Completed – Heavy Freight

The mud sucked at the wagon’s wheels, persistently clawing at its contents.  Argument could be made that the mud had greatest right to the cart’s contents, having until recently laid claim to the bounty it now held.  As dogged, though, was the coach’s driver.  He of the lead and the lash.  He coaxed the pairContinue reading “Completed – Heavy Freight”

The Dogan Part 1

This project is a work in progress, tying together 3D printing, a model kit, and base building.  It is a dark future that takes place in this world or one not too terribly far along the beam as this one.  There are relics of a world gone by strewn across the landscape and not allContinue reading “The Dogan Part 1”

The M113 Part 3

I’m waiting on the Ukrainian postal service to send me the figures that will complete this project.  As a result, this will be the last post for awhile concerning the M113.  I’ll rustle something else up to keep me busy until then.  I’d just gotten the chipping done last you saw the vehicle.  At thisContinue reading “The M113 Part 3”

A Scale of a Tale

Nothing ruins a diorama faster than an out of scale item (except a turpentine spill!).  The immersion is spoiled, and the out of sorts item becomes the focus of the scene.  So, save the poor size estimation for closing time and try this technique for scratch-built scale.  Specifically, I’ll show you how I scaled someContinue reading “A Scale of a Tale”

The M113 Part 2

When we last left, our hot dog-fingered protagonist was trying to super glue tiny metal shavings onto a hunk of plastic.  Did he succeed? What is he doing now?  What’s the next step?  Stay tuned to find out! Most of the photo etch in place, I gave everything a coat of primer through the airbrush. Continue reading “The M113 Part 2”

The M113 and the Never Ending PE

Building model kits going a little too smoothly for you?  Finally decoded all the symbols in the directions?  Honed your build order to the maximum efficiency?  Well, why not try adding a Photo Etch set to your next build!  It is sure to drive you crazy and double the time you spend on your kneesContinue reading “The M113 and the Never Ending PE”

Wood Grain Techniques

Scaled wood grain is a solid way to impart realism into a model or diorama.  You can create convincing wood using a few different materials; not the least of which is real wood.  For this demonstration, I used XPS foam, styrene sheeting, balsa wood, and a molded styrene piece from a kit.  The subject andContinue reading “Wood Grain Techniques”

Interview With a Prop Master

I was browsing Reddit, waiting for glue or paint to dry, and stumbled across this amazing diorama.  If the internet is good for anything, it’s for showing you people that have the same hobbies as you… doing them better!  Another thing it’s good for is bothering strangers!  With that in mind I sent Nick aContinue reading “Interview With a Prop Master”

Review – Sheperd Paine’s “How to Build Dioramas”

My adoring fans often ask me, “What inspires you to build dioramas?” and “Did you remember to turn off the hot wire foam cutter?”.  Well, I always forget to turn off the hot wire foam cutter so let’s discuss what, or rather who, inspires me to build.  Specifically, I get a lot of inspiration fromContinue reading “Review – Sheperd Paine’s “How to Build Dioramas””

Designing and Printing the Fantastic Robo-Jarv Part 2

Support up! Well, I had the first setback.  The body of the robot failed to print.  Looks like there wasn’t enough supports to hold the body to the build plate.  The upside is that the legs printed.  Most slicers let you pick what size supports you want to use; small, medium, or large.  They actContinue reading “Designing and Printing the Fantastic Robo-Jarv Part 2”