Well the current popular thing at the moment seems to be the 10 year, so I thought it would be interesting to see how far I've improved over the last 10 years (and not how much hair I've lost).
First Dragons 1941 T-34 and Takom's Chieftain Mk.11, honestly for the time period the T-34 was well done, biggest problem is the whitewash looks more like chipped paint than a faded whitewash.
The second is a much more obvious difference, Airfix's 1/76 Tiger I and Riich Models Bren gun carrier in 1/35. Yes there is the very obvious scale difference the size of finished kits isn't that much different. The Tiger? In my defence I was actually going for a crudely field applied whitewash where you can actually see the brush/broom/mop application marks inspired by the images below, my error was in using "over scale" tools i.e. the brush I used was to big and I slopped on to much.
The Bren gun carriers two biggest faults one was mine, I assumed the error in the instructions had been corrected from earlier versions (as Riich had stated) when it wasn't and it was to late to correct when I found out, this then caused some alignment issues. The second problem? Inferior airbrush (read as cheap ebay airbrush) limiting the control available, fixed as of last Monday on receiving a Badger Renegade Krome, which in the three days I've had it I've spent a minimum of an hour a day getting to know it.
Meet Nexus (Why Nexus? My partner suggested it and I liked it, no deep hidden meanings). She is the new mascot for Next Level Models you will find her lurking here and there, now on to other things...
My Birthday day is next week and this is the first in many years I haven't received a new kit, not to say I'm not getting something model related, a new airbrush. My first airbrush was a Testors Aztek, nice easy to clean and you could change the spray pattern by replacing the tip. Only problem was there was no way to access to main body to clean it. Theoretically it wasn't supposed to get dirty is my guess but after 4-5 years some paint does start to backwash and clog things up, in convincing mine to open a small part broke and that was that. For the last 5 years or so I've been using a couple of cheap Chinese airbrush's with relatively good (not excellent) but consistent results and they don't do fine very well, So instead of a new kit or three for this years birthday I've invested in a new Badger Renegade Krome. Looking forward to comparing results ...
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes" Changes - David Bowie
New logo (well 3 in fact), plus a new mascot in the works (cause why not).
I've always thought some of the pages are a bit long, with the newer builds really confirming it so newer builds will be spread over 3 or 4 sub pages. So lots of editing coming (plus all the rewrites I didn't manage last year oops! ).
I will also be introducing a few YouTube clips pieced together from photos and possibly with some actual videos coming later.
That's all for today, off to the bench.