June 2017

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A single word may have two meanings. “Rivet Counting” may mean being overly critical of a plastic model kit, but it may also mean being overly critical of the finished model. That’s a big difference. In the first case, we have what I would call a reasonable expectation of quality sometimes frustrated by the wily …

Continue reading Rivet Counting, Part II

(I’ll skip the intro. If you don’t know what I’m talking about–Bless Your Heart.) We see these forum arguments about whether model builders should be concerned about this or that “inaccuracy” in a kit, and then somebody posts something smarmy about “rivet counters” and everybody feels better, except for the chump who got caught in …

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Consider the following military history “trivia” question. There’s no prize money if you get it right, but that never stopped me from finding questions like this to be infinitely fascinating. Both Hitler and Napoleon invaded Russia and lived to regret it. Their armies started out at almost exactly the same place on the map. The …

Continue reading Untrue Facts

I’ve been preparing to build the Revell Sea Hurricane as part 2 of my “easy, low stress build” designed to get the mojo flowing and the model production going. So I have been doing some research to find out just what might be wrong with the Revell kit. Caucasian…please. Never in human history has human …

Continue reading The Less You Know That You Know

Firstly, I have to comment on yesterday’s images. They’re all much “lighter” in color than they should be because I “adjusted” the gamma on them, trying to make them brighter. Maybe I should have adjusted the brightness? Now…on to the subject of today’s blog post. Wikipedia and I have been walking on separate trails for …

Continue reading Wikipedia’s War on Truth

“Weathering” can mean a lot of things. Sometimes I do believe that “weathering” reflects the age and the level of hormones within the model builder. The younger and more soaked in testosterone, the more the builder wishes to see blood pouring out of the cockpit and burned bits of the enemy caught in the undercarriage. …

Continue reading Finishing Up: Hurricane Part 14

I keep coming back to this same image. I’m convinced, now, that we just don’t have “the full picture.” There is some missing information, and we may never have it. ┬áHere is the result of that lack of information. That is just…not right. Often, it seems to me that on those forums where “group think” …

Continue reading More About RLM 02

I applied two coats of the 2 to 1 mix of Future and Flat Base. Attaching and painting the canopy was a real pain. I’m still trying to find a reliable adhesive for clear parts. This was done using the Testors clear part cement. But I had to take extra precautions. I actually installed, removed, …

Continue reading Photo Update: Hurricane Part 13