February 2017

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At the risk of causing some confusion, I’ll post a photo I took before The Big Hellcat Disaster of ’17 (TM). It looks like this:     This is a decal after it was applied, and then brushed with Micro Sol. Now, here is a question for the gentlemen assembled. Is this a problem? Consider …

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Well, that Hellcat thing didn’t work out so well. But you won’t see me cryin’. Much.  The model is now resting comfortably. No, you can’t disturb him right now. No.   In order to alleviate any residual feeling of disappointment, I’ve decided to post a picture of myself that could be just about anybody. I’m …

Continue reading Dazzle ‘Em With Brilliance

I know I’m not exactly providing a step-by-step guide here, and I feel bad about that. But we’re a little beyond that now, so let’s move on. Here’s the state of play. We have a model of a U.S. Navy fighter plane of the last world war in 1/72 scale. I painted the underside with …

Continue reading Photo Realism: Hellcat Part 7

  After five coats of paint, we’re getting close to something that looks good.  I think a sixth coat is required and I’ll add that after this gets a chance to cure for a day. I’d like to point out that the idea that five coats of paint will fill all panel lines and leave …

Continue reading Five Coats: Hellcat Part 6

This post is to introduce some tools that aren’t “absolutely essential” except that I don’t know what I’d do without them. I’m a “low tech” kind of guy and you can see that none of these tools would qualify as “high tech.” I think this is a forty-year-old eyedropper. When I was a kid, buying …

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