Ch-ch-Changes

It’s been a wild ride these past few months in my world.  Finishing up my second-to-last semester in graduate school, plowing through a major project at work, and – of course – making headway on my workbench when I find the time.  With the end of school comes a surge in that freetime, and I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be supplementing my work here on The Museum Modeler with reviews, tutorials, and possibly other work for Complete-Models.com!

Complete Models logo

This site, dedicated to connecting modelers through sharing our work and ideas, is undergoing a re-launch after a server relocation.  They’ve been working to establish connections with manufacturers like Airfix, and I was excited when its site managers sought me out and asked me to become a content contributor for them.  This also neatly solves a problem I’ve been struggling with lately: how to continue with reviews and the sort without deviating too far or too regularly from this site’s intended purpose: a discussion of modeling through the lens of accuracy and historical immediacy.  And so, going forward, I’ll be limiting my review work to the Complete-Models servers and linking back to content here on this blog.  It’s a win-win for all involved, and I hope you’ll tag along as I link away to the wider modeling community.

With that out of the way, here’s a link to my first contribution: a review of Trumpeter’s 1:700 USS Hornet (CV-8) that neatly wraps up the build that has been followed intermittently here on my own page.

I’ll see you soon.  Until then: take care, and happy modeling.

Sprue Cutters’ Union – It’s all in the Details

SCU August 2015

If a modeler adds in a boatload of details but nobody is able to see it, is it really there?

That’s right: it’s time for August’s Sprue Cutters’ Union topic!

This theme is one that is near and dear to my heart.  While I delve deep into aircraft topics and occasionally dabble in armor, my focus and passion is clearly ship-building.  I think that ships, more than any other build category, lend themselves to hyper-detailing en masse.  Sure, you can go crazy on wheel wells or tank interiors, but to me nothing says “time and money-intensive work” more than a 1:700 battleship decked out with individual portholes, cable reels, and/or (heaven forbid!) wood planks.  The level of minutiae that can be crammed into a modern ship kit is exponentially higher than was possible one or two decades ago.  Me?  I love the stuff.  But is there a limit to what we can and should reasonably hope to attain?

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