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Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust - Episode VI

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Finishing the Upholstery
I didn't think that I was going to have three episodes devoted to finishing the seat, but you can never tell with modeling sometimes. I've finished both cushions. Well, finished to the extent that the upholstery is complete, but they remain unpainted, a set that will come later. To replicate the torn, worn, and rotted fabric look, I used some tissue paper dampened with white glue diluted with water. I never take accurate measurements, but if I were to hazard a guess, I'd say 75% water to 25% Elmer's glue. I just brushed the mixture on so it would adhere to the shape of the seats, being sure to cut away the areas that I wanted exposed. In the morning, the seat back will be dry and rigid, ready to be painted...

The actual seat cushion was given the same treatment, though the level of decay isn't as extreme...


There are tears, rips, and wrinkles but only enough to expose the padding underneath. No springs or frames visible this time. Tissue is…

Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust - Episode V

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Seat Back Redo!
So here we are again. When last I left you, I had a small debate on my hands, wondering if I shouldn't change the appearance of the seat back that I made the night before. If you recall, I thought the cushion springs might have appeared too large in scale, and to be honest, I didn't like the mesh I put behind it either. Here is the original from two nights ago...


Just doesn't quite make me happy. I don't like fudging things for the sake of a speedy finish. So last night I set about redoing the seat back to more closely match the reference photo I included in Episode IV. I began by cutting a way a larger chunk of seat on the driver's side. Seeing as how the door on that side will be open, it would make sense that the majority of the seat there would have rotted away.  Then I took the same wire I had used for the original spring coils, but left the insulation on, and created the frame work...

This is how it appears from the back...


Then I cut some str…

More to Me Than Modeling (but not much)

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Your weekly dose of pop culture!

I know you all love me for my beautiful models, but I wanted you to realize that there is so much more to me than the mass of plastic and glue that I hide behind. This is another reason why I like the League of Extraordinary Bloggers - I'm not all styrene and putty, I have substance!

This week's League assignment is very broad, and wants to know When I was a kid, my favorite ______ was ______. Well, shoot, that's easy! Clearly, my favorite hobby was modeling!

Ok, assignment complete! See you next week!

Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust - Episode IV

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Work continues!
When I last left off, I had shown you how I cut the driver's side door open so as to leave it ajar giving the viewer the ability to see the interior. After much consideration, I finally decided to chop the door off completely. No obstacles means more to see, more to see means more work, but that isn't always a bad thing. I just hope I can pull it off.
The one piece cab is proving to be about as difficult to detail as I feared, but ripping the door off gives me a bit more flexibility to work inside when every thing is assembled...


Easy enough. Now it will be sitting next to the rusty hulk in the finished scene which will add a bit more interest.
The dashboard and steering column came together pretty simply. I opened up the glove compartment, again to add some visual interest as well as to emphasize the context of this being a rather disheveled vehicle. I also added some copper wire to represent some loose wiring behind the dashboard, lending to the broken appea…

Latest Additions to the Stash

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We as modelers tend to have a bit of a problem with hording. Many of us spend a great deal of money building a stash of models that we couldn't hope to complete if we were to live for another hundred years. Dare I say, part of the thrill of the hobby is simply making that next purchase, or in this case, receiving that next gift.
Turning another year older generally increases the inventory by several kits, and this year was no different. Of course, the same can be said of Christmas, Valentines Day, Father's Day, and Cinco de Mayo. But the most recent haul has seen the addition of two classic Revell kits: the P-40B Tiger Shark and the USS Missouri.
I had built the P-40 a long time ago as I was getting back into the hobby. Its a great little kit that I'm glad I get a second go at. As for the battleship, well, I'm not much of a naval person but it will join the USS Hornet as the second ship in my stash's fleet.
I'm always excited to receive more kits and fantasize…

Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust - Episode III

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Well, yesterdayy i was a bit ill, stricken with a nasty cold and therefore quarantined. I missed worked, and my wife escaped to her parent's house with the children, far from me and whatever contagion by body is currently hosting. This left me with a quiet house, and no interruptions as I sat at the workbench in the middle of the day. I haven't had a daytime model session since before you were born...okay, since before my kids were born. Still, a long time either way, and I took advantage!


Prior to the afternoon's work, I finished up a few things the night before. As you know from Episode II, the engine was completed with no issues. The following night the chassis came together, along with the wheels, as you see here. The wheels are nicely detailed, including raised "Good Year" trademark along the tire walls. You see five in the picture, so the fifth wheel is obviously the spare and I will be leaving it off the final product where it will find it's place in …

Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust - Episode II

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Glue has met plastic, officially kicking off this build.
I had wanted to sit down and work on it diligently last night, but apparently the day caught up with me and I found myself snoozing on the couch instead of hard at work at the bench. Fortunately, I got a little bit done the night before, but it isn't much of an update. More of a light snack to keep you satisfied for a few hours. So, if your tummy is rumbling for some modeling goodness, maybe this will hold you off until I can get you something of substance...

The instructions begin with the engine. Myself, being fairly organized and rather linear in my thinking decided it was as good a place as any to start. I mean, they wrote the instructions, they would know, right? The engine is made up of a bunch of parts, most of them are quite fiddly, like the coil, and distributor cap, so care is necessary when removing them from their sprues.
Speaking of which, I opted to leave off several pieces, included the aforementioned coil, a…

Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust - Episode I

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Work has now begun on Revell's pickup truck, and I'm hoping I can get it done in time for the contest. But before I get into the details of what I've accomplished so far, lets take a look at the kit.

Revell allows for two marking options: one for the Slammin' Hammer, a stylish custom version; and one for a stock version sporting commercial logos of one Plum Lake Mill. I will be opting for the stock version.


The decals are pretty much what you would expect of a vehicle kit...stencils, license plates, etc. The sheet even comes with decals for the wood paneling of the truck bed. I don't intend on using those and the kit part for the bed has molded wood grain detail. Plus, if I'm feeling up to it, I may scratch build the bed...we'll see.


The kit comes with six sprues in white plastic. Another two sprues contain the chrome plated pieces, the majority of which I will ignore. There is a clear sprue for the windscreens, and a tiny red one for the tail light. The ti…

Tutorial - Palm Trees

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If you've been following along, then you would have seen one of my latest works, the Oscar flying over a Pacific Island. It was a small vignette that made use of some home made palm trees. During the build, I detailed how I created the trees for my base, but I figured I'd add it to the tutorial page for future reference should some one want to see it...

What's Next?

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It is a new week. The F-16 is finally finished, and St. Patty's Day is behind us. The only excuse I should have to slow me up for the next few weeks are the last two episodes of The Walking Dead on Sunday nights. But that still leaves me with 6 out of 7 days to get some modeling done.

So what is next? Well, judging by the photo to the left it'll be something different. Yes, a truck. A civilian 1941 Chevy Pickup Truck to be precise. I know, I know...it is about as far away from my recent trend as I can get, and has absolutely nothing to do with combat. Well, calm down for a moment and let me explain. If you haven't heard already, Revell is partnering with David Stacey, host of GearZ Tv on the Speed Channel, to bring us the third annual GearZ/Revell Model Kit Championships. If you follow the link, you'll see more detail into the contest, the rules, and what kits are eligible for what particular category. One such category is Trucks, and since I happened to have this kit…

Scratch Building Tip - Put it on Your Card

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I may be one of the only people on earth that gets excited when the balance on their gift card reaches $00.00. And there is always a smile on my face when one of my credit cards expires. I have to be quick to reach my wife's expended or expired cards before she cuts them up and throws them in the trash.
That is because these spent little rectangles of plastic are an invaluable resource for scratch building. Instead of purchasing sheet styrene, why not just use these cards that are otherwise going to be tossed in the garbage? They cost virtually nothing when compared to what you would pay at a hobby shop for styrene and they are easy to come by. I can always count on relatives with a lack of creativity to purchase a gift card or two for me on holidays or birthdays.
Once they have been used to purchase my next model kit, or (if I'm smart) my next tank of gas, I toss them in a box full of other cards just like 'em. They are a tiny bit thick though, so all manner of scratch b…

Tutorial - How to Make a Flight Line Base

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Perhaps you have a model that you would like to put in a flight line diorama. Or maybe you just want a small base to add some context to your completed kit, like I did for my F-16CG/CJ from Academy. It is very simple and inexpensive, and I'll show you how!
Here we go...

Sweet 16 - Finished!

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All I can say is - finally! This has been a marathon build, though admittedly I got a bit distracted for a week or two with the Oscar project I finished recently. But seriously, over two months to finish? That is horrendous. Shameful really. But enough chiding myself for lack of productivity, lets get on with it!

The decals were finally placed and sealed with a nice gloss coat of Future floor polish. Lastly, I loaded the F-16 with her bombs, missiles and fuel pods, and she's ready to go...




Representing Misawa AB in Japan...




Do you like the little base? If so, look for the tutorial tomorrow and I'll show you how I made it.

Otherwise, that is it. The second model of 2013 is finished. Took me a while, but I guess slow and steady wins the race...Well, almost finished. I'm going to do an epilogue for this kit because I need to make some FOD covers for the intake and engine, as well as the various RBF tags that hang all over this little fighter when it sits idle. But, yeah, oth…