July 2017

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Every now and then I drift into Pacific War territory. I have a healthy variety of interests. Dinosaurs. Pirates. The Knights of the Round Table.The Old West. World Wars. Star Trek. And, from time to time, the war in the Pacific from 1941 to 1945. When one of these spells comes over me I read …

Continue reading Book Review: The Rising Sun

I buy old decals on eBay from time to time, if they aren’t yellowed and from a respectable maker like Authenticals or Stoppel. Here are two sheets from Stoppel. They must be several decades old. Stoppel was famous (back in the nineteen-seventies) for not having any clear decal material that had to be trimmed away. …

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One of the reasons I still find plastic model kits interesting, long after I have grown up, matured, settled down, gotten old and lapsed into complete dissipation is that the plastic model kit, like it’s doppelganger, model railroading, calls upon both sides of the brain, both genders of the subconscious and both scores on the …

Continue reading Mind Control

I really wanted to like this paint. When I opened the Lifecolor jar I was hoping to smell the familiar ammonia of MM Acryl, but instead I noticed only a very faint alcohol smell. ┬áThe paint looked good in the bottle, but when I brushed it on, coverage was not too good. Combine that with …

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Today I finished the majority of the work needed to restore my images to my posts over at The Airfix Tribute Forum. I’ve repaired all the group build, demo build, portfolio and individual aircraft type pages. All that is left now is to repair my “works in progress” thread and any other miscellaneous posts that …

Continue reading Repairing the Photobucket Mess

First and foremost, I build models with the minimum airborne materials. That’s the Prime Directive. No fumes or smells or vapors or aerosols if I can help it. My first, last and only rule is to keep the air clean. I have good, solid medical reasons for wanting the air to be clean, and I …

Continue reading The “Finish Chain” Concept

I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor after discovering that Badger Model Flex is good paint for brushing (some colors are, anyway). The world is full of materials that can be adapted to brushpainting as opposed to airbrushing, but many of these products are just not on the radar of the average builder …

Continue reading Deep Thoughts About Paint