January 2017

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A “natural metal finish” on a plastic model doesn’t work without the “panel shading.” This means that different panels reflect light differently, because the different pieces of aluminum sheet that make up the aircraft skin are different colors. Slightly. Very slightly. So what’s a good way to reproduce this effect? One way is to mask …

Continue reading Panel Shading: P-47N Part 11

Several methods are going to be described here, and in doing so I’ll introduce several concepts that may be new to you. I’d like to point out that most, if not all, of my methods were invented independently by me. I’m not claiming that I’m the first one to do these things– I’m sure that’s …

Continue reading Fine Lines: P-47N Part 10

I made a video today of me brushing Vallejo Metal Color onto the P-47. Unfortunately, the thing is taking forever to upload to Youtube, so it will be awhile before we can all enjoy my antics. In the meantime, I’ve taken a few still photos of this model with three coats of Metal Color on …

Continue reading Heavy Metal: P-47N Part 8

The world of plastic model kits is strangely isolated. I don’t know if this has anything to do with the fact that many plastic model kit builders are strangely isolated– but the upshot of this is that we hobbyists often fail to look outside of our comfort zone for useful tools and materials. Although I …

Continue reading Other Worlds

Because I have already stated that I am not a builder, you will not be surprised to learn that this is NOT my favorite part of the build. In fact, I usually deliberately avoid this type of fill and sand model building. But there’s no way around it this time. My approach is very primitive. …

Continue reading Primer Primer: P-47N Part 7

Actually building a model (as opposed to discussing it) is an exercise in cruel reality. You have to walk that lonesome valley all alone. Sometimes it’s fun, but mostly it’s a grind. Like everything else. On the High Planes kit, the tail strake is cut up into two halves, each half being part of a …

Continue reading Sloppin’ it On: P-47N Part 6

I wish I were clever enough to set up something like this– but I’m not. It’s just a coincidence that this model will be built in a way that involves one of the those markings “controversies” that I tried to explain here. The “controversy” isn’t a controversy at all– it’s the result of the sloppy …

Continue reading Blue or Yellow? P-47N Part 5

I read somewhere about the idea of adding Tamiya Flat Base to Future and making a clear flat finish out of it.  The “Flat Base” is just some kind of silica (ground glass?) suspended in something. It’s added to gloss colors to make them flat. It can be added to glossy Future to make it …

Continue reading Clear Flat

[Slim Pickens Voice] “Yeah that’s right you old cowpokes with your washes made of mineral spirits and the like are stinkin’ up this here rodeo. So pay attention, or don’t, but you’ll need to know this sooner or later.”[/Slim Pickens Voice]. One of the things that consistently forced me to use smelly solvents was a …

Continue reading A Low-Odor Wash