I thought it might be time for a little tour of the work room. I’m not particularly tidy and don’t care if other people know it. But I do spend time between builds in a kind of research and development phase that does include a certain amount of housekeeping. The lack of spray-painting means that …

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One of the things on my “to do” list for this blog is posting scans of old, old articles from my collection of old, oldĀ magazines. Some of them go back to the 1920’s, but today I’m reaching back to just the day before yesterday–1969. The magazine was entitled Air Space Model and it was just …

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When I say “basic” I mean basic. These are the tools that are like my eyes and hands. I don’t build anything without them. Reverse action tweezers. This is essential. Don’t try to get by with a cheap set. This is a good one that I paid too much for, but I can’t imagine doing …

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This model, derived from three different kits and having a natural metal finish, would be considered difficult to build and impossible to paint with a brush by most model builders. That’s why I chose to build it as my first blog demo build. This build is supposed to demonstrate the many way I use inventive …

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The vacuum formed canopy is a great invention. I find these things to be very useful, and replace the kit canopy with a vacuum formed replacement whenever I can. Yes. I am one of “those guys.” I don’t find the vacuum formed (vac for short) canopy to be so difficult. I cut it out with …

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The mixture of Tamiya Flat Base and Future was brushed onto the painted areas (only). I’m not going to put a clear finish on the “bare metal” areas. The clear flat on the anti-glare and blue areas really alters the appearance of the model. That gleam on there was really giving the model a “toy-like” …

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