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Gone to the Dogs - Episode II

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I was going to use the weekend to finish the Yak III mini project but that got derailed by some shoddy, old decals. So, I decided to carry on where I left off and finish sculpting the dog for my eventual rusty Chevy pickup vignette.
There wasn't much to add except legs, paws, and some other small details.



I built up his lower jaw as I thought it was a bit slack from the previous photographs. He needed to look a big tougher, so his mouth is slightly open perhaps ready to bark. I'm hoping he looks as though something has drawn his attention.
What might that be?
Well, I've completely gone off the deep end and decided to try my hand at sculpting a human figure. This time, a young boy...




This was my third attempt at a human head. The previous two appeared to be too old. I realized I needed to round out the face and give him a softer jawline to give him a younger appearance. He is a bit chubby looking but that also lends a little to his youth, I hope. He may need a bit more hai…

The Confident Modeler

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Some people are naturally blessed with a great deal of confidence, while others can sometimes struggle with it. When paired with talent, confidence can take a person any where they want to go. In following the hobby as closely as I do, there is a tremendous amount of talented modelers out there with seemingly no limitation to what they can accomplish. It can be pretty intimidating to see what others can make when at times I struggle with even the basics - a visible seam, a silvered decal, an uneven paint job.

Though I have been modeling for quite some time, my confidence had never been terribly high. Up to this point I was content with the bare minimum, staying comfortable in my box, putting out some cookie-cutter models. I was too afraid of ruining the model with some botched experiment. As you know, I hadn't even attempted the hairspray technique until last week! But that's the thing, since starting this blog, I've realized that good practice and taking risks is the onl…

Gone to the Dogs - Episode I

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With Revell's 1941 Chevy Pickup complete, it is time to work on an appropriate base to set it on. A wreck like that needs context, in my opinion. But I didn't just want to plop it onto some ground work with a bunch of weeds, tall grass, a tree and call it good. No, amid all the lifelessness I wanted to put a character in there, something alive that will draw the eye around the scene.
I had every intention of purchasing a small plastic dog from the local toy store, giving it a repaint and gluing it into place. I'm not much of a sculptor, so that seemed like the best approach. My wife, however, disagreed. With toy dog in hand, I was ready to make my purchase when she stopped me and said it isn't like you to just buy something and throw it on there. Touche. This is a proverbial dagger to the heart of any artist. The gauntlet was thrown down...
And the challenge was accepted.

I'm either really stupid, or have some new found confidence, but last night I set out to scul…

Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust - Finished!

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Its nice when you get toward the end of a build and you can let out a deep sigh of relief. Looking back, there were no huge issues with the kit, or problems applying certain techniques. There are always things to take away from a recently completed model, considering this was the most ambitious build for me in terms of weathering and scratch building, I'd say I've learned a lot. Next time, the techniques will be more refined. Though I'm happy with the end result, I still have to say that I'm not sold on building civilian vehicles. The only way I will do them is exactly how I represented this one - a rust bucket. But that takes a considerable amount of energy and time, so if I decide to do another one, it is a long way down the highway...
In the mean time, feel free to look at the pictures...






Though the model is finished, there is still work to be done. This can't be a stand alone model, as I don't believe any model with this much weathering can just sit on a s…

TGIF Build - Yak III

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So, I had the hankering for a bit of a care-free build again, as I did when I decided to build the JS-II a couple weeks ago. Seemed like a good idea at the time any way. Several days will be devoted to a quick project until the Monday starts the week again, and the regularly scheduled model recommences. Little weekend builds are fun, a nice way to release a little tension by just simply modeling.
The topic of this weekend's build is a little 1/72 Yak III from Heller. Simple kit, not even in a box, few parts and easy instructions. The perfect project for this type of thing...




A little warpage in the wings here...


 Detail is pretty scarce, but since this is only a few days worth of work I wasn't too worried about it. The pit is a gold mine for scratch building if you're into it. Of course, I avoided it this time, but just as well since I noticed no detail can be seen when the canopy is in place...



The fuselage halves were pretty warped toward the aft section. The glue was go…

Ashes to Ashes, Rust to Rust - Episode XIII

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So today I reveal exactly how well all the elements of last night's rusty weathering session went. Let me begin by saying I'm quite pleased, however, there is still work to be done.
When we last left off, the salt and hairspray and liquid mask were set and it was waiting on the main color over coat. In this case, blue.
This is how she looks, all masked up, with the paint complete...


Pretty.
After that, I just scraped off the salt to expose the brown rusty color underneath...




Lookin' okay.
Then, I just peeled up the outer edges of the liquid mask. This was the first time I tried this technique and I must say I love it and will use it more often in the future should the occasion arise...





Then some hefty dry brushing of lighter shades over the entire body brings out the raised detail, like the dried oil paints, and also gives it a nice faded appearance...




At this point, I can't be more pleased. For not really knowing what I was doing going into this, its shaping up prett…