Friday, February 15, 2019

New video: What do you do with all your built models?

Yesterday I bought a model that has already been built. It was for sale by a widow, who was getting rid of the scale models her husband had made while he was still alive. It got me thinking about what the hell will happen to all of the models that we build - more specifically, it got me wondering what will happen to all of my built models when I shuffle off?





It's easy enough to sell off your stash of unbuilt model kits if you need to. But getting rid of built models? Not so easy.

The model I bought, a 1/350 Tamiya King George V battleship, is in pretty poor shape. The guy who built it was no master of his craft, but that's what tempted me, I plan to (some day) try to resurrect it, to take the basic structure and improve upon it and make something special. It's a form of recycling - rather than seeing this end up in landfill, which I suspect was the alternative.

Anyway, I'm very interested to hear from you guys as to what you actually do with all your built models, and what you ultimately plan to see happen to them. It's a slightly morbid, but fascinating, aspect to our hobby that I've not really considered before.

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
What do you do with your built scale models?

Cheers,

Dave



Saturday, February 2, 2019

Exclusive video for MOD Squad members - a behind-the-scenes tour of Dave's Model Workshop

I've just released a special behind-the-scenes video touring my workshop area, which is going to be released exclusively for members of The MOD Squad, my supporters on Patreon. So aside from getting a 10% discount at a number of hobby suppliers, you also get some content that will never be released to the general public.


There's no link or embedded video today - the link is only visible to supporters on my Patreon page.


If you're already a member - this is one more small way to say thank you for your support. It helps me to build Dave's Model Workshop into something greater.

If you're not already a member - please consider it. For 3 bucks a month you get a lot of benefits. Here's my Patreon page if you want to check it out in more detail. I want this to be a two way street, if you support me you get tangible benefits in return. Seems only fair to me.


Some Australians in the audience may get the below reference, but for the rest of you: Go on, do yourself a favour. Join The MOD Squad.

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Cheers,

Dave




Friday, February 1, 2019

New video: 1/32 scale Hasegawa Mitsubishi Zero A6M5 - built model showcase

A lot of you have asked for a more detailed view of some of the models I display in my workshop - the older stuff that I didn't film as I made them. So today I've released a video showcasing one of my favourites - the ancient 1/32 Hasegawa kit of the Mitsubishi Zero A6M5. It's a cracker.



1/32 scale Hasegawa Mitsubishi Zero A6M5 - built model showcase


Even though there are some pretty big faults with this build, the Zero remains one of my favourite completed models. Partly this is because I like the Zero aircraft itself - it's a tough little beast and yet it's lines are simple and elegant, it's very Japanese in that way that they can make things utilitarian yet beautiful at the same time.

The second reason I like this build is because it was the first time I ever tried salt chipping to weather the paint job. It was a bit of a watershed moment for me.

It's not my best build ever, there are some glaring problems, but it has a special place in my heart.

Watch the video - I hope you'll like it.

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
1/32 scale Hasegawa Mitsubishi Zero A6M5 - built model showcase

Cheers,

Dave



Friday, January 25, 2019

New video: Scale model figures 'how to' guide - Part 1 Construction and building

In this new multi-part video series I will show you how to build and paint scale model figurines, mostly concentrating on 1/35 military miniatures. The series is mostly aimed at beginners, but I hope there is something of value to more experienced model makers as well.


Scale model figures 'how to' guide - Part 1 Construction and building

In this first part I go step by step through construction: what tools, you'll need, how to clean flash from the mouldings, how to get limbs attached as cleanly as possible, and how to fill the inevitable gaps when they sometimes don't come together as nicely as you'd like.

I'm doing a group of 1/35 German figures at the moment, as part of my ongoing Krupp Protze diorama, and I figured it was a good chance to cover off some basics and really get deep into the detail of model figurines. I know a lot of modellers struggle with figures - they can produce absolutely stunning armour or aircraft, but when it comes tome to prop the machines with people around them for a sense of scale it can be a bit daunting for some.

Like most things in life, it all comes down to practice (as I regularly tell my 6 year old daughter) but there are a couple of hints to take on board and some traps to avoid which do make it a lot easier, and more of a pleasure, to build and paint model figures.

The video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
Scale model figures 'how to' guide - Part 1 Construction and building

Cheers,

Dave


Monday, January 21, 2019

New video: Is it time to upgrade your beginner airbrush? Cheap v intermediate examined.

I've been using the same cheap airbrush for the last ten years. The generic Sparmax DH-103 airbrush and compressor cost me $100 Australian back in 2007, and it has never given me a moment's trouble in all that time. Everything you've seen me produce has been painted with that rig. But I recently decided that it was time for me to upgrade, to lift my game and get a better airbrush.


Don't get me wrong - you can get by for a long time with a cheap beginner airbrush (hell, I did). If you're considering your first foray into airbrushing scale models, I would most definitely recommend you pick up a cheap one to learn on. I promise you, once you try airbrushing you will never go back to only using paintbrushes - I guarantee it.

But there are compromises involved in a cheap airbrush, and eventually you will want to get a better brush. It took me ten years, your results may vary (or you might be less of a tightwad than I am!).

So I got a new, higher-spec airbrush from SprayGunner.com - it's a 0.2mm Mr Hobby Procon Boy FWA Double Action Platinum. It is a bit of an eye opener to me. I can't put it any other way - it is just a lot better than my current cheap airbrush.

If you're interested in picking up one for yourself, here is a link (I get no commission, BTW!) - and even better, if you are a member of The MOD Squad you get a 10% discount. Win / win!


time to upgrade from your beginner airbrush


The full details are in the video below, but the main difference is the control of how precise you spray. For fine work, like say freehand airbrushing 1/72 scale camouflage, it makes a huge difference. Watch the video, you'll see what I mean.

Now I need to think about if I ever want to pull the trigger and buy one of the really expensive airbrushes, like a Badger or Paasche. Those are in the US$200+ range, and I've been told that the results you see in a jump to an expert airbrush is the same as the jump from a beginner's to an intermediate. I'm not ready for that expense yet, but it would be interesting to see. Maybe a future video, who knows?

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
Is it time to upgrade your beginner airbrush?

Cheers,

Dave



Monday, January 14, 2019

I'm back, and 2019 is going to be BIGGER than ever!

I'm back from several weeks' holiday, and it's good to be thinking about model building again! All that time spent lazing in the ocean and on golden beaches, I was missing my solitary indoor nerdy hobby... ;)


I can't believe that 2019 is already two weeks old. And I have some big news to share with you guys.

Please excuse the self portrait, but I couldn't come up with anything better for the video thumbnail...


I'm going to be a full-time modeller next week! Check the video for more info, but it's all very exciting indeed.

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
Welcome to 2019 - lots of big news for the new year!

Cheers,

Dave





Monday, January 7, 2019

Summer beach action

I'm a lucky man. Today I got to belt the Sand Scorcher around a huge, empty beach.

Summer holiday bliss.






Cheers,

Dave

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Hope you're all having a wonderful festive season

Christmas pudding with custard and a cup of tea from my Tamiya mug. It doesn't get much better.





I hope you're all having a wonderful break, with lots of modelling time. I'm going to take a rare week or two off releasing videos, I'm taking a family holiday to the beach for a few weeks, and doing the whole Australian Summer thing.

Back in 2019!

Cheers,

Dave

Friday, December 21, 2018

Special Christmas video for 2018 - making a 1/35 scale gingerbread house

A few weeks back my daughter came home with a festive gingerbread house kit for Christmas. "Excellent", thinks I, "this will be fun. And it's for kids, so it should be easy." In hindsight: Bwahahahahahhahaha!


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Thanks to all of you who have come with me on the ride this year. For me, it's been fun, it's been sometimes hair-raising, and it's always been immensely satisfying building and sharing my work with you all year.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, outstanding Festivus, and all that jazz!

Video is embedded below, but in case that doesn't work here is the link:
Making a scale model Christmas gingerbread house

Cheers,

Dave



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

Cheers,

Dave