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Modeling ideas, tips and solutions to help you work out your modelling problems.

1/35th scle Iwo Jima Diorama in progress

Iwo Jima, the volcanic island that still smelled like rotten eggs was the subject of one of the worst battles of WW2 that lasted over 5 weeks was the request of a new customer with Hobbies in a Barn. Armed with light weapons until the tanks arri[...]

Advanced Diorama Techniques and Secrets

With the idea of dioramas being the best way to show off your models the 1/35th scale diorama shown here is an advance technique example of how I build to suit custom orders at Hobbies in a Barn. Starting with a theme, this being an anti tank [...]

Battle at the Ruins

I used the theme of Monte Casino for this diorama and with the old Italeri Building ruins and Church ruins I came up with the defenders finding better cover after the bombings of the mountain. The DML figures are from older kits and offered the [...]

Desert Duo

The British SAS and Long Range Groups often worked together as a team and disrupted the DAK in all instances. The diorama suggests a hasty return to friendly territory after such a raid. As with most of my dioramas I use a recycled rubber base t[...]

Liquatex Acrylic Inks

OK I have this friend that is in the club that I am a member of that comes up with many new and wondrous ideas, well since I am new to this hobby its wondrous to me. He was telling us how he uses these acrylic inks for most of his model painting[...]

Weathering with Humbrol pre-mixed washes and powders Much has been written about the revival of Airfix under the new ownership of Hornby. Not nearly as publicised, another venerable brand is getting a makeover under the same ownership: Humbrol. Here's a demonstration v[...]

Hasegawa 1/48th Kawasaki Ki-61 Hein Tony IJAF,PTO,WWII, Part 1 WIP

Due to an unplanned move I have been away from y'all for way to long. Missed quite a few builds along the way. But now that things are slowly getting back to a routine. The workshop is still being set up so I can get back to building bu[...]

Dragon 1/32 Bf110C Nightfighter WIP – No Black paint was used in the commission of this ‘sin’….

This is a WIP of my 1/32 Dragon 110C-7 kit, painted as L1+DH of NJG3, as it was photographed at Benghazi, Libya in 1941, with replacement tail surfaces from a Dayfighter. What makes it "interesting" is that I used no black paint to achieve the [...]

Creative Displays Montage

My first post of this nature was so well received, that I thought I'd share some final shots with you all. Again, these were taken at local, regional and even national shows. Matter of fact, if I recall, that Bronco won best of show at the Nats [...]

Display methods…(added pics)

I have been contemplating new ways to display some of my builds in an innovative and creative manner. These photos are from various venues, including the Nats and local shows. I was struck by their "free-thinking" approach to their entries and [...]