September 2017

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We are confronted by an image, with no color, damaged by age, and poorly made to begin with. Of a subject that is wrecked and lacking most of its original shape. It’s a mess. But a skilled model builder may be able to create a masterpiece that represents it well. Like this model from Les …

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Airfix just released a new 1/72 Me-262 and it has exactly the same paint job on it that I went to some trouble and expense to get for my “one of a kind” model. Experten Decals released this booklet with a sheet of decals intended to portray an aircraft KG 54 very late in the …

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When I was running down my interests I forgot Pirates. Dinosaurs, The Old West, Planes. And Pirates. Can’t forget Pirates. Never forget. Sid Meier’s Pirates! was a computer game that was made way on back in the early 1990’s. It was primitive in the way that ancient Greek video games are primitive. It was damn …

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The secret to brush painting has two parts. Part one. Get the right paint. I’ve done some reviews where I’ve tried to point out some good paint. Revell Aqua Color is best, followed by Testors Model Master Acryl, Badger Model Flex, and/or Tamiya or Vallejo Model Air in a pinch. Part two. Good brushes made …

Continue reading Brush Painting 101: Lesson 4

So far, we’ve painted some stripes that resemble invasion stripes using only a brush and some strips of painted decal. Now we’re going to paint a camouflage pattern and then using a stippling technique to give it a “feathered” edge. First, I just paint on some Polly Scale U.S. olive drab and sand and let …

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I determined that the stripes needed decals to make them as “clean” as a mask and spray job. So I took a piece of clear decal film and painted it with the Insignia Blue (Vallejo Steel Blue). IMPORTANT: Do not paint the piece of decal material right up to the edge. If paint is taken …

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I think there is a need for “more basic” information on using brushes to paint. So I’ll do what I can to provide that. I’ve been pondering the whole “brush painting doesn’t work” meme and trying to figure out how to respond to it–so I’ll do some entries here showing basic techniques and hope it …

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There is nothing quite as arrogant as the accomplished athlete who sneers at the slow-footed fellow who comes in last in the 10K run–“How is it possible to run that slow? I could crawl faster than that.” Yes. We’ve all heard “that guy.” Now, I find myself in the uncomfortable position of being unable to …

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In the Fall, nothing is quite as rewarding as a trip to the farthest outskirts of the Twin Cities to visit Jim’s Apple Barn–an unembarrassed embarrassing collection of chintz, schlock and kitsch wrapped around some of the finest apples pies in creation. Jim started out with one of many “apple orchards” who sold apples via …

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Sorry, brush fans. I just don’t feel like doing any model kit stuff today, so you get this. On one hand I feel like I should be writing a meaty, well tailored article on paint application every day, but on the other hand I’m really not that guy. That guy does plenty of videos and …

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