At our most recent meet up I had the pleasure of speaking with Tim M who is a local scale modeler that does a bit of everything. He brought his 1/24 scale custom car that he did. The weathering on this thing is simply amazing. I was in pure awe when looking at this and just had so many questions about it.
We had a good hour or so long conversation talking about techniques that are used for car and military scale modeling to even the IPMS competition scene and some of the contests he has been too. Learning so much about weathering and the hobby overall was a pure joy. Most of my current builds have been weathered and while I want to do some nice clean builds, builds like this get me really excited to see and are such an inspiration to start building more.
We should really look outside the “genre” of Gunpla and take some notes from some of the sci-fi, horror, car and military modelers. There are so many techniques that we can apply to the kits that we make that could really expand our skills and imagination. I hope you all enjoy these images of this insane build and you keep trying new stuff with your builds!
I finished up painting my Gourai a few hours ago! I tried out some different painting and weathering techniques on her and I think it came out pretty good. Though I do think I went a little overboard with the chipping. Over all this was a really fun kit to work on, I’ll definitely look into more things from kotobukiya in the future!
Here’s my finished Zvezda 1/35 scale T-14 Armata Russian Main Battle Tank. I decided to stick to the plain green camo to reflect how the tank has been seen in the real world (with very little weathering). This was also my first Zvezda build and I’m impressed so far!
While at a miniature expo last weekend looking for props for @oliverthesnail, I came across this lovely shop called Petworth Miniatures that sells these amazing tiny (1:48 scale) all-included kits based on famous rooms from famous novels. Of course, when I saw 221B Baker Street I had to get it.
All the structure and most of the decor were included in the kit, as was the wiring for the light. Of course, being the dweeb that I am, I had to add my own personal touches, like the cut glass bead lamp, the metal hardware on the door, and a furry bearskin rug to replace the printed one included in the kit. The last few photos are not great, I just wanted to show off the lighting a little better and included a photo with a quarter for scale, so you can see just how tiny this thing actually is.
I’ve never made anything this small before, so lord knows it’s not perfect but between my love for all things tiny and my love for all things Sherlock Holmes, I’m really quite smitten with this kit, and I suspect this won’t be my last book room kit.
I bought my wife and I some cutting mats so we could build on the go! I had a blast this weekend and I’m very grateful that I got to spend time with her. I’ve been working a lot lately. The charizard is my wife’s first model, I’m looking forward to seeing it finished! The guntank is mine!
This is a model of a Dornier Do-17p that served with the German Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. But to me, it’s so much more than that.
This was the first model I built after moving into my girlfriend’s house. That woman is no longer my girlfriend, she’s my fiancée! And in less than a year she’ll be my wife. But us being together, me moving in and me putting that ring on her finger would not have happened if I hadn’t passed the test over two years ago. That “test” was ensuring I met the standards of my fiancée’s 126lb German Shepherd, Gunter. Gunter had been known to growl and bark and snarl at other men that my wonderful woman had gone out with before she met me. Hell, Gunter even put on such a show of force that one man was literally denied entry into the house. But the first time I met Gunter, he was absolutely cool with me. He not only welcomed me into the house, but didn’t leave my side the whole time I was there. As the relationship between his human and myself blossomed, Gunter was there every step of the way. After over two years of being with my bride-to-be, I’m proud to say that Gunter is my dog as well!
So after about a month of living with the woman who changed my life forever, I decided to make use of the all but abandoned workshop in the basement. One of the many former homeowners was a carpenter, and I found that this was the perfect place to build models! I chose to build one of the toughest kits in my stash: an RS Models 1:72 scale Do-17p. This kit fought me nearly every step of the way. Large gaps that seemed to eat filler putty, vague instructions, and decals that disintegrated when they were submerged in water all tried my patience. But I persevered. I went from being frustrated to being determined. It was also the first kit I ever built that utilized resin parts and photo-etched metal parts. Before I knew it, I had a wonderful model airplane on the workbench in front of me!
Simply building it wasn’t enough. I was proud of overcoming the kit’s shortcomings, and I wanted to show it off in the new home I was living in. I decided to build a diorama for it. I had a small jar of sand from Spain that my friend Bergo had brought back from her semester abroad, and I decided to use that as a dirt road for the diorama. I went a bit insane with my dremel, and drilled a ton of bullet holes in the top of one of the engines. Smoke streaks and battle damage were added to the aircraft during the weathering process. I purposely left one of the landing gear doors off so I could make it look as though it was ripped off when the plane crashed through the wooden fence I made out of toothpicks. I sanded one of the tires down and drilled a hole through it to make it look flat, and it did a great job making the plane sag to one side. Luftwaffe ground crewmen and a pilot were glued to the top of the model railroad grass I sprinkled onto the board.
The diorama needed something else though. It needed Gunter.
As I rummaged through a box of 1:72 scale farm animals, I was delighted to find what looked like a small German Shepherd. I immediately started painting it, using my pooch as a reference. I then painted up some sheep to give Gunter something to chase after, and attached them all to my diorama.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since I’ve built this plane and diorama. But I’m reminded of it every time I look into my display cases. It’s always there…..A testament to overcoming a tough project, and a monument to my love of aviation and most of all, my dog.