Monday, May 3, 2021

Tim Nelson's tanks

An inspirational article from Tim Nelson on Model Paint Solutions about his 1/72ish World War One tanks. #Dioramasalwaysbetterwithaskeleton

P.S.:  Inspirational, as in, his build inspired me to buy the Airfix Vintage Classics reissue of the WW1 Male Tank!

Friday, April 30, 2021

HB Bearcat progress

That escalated quickly! It's a simple kit and the fit is pretty good, but it brings up the question, how does one make a blue blob interesting?

Maybe I'm too influenced by warbirds, but I got the idea of trying to use aluminum to highlight the panel lines. My original idea was to use Abteilung 502 Silver oil paint. Unfortunately, the metal particles were way too large, kind of like Tamiya Flat Aluminum acrylic. Idea number two was to try turn a AK Aluminum pencil into a slurry, but it appears that while the colour AK pencils will go into solution the Aluminum will not. I then pulled out the MiG Ammo Oilbrusher Silver. Diluted with Mona Lisa orderless thinner, it appears to work as a panel line wash. More experiments needed...

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Hobby Boss 1/72 Bearcat inbox

A few weeks ago the new Hobbycraft 1/72 F8F-1 Bearcat arrived in the mail. It is one of their Easy Assembly kits and pretty simple. The cockpit is modeled as part of the fuselage and the engine is integral with the cowl. (These are impressive moldings...I just wish the engine and cowl were separate pieces.) Gear and wheels are also one part, but there is decent detail in the wheel wells. It looks simple to assemble, is well molded, and a test fit shows good fit.  Dr. Strangebrush from Model Paint Solutions pointed out something is quite right with the shape around the tail fillet...Hobby Boss didn't get the transition between the fillet and the rear fuselage quite right.  In my opinion, it isn't a dealbreaker, but John did notice it right away. Decals are provided for the Beatle Bomb and a VF-3 Bearcat. I'll let the pictures do most of the talking and report back when it is finished.

I'm not sure what to think about this one. It would make a perfect starter model and it certainly will assemble quick and easy for us colour and markings guys. But I don't love the integral landing gear and wheels and I'm still not sure how I'll paint the engine.  For those of use that are lazy it is probably the best Bearcat in 1/72. For those that love detail and want a bit better shape accuracy look for the defunct Attack Squadron Bear in resin or the Sword or Art Model short run kits.

How does one paint this? Other than very carefully that is...

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

EP29 of AScaleCanadianTV

AScaleCanadian Joint.  Hey, hey, it has been awhile. A bench update. #modellerbroadcastingnetwork​​ #getbroadcasting​​ #modeltalk​​ #aviationisolation​​

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Plastic Posse Podcast v. Plastic Model Mojo

Somehow I got involved in the PPP v PMM cagematch. I won't tell you who wins, but hey, I'm the only one listed by name!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

More Pig Progress

Mah friends...still working on weathering.  #scalemodelling #tinytank

Friday, April 9, 2021

Have I ruined it?

Mah friends...much like the Bay of Pigs op itself, things are starting to go off the rails. Testors Acryl British Interior Grey-Green hand-brushed for highlights. I have trouble staying in the lines.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Bay of Pigs T-34-85 progress

Mah friends......Zvezda 1/72 T-34-85. Spraying the AK Real Colors 4BO cut with AK Nitro thinner was pure joy. Now to plagiarize Uncle Night Shift on the rest of the finishing techniques. #tinytank #akrealcolors #zvezda

Monday, April 5, 2021

The RCAF's First Helo

On this day in 1947, the RCAF received its first helicopter, the Sikorsky S-51/H-5. (Photos courtesy of the Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada.)  

I just got the new 1/72 AMP kit, maybe I should do a review?