“Topic Wheel of Doom!”
What’s Mew on my Bench. Friedrich has been getting a little attention lately. Earlier in the week I decided I really needed to move it along by putting on some sort of accents. I sat for about 20 minute one morning and just imagined what I wanted to do – I knew I wanted to use yellow but was in a quandary over how to apply it exactly. Being a Navy veteran I wanted to give a nod to the Blue Angels and it finally came together with the bands on the right arm shield. Yeah, that’s when it finally clicked! After applying the masking tape I thought I’d seal the mask with Tamiya clear gloss to prevent bleeding under the edges. Apparently, I didn’t wait long enough for the clear gloss to cure because as I applied the third light coat of XF-3 I started seeing cracks! I instantly knew what I did wrong and as I prepared a string of explicatives I realized, hey, they look pretty darn cool and perfect for that eventual weathered look. Yup. I did it on purpose. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it 🙂
Plastic Model Mojo Ep76 (11/4/2022). Jumping right into the podcast we find Dave anticipating a “Dark Time” coming up soon, a time between Thanksgiving and New Years when the holiday spirit and related activities tend to curb time at the bench. My plan is to spend at least 15 minutes a day sitting at the bench. If by chance it stretches into longer, well, good! Perhaps, it might be enough to stave off the upcoming modeling darkness.
Mike and Dave are joined again by Panzermeister36, Evan. Beer is featured all around in Modeling Fluids while Listener Mail contains spitting coffee, a neat method for calculation nose weight and a recounting of modeling (urban) legends from the past. The IPMS National update didn’t and the music reference “Feeling No Pain” went over Evan’s head leading to Mike and Dave ribbing him over his age difference. This set off a firestorm of Evan’s Benefits of Youth as they go through What’s on the Bench (twist #1 not having the dubious experience of putting together track links from the 70s) and again twice in the Special Segment as they spun the wheel.
Special Segment. “Spin the Wheel” “Topic Wheel of Doom” “Wheel of Misfortune” consisted of 10 topics on a wheel, spinning the wheel and then talking about that topic. The topics picked were: 1) Makers (manufacturers) they won’t build (twist#2 not having to build kits from the 70s), 2) Tools, 3) Kit prices (twist#3 mocking old modelers from the 70s whining about prices back in the good old days), 4) color (is there a correct color?), 5) large scale (models) and 6) a fav or yawn that got reversed.
While I’ve heard Dave before talk about “value for price” as an esoterica way to look at kit prices, I’m not convinced. When I’m looking at kits, I comfortable with spending up to a certain amount and the higher a price is over that amount, the harder it is to justify my buying it. I think everyone has that inflection point, it just occurs a different places for each person, probably related to their upbringing and current disposable income.
Probably my favorite topic was about the current trend in large scale models. They don’t appeal to me and as mention, I also believe it’s more a niche group that loves the larger size.
Modeling Fluid Wrap Up and Shout Outs round out this episode. My only question here was, the hobby “desperately needed” an Ki-21 Sally? Really Dave? 😉
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