually want to have in the stash or on the workbench. So, get out your Santa hats (or not), and start writing!

Remember, all it takes is a passion for this hobby and a blog to go along with it! All you have to do is write a post in response to this topic by Sunday and you can be a member of the Sprue Cutters Union. Take a look at the Sprue Cutters Union page for more detail. Once you've written your post, either email me the link or drop the link in the comment section below.
The goal is to send new readers to our sites, so don't forget to include the links to other modelers' responses when you get an opportunity. Feel free to grab the badge!
Spread the word.
Join the Union!

Monday, December 2, 2013

State of the Union: Black Friday Ops


Last week's topic was fairly simple, and optional, considering it was Thanksgiving week, I figured most people here in the States would prefer to eat turkey rather than worry about a blog post. Any way, I wondered if any one would take advantage of the sales that generally crop up around this time of year. Some folks actually answered...

Greg's Models - New to the Union!
David Knights' Weblog
Scale Model Workbench
Yet Another Plastic Modeller
Doogs' Models

As you can see, not even I answered this week's question. Never the less, I'm sure I'll come up with something good for the 20th installment.

For all current members, to help grow our respective audiences, don't forget to add the links from your fellow contributors onto your post.
If you want to join the Union, all you need is a blog and a passion for the hobby! Spread the word! Join the Union!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Revell 1/72 Panzerhaubitze 2000 - Preview


The build preview is sort of an in-box review as well as a glimpse at the upcoming project. You can see the detail of the kit and I'll tell you what I plan on doing with it. Enjoy!

Background
Developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann - the same manufacturer of such vehicles as the Leopard I and II as well as the aforementioned Fennek - and Rheinmetall, this howitzer is capable of firing three rounds in nine seconds, and ten rounds in fifty-six. The PzH 2000 is also capable of landing up to five rounds on target at the same time in whats known as Multiple Rounds Simultaneous Impact.
Though built for the German Army, this 155 mm L52 artillery gun is also employed by Italy, the Netherlands, and Greece and is likely to be picked up by several other NATO countries to replace the older M109s. Since 2006, it has been used quite frequently in Afghanistan where it first saw combat with the Dutch Army against the Taliban in Kandahar Province.

More on the Panzerhaubitze 2000



The Kit
For being the most powerful conventional artillery system deployed within the last several years, its somewhat surprising the PzH 2000 is not better represented in scale. To my knowledge, it has only been manufactured in kit form by Revell and Ace, albeit in the ever popular 1/72 and 1/35 scales. Revell also provides a three piece combo set in 1/72 scale that includes the PzH 2000, an SLT50-3 to transport it, and a Fennek scout car. A virtual diorama in a box which by all means is more interesting than the lone model that I will be working on here.




Monday, November 25, 2013

Sprue Cutters Union 19: Back in Black

This Friday marks the arrival of that great holiday tradition where every one loses a little bit of their sanity and a lot of their common sense while braving the early morning hours, tons of traffic, and ridiculous lines all in the name of saving a little bit of money - otherwise known as Black Friday.
It isn't often you'll find me leaving the relative safety of my home to go out in search of deals at the local Target store. I'm too fond of preserving my humanity to risk losing my temper, or an eye, in the hustle and bustle of the retail jungle. However, it doesn't mean I won't be going online and it certainly doesn't mean there are a few of you out there with a larger set of brass balls than I've got. So, this week I want to know...


- What did you score this Black Friday weekend? -

Given that this is a holiday weekend, participation this week is hardly expected. No, really, you don't have to respond to this if you're far too busy stuffing a turkey or pulling your boot out of some obstinate shopper's behind. Otherwise, take the week off, relax, then come back next week for the 20th Sprue Cutters Union assignment. Also, considering Cyber Monday is, well, next Monday, I'll be extending this topic through December 2 to make sure we can include any cool purchases between now and then.

Oh, and I'm only referring to relevant hobby purchases. I really don't care if you got a 42" television for sixty-five percent off....unless you put it together yourself, then maybe....

Remember, all it takes is a passion for this hobby and a blog to go along with it! All you have to do is write a post in response to this topic by Sunday and you can be a member of the Sprue Cutters Union. Take a look at the Sprue Cutters Union page for more detail. Once you've written your post, either email me the link or drop the link in the comment section below.
The goal is to send new readers to our sites, so don't forget to include the links to other modelers' responses when you get an opportunity. Feel free to grab the badge!
Spread the word.
Join the Union!

Hasegawa 1/32 Ki-43 Hayabusa - Finished!


I really can not cast a single stone against this kit. Though it is older, its age did not show through as I found its fit and engineering very satisfactory. It may be lacking detail in some areas, like the cockpit, but its made up for in other places like the engine.
I always say, my best model is my next one, and while that is true, I am quite pleased with how this one turned out and is currently the crown jewel on my shelf. It was refreshing to build something that didn't cause me problems, whether self-made or not. I enjoyed painting this one, and weathering it and look forward to whats next.

The finished pics are a bit dark, so this photography thing is going to have to be remedied at some point in the future.





Thanks for having a look-see and I'll catch you on the next build preview!
Thanks for reading!

State of the Union: Inspiration


The Sprue Cutters Union - It's like real life in small scale. 

With all the possibilities modelers have to choose from, last week I asked what inspires our next build. How do we select the kit or diorama that we will work on next? Read the contributions to find out!


Thanks for all the avid participation, and keep an eye out for the next topic!

For all current members, to help grow our respective audiences, don't forget to add the links from your fellow contributors onto your post.
If you want to join the Union, all you need is a blog and a passion for the hobby! Spread the word! Join the Union!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What Am I Hungry For?

Its been a long day. Work is over and dinner time is quickly approaching. You are so hungry but you don't really feel like cooking or eating left overs so you pick up your phone and call a friend. Hey man, you say, let's go get something to eat.
Your friend agrees, and the conversation turns to destination. After suggesting some possible locations, Chinese, or maybe Italian, you settle on a Bar and Grill in town. Meet you there!

You gather your wallet and keys and climb back into your car, all the while contemplating what you will order. You've been there before, and know the menu well. Should I get the Wild West Burger or the Fish Tacos? Decisions, decisions. Your preferences change with each traffic light. When you arrive and step out into the evening air, the crisp aroma of hamburger on a hot grill is hard to resist. Bacon Cheese Burger it is!


Your friend has held a table close to the bar and waves you over as soon as you walk in. The dapper young waitress brings you menus and informs you of the evening's specials. Drinks will be up soon. In the mean time, your pal is pointing out the grilled chicken and pasta dish on the back page. Suddenly, that burger doesn't seem quite as appealing. A steaming hot plate of quesadillas and rice is delivered to the table next to yours. It smells pretty good. Decisions, decisions. Now, you start flipping through the menu, weighing everything against the bacon cheese burger you had your heart set on at first. Suddenly, it hits you. The picture of that tender, juicy sirloin steak and mashed potatoes is impossible to ignore. Plus, its only $15.
That's the one.

As goofy and irrelevant as that sounds, its basically a similar process that I go through in order to select my next project. I like to let all facets of the hobby feed my senses, fuel my inspiration. Now that I run this blog, I like to take into account what subjects readers may suggest. Though I model for myself, its important to consider the audience, and if I can find something that plays into both of our interests, its a win for all of us.

If a certain suggestion doesn't tickle my fancy, perhaps I'll take a look at the menu - the all important stash. Mine is fairly limited so I can say with much certainty that every thing I own I actually intend to build. Perusing the stash allows that one kit to speak to me, much like the selection at a restaurant may steer you towards a particular meal. I may go in having some idea of what I want to build, like armor, but having a look at my options really helps narrow it down.

Any good menu has images of the food available to order. Each item looks fresh and delicious. Enticing. In the same way, if what I have in the stash isn't immediately inspiring, the internet is a good way to get those creative juices flowing. If I have the early stages of a project in mind, nothing is more inspiring than finding pictures of the subject you want to recreate. One of the best things to do in military modeling is to let real life be your guide. Find a cool photo or two and apply it.

Over all, I'm not really a picky eater, or modeler for that matter. For that reason, I may change ideas and prospects several times before finally deciding on the next project. Whatever seems to pique my appetite at that moment will likely find its way on to my workbench.

I'm hungry now...

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Part of being in the Union means you must include links to fellow contributors' posts within your own response. If you liked this post, then perhaps you'll enjoy what some other modelers have to say about this topic!

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Want to join the Sprue Cutters Union? Its simple. If you model and have a blog that is all you need to start. Just write a post in response to the weekly topic, copy the link in the comments section for that week's assignment and you're in! Check out more detail about joining the Sprue Cutters Union. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

I Got Sick Over the Weekend...

F-117 diorama built by an unknown modeler
What happens when some one builds a model of something you are intimately familiar with, and they happen to build it wrong?

The other day I learned a little something about myself, and its that I am not immune to rivet counting. Yes, I had my first experience with the disease and so I thought I'd share how I survived my brush with anal-retentive-itis and how you can avoid it.

The incident took place several days ago as I was surfing the interwebs for pictures of models and model related things. I stumbled upon the picture of the F-117 and ground crew that you see above. Though I am unaware of its source I can tell you that I do not intend to belittle its creator in any way. Quite the opposite. I think its a great piece and makes for a nice display.

To set the story up, I should tell you that I am an aircraft armament systems specialist in the USAF and load munitions on F-16s. In other words, I do exactly what that ground crew is doing in that photo, except not on Stealth Fighters. Never the less, when I happened to see a diorama depicting my job, I stopped and took great notice! It is a fairly obscure occupation, not glorious by any means, and is rarely ever represented in scale - this is the first time I have seen some one model an Air Force load crew.

But the more I looked at it, the more I saw some discrepancies, not with the construction of the models, but the composition. There are some safety issues at play here. In real life, if a munition is being supported by the MJ-1 lift truck, the driver will never leave the vehicle. You can see in the photo that he is standing beside the jammer, rather than seated on it. Also, in real life, if a munition is being supported by the MJ-1, the supervisor will always have positive control of the weapon. So, there should always be at least one hand on the bomb at all times. Finally, with loading operations taking place, the pilot should not be either mounting or dismounting his aircraft.

For one brief moment, in my own mind, I took a perfectly fine looking diorama and whittled it to pieces based on my own experiences - experiences the original builder likely has no way of knowing. Unless you're in this job, or have access to Air Force Technical Orders, its unlikely you would be able to correctly assume where every one should be positioned and how it all should appear.

The point is, this is not real life. Its modeling. Though we build scale representations of real vehicles, and situations, we have no way of knowing, a hundred percent of the time, what is accurate and what is not. When it comes down to it, correct or not, I'd prefer seeing this diorama built with this composition than seeing the F-117 sitting alone on a flight line like so many other aircraft models. When I stopped to think about it, I realized that even in real life the rules are not always adhered to - whether on purpose, or by accident. Anything can happen, and that is what is so great about modeling is that the artist is free to create his own perception of the reality. Are on lookers free to criticize? Certainly. But they should keep in mind that not every one is an expert, and expertise isn't something every modeler is searching for.

I am glad I recognized my illness for what it was, and I'm glad I didn't carry it on any further than my own thoughts. Too often rivet counters live vicariously through other modelers' creations, and they wait for some one to make a mistake so they can appear and show us just how smart they are. The only person you should place expectations on to get it right is yourself. If you want that level of accuracy, than strive to achieve it. If you're more like me and have no problems displaying an aircraft in flight with no pilots, so be it. Modeling should be for every one, not just those who know it all.

Thanks for reading!

PS: This isn't to say criticism can't be served in a tactful manner, and if help is requested, by all means give it. I'm simply saying there is no need to go out of your way to criticize a model for reasons that would be difficult for the builder to have known in the first place. 

Sprue Cutters Union 18: Inspiration

One of the biggest, and most frequent, questions a modeler has to answer is what am I going to work on next? For those of us with a particularly large stash of model kits, the answer can be especially difficult. Then consider that what one does not have in their stash can almost always be found on the market. So, to arrive at a final answer to that question can be quite a hurdle. With so many options, I want to know...


- Where does the inspiration for your next build come from? -

How do you decide what hits your work surface next? This doesn't need much more explanation than that. Just let us know your decision process in choosing your next project. 

Remember, all it takes is a passion for this hobby and a blog to go along with it! All you have to do is write a post in response to this topic by Sunday and you can be a member of the Sprue Cutters Union. Take a look at the Sprue Cutters Union page for more detail. Once you've written your post, either email me the link or drop the link in the comment section below.
The goal is to send new readers to our sites, so don't forget to include the links to other modelers' responses when you get an opportunity. Feel free to grab the badge!
Spread the word.
Join the Union!

State of the Union: Go Big or Go Home


The Union came out in droves to answer last week's question of whether or not we would be inclined to work on one epic project if we had no time or resources limits to consider. The answers were fairly varied and interesting. Take a look!

Kermit's Bench
Lt. Smashs' Models
Digital Sprue - New to the Union
The Scale Workshop
Miniature and Model Painting
Migrant's Wanderings
Scale Model Workbench
The Eternal Wargamer
Doogs' Models
Mattblackgod's World
Fill 'n Sand
Yet Another Plastic Modeller
Motorsport Modeller
The Combat Workshop

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

1/144 F-14 Tomcat Vignette - Finished!


New decals rejuvenated this stalled project! 

Remember this one? Its a tiny project sat dormant for the past month or so, waiting on the chance for me to purchase decals that would be of better quality than the nasty markings included in the kit. What the model offered were far too thick and didn't blend well, even after several applications of decal set. It did not take much effort to scrape them off with an Xacto blade.
When I finally scrounged up the money, I ordered a set of Fightertown Decals from Sprue Brothers which came promptly after two days. My only issue is that the set was not numbered so it was difficult to match up the decals on the sheet with the markings on the guide. Considering some decals are so small they were impossible to read, I left them off altogether. Never the less, the markings I did add were much better than the alternative and gave me the opportunity to finish a project that was quickly collecting dust.

Here is the final look:




You can see there is no pilot, an issue I mentioned before, but I don't really care. I wanted a clever way to display this little model so I went for it. A pin wash here and there really helped with the weathering. Otherwise, not much else to say. It was a small project, that was quite enjoyable. The kit built up well and I'm ultimately happy with the results.
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Go Big or Go Home, Right?

For all you super detail freaks out there...

Would I be willing to focus all of my resources, time and attention on one tremendous project? 

We've all seen the large scale cut-away models displaying all the inner workings, rivets, conduits and controls of a World War II aircraft, or spent long moments pouring over a huge diorama containing grandiose buildings in ruin, many vehicles, and countless figures engaged in mortal combat. I can't help but marvel at these pieces, in terms of their ingenious engineering but also their finely tuned details. While they are most often impressive, they always leave me wondering whether I would ever attempt a project of such incredible magnitude.

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