Back On The Saddle? Not Quite

It’s been over a month since I’ve had anything to report, in terms of modeling. And, truth be told, I still don’t have much to report. It’s been very busy at my various jobs (but hey–I got a six hour ride in a UH-60 Blackhawk!), with no real signs of slow-down.

Despite all that, my daughter and I managed to put in some time on our tanks yesterday. She considers her tank “done”, and mine isn’t terribly far behind. She’s anxious to start a new model already. I’m just anxious to get anything done at this point.

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Daddy/Daughter Modeling: Tank Session # 3

As has been the custom for the last three weeks now, my 4 year old daughter and I spent an hour or so on Sunday morning working on our tanks. I finally added a little non-red color to mine, and she continues to amaze me with how well she applies paint…

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Daddy/Daughter Tanks, Session 2

Last Sunday, my daughter and I took some more time to work on the tanks–this was especially important to her as we’d just acquired the Tamiya acrylic “Pink”–which she deftly spotted in the local HobbyTown. Painting ensued. Here’s the results (still in-progress):

Mine’s on the left, her’s is on the right. Again, I’ve gotta say that–despite her “rainbow vomit” camo approach, her painting technique is really good. She holds the brush right, and applies the right amount of paint. She doesn’t just glob it on. I don’t care what color it is, I’m proud of my daughter’s technique.

Sunday Morning Daddy/Daughter Model Project

Once again, my daughter and I took to the workbench on Sunday and tackled a pair of Italeri 1/72 “fast assembly” Pz. Kpfw. V Panther Ausf. G tanks. Each tank has a total of twelve parts, so assembly was a breeze–which gave her more time to pick out her colors. We opted to go with color schemese that–to the best of my knowledge–the Germans never actually used on their tanks. And we didn’t get them finished yet, but we’re working on it.

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No Model Update, But Here’s Some Art…

I’ve been working on a few things, but nothing really to talk about yet. In the interim, I’ve been screwing around with the cover photo for my Facebook account. I took an image that someone had Photoshopped of my “Snowball SAFS” and stretched it out. Then I used some custom brush tools to lay a HUD over it. Here’s the result:

To compliment that, I tweaked up a profile picture with the reversed images from the HUD. Here’s that result:

My Photoshop skills are meager, at best, and it took a lot of work to get the results I was looking for, but together on Facebook, they don’t look too bad:

(image mocked together in Photoshop, using a template I found on the web)

I’m happy with ’em. For now, at any rate.

This Is What It’s All About…

In case you were wondering about modeling, here’s an image that sums it up rather well:

Yup. This is still a scale modeling blog.

Slow day at the office. As such, I’m throwing a quick update out there on what I’m actually working on. At the beginning of August, the IPMS/USA National Convention & Contest will be held in Omaha. It’s a pretty big deal. It’s also the first time I’ve attended (okay, planned to attend at this stage) “the nats” since 2006 in Kansas City. I’ve got a number of completed projects that’ll be entered. In addition, I have a rigorous schedule of some other builds I hope to finish by then. Here’s some highlights:

My daughter’s first scale model:


It’s a snap-together (motorized!) 1/32 scale Mercedes-Benz Unimog truck. She’s painting it purple and orange–with blue wheels–and loving it. And for three years old, she’s doing an amazing job with it. 

1/76 Maschinen Krieger “Zerstover” (resin kit)


Some kits are rare. This thing is ultra-rare. Sold only two days a year in Japan, with 40 or less kits produced at a time, I’d say that there’s very few of these out in the wild. And I’m probably crazy for messing with it. Note that I have cleaned the resin in engine degreaser and shaved the excess resin. It’s ready for paint and assembly.

1/43 Citroen 1938 Rally Car


I need to re-do the wheels and the interior, but it’s otherwise very close to being finished.

1/24 PT Cruiser Convertible


I think this is a very ugly car. I’ve also never completed a car model–at least not since I was ten or so. So, this aims to cure both problems by giving it the “rat rod” treatment. I hit the chrome-plated parts with engine degreaser, but not for long enough. So it just completely blackened the chrome instead of peeling it off. It should give the rims a very unique look. This one may be the first of the bunch to be finished.

There’s a bunch of other stuff in the wings, too. I’ll try to keep this blog updated, but who knows. I’m more likely to post updates over on my twitter account. So if this kind of thing interests you, keep following. And thanks for taking the time to read this.