Model Completed: Air Racer “Thunderbird”

Posted September 2nd, 2018 by Devin and filed in Modeling

This is one of those builds that went rather quickly, in two parts. I did almost all of the initial construction several years ago, then chucked it in a box on a shelf. After using a lot of Draw Decals’ amazing markings for the airliners at Gulliver’s Gate, I was inspired to order their decal set for this airplane. Not a show-stopper, but something that looks good sitting in the display cabinet. It’s nice to have a splash of color every now and then.

Added to the model gallery HERE.

Gulliver’s Gate Work Samples

Posted July 24th, 2018 by Devin and filed in Modeling, Uncategorized

Wonderfest 2018

Posted June 9th, 2018 by Devin and filed in Modeling, Photography, Travel

Wonderfest is a sci-fi and fantasy model show that happens every year, just after Memorial Day, in Louisville, KY. This was my second year in attendance. Once again, the talent on display was amazing and humbling. I’ve posted my photos here:

http://njipms.zenfolio.com/p630515407

I’m already looking forward to next year.

 

2017 IPMS Nationals Photos

Posted August 1st, 2017 by Devin and filed in Modeling, Photography, Travel

I made the trek to Omaha, Nebraska, last week, to attend the 2017 International Plastic Modelers US National Conference. It was the first time in many years that I didn’t compete, but I did see plenty of fantastic work on the contest tables.  I’ve posted my photos here:

http://njipms.zenfolio.com/p610049940

The 2018 show will be in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Model Completed: Battlestar Galactica

Posted May 7th, 2017 by Devin and filed in Modeling

I’ve added a page for the Moebius Models Battlestar Galactica model that I finished a few months ago. Overall a fun build, and I’m really happy with the result. That’s really the only problem with building commissions for others (as this model was): If it turns out really well, then it’s really hard to turn it over at the end of the project.

As with all of the other Battlestar Galactica series ship builds in my gallery, this model now belongs to a private collector. One of these days I’ll build something Battlestar related and actually hold onto the thing.

Photos and such are HERE.

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Gulliver’s Gate

Posted February 20th, 2017 by Devin and filed in Modeling, Whatever

gulliversI recently realized that, other than updating my biography, I hadn’t made official mention on my website of my new job. As of September 2016, I have been working as a model builder at Gulliver’s Gate, a new edutainment attraction opening in Times Square this year. My daily duties involve 3D CAD design, 3D printing, assembly, and painting of models for the exhibits. To say this is my dream job is an understatement. For an idea of what to expect when we open in April, check out the Gulliver’s Gate website.

Model Completed: Ironclad CSS Atlanta

Posted September 19th, 2016 by Devin and filed in Civil War, History, Ironclads and Gunboats, Modeling

title2Here’s another that’s been done for a bit, but is just now getting added to the website. A simple kit, easy build, fun project.

Added to the Model Building page, and can also be reached directly HERE.

Model Completed: Bell Airacobra P-400 “Air A Cutie”

Posted September 11th, 2016 by Devin and filed in Modeling

title2Finished this one up earlier this year. The Eduard kit is one of their earlier ones, yet still went together great. Had some issues along the way, mostly due to outside forces, but now she’s all done. Added to the Model Building page, and directly linked HERE.

Review: IPP Lacquer WWII Navy Hobby Paints

Posted April 5th, 2016 by Devin and filed in Modeling, Review

This is part of a review of a new product line by IPP out of Korea. The original post, as below, that I did on the US Navy colors, and the follow-up review if the IJN colors can be seen HERE on the Modelwarships.com website.

bottlesMatt of Kraken Hobbies sent along some samples of the new lacquer based ship paints from IPP of Korea. The range is mostly made up of USN WWII colors at this point, but does also have some WWII IJN colors, as well as modern colors. The lineup as of now is, per Matt’s ability to order:

IJN: Sasebo Grey, Kure Grey, Linoleum Brown

USN: 20B, 5-O, 5-L, 5-H, 5-S, 5-N, 5-P

Modern USN: Deck Matt, Flight Deck Matt, Freeboard Superstructure Matt

JMSDF: Freeboard Superstructure Matt, Deck Matt

Per Matt, they also offer their own brand of thinner and leveling fluid, which I would recommend. More on why later.

The following paints were tested by myself and IJN expert Dan Kaplan. I’ll comment on the three USN colors, Dan will chime in on this thread with his thoughts on the IJN offerings. Testing was done by spraying the paints on white styrene, unprimed, to match as close as possible the Snyder and Short paint chip cards (hereafter S&S) that both Dan and I possess. Continue Reading »

Model Completed: USS Benson

Posted March 15th, 2016 by Devin and filed in Modeling

2016-03-06 13.31.16I’ve added a new photo feature on the USS Benson, a 1/350th scale model of a destroyer that I finished about a year ago. Yes, I’m behind on these updates.

Photos and information added to the USS Benson page HERE.