June 23, 2017

FRIDAY'S WITH FARLEY: Another Dose of Useless Tidbits

The Good Stuff...
Recent Treasures...
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 I recently picked up this wonderful little personal effect at a local militaria show. It is a rosary used by three generations of soldiers. It was originally purchased by James E. Noian Sr. and carried by him throughout world War I. His son James E. Noian Jr. carried during World War II and the Korean War and his son Lawrence J. Noian carried it during the Vietnam War.






• Socialized...
On You Tube...
View the recently unearthed first ever educational and safety film for building and painting miniatures! Hidden for decades before finding its way into the public domain, this film was made in 1949 by Coronet Films. This short film follows the adventure of little Billy as he learns the do's and don't of painting his very first Space Marine.
This actually leads to the the most excellent Doctor Faust's Painting Clinic You Tube channel.  It is jammed packed with fantastic Reviews, Modeling & Miniature Tips, Tricks & Techniques. Dry brushing, Painting Flesh, Painting horses, Sc-Fi, Historical Miniatures and ton's more. It's all here in one place with great camera work, more information then your brain can handle and a sense of humor to boot make this a Must Subscribe site for modelers. My favorite? The Beginner's Guide To Building Plastic Models Hundreds of dollars worth of tools, kits, photo etch, paints, pigments, etc. can intimidate those just entering the modeling hobby. Have no fear! Start right here! No frills. No fancy techniques. No expensive equipment. Just the very basics to get you started building plastic model kits.

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For over 20 years Doctor Faust's Painting Clinic has been on the web helping countless numbers of people enter the wonderful world of painting miniatures and building model kits. For the past 5 years I have produced over 400 tutorial videos on Youtube covering topics ranging from basic painting techniques to model lighting to building replica movie props. I would like to continue to do this for another 20 years, but the costs and time spent working on weekly videos has become increasing difficult. That's where you come in.

...and don't forget to visit the Doctor Faust's Painting Clinic Blog and go over and like their Facebook page too! You can even support their Clinic via Patreon for as little as $1.00 a month. Pledge $2 and get exclusive content. A bargain if there ever was one!

• Quick Tip...
From Armand P. Bayardi...
Here is a simple technique for Basic Woodgrain Texturing
Over the years I’ve done a lot of woodgrain texturing for my master patterns. The technique that I use works on plastic and resin. It requires one tool – a Number 11 X-Acto blade.
- The key to this process is the tip of the blade.  It should not be snapped off as so often happens.  If the tip breaks, replace it.
- When I texture I use a “four sweep” technique.  The tip of the blade is always at a right angle to its cutting edge.  It is held at an angle of about 45 degrees to the workpiece.
- The first “sweep” is done by scraping right to left at a slight angle to the length of the workpiece. There is no need to try to scrape the entire length in one “sweep” – a series of shorter scrapes works just fine.  The second “sweep” is in the same direction at an obtuse angle to the first.  Turn the workpiece around and repeat the process – four sweeps.  Any “fuzzies” can be either 600 grit emery paper or 0000 steel wool.
- The tendency is to over-texture on any given “sweep”.  Don’t overdo it.  Practice on some scrap pieces until you get the feel.
 This technique works for me; it might for you.
• Built...
1/72nd Scale Dioramas...
• Quoted ...
 Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
Jules de Gaultier
• Benched...
SneaK PeeKs...

• The Parting Shot ...
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