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August 21, 2013

Sprue Cutters Union #5

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sprue cutter union 2(Note, my last entry was #1, but I came late to the party and to sync up with everyone else I am jumping to #5)

This weeks topic is: – What is your modeling philosophy? –

This one was actually easy for me.  I have two modeling philosophies

#1 Make each model a little bit better than the last.  This one is very subjective.  I just want to personally think that each model I complete is “better” than the last one.  I don’t always accomplish this, but it is one of the things I strive for.

#2  This is the one that motivates me the most.  With each model I try to do something new.  I try a new technique, like a new way of doing bare metal or the “salt technique” or a different way of weathering.  This is the way I challenge my self to try new things.  I know too many modelers who model and all their models are the same.  The same look, the same techniques etc.  That is fine for them if it makes them happy, but that isn’t for me.


Kermit’s Bench – Frogs just want to have fun!
Martin’s Scale Models – Martin says Its not life or death!
Havoc Models – Michael likes to Keep it simple, stupid!
Yet Another Plastic Modeller – Jeroen won’t be losing any sleep!

Our fearless leaders thoughts.



Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:15 am

That last post was number 1500 for this blog.

Good for him

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:14 am
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I woudl hope tha tin a similar situation I’d be as smart and level-headed as this homeowner.

August 19, 2013

Canadian Military technology

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The cutting edge of military technology.

August 18, 2013

Modelers making news

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:51 pm
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I spent a lot of time in Pensacola, and have been to Bobe’s numerous times.  Nice to see modelers getting some good press.  Story here.

August 16, 2013

Ha, ha, ha!

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:47 pm
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Submitted without comment.

August 15, 2013

The bureaucrats are out of control

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:52 pm
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One small example here.  The Federal employees have taken it upon themselse to turn themselves into our ruling class.  As the good Professor says, “Tar and Feathers”

August 14, 2013


Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 8:28 pm
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For the first time in 10 years I won’t be at the Nats.  I am bummed.  However, this post made me laugh.

This could be news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:43 pm
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If this story is true, the entire dynamic of the Benghazi situation could change dramatically.

August 13, 2013

Sprue Cutters Union #1

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:18 pm
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sprue cutter union 2

UPDATE:  Here are the links to the posts from the other members of the Union.
Lt. Smash’s Models – Lt. Smash is a bit warped!
A Scale Canadian – Jim. Hates. Canopies. Period.
Yet Another Plastic Modeller – Jeroen has his spirits crushed…and his models.
Mattblackgod’s World – Danny’s models can get a bit hairy!
Martin’s Scale Models – Martin doesn’t appreciate bad forums!
Doogs’ Models – Matt hates on the absolutists!
Kermit’s Workbench – Rich is let down by an old kit!


At the urging of Jim Bates, I’ve joined the blog carnival known as the Sprue Cutters Union.  (BTW, it is interesting that my spellchecker doesn’t recognize Sprue as a word) The subject for this week is:– What is the worst experience you’ve had with this hobby? –

I thought this would be easy.  Anyone who knows me knows that I have had a hundred modeling failures and that my “Hall of Shame”© is huge.  Yet, I am not really sure I’ve had a “worst experience”.  Sure, I’ve had masking agent bring up the underlying paint; I’ve put glue fingerprints on a model; I’ve even tried to spray the remaining paint in my airbrush back into a half full paint bottle. (The resulting shower of silver paint was epic.)

However, I am not sure I can really say I’ve had a worst experience.  Even at the times where it is the most frustrating, modeling is still one of the most enjoyable and relaxing things in my life.  It is an escape and a time where I can just be me.  Also, having a build night with friends, or with a modeling friend via Skype, is just a great way to spending an evening.

So, in sum, I am not sure I’ve had a worst modeling experience.

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