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January 27, 2021

Dialed in

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:05 am

Mojo level 10 out of 10

We’ve all had that experience where we go to model and nothing works.  We drop parts, the airbrush spits, and nothing is going right.

Much rarer is that time where we get into the model room and everything is working right.  Where we are in the pipe, five by five.

This was my experience on Tuesday night.  Got home from work.  The wife went over to dinner at the neighbors and I had time in the model room and everything was working well.  Even more amazing, I was modeling out of my comfort zone.  I was working on the M-30, highlighting with a brush, an experience I don’t get with aircraft models.  Everything was great.  I was trying new stuff and it was working.

These occasions are rare.  When you are dialed in like this, enjoy it.  Revel in the experience.  Now, if I can only figure out how to make it happen more often.


  1. Glad someone had a good session at the bench last night! Mine kept going from bad to worse. The B-58 now has SEA camo scheme. Touching up the over spray led to touching up the flat black underside. Only I used NATO black which didn’t match (surprise, surprise!) te flat black I actually used. That lead to repainting the engines which required re-masking. That led to breaking off one engine which led to regluing which led to ugly. I then decided to mask the camo in order to respray the under side. Eventually I just took off all the engines which I should have done in the first place. No, I never should have attached them to begin with. I won’t detail the first two silver paint jobs with Tamiya and then Alclad or the two re-scribing sessions on this model. The plan now is to paint the engines separately, mask the camo off, respray and then put the engines on. This beast has afforded me lots of opportunity to try new techniques. Really, I can’t complain because I’ve enjoyed the whole journey so far. Maybe I did have a good time and just needed to step back a moment to reflect. 😉

    Comment by redstaroverrussia — January 27, 2021 @ 11:39 am

  2. Sometime, it feels like the model is actually fighting you. I hate that.

    Comment by dknights — January 27, 2021 @ 12:10 pm

  3. Every once in a while the modelling gods smile on us and stuff is easier or works out way better than we had hoped.

    Comment by Ken Woodruff — January 28, 2021 @ 10:34 am

  4. Indeed. If only I could get them to smile more often.

    Comment by dknights — January 28, 2021 @ 10:57 am

  5. If only we could bottle that feeling up and save it for the darker days.

    Comment by Luftraum72 — January 29, 2021 @ 12:45 pm

  6. Yes

    Comment by dknights — January 29, 2021 @ 2:21 pm

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