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  1. I've been getting into my newly organized horde of new kits ;)


    But I am excited for this to come up in the queue



    The coolest thing I've found though is that Xacto, after making knife handles for something like 487 years, finally made one with a weight at the END, and a little Lip to keep it from rolling! My feet feel safer already



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  2. Hey, Dave.

    Congrats on that transformation! I would love to do something similar just for paint in my garage. Perhaps you should consider consulting?

    I don't think anyone addressed your question about the metallic IPMS sticker. The only ones I know about are in the IPMS store, and they're a little smaller than what you want, I think.




    Thanks! I actually got my big logo sticker and clock, and I am proudly representing now.

  3. Real nice.

    Question I have is how long is the shelf life of your paint. I would like to have a large supply but worried

    will dry out before I use it



    Hey Steve,


    I only use acrylics, It depends on the pot the manufacturer uses, and how airtight it is. I have some mid-90's Citadel paints in the Ral Partha-type flip-top paint pots that is still fresh. Citadel/Games Workshop makes new paint pots that I swear are designed to dry out and make you buy more. If the pot is sealed from outside air..it can last decades, depending on the rate of evaporation of the medium, the pigment and binder should theoretically last forever if kept sustained in the medium. Most of the Vallejo Game colors I have in the dropper bottles were from a full set I bought back in 2005. I do a lot of product reviews, so I've received a lot of the Badger Minitaire paints gratis from Badger, others I bought over the years. I had to build the shelves to organize all of it that I've accumulated over time.

  4. @Bill- Thanks! I have no idea what that color scheme was about. There were honestly office cubicle walls down here separating that area off, so It was used for some specific purpose. There is a separate Storage room on the other side of the wall as the workbench (left side). I have some steel shelving set up in there, but the Big Wooden wardrobe was fitted with a shelf to hide most of my shame collection ;)


    @tgidcumb - Thanks! I wish I could say I meticulously planned it out, but no, I just built one bench and kept going ;)

  5. So, if you haven't seen the IPMS-USA Facebook page recently, My Wife and I had the fortune of shopping for, and buying a new (to us) home. We've lived here for over a year now, but the bad part of moving is boxing up all your hobby crap. So It sat, until I got sick of looking at this basement

    So, I prime the 75 year old poured concrete walls and wash away the scourge of pastel squares and Gold Sponge Paint over a Victorian Red forever and ever. I start building something adequate to hold all the hobby crap I already had and ended up with this about 3 weeks and minus some folding money later:
    The Whole Skunkwerks

    Scratchbuilder's workbench

    The painting area


    Shelving (with mood lighting)

    I only spray acrylics, So I installed a 30" convertible Range Hood with a 240 CFM motor, framed it up to fit the bench, and installed the wire shelf. This works like a charm keeping air moving, so it will help with drying immensely. I can pipe it outside in the future if I ever decide to start playing with lacquers or other toxic stuff.

    Brush Painting Supplies

    Airbrush supplies

    Right side shelving is a bit deeper.

    These are made from dimensional Poplar wood sold in the millwork section of Lowe's and similar stores. Backing boards are all Luan plywood (apparently birch veneer, but it looks like Red Oak to me) (sold for floor underlayment) Clamping, Pre-drilling and glue are necessary (because it is such a hard wood), but they are easy to make, and are MUCH cheaper in the long run (and prettier iMHO) than the myriad of plastic and laser-cut MDF stuff on the market today.
    Air Compressor Shelf

    Anyway, the reason for posting (other than showing off) was because, when I first joined IPMS-USA, I got a big metallic sticker of the logo, I had it front and center on my old modeling bench. Where can I get a new one (or BIGGER ONE) to properly represent?

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  6. One trick I've seen is first painting the whole wall white or grey (or your desired mortar color)- then rubbing a painting pad (like the kind you get for painting trim in your house- I suppose a cheap sponge brush could work too) lightly over the brick texture, with your desired overall brick color. If done right, this should leave the lighter mortar color and the pad only picks up on the raised brick texture. Sort of like drybrushing but with more paint.

  7. This is the first time I have experienced a Japanese posable model kit. Mega Man from the old Nintendo video game series. I have built a LOT of plastic models, as we all have, but I have never seen a kit so well engineered. The sprues are a mix of styrene, resin, ABS, and something else. The things just fit..the first snap-tite kit that I've ever seen actually snap-tite ;) - But it will be filled and sanded, and painted eventually.




    This is no glue, no putty, no paint believe it or not.

    The face, the eyes, the hands, etc. all snap in and out with the precision of LEGO.

    I'm not usually a fan of too many Anime characters, but I spent a good amount of my wasted youth swearing at this game ;)


    -This goes to prove you old farts wrong about video games being at fault for the decline in modelling too ;)

  8. Absolutely!- but that is the American version- the movement has soo many facets, some using the British Empire in space even ;) It really gives a modeller a new freedom. I'd highly recommend a couple of books that I picked up on the subject:

    "The Steampunk Bible" by Jeff Vandermeer http://steampunkbible.com/

    "Steampunk, the Art of Victorian Futurism" http://www.amazon.com/Steampunk-The-Art-Victorian-Futurism/dp/1907621032

    And of course, I bought this one based on the review in the IPMS-USA Journal,

    "The Steampunk Modeller" http://web.ipmsusa3.org/content/steampunk-modeller

    I've also pre-ordered the second Volume to be released shortly and bought a subscription to Sci-Fi and Fantasy Modeller (who makes both volumes)

    -yeah..its that good IMHO ;)

  9. Thanks guys! I wasn't sure. The figure torso, arms and head are all from the Warhammer Empire Militia box/sprue, and the legs are from an old 40k Sentinel Pilot. The scale is Heroic or 28mm (roughly 1:64)- I know what you mean about forward-heavy, but most birds in nature have that same look. I was hoping it would look as if it walked like a chicken, but I suppose the old Haloween cotume rule applies eh? "if it needs explanation, it isn't a very good costume"- Oh well, such is the trouble with just scratchbuilding on the fly I suppose ;)

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