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Some images shot on my ancient camera. I’ve been thinking about launching a GoFundMe page to raise money to buy a new camera. I wasn’t kidding about the camera thing. Yaller Dawg decals. WATCH THAT PROP!!! I think this aircraft was probably painted up in “warpaint” as a publicity stunt to show off North American …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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I found a bargain in Scale Model Supplies bargain bin. The “bargain bin” is the back room–a particularly smelly portion of the premises that a casual visitor might overlook. It contains a treasure-trove of funk. Funk-a-licious. Too funky. You get it. This kit probably came from an estate sale. I’ve always wondered if, upon my …

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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 …

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This Minicraft (Academy) B-24 has the nose molded separately in order to allow the same basic fuselage parts to be used in a variety of different B-24 sub-type kits. But this causes problems. The parts don’t really fit, so you have to do something about it. My approach is to attach any “inserts” early on …

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The secret of Brush Cleaning Kung Fu has been passed down by Wu Chi Masters of Ancient China. It was encased in the tanned intestine of a snow leopard and carried by specially trained monkeys to a far off monastery where it has remained for one thousand years. It was never to be revealed to …

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Yeah I said rigging. What does this have to do with Me-262 jet fighters? Nothing. Now you know. I’ve always been a little (i.e. a lot) afraid of rigging models. I managed to rig the Golden Hind through force of will. I rigged this Gladiator over on the Airfix Tribute Forum through force of will. But …

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