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I think that it’s time that I faced up to the fact that this may be the one thing I do really well. Big sigh. Here we have applied a second coat and done the stippling to “feather” the edges of the camouflage. I explain how this works in this blog entry. I have seen …

Continue reading More Mustang Mania

I am very close to admitting defeat. No matter how I arrange and re-arrange, there does not appear to be any way to produce a simple “tutorial” on how to paint camouflage. My soldiers, I am truly sorry. Perhaps we will see Jerusalem next year. The problem is that once you know how to do …

Continue reading Painting RAF-style Camouflage

As I’ve said before (somewhere) building models isn’t something I do for fun. I do it because I have to. It’s like a monkey on my back, man. An evil, twisted monkey that sinks its fangs into me if I don’t get into that man cave and make a model. Here’s FROG’s lovely little P-51A, …

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Here are some scans from the February 1970 issue of Scale Modeler. We are living in The Golden Age of Plastic Kits. After this, it will not come again. But we are also living in The Golden Age of “Experts” Who Use the Internet to Inflate Their Egos While Failing to Provide Any Real Help …

Continue reading Tales of Gluing Past

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 …

Continue reading Brush Painting 101: Lesson 3

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 …

Continue reading Brush Painting 101: Lesson 2

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 …

Continue reading How Do Bad Paint Jobs Happen?

This is the old Hasegawa A6M2 Zero in 1/72 scale. The only difference in the following digital photographs is the way in which the subject was lighted. Some were taken with flash, some without. Can you guess which is which?

Continue reading The Magical Zero

I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with the state of “internet” model building, but it has something to do with panel lines. I draw them in using a pencil, which has always been an acceptable method, but nowadays this is frowned upon. “Frowned upon” is the perfect expression of forum disapproval. You post it and …

Continue reading Pencil Panel Lines: P-51B Part 9