May 05, 2017

FRIDAY'S WITH FARLEY: Another Dose of Useless Tidbits for Cinco de Mayo

• The Good Stuff...

The Anthem Veterans Memorial, located in Anthem, Arizona, is a monument dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of the United States armed forces. The pillar provides a place of honor and reflection for veterans, their family and friends, and those who want to show their respects to those service men and women who have and continue to courageously serve the United States.

The memorial was designed by Anthem resident Renee Palmer-Jones. The five marble pillars represent the five branches of the United States military. They are staggered in size (from 17 feet
to 6 feet) and ordered in accordance with the Department of Defense prescribed precedence, ranging from the United States Army, the United States Marine Corps, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard.

Additionally, the brick pavers within the Circle of Honor are inscribed with the names of over 750 U.S. servicemen and women, symbolizing the ‘support’ for the Armed Forces. The pavers are red, the pillars are white, and the sky is blue to represent America’s flag. The circle represents an unbreakable border. Anthem resident and chief engineer, Jim Martin was responsible for aligning the memorial accurately with the sun.

Once a year at 11:11 am the sun shines perfectly on this Memorial. At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.

• The Good Cause...
Models for Heroes
I’m Malcolm and I started Models for Heroes in early 2017.   After seeing an advert for Models For Troops and their work I wanted to get involved.  Models for Troops donates kits and materials to US troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I thought that this was an amazing idea being a keen scale model maker myself - I wanted to find the UK's charity.  I looked but couldn't find an I'm starting one. 

The act of following instructions and relaxing quietly while scale modelling can produce a meditative state.  It encourages focus, patience and fine motor skills.  The model itself may evoke positive past memories of childhood hobbies.  

Strategies for recognising and communicating memories and the feelings related to them become an important skill in managing PTSD.  Not only that, the hobby has a strong social aspect with many online forums, facebook groups and model shows all open to anyone with an interest in scale modelling
A good cause to get behind. Support the veteran community suffering from PTSD. Jim's Models did a great write up regarding this as well. Visit his site, give it a read but most importantly make a donation!

• Digital Delights...

Figure Painter Magazine # 44

Now Available for Download
From the publisher-
This issue is packed full of some cracking articles, so it’s hard to know where to start. Atonement by Luke Wilson, where he not only brings us a great review of probably the most famous miniature of 2016, but also talks to the people who brought it to us. Terry Cowell talks with Spanish Andrea Miniatures. Davide Rainone has organised a really great painting competition in collaboration with Pegaso Models. We also have a stack of unboxing reviews and some really cool tutorials in this issue including ‘The Purge’ by Peter Müller, which is truly amazing!
Kicking the issue off is an Insight interview with someone I have wanted in our magazine for quite some time, but until recently proved quite elusive. None other than Marike Reimer who produces some truly breath taking miniatures.

STILL THE BEST DEALS ON THE WEB! FPM and Initiative are available as a downloaded PDFs for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre's. The magazine has details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials! Initiative magazine is a new digital publication focusing on boardgames, RPG's and Skirmish and War-games and the miniature figures that accompany them.

The sixth issue of digital magazine Blitzscales is ready to download, with a good number of armour modelling articles.
The contents of this issue are:
- Building and painting MIniart T-54-2
- ICM Horch 108, weathering instructions
- FV215, painting step by step Amusing Hobby's model
- Tip, drybrushing with acrylics
- Tip, snow
- Nagmachon, showing the TMD kit
- 24s of the Fla. Btl. 614, a nice scene with a rail car and a Flakpanzer I
- D-day Omaha beach base
The magazine comes also with two printable bases for models, one for IDF vehicles and the other one for Allied D-Day vehicles.
It can be freely downloaded from the website

• Built...

• Best Use of Photoshop...

• Best Use of Our Water Products...

• Benched!

Facebook page & website of World in Scale
Fantastic website & Facebook page out for Germany featuring a wealth of information for modelers of all genres. A key feature is the amazing Step-by-steps and the stunning photography through out the site. You'll have to run it through Google translate but it is well worth a visit.
World in Scale...."Are you searching for scale modelling? Here you will find it! Detailed step by steps, tips and tricks, huge gallerys and lot of historical background information.

• The Parting Shot!

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