After having this kit on order for over a month then nearly another month for it to get here (thanks Australia Post) my build desk has just been cleared and made ready for this monster.
Just before Christmas I was working an old shelf queen (Hasegawa's VF-0S from the anime Macross Zero) and I dropped one of the main wheels. Long story short, 4 hours later study completely cleaned and wonderfully swept (floorboards, no actual carpet monster to fight) including moving desks, room turned upside down twice and still no wheel. I've spent less time looking for (and finding) 3mm photo-etch parts in shagpile carpeting.
Option 1: Finish kit with wheels up or 2: Buy some moulding and casting material. I'm going with option 2 and trying a newish item on the scene called Oyumaru.
Oyumaru is a reusable thermo-plastic like material. The reusable part here is the handy bit. While it may not be as useful as silicone for moulds of very fine detail, its great if you just want to make one or two casts of some equipment or say an ammo box and then reuse your Oyumaru for another project. I'll include a post in the coming weeks with photo's on its use.
Review for MENG's T-72B3 is now up in the In Box Reviews, with another couple of In Box Reviews in the next day or two.
After much discussion with my partner a decision, that for better or worse has been made that means much more action and a few changes will be happening here. The decision? Since modelling is more than just hobby and therapy to me why not try and make it more, i.e. make it an income. As such I have been planning a few magazine articles to submit and will be starting a patreon page in the near future plus I have been looking at a few other options as well for the future. Todays meme, isn't a meme, it's a small comic by Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) originally done for a Tumblr page "Zen Pencils", I happened across it right around the time I made this decision. The Universe telling me something?
Well having my workbench snowed under with kids tech getting things built, rebuilt or just plain cleaned up on both software and hardware levels ready for new school year, has made it so I haven't had any space to build. I do have a update hardware wise though. I ordered (and since received) a light tent to help control the lighting for end of build photo's to try and give better overall tones. Pic included below from a quick trial session.
But as to todays meme? I was doing a bit of facebookering (as it gets called in these parts) and came across a post of someone wanting photos of a weathered T-14 (Russia's new main battle tank) for their build. While I'm all for people going all out building and finishing a kit however they want for a "realistic" finish there is the odd occasion when a factory fresh finish is the realistic finish. Not to say you can't make up a fictional scenario, feel free as that's a large portion of the paper panzer brigade have to do, but sometimes parade ground clean can be the correct, realistic and accurate finish.
2016's first completion and a Rivet Counters nightmare (or wet dream). I'm sure even a apprentice rivet counter could find much more than just the paint work on Tamiya's Jagdpanther to complain about and the amount cares given? Zero
Modelling for the vast majority of is a Hobby, and as such it should relax us. If you get your jollies from doing hours of research, spending many hours and dollars accurizing a kit, painting to perfection with just that perfect shade more power to you. If on the other hand you get your thrill from opening a new kit, relaxing and building it right from the box with all the manufacturers flaws and limitations of plastic molding then again power to you. I'm guessing most modellers (self included) fall somewhere in between these two extremes.
Personally I often find myself following the dark path of the Rivet Counter and losing enjoyment and desire for the build and losing track of the point of hobby to begin with by being to anal, too perfect or dreaming to large and trying to obtain said perfection. I'm not sure wether it's a character flaw that comes from the manic side of my bipolar or if its from somewhere else, either way by consciously taking a step back and looking at things objectively I have been gaining more enjoyment and relaxation from the hobby again. Usually its just a simple question of Do I have the dollars for that extra aftermarket accessory? No then finish and be happy without it or Do I have the experience or equipment to finish the kit like it is in my mind? No, so be happy as it is and try again on the next build. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that we are not perfect and this is a hobby that most of are always learning new things and we shouldn't judge ourselves by others standards but by being happy with our own.
A new year and a new start (but not a new year resolution).
The Plan? To do a blog post on here and face book 3-4 times a week. Reality? Well we shall see. Contents will range from basic updates to rants to comments on trends and new kits to everything else model related (and maybe some not).
....some things never change I guess.
In my defence I spent most of December and half of January packing, moving and unpacking. Good news for me was I now have a dedicated airbrush area in the shed, might not be the most hospitable during winter but its better than nothing. Had two paint sessions so far. Last Tuesday and earlier tonight, first I primed the Jagdpanther and Maus, tonight I primed the T-90A and Trumpeters's KV-122. I've been doing the 122 slowly as relax project while packing, moving etc, and its not posted on the site yet, I also got base layer down on the Jagdpanther I'm building for the wife. Since this is a build based on a game model and not after realism she has requested panzergrau with white wash.
After partially completing Meng's Merkava IIID and now well on the way to completing the T-90A I feel like I can place them in quality molding etc. Other picking up a few issues with production quality (see the Meng T-90A log) I have found Meng's level of detail/thickness to be similar to Tamiya's but using a higher parts count. If I were to compare this Meng's T-90A with Trumpeters T-80BV, I would have to say Trumpeters is better with much finer and crisper detailing, It would be interesting to make a direct comparison to Trumpeters T-90A. In all, excellent quality for your money (if they can fix the production quality issue) and considering Meng is still a fairly new company they are a welcome addition to the hobby.
After having a move around of the study for better fit I find my work bench is no longer right under the window which means poorer ventilation while airbrushing which SWiMBO rightly objects too. So while waiting on funds to make a DIY extractor fan and having one build waiting for its main coat (Firefly), and another waiting on a primer (Jagdpanther) I took another kit of the shelf of shame, Dragons (or in this case cyberhobby's Orange Box) Maus.
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