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July 15, 2019

The Cranky Canuck rides again

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Our friend, the Cranky Canuck, (aka Jim Bates) has started blogging again.  This pleases me as Jim always has something interesting to post.  In this case, he posted a link to a YouTube model building channel.  There are quite a number of these, and some of them are very good, as is this one that Jim referenced in his post.


July 13, 2019

A new company to me.

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Diodump. A new diorama company. Anyone know anything?

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 27, 2019

PZL P-7 and P-11

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Arma has a very nice blog with some nice history articles that tie into their products.  This one is very good.  I will have to check back periodically.

June 19, 2019

Beautiful Tu-22M

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A really nice job.  (Thanks to Jeff Groves for the pointer.)

June 18, 2019

And now something for the WWII Russian fans

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Brengun has brought out a new Yak-1b kit.

June 12, 2019

Your mileage may vary

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A couple of weeks ago I managed to do a little modeling, and it was one of those times where nothing went right.  It was what I call, a negative modeling session. At the end of the night I was actually further from finishing the model that when I started the session.  Some nights seem to be like that.  Then there are nights like last night, where I start modeling, and everything is working great.  It seems to flow and real progress is made and the results are very satisfying.  I have a theory.  Modeling is like hitting a baseball or a golf ball.  Sometimes, when you are hitting, everything is going right and it just seems like you’ve gotten into a groove.  Other times, nothing but swings and misses, even though you are doing the same things you were when it was all working right.  If you determine that it is one of those bad nights where you just can’t find the groove, the best thing to do is walk away, call it a night and come back tomorrow and see if the flow has returned.

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


June 6, 2019

Blue Steel

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I’d considered buying an Airfix Victor B.1 to get the Blue Steel missile that comes with the kit.  It turns out that Air Graphics is going to produce a Blue Steel in resin.  Yea.

June 5, 2019

MiG-17 decals

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Hi, I David and I’m a decalaholic. {Hi David}.  One of my favorite aircraft is the MiG-17.  Airfix made my year when they announced a new kit coming out.  I already have tons of MiG-17 decals, but I can always buy more.  Apparently Xtradecals knows this.  They’ve announced a new sheet, and it will be a must have.

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