When I have tried to explain what I do on a model building forum, I usually end up describing exactly what’s often called the “Be a Kid Again” group build. “Go for it kids! Relive your childhood before you discovered how to do real modeling! Build a model with just a paintbrush! No masking! It’ll …

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Japan and Great Britain have so much in common that it’s surprising to me that the media hasn’t adopted this theme and made a movie out of it or something. They’re both island nations, they’re empires, they really, really like plastic model kits. Most of the plastic model kit stuff you find is from Japan …

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The biggest problem faced by anyone who tries to do trailblazing work is a lack of credibility. It’s not that people don’t believe you, it’s that they can’t figure out a way to trust information coming from just one source. One of the great things about our modern academic system is the way the new …

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I had some trouble this morning thinking of the word “slump.” I had to ferret it out from among other, similar words stashed away in my mental file cabinet. Rough patch? Hard going? Personal downer? I finally rememberd “slump” and immediately thought of why I couldn’t recall it. I usually have a memory issue when …

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The paint brush is a very old device. Probably invented so long ago that the origins are lost in the mists of time. No doubt the very first ape-like hominid to apply red ochre to a cave wall was confronted by the decision to either dab the brush to the wall, and create an image, …

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I’m currently writing a guide to brush buying. This will go up tomorrow. I’m also trying to learn a few things about customizing this blog. But no amount of wishing will make it happen. So I’m currently spending time and energy trying to figure out, for myself, some of the “basics” of WordPress blogging. For …

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Paint has come a long way in the last century. The paint industry has created a radically different technology than existed a hundred or even fifty years ago. Today’s paints are less toxic, more durable, require less maintenance, look better and last longer than old-fashioned paints. Unfortunately, nothing new and better comes free of cost. …

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There are an infinite number of bad ways to do something. There are an infinite number of good ways to do something. But there is usually only one “right” way, and that’s a problem. The “right” way to build a plastic model is to spray on the paint with an airbrush. As I explained in …

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Painting a plastic model used to be a kind of rite of passage. A little kid (me at the age of six) would not paint a model. Too messy and slightly dangerous. But by the age of ten a boy is on the verge of manhood (to echo the sexism of the time) and is …

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