Tools

I own two airbrushes and a compressor. They’re not new. I bought the compressor in the seventies. Yeah–that seventies. The Paasche came from about 1980 and the Badger was bought in about 1990? Maybe. It’s all so hazy. I also have the valve/regulator and gauge for a CO2 tank. No, really, I had it going …

Continue reading Little Orphan Airbrush

It’s time to get back the serious business of freeing Joe Modelbuilder from his dependence on poisons. I admit, right up front, that I use toxic materials. I use super glue and rather nasty-smelling Tamiya paints and I’m fully aware that they are not utterly safe–especially that super-toxic cyanoacrylate accelerator which would probably kill you …

Continue reading Top Dozen Non-toxics

Sorry! ┬áDidn’t mean to bring back any bad memories there! I’m just talking about the old Golden Hind. I’ve been preoccupied with a writing project and haven’t had time to do anything about the model, but today I’ve found some time and so I’m going to do some thread-pulling just for fun. After all–that’s what …

Continue reading It’s Rigged!

Panel lines have become a “controversial” topic on plastic kit forums, and you won’t be surprised to learn that I have a story to tell about that. Once upon a time, I used to make skins for European Air War. No, we didn’t skin out critters to use a throw rugs during aerial jousting. That’s …

Continue reading Panel Lines: A-20 Part 7

Before I can begin building a model I have to have a good idea of how to solve the worst of the problems. I’m not a “I’ll figure this out when I get there” kind of guy. I like to have a plan. This Revell A-20C is going to be a tail-sitter if I don’t …

Continue reading Know weight!

I know I’m not exactly providing a step-by-step guide here, and I feel bad about that. But we’re a little beyond that now, so let’s move on. Here’s the state of play. We have a model of a U.S. Navy fighter plane of the last world war in 1/72 scale. I painted the underside with …

Continue reading Photo Realism: Hellcat Part 7