HDPE is a notoriously difficult to bond plastic so I decided to test some CA glues to see which works best.I was happy to find that there is a clear winner.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
After twenty eight years I finally own a copy the Japanese reinterpretation of Battletech. I really wanted it for the mecha redesigns created by Studio Nue but it also contains some really beautifully gritty illustrations. I scanned them, did some simple flat colors on them, and then made animated gifs of them. I'll probably do some more in the future and will post them here. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
This Monogram Models Catalog from 1984 is primarily full of boring stuff like race cars and semi-trucks. But there are a few nifty nerd subjects including the brilliant Masters of the Universe models, two kits from the Blue Thunder TV show, and Simon & Simon(?).
The Masters kits have always been of interest to me since they were one of the few model kit/toy crossovers that actually worked with the existing toyline. Masters action figures would actually fit within the completed models and so could be played with like any other vehicle. The missed opportunity that I see comes from the fact that all of these vehicles already existed in the toyline and so didn't need another version that was not made of sturdy plastic or as well detailed. I'm sure it all came down to a licensing agreement but it seems like if you were going to make usable vehicles, you would want to make something that could only be had by building the Monogram kit. Even at fourteen I was perplexed by this.
I was hoping that this catalog would have the GoBots models in it as they were released in 1984 but no dice. So now maybe I need to find a 1985 catalog.
Monday, August 24, 2020
I specifically remember when the Star Blazers kits first showed up at my local game store, The Game Preserve at Glendale, there was a feeding frenzy of buying the first night that they were put on the shelf that almost none of them were left the next day. I'm pretty sure that the manager didn't restock them again under the assumption that they'd never sell that well again.
Friday, July 31, 2020
|These are the bits that inspired this year's contest. You do not need to use these exact bits! Find you own FOOD CONTAINER PLUS SPOON.|
- 3 pictures of the final painted vehicle or building on a neutral background showing the three views that best show the construction and finishing of the entry.
- 1 picture of the unpainted vehicle or building along with a list of what materials were used in the construction. If you don’t remember what a particular bit is don’t put it on the list.
- 1 picture of the final painted vehicle or building set in an environment along with painted miniatures or models of the humans or other creatures associated with your model. This will be a showpiece image and a great chance to really sell your concept. Use of terrain and foliage is expected for this final shot.
EXAMPLE: brian_roe1.jpeg, brian_roe2.jpeg, etc
Limit one entry per person.
Only entries that have not appeared elsewhere will be accepted.
Please wait to post "work in progress" articles until after the winners have been announced.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
I hope that this gives you a good nostalgia buzz and that you find something cool and new.