Plastic Model Kits

Here are some links to some very interesting sites. Marwencol This site is mostly about a movie about the artist Mark Hogancamp. If you haven’t seem the movie, then get off your dead ass and see it now. Report back if you feel anything uncomfortable. David Levinthal Uses miniatures to create photographs. The other two …

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I don’t have the time, energy, or mental health to build the B-24 right now. So let’s move on. I’ve started a FROG P-51A to be used to demonstrate basic techniques for brushing on a very typical camouflage pattern. I think that the idea of transferring a pattern onto the surface of a model is …

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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 …

Continue reading Tales of Gluing Past

I’m starting to get excited. I found the lost and derelict decals from an old Revell kit in 1/72 of the B-24D. There, in yellowed glory, were the Skulls and Cross-bombs of the 90th Bomb Group. Like the aircraft pictured in this Jack Leynwood masterpiece. …and I’m a gonna build it. The only tricky part …

Continue reading Cocky Bobby: Minicraft’s B-24

I can’t believe the feeling of euphoria that can come from as simple a thing as saying goodbye to forums. I’ve been at this a long time. I started out on Usenet in 1995. I hung out on the combat flight simulator newsgroup, and we all acted like idiots and had a good time. Then, …

Continue reading Liberation and Release

Somewhere in the mist of time there exists a Revell 1/92 B-24J Liberator. It’s a great kit. I ripped this image off of “Old Model Kits” so I thought I’d better mention them. This kit was one that I built several times. It finally appeared as a very boss “Pacific Raider.” Oh hell yeah. I …

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