TIE Striker 1/144


Hobbies, Model Kits

I wasn’t able to take many in progress photos, but I do have some notes associated with the photos of the finished model. I’m torn on the design of this ship. My initial reaction was that it looks like a potato-bat, but it’s grown on me. From certain angles, like the first image below, it definitely gives […]

August 21, 2018

Millennium Falcon 1/350


Hobbies, Model Kits

This is another model from Bandai’s Resistance Vehicle Set which includes two 1/144 T-70 X-Wings along with this 1/350 Falcon from the Last Jedi. Few parts but great detail. I’m really impressed by the pipes which run from the hull into the maintenance pits. The parts were all very clean except for the radar dish, which […]

August 6, 2018

T-70 X-Wing 1/144, “McQuarrie Concept” Markings


Hobbies, Model Kits

This model is part of a Last Jedi Resistance Vehicles boxed set that includes Poe Dameron’s boosted X-Wing, a Blue Squadron T-70 X-Wing and a 1/350 scale Millenium Falcon. Rather than going for the standard Blue Squadron paint job, I wanted to try to something a little different. I’ve seen a number of people create […]

July 29, 2018

X-Wing 1/144


Hobbies, Model Kits

This is the companion to the previously posted Y-Wing. I started the X-Wing with a base coat of Stynylrez Black Primer followed by a coat of Minitaire Skull White which is the next lightest gray in the Minitaire line from Dusty Ground, which is what I used for the Y-Wing. I used a variety of […]

July 22, 2018

Y-Wing 1/144


Hobbies, Model Kits

This is a 1/144 Y-Wing from Bandai’s Star Wars Episode IV, V and VI vehicle range. It came as part of a boxed set with an X-Wing and Y-Wing. The level of detail is remarkable, especially for a model in this small a scale. The kit parts fit together quite snugly without glue and Bandai […]

July 15, 2018

New General Purpose & Minitaire Paint Racks


Hobbies

With the generous use of my brother’s Glowforge, I was able to fabricate three paint racks for my workspace. Two of them are general purpose racks, designed to hold paint bottles from various manufacturers in an upright position for easy identification. The third rack is designed around holding the full set of Badger Minitaire airbrush […]

July 14, 2018

Paint Rack Concept Revision 4


Hobbies

I went back to the drawing board for another design based on what I learned from revisions 1 through 3. The biggest change is that I’m adding two more shelves and reducing the width from 20″ (50cm) to 16″ (40cm). This will allow me to fit three racks side-by-side in my workspace. Revisions 2 and 3 […]

July 9, 2018

Rogue Squadron Snowspeeder Diorama


Hobbies, Miniature Painting

I finally completed the T-47 Airspeeder model from Star Wars Legion, painted up as one of the iconic Rogue Squadron Snowspeeders from the Battle of Hoth. Since this was a gift for my brother’s birthday, I wanted to create a snow-covered diorama base to show off the speeder. This was my first experience with creating […]

July 8, 2018

Paint Rack v1


Hobbies

This is the laser-cut version of the paint rack concept. The Glowforge cut it perfectly and the parts fit snugly enough to be dry-fit but with enough margin to allow them to be glued easily. It was also surprisingly sturdy and the central spine gave good support with the shelves only flexing minimally when loaded […]

July 5, 2018

Paint Rack Concept


Hobbies, Technology

As my collection of paints has grown I’ve purchased a number of paint rack solutions such as Vallejo’s Front Module Paint Stand and Angel Giraldez’s Custom Paint Rack. They are both well constructed out of laser-cut MDF and relatively inexpensive. However, there are a number of things I don’t like about most of the laser-cut […]

July 4, 2018