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July 28, 2019

Done

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:39 pm
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Hey, you’re at the right blog.  Don’t go away.  I know you aren’t used to seeing actual models on this site, despite it being a blog about modeling.  Yes, I know.  Those posts have been thin on the ground lately.  However, I want that to change.  I finally finished my first kit for the year.  While I am not exactly happy with it, having one in the done column feels good.

This is the IBG kit of the Japanese built Chevy truck used in some version by most of the armies of WWII.  The kit is good.  Not perfect, but good.  All the flaws in the build are my fault.  Alan Hall many years ago speculated in an editorial in SAM that modeling skills atrophy if not regularly used.  I think that is true.  Also, my personal goals when building a model are to try a new technique with each one and that each model should be at least a bit better than my last.  By those measurements, this build was a failure.  While I did do some new things regarding weathering, the build was not better than my last one, or even the one before that.  Those failures were in some very basic building and painting steps.  They were my fault, not the kit’s fault.  My modeling skills have atrophied from disuse.  I hope to correct that.

(P.S. Don’t ask why a Japanese truck has a Gladiator engine in the bed and a British 5 gallon fuel can.  I have some fuel barrels, but I can’t find them because of the move.  Just roll with it.)

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July 17, 2019

Words that 30 years ago I never thought I’d utter

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:06 pm
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Gee, I wonder which manufacturer makes the better PZL.37 Los kit.  We live in the best times for modelers.

July 3, 2019

Modeling content

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:36 am
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This blog, devoted to modeling, has had a shocking lack of modeling content lately.  My bad.  This has been due to a number of reasons, most of which can be summed up as…life happens.  A little modeling has gone on, but not much.  My Japanese WWII truck is moving forward.  I am in the weathering stage and it turns out that Jeff “Inch High” Groves was right. This is a nice little kit.  Here is where she stands as of today. (I apologize for the crappy cell phone photos)

Weathering stage

Another view

June 11, 2019

Actual modeling content (with photos)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:33 am
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This past weekend, I got to do some actual modeling.  One of the things I got to do while actually modeling, was try the new MIG oilbrushers.  Basically these are premixed oil paint in a mineral spirits carrier in a mascara type tube with a brush.  It isn’t anything you couldn’t do yourself with tube oils and mineral spirits, but it does save time.  Each one is about $6 to $9 or you can buy a three pack for $14.50.  I used the dark earth color to weather the wheels and hubs on my Japanese Ford truck project.  Out of the tube the mixture is a bit thicker than I expected and more opaque.  I was skeptical, but I applied it over the wheel and hub and left it set for a minute or two and removed the excess with q-tips.  I must say I was pleased by the result.

Weathered wheels

 

May 15, 2019

I really do still blame Jeff Groves

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:58 am
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The IBG Japanese truck continues to make slow progress.  Yes, this is Jeff’s fault.  The kit does really go together nicely, though I do have to think a bit about my out of sequence building plan.

April 16, 2019

I really do blame Jeff Groves

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 1:13 pm
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Actually, if I am being honest, I credit him.  He got me inspired to build the IBG Japanese truck and it is a blast.  It has been a really fun build so far.  I just wish I had more time to devote to it.  Here is the current status of some of the parts. (I need to do some small touch ups on the paint.)  I was really pleasantly surprised at how well the bed assembled.

IBG truck

April 1, 2019

Thinnerline Circle Cutter

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:46 am
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About 9 months ago I acquired a Thinnerline Circle Cutter from Shadow Hobby.  Fellow MMCLer Randy Fuller had gotten one and I was impressed by his review.  Well, I finally broke it out.  Assembly was easy.  Calibration takes a bit or work, but overall I can see this being very useful.  I cut some masks for wheel hubs on the IBG Japanese Truck project.  (I still blame Jeff Groves.)  Wasn’t hard to get the 12 circle masks I needed.

Thinnerline circle masks

March 24, 2019

I still blame Jeff Groves

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:17 pm
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Friday was the MMCL “Friday Night Fights” club meeting. (A separate post on that soon.)  I took the Japanese truck and worked on it.  Then on Saturday I actually picked out a paint and got some on the wheel hubs.  The paint I picked is Colourcoats Ami-ero, which has a nice mustard yellow tint to it that I think will work well when I weather it.

Colourcoats Ame-iro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is one of the wheels with the hub painted.  This will allow me to try out my Thinnerline cutter for the first time.

Wheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 13, 2019

I blame Jeff Groves!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:07 pm
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Well, after a multi-week absence, I’ve finally made it back to the modeling bench.  I am masking the MXY-7 canopy, which is a pain in the butt.  It only reinforces my conviction that I’ll never build another model for which their isn’t a pre-cut canopy mask available.

Since you can only do so much of that in one sitting, I wanted to keep modeling, but needed a break from the canopy masking.  So, inspired by Jeff “Inch High” Groves, I started working on the IBG 917t Japanese truck.  Here is where I am.  Jeff, this is all your fault.

IBG Japanese truck frame

February 5, 2019

IBG PZL P.11A/C/G

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:51 pm
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Good news.  The long awaited IBG PZL P.11 series of kits looks like it will be out in April 2019.  If they are as good as the recent PZL P.37, then they will be must haves.

 

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