Showing posts from September, 2013

Sprue Cutters Union #11: Your Hang Outs

Modeling isn't really a social hobby on a personal level. I only know a handful (and that's being liberal) of modelers personally, that I see on a regular basis. Maybe some of you are different, and know tons of people who share your hobby and meet with on a constant basis to play "show and tell" with your latest creations, I don't know. I can only get social with most modelers by way of the computer, or by driving hundreds of miles to different conventions throughout the year.
Whether you have droves of hobby buddies, or not, one thing is certain...we love to mingle. It may be online, or in person, but we constantly love to connect with each other, and with the hobby. 
- Where do you gather? -
This could be taken lots of different ways so I'll let you have fun with it, but really my aim here is to know how involved we all are socially with the hobby. Clearly, we're all online, jocking each others blogs and pages and such. But aside from your own sites, wh…

Testor's 1/48 A-6A Intruder - Part II

Construction Complete:
After a long weekend drilling with the military, I was able to get some bench time last night to finish up some of the final build details before painting. There wasn't much left, as my dad took care of most of it, but this kit needed some sprucing up, as it lacks a lot of detail in certain areas.
I started with the Multiple Ejector Racks. These racks can carry up to six bombs, each munition weighing up to 500 pounds. The kit parts were bare, just a simple length of plastic with locator pins for each bomb. You can see a real MER has a bit more going for it...

I just wanted to bulk it up a bit to make it more presentable. So, I used some plastic card to represent the side bomb racks and some wire to represent the firing leads you see in the picture above...

Its not breath taking but it will do. Once completed, I had some MERs that looked a lot better than when they started.
I intend on loading three 2000 pound bombs on the jet, one at the center line station,…

State of the Union: Our Spending Habits

Its not that hard to spend a lot of money if you're not a careful modeler. Even if you pinch your pennies like a faithful Scrooge it is still easy to get carried away. There are so many places to score affordable models its hard not to be tempted. That's why last week's look into our spending habits was so interesting. Honestly, I had expected some different answers, but for the most part the Union seems quite frugal and grounded. But don't take my word for it!

Yet Another Scale Modeller Motorsport Modeller 
Jay's Scale Model Adventures
Migrant's Wanderings
David Knight's Weblog
Scale Model Workbench
Scale Modeling My Way
The Eternal Wargamer Mattblackgod's World Kermit's Bench A Scale Canadian Bill Weckel- New to the Union!
The Combat Workshop
Please give a warm welcome to Bill Weckel, the latest blogs to join the Union! Hope to see more in the future! Keep an eye out for the next topic!

For all members, to help grow our respective audiences, don't forget to…

Sprue Cutters Union #10: My Spending Habits

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say, so I could just leave you with the image above and call it good, however, that isn't my style.
I've gone through many different interests over the span of my life, and most of them have required a decent amount of monetary input. My ability to participate in any activity is inversely proportional to how much money I must put into it - the higher the cost, the less involved I am. With three young children and a wife to take care of on my sole income, there are far more important things that I need to afford over a plastic model or some paints.

That said, I don't spend much on this hobby. I've built up a decent sized stash, enough to keep me busy for at least the next year or two, so I don't need to continually purchase another kit whenever I finish one. When I do get a new model, it arrives as a gift for my birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, anniversary or other such holiday or special occasion where exchanging gif…

Testor's 1/48 A-6A - Part I

The A-6 Intruder is a fairly unsightly fellow, somewhat out of proportion. With the intakes so close to the nose, it resembles a chipmunk that has stuffed its cheeks with nuts. Its been given several nicknames, none of which are overly flattering, like "Double Ugly", or "Iron Tadpole". Despite its appearance, the A-6 packs a heavy punch and saw service from 1963 to 1997 when it finally retired. Having spent some of my youth in Washington State, I recall seeing this homely aircraft on numerous occasions, flying out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Being the first warplane I had ever seen in flight, it struck a chord with me that has resonated ever since. Plus, it drops bombs like whoa!
My father grew up during the Vietnam War era when the Intruder first came into service. He virtually grew up along side the aircraft, reading about its exploits in the news as well as through fiction like Flight of the Intruder. So, for those reasons both my father and I de…

Sprue Cutters Union #10: Spending Habits

This hobby is as cheap or as expensive as you want to make it. If you're a new comer to the hobby, or a starving artist pinching pennies, you can get away with spending around ten dollars on a kit. Look in the right hobby shops, flea markets, or online stores and you can find some half decent kits for a lower cost.
Never the less, on a tight budget you can run out of options fairly quick. On the other hand, if money is no object and the size of your bank account matches the ferocity of your obsession then its not unusual for a project to reach over a hundred dollars (in some cases, that's just the kit price!)

- What are your spending habits? -
This isn't intended to be a personal question regarding how much money you make. I simply want to know the complexities of your kit buying process. Does this hobby indeed have its limits? Or are you bound by nothing when it comes to purchasing that next kit? When you see that next great kit, do you make it rain or do you say I'll …

State of the Union: Your Paints

Paint may be one of the most essential tools in a modeler's arsenal, so last week I had the Union describe exactly what paints they prefer while at the workbench. If you have any questions about paints, than this would be a good post to follow. But don't take my word for it...

A Scale Canadian
Yet Another Plastic Modeller
Jay's Scale Model Adventures
The Eternal Wargamer
Migrant's Wanderings
Scale Model Workbench
D. Knight's Weblog
Mattblackgod's World
Scale Modeling My Way
Motorsport Modeller
The Combat Workshop

Please give a warm welcome to Motorsport Modeller, Scale Modeling My Way, and Jay's Scale Model Adventures, the latest blogs to join the Union! Hope to see more in the future! Keep an eye out for the next topic!

For all 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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Revell PT 117 - Finished!

I posted the "finished" blog post for this project several weeks ago but didn't include glamour shots as I normally do because I had fully intended to create an ocean base to display the PT Boat. I had a change of plans as I simply don't have the resources (in time, money, and material) to create a water feature as large as this would require. So, I ended up fashioning a wooden base to stand the boat on instead. Its a some what stylish compromise that allows me to return this model to my father without taking up much more time.
Without further ado...


And there you have it. Time to move on to the next project!
Thanks for reading!

Sprue Cutters Union #9: My Paints

Your model only looks as good as your finished paint job. Its the icing on the cake if you will. There are a bazillion options for modelers to choose from these days in regards to brands, medium, and color that its really no surprise to hear modelers say they have used several different paints through the course of their lifetime, if not the course of a single model.
There is an advantage and disadvantage to most paints on the market, but ultimately it is up to the modeler to decide what works best for them and in what situation. This week's Union topic requires that I spill the beans about my paint preferences. Here you go...

When I first started modeling, I had only one brand of paint at my work bench. It was cheap, and readily available at the local Michael's Arts and Crafts shop just a few minutes drive away. Most modelers should be familiar with it, and I'm sure most modelers have used the little bottles at some point in their hobby careers. The paint was Testor'…

Star Wars Judgement Day - Finished!

Water Feature:
Before completely finishing up, I had one more detail to add to the little base. I made a large pipe out of a pen shaft and wanted to have some sort of fluid spilling from it. To replicate the flowing water I just used hot glue applied with a hot glue gun. It dries fairly clear and sets quickly, making a small amount of water easy to place. Then I mixed some yellow-green Vallejo acrylics and poured it into a small cup of Woodland Scenic's Realistic Water and dumped that onto the base below the spilling water...

All that was left was to paint the base, which I did with a rust brown Master Model enamel. And the look was completed...


I'm pleased with it and hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Now then, back to the PT Boat...wish me luck!
Thanks for reading!

Star Wars Judgement Day - Part II

After construction, naturally its time to paint. I gathered up my airbrush and Tamiya acrylics and I set out to work. I'd never painted an urban environment filled with so much debris with an airbrush before, so I was curious how I was going to pull it off. Over spray was expected, and did occur, but was easily corrected and blended into the scene.
I started as I normally would for an aircraft or vehicle, flat black...

Then, the upper surfaces get treated with white to create some highlights and shadows...

A thin layer of neutral gray creates the mid tone base...

Then some hull red gets sprayed over the metal parts and bricks...

I masked several elements with salt and sprayed a lighter brown over the hull red. Once the salt was removed, I have some worn looking metal...

I used a paint brush to blend in all the over spray...

Finally, some washes of burnt umber sinks nicely into the recesses, especially in the cork. Then some chalk pigments create a bright rusted look. I w…