I have been a ‘consumer’ of scale model related videos on YouTube for some years now. Some are great and some need work but all required some effort to get finished and published to the masses. I have been thinking about doing some how-to videos for a while. It only took a global pandemic and […]Read More Model Airplane Maker… now on YouTube
Here is where I am: Competent model building and painting and when the stars align, I might get a result worthy of the display case and a competitive contest entry. I can confidently say given enough time and interest in a subject; I can tame almost any kit. Which is a good thing because I […]Read More Next Level Builds
I have to admit: this post has been one of the harder ones to write (and to find images for). The content is not controversial but I am trying to make a comparison which is difficult to support with data. That said, in no way is this post meant to be a declaration of a […]Read More Are we builders or finishers?
In the Spring of 2019 I made the trip to Dayton Ohio in order to attend WrightCon and to visit the Museum of the United States Airforce. My collective 6+ hours in the museum felt incredibly rushed because there is simply too much to look at. The report of my USAF Museum visit also seems […]Read More 1/48 Hasegawa RF-86 Haymaker
Unless you are making a UAV, your model airplane will have a cockpit. After radial engines, cockpits are probably my favorite part of an aircraft build. Today’s kits typically come with excellent detail right out of the box that just need paint. Of course, there is always room for an aftermarket resin set or some […]Read More Tips and Tricks for Modeling Aircraft Cockpits
Do we really need a new Tony? I always find it hilarious when I hear: “Do we really need a new kit of the [insert new kit] when the old [insert kit from ancient times] is perfectly fine?“ I have heard and read arguments in support of certain Monogram, Aurora and Revell kits from 40+ […]Read More 1/48 Tamiya Ki-61 Hien (Tony)
Does Box Art really sell kits? This seems to be one of those logical things we all believe. In my personal experience, I have only bought one kit because of the box art and that was a long time ago. I am much more likely to buy a kit based on the contents of the […]Read More Box Art – An Artist’s Perspective
Or is 72nd scale in decline? I have listened to some opinions about this in recent podcasts. One of the hosts from the Scale Model Podcast explained that he does not build 72nd because he has trouble seeing the parts. Yet one of the hosts from Plastic Model Mojo boldly claims 72nd to be God’s […]Read More Is the Gentleman’s Scale still relevant?
Spring model shows are just like any other gathering of people. The ones in March-May have all been cancelled or postponed. It is unfortunate but a small price to pay to limit the spread of this virus and to help our health systems cope with it. We can still look at some models though! This […]Read More A Look Back at the 2013 HeritageCon Show
As I stated on my previous looking back article about the 2012 Montreal Model Meet, one of the many unfortunate realities during this time is the cancellation or postponement of all sorts of events and gatherings. Relevant to this blog is the cancellation of model shows this spring. This is definitely a small price to […]Read More A Look back at the 2012 Well*Co*M*E Model Show