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.
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 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.
Join the Union!


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!

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