For the next few weeks I’ll be following a different posting schedule. I will follow my daily model building.
Join with me as I walk through a simple build. After the jump, a look at the project and kit.
My passion for modeling comes from my passion for history, not the other way around. On a practical level that only means I would normally rather talk about what I’m building than how I’m doing it. But obviously the modeling is a significant investment of time, so I’m interested enough that I thought it would be fun to walk through my own process for building.
Modelers make a lot of different decisions on how they value detail and quality of their builds, vs their need to see things complete. I think I’m pretty middle of the road in this regard. I don’t spend a lot of time super-detailing or doing extensive improvements or modifications to a base kit; but I will try to do the best I can with what’s in the box. When I’m working full blast I complete a kit in about a month (there’s a lot of variables on kit complexity! I’ll say the range is 3-10 weeks, with 4-5 being average) and I usually work on two kits at a time. So I hope to finish two builds a month, but that often slips a lot. And of course, life often interferes…
For this build I have selected Tamiya’s excellent P-51B Mustang. This is a very simple kit, sometimes called “shake and bake” because the engineering and fit are nearly perfect. But I don’t want to fill a lot of posts with complex engineering and fit problems, I just want to show my basic process. I even just built another of this kit, just to be sure! For the same reason, I’ve chosen the simplest marking scheme imaginable. As far as posting schedule I can only say I typically get the most done Sunday, Monday, Tuesday; a little on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday; and usually nothing on Friday. I hope to post every day I get anything done. (I hope!) If all goes well this will take about three weeks.
A couple notes on supplies and materials. I use Iwata Revolution airbrushes; a CR for most general purpose painting and a BR for fine detail work. This is a recent change for me, but I’m happy with my new tools. I use mostly Model Master Enamel paints; this is an extensive line with a lot of specialized colors that usually lets me start at or near official specs. I like the smooth coverage and opacity I get with enamels, and I mostly stick to the one brand for ease of mixing. I’m a huge fan of Tamiya masking tape. I don’t know what voodoo was involved in making such a perfect product; it is flexible, thin, and has an adhesive that holds exactly when you want it to and releases exactly when you want it to. I also make regular use of a knife (No.11 Pro Edge), Xuron sprue nippers, tweezers (straight and locking), toothpicks, cotton swabs, size 0 paint brushes and sanding sticks (just like the disposable nail files except they say “Squadron” on them. I’m sure I pay extra for that…)