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, […]Read More The Parrot is not a Rivet Counter.
The dreaded shelf queen. I’ve written about what to do with models that end up half built on a shelf. I’m now thinking about what causes the stall. I have some thoughts about that. But let’s start with my biggest stall yet: The HK B-17G. It started out great – the model was big and […]Read More Stall Warning
I have written previously about model bases for aircraft. I am still toying with the idea about designing and building bases that include graphics and information but in the meantime I decided to experiment with some round bases with some basic ground cover. There are a few options for round bases. One is a milled […]Read More Back to Base-ics
If Dayton isn’t the birthplace of aviation, it is certainly the nursery. The Wright brothers developed their 1903 flyer in Dayton and continued flying in Dayton between 1904 and 1910. The US Army also conducted its own early flying at nearby McCook Field during and after World War I. Its fitting that the USAF chose […]Read More A Visit to the United States Airforce Museum
Tough question. If there is a trend in the hobby related to finishing models, I’d say we are definitely in the weathering era. We are way past basic drybrushing, oil pin washes and pastel powders on our models. There has never been a time when so many purpose designed weathering products have been available. Moreover and […]Read More Whether to Weather?
Should I begin by saying the most awesome airplane that ever was is the Corsair? Sure there are those who would quickly disagree with me and cite all sorts of hard data and common knowledge – but those people are wrong. This is a very quick and dirty guide to modeling one or more of […]Read More The Quick and Dirty Guide to Modeling the Corsair in US service
What a great trip we took back in October of 2012. My favourite baseball team was in the playoffs and I found myself in paradise. And on this particular day, for someone interested in all things Pacific War, it really was a paradise within paradise! My wife and I did the standard Pearl Harbor day […]Read More A Visit to the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
No – it’s nothing serious and probably not all that harmful. Kit hoarding you think? No – its not cool model kits, interesting and colorful decals or aftermarket. Besides, seeing some of the stashes I have seen, my pile of kits is barely at Level 1. As well, I have been to many a show and hobbyshop and walked […]Read More My name is Chris… and I have an addiction…
Happy 2019 everyone!! I hope you made it out of the silly season in one piece and that you are ready to tackle 2019. Ahh the “Top-5” wish list; Its been done before but hey, it has not yet been done here. And though I have a plenty of kits to build there is always […]Read More The 2019 Dream Kit List
I think most modelers are also movie buffs. That is certainly the case with the builders I know. And, with us modelers, our level of movie fandom is typically beyond “casual interest” and probably somewhere at the “Film School Drop Out” level. I love movies and I love modeling subjects relating to the Pacific War. […]Read More The Absolute Supremacy of Japanese WW2 Movies