Showing posts from February, 2014

Get Motivated With Martin!

Meet the man behind the models...
When I first started this monthly Scale Spotlight, I told myself that I would be remiss to not include Martin Philpott within my first several interviews. I first started following Martin's work back when Scale Plastic and Rail had an online forum that wasn't scale specific. He and I started our blogs at nearly the same time and we have virtually been running side-by-side, supporting each other's work from the beginning. You will find his Facebook page, Martin's Scale Models, inspirational and informative. It is a fine supplement to his blog which bears the same name and same great content. He is a genuinely talented modeler, but you will find more than just his own work highlighted on his webpages. Martin has been more than happy to share the works of other modelers in his Friday Five feature which showcases the top five models he has seen around the internet that week. His passion for WWI era aircraft shows through as you can be sur…

How Far Would You Go?

Modelers are fairly eccentric people. We spend hours at a time sitting alone in a secluded room away from our families to painstakingly recreate an aircraft or vehicle in small scale. Our hobby is a lot like work yet we don't get paid for it. Maybe that is why some of us enter our models into contests - to seek some sort of award for the blood, sweat, and tears we have spilled along the way. Of course, I'm sure some of us attend these geeky gatherings to mingle with others of our kind, swap stories, see some really decent models, and of course, spend our life savings in the vendor rooms.
Whether they are called shows, contests, or conventions, they take place in one fashion or another throughout the year globally. If you are a modeler, chances are you have access to a model-related get together some where in your region. It may be only a local club but it is better than nothing. If you don't happen to live within close proximity to an annual show then you may have to put …

Symmetry in Modeling

Giving your model an unbalanced look... When it comes time to arm our aircraft, I would say that most modelers prefer to go all out, hanging the available munitions and stores from every hard point they can find, within reason any way. This is perfectly acceptable, especially if the load you are using fits within the confines of reality. I think we can all agree that an aircraft armed to the teeth is far more interesting than one carrying merely a bomb or two. It appears more menacing and it gives the model a sense of symmetry. Ever heard the saying, less is more? Yes, well it can also apply to this aspect of aircraft modeling. Just because you have Hasegawa's Modern Aircraft Weapon Set doesn't mean you have to use every munition in the box. Give your model a completely different look by limiting the types or positions of the stores that you attach to it. I will show you how with a few references from real life aircraft. Follow along...

Sprue Cutters Union 28: Pack Your Bags

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few days, you'll know that the Winter Olympics have kicked off in Sochi, Russia. I live in the United States, and I can't imagine what it would be like to pack up and travel for thousands of miles to compete for a coveted Olympic medal. Considering I am not a world class athlete, and I abhor extreme temperatures, it is unlikely that I will ever do so. At any rate, I decided to use the Olympics as this week's inspiration. As you well know, one of my top interests is modeling as I am sure it is yours as well. So, this week I want to know...

- How far are you willing to travel for this hobby? - There are hundreds of national and international shows that take place every year. Whether you are there to contest for gold, browse the amazing entries, or score sick deals at the vendor tables, there is always something there for the hobbyist to enjoy. Do you make a long distance trip every year to, say, Telford? Or are you cont…

Photographing Your Model

Show us your photo studio... Obviously, if you want people to actually see your work online, you're going to eventually have to take pictures of your models. Last week, I wanted to see how the various Union members addressed the problem of miniature photography. As usual, the responses run the gamut of possibilities. But, whether you have money to spare for a high end upgrade or you're a penny pincher like myself who does everything on a budget, I am sure you'll find some useful tips and tricks to work for you. Check it out!
Yet Another Plastic Modeller Motorspot Modeller Miniature and Model Painting Doogs' Models Bill Weckel The Eternal Wargamer The Garage Gamers
Unfortunately, I did not have the time to write a post. Just as well, there would not have been much to learn from my meager set up. This post will be just as beneficial to me as it will be to the rest of you. Hopefully, we all learned a little something about how to better present our models!
Don't Forget!All …

AMARC A-10: The Fuselage

The Warthog loses some weight... The project has begun. The first thing to do is to ensure the kit fuselage matches the shape of the A-10 in the photographs. I'm only using just about the foremost third of the Warthog, so everything aft must be taken off. When I first thought to do this, I figured one simple just straight down would suffice, but if you notice in the picture, the fuselage is not simply sheared along one vertical line..., quickly this project was becoming a bit more complex. Not to be deterred, I marked out an approximation of where I thought the cut should be made on the kit fuselage with a No. 2 pencil...

AMARC A-10 Build Preview

How to avoid the problem areas of a bad kit... Not long ago, I went through my stash and weeded out all the bad apples. I wound up purging about seven unwanted kits that were either of two low a quality for me to endure or just too large a scale for me to fit on my shelves. One such kit was Monogram's A-10. Its not a very nice kit which makes it hard for me to believe that some one would actually sell it on eBay for $37. Years before I decided to part with it, I had attempted to assemble it and immediately noticed it was unsatisfactory in terms of fit. It quickly became a shelf queen until more recently when I stripped it of all its useful parts and bid the rest good bye.
Though I finally thought I was rid of this beast for good, it reared its ugly head once more. This time, a friend of mine who has since abandoned the hobby gave it to me along with some other older kits. I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, although I was well aware of the weaknesses inherent in th…

Sprue Cutters Union 27: Photo Finish

Now that I run a blog and maintain a Facebook page and just about every other social media outlet I can think of, it has become all too clear to me that my photography is less than stellar. When I was just uploading images to display on various forums the quality of those images was never an issue. As I fall deeper into this rabbit hole as a modeler/blogger, I am realizing it may be time for me to start caring. Just as any other topic we have addressed so far, it is safe to say that I am sure there are others just like me who work with the bare minimum - jury rigging some backdrops and inadequate lighting to produce a range of out-of-focus, off colored photographs. On the other hand, there are those who I'm sure I could learn from. That's why this week I want you to...

- Show us your photo studio! - Don't be afraid. We are not all professional photographers, so don't be shy in showing us what you've got set up, as I assure you, it is better than what I put forth! W…

1/48 Mi-24 Hind Diorama "Hind Sight" - Finished!

Background This was one of those projects that I never fully invested in. What was going to start out as just a simple helicopter build turned into a more complex diorama than I had intended. This was all brought on by a rather disgusting kit, thanks to Revell and their tendency to skimp on buildability. Rather than spend more time correcting the model, I decided to create a scene depicting the Mi-24 as crashed in some sort of fictitious World War III urban scenario of UK vs East Germany. Thus, I had to purchase some 1/48 Airfix British troops to add some humanity to it as I didn't want it to be just another abandoned piece of hardware from the former Soviet Union. This did not excite me, considering I am not much of a figure painter, especially in such a small scale. Add to this to the fact that this project seemed to drag on a bit longer than I would have liked and you can see how I am glad this is finally over.
Never the less, though it wasn't what I had in mind from the s…

All You Need to Know About Glue

Confused about glue? We're here to help! Choosing the right adhesive is probably the single most important decision you can make as a modeler, next to deciding on the proper airbrush. It may be the most significant decision of your entire life. Well, maybe that is an exaggeration, but the right glue will certainly have a positive impact on your hobby. Don't take my word for it, read for yourself...
Fill 'n Sand
The Garage Gamer
Yet Another Plastic Modeller
Miniature and Model Painting Doogs' Models Scale Model Ink Motorsport Modeller Mattblackgod's World The Eternal Wargamer The Combat Workshop
After reading all of that you should now have a Masters in hobby glue, and should have the confidence to decide on a glue that will work for you. Now all you have to do is go out there and buy it!
Don't Forget!All Current Members, to help grow our respective audiences, don't forget to add the links from your fellow contributors onto your post. If you want to join the Union, a…