2019 IPMS Ottawa CapCon Show

Held on September 28, 2019 at the unique and wonderful Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, CapCon is the bi-annual scale model show and contest hosted by IPMS Ottawa. It’s Been Ten Years?!?!? CapCon is the first contest I ever went to (2007) and the first contest I ever entered (2009).  I still remember being a […]

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1/72 Hasegawa Ki-45 Nick

When I decided to go to the 2018 Nationals, I wanted to compete and not make a fool of myself.  I figured the only way I could safely bring a model with me was as a carry-on.  That meant something small that could be protected in a small box; something that could easily fit into […]

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Modeling Radial Engines

I believe one of the more interesting parts of World War 2 airplanes is the engine.   In terms of visual impact, the kit engine is one part of a model where it is worth the time to improve – especially if it is a radial engine.  It is also one of the easiest ways of “improving” model […]

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The Expensive Model Kit Myth

One of the repeating things you hear in hobby circles is that the price of models today is out of line with the prices of years ago.  There are several variations of this theme: Today’s manufacturers are pricing themselves out of the hobby Kits are too expensive for kids Models cost a lot more today […]

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The Parrot is not a Rivet Counter.

Way back in my university days I played sports with a guy who considered himself very smart.  His was a mind chock full of trivia and he could recall all of it at any time. When asked an obscure fact about some pop culture item, he could reply instantly.  Sports?  He knew that stuff cold.  Entertainment, Pop-History, […]

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