Non-toxic Model Building

Some ideas haunt me.

Like the idea that maybe it’s not clear that this blog is about model building in the least toxic way.

No, seriously. That’s what it’s about. I thought that was obvious.

Oh well…

(I just have this awful image in my head of somebody going “Oh…really? It’s ABOUT that? No kidding? Huh. I thought it was about painting with a brush… I guess I have to adjust my thinking here…”).

Okay, here are some links for anybody who’s just now getting it.

My attempt to provide a good, solid list of non-toxic alternative products.

Top dozen non-toxics.

Here’s a link explaining how I create a wash.

Insert wash joke here.

Yeah. It’s obvious I’m not really good at making my “main” point and hammering away at it until I’m so tired of it that I know that everybody hears what I’m saying. I suck at that.

The strange gnomes who taught me all I know.

My problem is that I assume that everybody is going to see what I’m doing and kinda swerve off into a meta sort of thing where you see “brushpainter” and you think “clever guy–he’s sneaking his sophisticated low-toxicity model building agenda on top of a stylish brush-painting groove.”

I should really run this stuff by a test audience to see if anybody, at all, understands it before I pull the trigger. I should really do this after, oh, five or six years of limited responses…

…might be a problem. Might be a lack of communication. Might be my fault…


Well look, I already told you! I deal with the customers so the engineers don't have to! I have people skills! I am good at dealing with people! Can't you understand that? What is wrong with you people?

  • Douglas W Warren

    May 30, 2020 at 3:00 am

    I always enjoy your posts Dan. Even though I own (and occasionally use) an airbrush, I still brush paint 80% of the time. The tips and product recommendations are appreciated and welcomed.

    • Thanks, man. I’m not anti-airbrush. I’m pro-health. There are quite a few people who can’t airbrush safely due to pre-existing health conditions, limited space, cold weather, unreasonable cat, etc.

      Oh, Pharoah, let my people build plastic model kits!

  • See, you are consistent Dan.

    Many people will have a shot about me brush painting with enamels (I use acrylics too) and how unhealthy they are, and then talk about how they switched to lacquers….I mean, really?

    You just put the boot into all of us 😉

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