Friday, December 14, 2018

New video: My fails, bloopers and stuff-ups of 2018

It's getting near the end of the year, so I thought I'd share with you the multitude of fails, stuff-ups and bloopers while I was filming in 2018.

A warning: it's chock full of explicit language, so if that offends you probably best to step away from the screen now...

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
Scale model video fails, bloopers and stuff-ups for 2018



Sunday, December 9, 2018

New video: How to add a blue tone to Panzer grey

I've been busy working more on my Tamiya Krupp Protze - this week I've been trying to fix a problem in the paint on some side boards, and I've also been playing around with adding a blue tint to the German Grey colour.

How to add blue tone to Panzer grey on your scale model armor

In this video there are some wins, and some losses.

But I did work out a new way to add a blueish tone. It's not revolutionary, it's really just a tweaked half filter / half dot filter technique (I've covered these in a previous video). But it's definitely something I hadn't previously done, and it's rather satisfying!

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
How to add blue tone to Panzer Grey



Saturday, December 1, 2018

The winner of our SprayGunner competition is...

Congratulations Larry Mavrinac!

I'll get your SprayGunner giveaway package in the post to you this week.

A big thank you to everyone who entered. There will be more giveaways soon, I promise.



Friday, November 30, 2018

New project - a diorama based on the Tamiya Krupp Protze

I've pulled the trigger and started my next modelling project: a diorama based around the venerable Tamiya Krupp Protze light truck.

Although this box and the cargo and sitting figures are from a 2011 issue, the basic kit itself was first released in 1978. Nineteen-freaking-seventyeight. This kit is forty years old.

Tamiya Krupp Protze 1/35 scale light truck scale model

I first built the Krupp Protze around 1985-1986, when I was a teenager, and I remember doing an absolutely terrible job on it. The suspension is rather over-complicated (not sure if that is Tamiya's faithful reproduction of German over-engineering, or just poor design by Tamiya) and I royally stuffed it up. My final build was pretty much held together by great dried globs of Humbrol cement. I'll pull that monstrosity out from storage and show you it in an upcoming video.

This time around I'm a lot more methodical (and, ahem, about thirty years more experienced) and I'm proud to say I didn't stuff up the suspension. It's still tricky, if you don't pay attention it would still be very, very easy to put the wrong parts in or put the pieces in the wrong way around.

Anyway, it's a blast to build something I remember so well from thirty years ago - I'm excited about my new video, and I hope you guys will enjoy seeing it come to life over the coming weeks and months.

Tamiya Krupp Protze 1/35 scale light truck scale model
Rusting up that gorgeous sloping front bonnet.

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
The next scale model project - Tamiya Krupp Protze diorama



Friday, November 23, 2018

COMPETITION - scale model tools giveaway!

It's been way too long since I did a giveaway - the last was over a year ago - so it's definitely time for one of you to pick up some scale model loot! The good folks at SprayGunner have provided some modelling tools for me to give away, and the competition is now open, from today until midnight on Friday 30th November 2018.


1. Just head to Facebook. Go to SprayGunner's Facebook page and hit "Follow" - link is here.

2. Then head to Dave's Model Workshop on Facebook and comment on my post about this competition to let me know you've entered - link is here.



Once you've commented on my FB page, I will enter your name in a spreadsheet. On 1 December 2018 I will use a random number generator to choose a number, and that person on my spreadsheet will be the winner. I'll then post the goodies to you, wherever you are in the world. (Just in time for Christmas. I feel like Santa Claus.)


I know not everyone is on board with Facebook. I totally, totally get that. Mark Zuckerburg's plan for world domination is officially Sometimes A Bad Thing.

If you don't have a Facebook account, sadly you can't enter this competition. Sorry. But I 100% promise you there will be another competition very, very soon which you will be able to enter purely through this, my website. I guarantee it.

My video explaining it all is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
Competition - scale model tools giveaway!

Good luck!


Friday, November 16, 2018

New video: Final reveal of the 1/32 scale Wingnut Wings Fokker E.IV

I started out my Wingut Wings experience asking: "Are they really worth it?" Having now completed the Fokker E.IV, the big question is: after building my first Wingnut Wings kit, would I buy and build another? The answer is in this video.

Wingnut Wings 1/32 scale model Fokker Eindecker

There's also some (pretty damn rudimentary!) video magic where a blueprint comes to life. I'm rather chuffed with the old-timey look I achieved with this entirely fabricated engineering plan - please don't contact me to tell me the German is incorrect and it actually refers to a plumbing blueprint or plans for a lederhosen-making machine or something! It is entirely made up, although the three-section view of the Fokker itself is correctly drawn.

Wingnut Wings 1/32 scale model Fokker Eindecker
A Fokker model in its natural environment.

I also finally corrected the anhedral problem with the wings. All in all, this was an eye-opening and game-changing build for me.

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
Final reveal of the completed 1/32 scale Wingnut Wings Fokker E.IV



Friday, November 9, 2018

Two new retailers offering discounts to MOD Squad members

I released a video this week announcing two new retailers who have come on board offering 10% off to MOD Squad members. Both SJS Hobbies and SprayGunner are now part of our members-only-discounts program.

It's good to have them on board- check them out and see if there's anything there you need.

SJS Hobbies range can be found here.
SprayGunner's website is here.

New retailers for the 10% discount program.
New retailers for the 10% discount program.

I'm always looking to add extra value for your membership. So, as always, if there are any retailers you'd like to see become part of this program, please get in touch and I'll see what I can arrange.

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
Fixing drooping wings and new retailers for The MOD Squad



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

New video: How to rig a model airplane - easy rigging for scale WW1 aircraft

My latest video shows you the easy way to rig a scale model aircraft. Monoplane, biplane or triplane, this is the easiest solution I have found to instal rigging on WW1 and 1920s planes.

How to rig a model airplane - easy rigging for scale WW1 aircraft

Rigging can be daunting - I'll be honest, I was procrastinating over rigging my Wingnut Wings Fokker, because at first glance it just looks so complicated and difficult. But I promise, with the right materials and a little practice it becomes easier, you find a groove and it becomes a production line. Honest.

Originally I was stressing myself, trying to make overcomplicated turnbuckles and eyelets for my rigging and messing with my own mojo with how difficult it was all going to be. If you want to go down this route, all power to you. But I listened to a podcast with Richard Alexander, the General Manager of Wingnut Wings, and he shared his technique for rigging. It's now my preferred technique, it's a lot easier, and if it's good enough for the GM of WNW, then it's good enough for me.

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
How to rig a model airplane - easy rigging for WW1 aircraft



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Rigging the Wingnut Wings Fokker

I've been working on the rigging of the Fokker. A video is in the pipeline, I promise you, but for now all I can say is: it is fiddly, but worth it!!!!!


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Completed my midnight black Tamiya Hornet

As I may have mentioned, I have been building a Tamiya Hornet RC buggy as a way of procrastinating starting the rigging of the Wingnut Wings Fokker. I'm still waiting on a controller and receiver to arrive in the mail from a Chinese seller on ebay (six weeks and counting...) but apart from that the Hornet is complete.

I've decided to leave it midnight black, and not put all the bright stickers on it. I think it looks much more striking like this. I may revise that idea once it starts to get scratched up once driven, but for now those pristine glossy black panels are just too nice to cover up with gaudy graphics.

It also highlights just how beaten up my Sand Scorcher is now!

I'm particularly happy with how the driver figure turned out.