June 30, 2017

FRIDAY'S WITH FARLEY: Tool up for...Another Dose of Useless Tidbits

There are some modeling tools/supplies that definitely seem like frivolities. The sort of things you would buy and have on your workbench were you loaded, or if you just had to have every single tool made by a certain manufacturer regardless of if they were useful or not. Well, luckily for you (I may not be loaded, but that hasn’t stopped me from buying every single piece of modeling equipment I could ever get my hands on), so here is a list of a few tools that may seem unnecessary but will actually make your work a whole heck of a lot easier! In no particular order I give you “Farley's List of Things That Might Seem Unnecessary But Are Actually Very Useful”...
1. Tamiya’s Paint Stirrers (ref.74017)
You get two of these stainless steel sticks per pack—and I started the list with these because this (for me) was the first type of “should I buy it?” tools that ended up being invaluable to my model-making. And I’m sure that just like me, you’re thinking, “Um, I have these things called toothpicks. You know, you buy them by the truckload for about $4.50, so… why would I possibly need expensive metal toothpicks?”

Well, first off, these are not toothpick shaped. One end is a sort of small spatula shape, and the other end is a tiny little concaved scoop, and especially once you’ve leveled up to using airbrushes in your work, you will appreciate having that tiny little concave end, where you can just add two or three drops of paint instead of (always) accidentally pouring more than half of your already miniscule ¼ oz. (or less) bottle of paint that you waited for weeks to arrive from Japan just to have the right color and then you spilled it all into your mixing cup that–uh-oh—had a few drops of satin black still floating in it, and now you’re stuck with a whole airbrush cup of an unusable color… all because you weren’t able to divvy out a few drops as needed like you’d be able to if you had that perfect little spoon end of these wonderful stirrers! And of course there’s the flat stirring end which works SO much better than a toothpick ever could, you will seriously be wondering why you went so long without picking up this set of stirrers (designate one for enamels and one for acrylics) AWESOME! And, if you care about the environment at all, then you can pat yourself on the back for not throwing out 50 toothpicks for every one jar of paint you have to stir, and if I learned anything from watching Tiny Toons when I was in the 3rd grade, it’s that it takes one tree to make each toothpick, so think of how many forests you’re saving!
 2. Tamiya Electric Handy Drill (ref.74041) – This little AA battery powered drill is a life saver! I’ve probably spent a few days worth of hours using pin-vises until my fingertips were rubbed raw, just trying to hollow out some gun barrels. Then I got a Dremel and—Oops! I just disappeared whatever it was I working on because I cranked the speed up just too high, and now the barrel of my tank needs to look like a sawed-off shotgun… somehow.
This little hand drill (that you get to put together yourself! I found this very fun by the way) is the Goldilocks of drills, just enough torque to get those tiny jobs done in a flash, but not so much that you end up with a puddle of melted plastic of what used to be a kit.

3. The Glue Looper (ref.CVD-101) – If the superglued areas of your models look like a second graders macaroni diorama, then you need these trusty little helpers. Precision super-gluing that cleans up easy and finally lets you see what photo-etch is supposed to look like. I tried using bent paper clips, but let the pros handle things like this, that’s why they became engineers in the first place, to help us become better modelers! 

By the way...need a a Looper for thick glues?" Well...it's called the Thick Looper v3. The v3 works like a quill pen. Using a proprietary loading technique, it draws a .015" line of glue placing it where you want it to go. My kits and my fingers have never been happier or looked better!

4. The Small Shop Hold and Fold Photo Etch Tool (ref.SMS-003Speaking of photo-etch, if you were having trouble like I was (throwing models out the window when the photo-etch went wrong) then maybe you need some help… well, lots of help. But what you don’t spend on therapy you can use to get yourself some excellent tools so that the photo etch on your models ends up looking how it should. And once you start to get the photo etch right, you will really start to feel like you are becoming a master, and your models will show every bit of that extra effort.  
5. Squadron Precision Putty Applicator (ref.10205) – Once again, I can hear you thinking it, “But that’s what toothpicks are for!” Oh man, once you get one of these babies then puttying—well, it still might be the worst part of building the model, but I guarantee that it will be at least 50% less hateful than it used to be! And this Squadron one is really the best one that I’ve tried, especially if you just want one good all-purpose putty applicator. Of course there are sets with many differently shaped applicator blades that work wonders as well, but if you just want one and to keep your workbench nice and clutter free, then this is the best one if you are just going to have one!

6. Paragrafix Modeling Hold & Place Pencil (ref.PGX-2) – I wake up some days with four thumbs which is not conducive to working with small parts on a kit as they tend to end up just about anywhere and everywhere. Enter the Hold & Place wax pencil. Spot the part and grab it with this little wonder and get right back in the game. As an added bonus it easily holds and places small parts when gluing. Into small scale figures? The Hold & Place is perfect for painting. Assembling those teeny, tiny 28mm mulit-pose kits...This is a godsend! ...and after a day of heavy use and flying parts and you have to do is renew the tip by sharpening with a standard pencil sharpener.

Another simple why didn't I think of that product is the Abrasive Cleaning Disc. A rough hunk of rubber ideal for cleaning out clogged sanding files, sticks, paper, pads and anything else with some grit on it!  Crud on your no. 11? Files gunked up?  Give 'em a rub and they will be good as new and all this cleaning is contributing to longer lasting and more effective abrasives. The cleaning disc can remove resin, metal, wood, plastic, and other medium residue from just about anything on your bench.  Simply rub off excess materials without damaging or dulling the coating of your abrasives and save big bucks by prolonging the life of you modeling tools. True Grit baby!

June 27, 2017

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Mr. Black Publications Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling Series

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MMH-FM19 Scale Model Handbook-Figure Modeling 19

From the publisher-
Welcome to the 19th issue of “Figure Modelling” in Mr Black Publications’ Scale Model Handbook series. So far this is the 23rd book we’ve published, with 19 of our titles covering figure modelling, two on modelling dioramas and a further two of our popular “Modelling The Second World War” specials.

Eight articles from seven well-known artists plus one from a newcomer are featured in this issue, with lots of tips and techniques about modelling miniature figures, busts and vignettes from ancient times to the Second World War. Chosen subjects are covered in detail and illustrated with step-by-step photos and explanatory texts. 
In an eight-page feature with lots of step-by-step photos Toshihiro Sano, one of our regular Japanese contributors, presents a guide to painting The Red Baron, a 200mm bust from Alexandros Models with Tamiya enamels. Following The Red Baron is a very detailed, six-page article from Sergey Popovichenko showing how he painted Pegaso Models’ 54mm Roman Legionary AD 1st century in artists’ oil colours. 

We are pleased to welcome a new contributor - Gunther Sternberg, a well-known miniaturist from Germany who has painted Tommy’s War box arts for many years. He demonstrates how he used Vallejo Model Color acrylics on an Evolution Miniatures’ 1/35 scale, two-figure vignette with of British 8th Army figures in North Africa 1941-43. 
Another very detailed, eight-pages, also on painting with Vallejo Model Color acrylics, comes from Juanma Vergara revealing how he painted “Flankenfeuer Le Bourget 1870” a 120mm bust from Heroes & Villains Miniatures. 

Qianwei Shi presents his painting sequence for Young Miniatures’ 180mm bust of an American tank commander, as portrayed by Brad Pitt in the movie “Fury”, and titled… “Hell on Wheels” - 2nd US Armored Division WWII. Ernesto Reyes Stalhuth strikes back with his impressive painting style for Pegaso Models’ 75mm Francois L’ Olonnais 1634-1671 using Vallejo Model Color Acrylics in a 10-page highly detailed article. Jason Zhou returns with a different, and colourful, fantasy theme depicting a 200mm Dwarf Veteran bust by Raccoon Miniatures, explaining in detail his approach when using different acrylics colours and painting realistic facial features with a full beard.
Juanma Vergara closes Figure Modelling 19 with a WWII SS Panzer Crewman from Evolution Miniatures. He relates how to paint Black and White clothing on 1/35 scale figures using acrylics from Vallejo’s Various Series. 
We hope you enjoy our latest edition! 
Stelios Demiras 

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen “The Red Baron” - 200mm (Alexandros Models 1/9, WW/38, 8 pages)
Roman Legionary 1st Century AD - 54mm (Pegaso Models 1/32, 54-172, 6 pages)
British 8th Army in North Africa 1941-1943 - 50mm (Evolution Miniatures 1/35, EM-35136, 4 pages)
Flankenfeuer Le Bourget 1870 - 120mm (Heroes & Villains Miniatures 1/16, H&V Historic, 8 pages)
“Hell on Wheels” - 2nd US Armored Division WWII - 180mm (Young Miniatures 1/10, YM1852, 2 pages)
Francois L’ Olonnais 1634-1671 - 75mm (Pegaso Models 1/24, 75-040, 10 pages)
Dwarf Veteran - 200mm (Raccoon Miniatures 1/9, RM-WF-01, 4 pages)
SS Panzer Crewman - 50mm (Evolution Miniatures 1/35, EM-35089, 3 pages)
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Scale Model Handbook Figure Modelling No.18
Welcome to the latest and 18th issue of “Figure Modelling” in Mr Black Publications Scale Model Handbook series. This is the 21st book we’ve published. This time offer eight articles from six well-known miniaturists with tips and techniques, information about modelling miniature figures, vignettes and small dioramas, from ancient times up to the Second World War. Most of the articles herein are covered in great detail with lots of step-by-step photos and explanatory texts.
We are pleased to welcome two new contributors to this edition; Qianwei Shi from China who painted the Life Miniatures 200mm bust of Sir Winston Churchill, and Roberto Ramirez Gutierrez who painted the 75mm mounted figure sculpted by Antonio Zapatero Guardini, which covers 10 pages in this book.
  There follows a very detailed, eight-page article from Sergey Popovichenko on Pegaso Models 90mm Thraex gladiator, and another from one of our regular contributors, Mike “The Kiwi” Butler who presents another eight-page feature about painting the Wings Cockpit 54mm figure of German First World War air ace Oswald Boelcke.
  Stelios Neofytidis returns with two articles from the Model Cellar range. Both are First World War themes - a 75mm British “Trench Raider” and a 54mm two-figure vignette based on a historic photo depicting a German pilot and his mechanic.
  Our regular contributor from Japan, Toshihiro Sano painted two subjects using enamels and oils. The first is the 180mm bust of Edward Corringham “Mick” Mannock from Hawk Miniatures that takes up four pages and a further six pages for the Waffen SS AFV Crew 1944-45 No.1 in 1:35 scale from Alpine Miniatures.
We hope you enjoy our latest edition!
Stelios Demiras

Figure Modelling No.18 Contents

4 Roman Gladiator “Thraex” - 90mm
12 Corporal Vicente Manzano, Dragoon Regiment 
“Pavia” Ontígola 1809 - 75mm
22 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill 
1874 - 1965 - 200mm
24 WWI Early War German Ace Oswald Boelcke - 54mm
32 First World War German Airmen - 54mm
36 Waffen SS AFV Crew 1944-45 No.1 - 50mm
42 Edward Corringham “Mick” Mannock, VC, DSO & 
Two Bars, MC & Bar (24th May 1887 - 26th July 1918) - 180mm
46 British Trench Raider - 75mm

Scale Model Handbook Figure Modelling No.17
I'll let Stelios Demiras aka Mr. Black himself tell you about it...
Welcome to Figure Modelling No.17 in the “Scale Model Handbook” series, which is the 20th edition in Mr Black Publications’ modeling books. In No. 17 there are nine articles from seven well-known artists with tips and techniques, plus information about modelling miniature figures, vignettes and small dioramas from Ancient Times up to the Second World War Period. Most of the articles are covered in great detail with lots of step-by-step photos and explanatory texts. We are pleased to welcome a new contributor to this edition, Anson Chen from China, who painted the 180mm Gaius Julius Caesar bust from the Nutsplanet range.

What’s also inside? One very detailed article from Ernesto Reyes Stalhuth - the box art for Stormtrooper’s 90mm “Trooper, 2nd Dragoons, Balaclava, Crimea 1854”, and from Mike “The Kiwi” Butler a Life Miniatures 180mm, New Zealand Battle of Britain Duo. Jason Zhou comes back with an impressive article from the Young Miniatures’ range – a 180mm “Templar Knight” bust. Stelios Neofytidis has been very productive presenting three articles this time. Two are WWI themes - The “Periscope Rifle”, a three-figure Gallipoli vignette in 1:35 scale from Firestorm Models and a 54mm Australian Soldier in Gallipoli from the Tommy’s War range. He also produces a WWII two-figure, 1:35 scale vignette based on the Ardennes campaign using Alpine Miniatures with replacement Hornet heads. Mr Black Studio offers another WWI 54mm action figure from the Tommy’s War range entitled “Mons 1914”. The final article is a small 1:35 scale diorama of “Joachim Peiper in Kharkov”, a combined work from two well-known Japanese artists, Ryota Sakai made the scenic base with a “wedgie” from a Dragon PzKfw III kit and Toshihiro

Figure Modelling No.17 Contents

4 Trooper, 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys), Balaclava, Crimea 1854 - 90mm (Stormtrooper Miniatures SDF90-04) – 10 Pages
14 Gaius Julius Caesar - 180mm (Nutsplanet NP-B016) – 4 Pages
18 “Snow” and “Kiwi”, A New Zealand Battle of Britain Duo - 180mm
(Life Miniatures LM-B009) – 6 Pages
24 Templar Knight - 180mm (Young Miniatures YH1837) – 6 Pages
30 The “Periscope Rifle” - 50mm (Firestorm FS35114) – 7 Pages
37 Gallipoli 1915 - 54mm (Tommy’s War Australian TW54015) – 3 Pages
40 The “Battle of the Bulge” - Ardennes 1944-1945 - 50mm (Alpine Miniatures 35076 & 35096 with Hornet Head Sets, Soldiers Wall SDS030) – 4 Pages
44 Private, 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, Mons 1914 - 54mm (Tommy’s War British TW54002) – 2 Pages
46 Joachim Peiper in Kharkov, 19th February 1943 – 15th March 1943 - 50mm (Dragon 6387 & Alpine Miniatures Set 35201) – 5 Pages

Scale Model Handbook Figure Modelling No.16
I'll let Stelios Demiras himself tell you about it.
Six of the articles are covered in great detail with lots of step-by-step photos helping the reader to follow the different techniques concerning painting, sculpting, converting and making unique scenic bases. We are pleased to welcome a new contributor to this edition, Jason Zhou from China, who painted the 180mm Hannibal Barca bust from the Nutsplanet range.

So, what’s also inside? Two articles from Ernesto Reyes Stalhuth (a Crusader 90mm from Pegaso Models and the box art for Stormtrooper Miniatures Ensign 28th foot at Waterloo in 200mm) and we’ve a sculpting article for a 75mm Viking by Igor Kordyukov with more than 125 step-by-step photos, which was originally released as commercial piece by Irbis Miniatures. A Second World War subject is a 180mm bust of the German tank commander Otto Carius as painted by Juanma Vergara for 51 Studio’s box art. Javier Gonzalez (“Arsies”) concludes his “Rhino” fantasy article (part one dealing with its sculpting and converting was published in Figure Modelling 15) by presenting the unique painting technique he used! The second fantasy theme comes from Adrian Hopwood, a familiar name from his previous astonishing work on Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile (published in Figure Modelling 10) and from more than 20 years as a contributor to Britain’s Military Modelling magazine… It’s a unique approach for “Twitchy Mary” an Andrea Miniatures 54mm product illustrated with a lot of step-by-step photos. Sergey Popovichenko strikes back with an impressive conversion using a well-known Roman figure - a 75mm from Pegaso Models with more than 30 step-by-step photos.

4 Roman Legionary 1st Century A.D. - 75mm(Pegaso Models, 75-018) - 6 pages
10 Knight Hospitaller, 13th Century - 90mm (Pegaso Models, 90-043) - 6 pages
16 “The Descendant of Odin” - 75mm (Irbis Miniatures, IM75-32) - 8 pages
24 Hannibal Barca - 180mm (Nutsplanet, NP-B018) - 4 pages
28 Otto Carius - 180mm (51 Studio, 10001) - 6 pages
34 Ensign 28th Foot at Waterloo - 200mm (Stormtrooper Miniatures, PPST25) - 8 pages
42 Rhino Painting! - 75mm/100mm (Knight Models, KMV004 & KMV014) - 4 pages
46 Twitchy Mary - 54mm (Andrea Miniatures, DN-04) - 5 pages

Scale Model Handbook Special Editions
WWII Special Volume 1
The 18th book in Mr Black Publications’ Scale Model Handbook series is the result of collaboration from some old as well as some new contributors. This is the first book in the series dedicated entirely to creations inspired by those events that took place between the years 1939-1945 known to Western histories as “The Second World War”. Even though wartime themes are numerous, and feature an extended variety of models and figures, especially in 1:35 scale, Mr. Black has managed to present many representative examples catering to the varying interests of our readers. Contributors include: Kaz Tomori, Carl Startin “Carlos Figureart”, Man Jin Kim, Juanma Vergara, Stelios Neofytidis, Ioannis Tsikstiris and Toshihiro Sano.

Contents World War 2

- Deutsches Afrika Korps - North Africa 1942 - 50mm (1/35)
- Rasputitsa! - 50mm (1/35)
- LAH Kharkov 1943 - 50mm (1/35)
- SS Unterscharführer - 75mm (1/24)
- WWII US BAR Gunner - 50mm (1/35)
- Japanese Officer in a Tropical Hell - 75mm (1/24)
- Oberleutnant Georg Briel - DAK - 120mm (1/16)
- On The Edge of No Man’s Land - 180mm (1/10)
- Tripoli, 1941 - The DAK is here! - 50mm (1/35)
- Stalingrad, 1942 - 50mm (1/35)
- German DAK Infantry North Africa WWII - 180mm (1/10)
- Tips For Beginners
- Blitzkrieg - Vorwärts - 50mm (1/35)
- Royal Armoured Corps AFV Crew - 50mm (1/35)
- Battle of Moscow, 1941-1942 - 50mm (1/35)

WWII Special Volume 2
By Man Jin Kim
From the publisher-
Welcome to the latest WWII Special, Vol.2 in the Scale Model Handbook Series from Mr Black Publications Editions. This is the ultimate painting guide by the Korean master figure painter and artist Man Jin Kim showing how to paint miniature figures in German WWII uniforms using acrylic paints.
   Mr Black Publications is proud to bring you this awesome work, first published in the Korean language, with an English text where over 84 pages cover the most important aspects of painting German uniforms in miniature. Field grey, black and white, leather uniform items, camouflage accessories and scenery. Inside are more than 300 photos, and around 280 of them are step-by-step sequences. The first chapter is dedicated to tools and assembly, the second on using acrylic paints and the third is about face painting. The fourth chapter covers painting uniforms, the fifth accessories whereas the sixth looks at scenery. The seventh, and final, chapter presents a gallery of masterly painted figures, busts and vignettes by the author illustrated with really big and sharp photos that reveal even the smallest details of each model subject. Most of these models were painted as box artwork for well-know companies.
    A big thank you must go to the master miniature artist Man Jin Kim for giving us the opportunity to bring his work to English-speaking modellers and sharing his secrets with us. Special thanks must go to Jae Kwon Yoo, who translated the authors Korean text into English and also to Ken Jones, our tireless Text Editor. Our thanks must also go to Alex Vallejo (Vallejo Acrylics), Fernando Vallejo (AK-Interactive), Taesung Harmms (Alpine Miniatures) and Yannis V. Papadopoulos (ETA Diorama Accessories) for their support in this effort.
    We hope you enjoy this, our 22nd book in our Scale Model Handbook Series and, as always, keep up the good modelling work!
Stelios Demiras
Editor / Publisher
6 Chapter I - Tools and Assembly
13   Chapter II - The use of acrylic paints
16   Chapter III - Painting the face
28  Chapter IV - Painting the uniform
58  Chapter V - Painting accessories
62  Chapter VI - Making the groundwork scenery
67  Chapter VII - Gallery

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Scale Model Handbook Diorama Modelling 1
After nine volumes of very impressive Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling titles, Mr Black Publications have released their first Diorama Modeling issue. There are a total of nine dynamic articles spread over 100 pages in A4 format with a beautiful matt laminated card cover. The quality is as with all the Figure Modelling volumes top notch, color reproduction is perfect with sharp images on every page. Stelios Demiras from Mr Black Publications contacted us with a short introduction to his new book. 
From the publisher
Welcome to the first book about modeling dioramas in Mr Black Publications’ series of Scale Model Handbooks. We promised in our first issue that our publications would eventually cover a greater variety of military modellling themes and now our first special issue dedicated to various types of dioramas has come to fruition!

While gathering material for such a special book we soon realized that it wouldn’t be possible to cover everything we wanted to in our standard 52-page format, so a 100-page book became inevitable to provide more coverage and satisfy the requirements of our readers. Different approaches, techniques and step-by-step instructions are covered in more than 400 photographs and associated texts to inspire you, the reader, to make your own creations.

It took us about 18 months of intensive work to gather our material, since we wanted to cover many historical periods, such as Napoleonic, 15th century, WWI, WWII and not forgetting civilian based scenes, as well as considering the many different and popular scales of 1/35 (50mm) and 1/32 (54mm) to the larger 1/24 (75mm) and 1/16 (120mm) scale dioramas, to satisfy our readers’ interests. Our aim was to make this book a necessary and useful handbook for modellers everywhere.

It is with much excitement and satisfaction that we present you with this first book in our new “Diorama Modelling Series” - it’s one in which we are placing great hope towards it being a new and successful regular edition to our series of modelling books!.

 4      Bailén, July 1808 - 54mm (1/32)
20    Back to the Front - 120mm (1/16)
28    US M3 Stuart “Honey” - 50mm (1/35)
40    Die Ostfront 1945 - 120mm (1/16)
60    Conquistadors - 75mm (1/24)
66    “The Cannon” - 50mm (1/35)
72    Kings of the Road - 54mm (1/32)
80    Making Pine Trees - 50mm(1/35) /54mm(1/32)
88    Near Moscow, December 1941 - 50mm(1/35)/ 54mm(1/32)


Antonio Fdez (Piqui) • Jesus Gamarra • Javier Gonzalez (Arsies) • Theodoros Kelesidis • Noel Petroni • Sergey Popovichenko • Costas Rodopoulos Kazufumi Tomori • Alex Varela (Iguazzu) • Dave Youngquist 

Scale Model Handbook Diorama Modelling 2 
I’ll let Stelios Demiras aka Mr. Black himself tell you about it...
Welcome to the second of our diorama modelling books in Mr Black Publications’ series of Scale Model Handbooks. Like the first book we have an extended format to cover a great variety of military modelling themes and various types of dioramas.

This 100-page book offers lots of interesting and prototype material to meet the interests of our readers. Different approaches, techniques and step-by-step instructions are covered in more than 400 photographs and associated texts to inspire you, the reader, towards making your own creations.

It’s taken more that 24 months of intensive work to gather the material herein, since we wanted to cover many historical periods, such as Ancient and Roman times, the 17th century, World War Two, as well as considering the many different and popular modelling scales of 1/35 (50mm) and 1/32 (54mm) to the larger 1/24 (75mm) scale dioramas, to satisfy our readers’ interests. The aim was to make this book a necessary and useful handbook for modellers everywhere.

Christos presents in a most detailed way the construction and painting of the Andrea super kit, “Elephant Down! Zama, 202 BC” with more than 100 step-by-step photos. Christos’ article also provided the subject for our cover! 
A new method of article presentation is, “History You Can Model” by Grigoris Marmatakis, using all of the Pegaso Models’ vignettes and some more converted figures from other kits in the next diorama. This is a really big diorama that was inspired by the Battle of Teutoburg Forest in AD 9, and the Battle that stopped Rome, presenting all the historical data in detail by Stelios Demiras. An astonishing step-by-step sculpting feature by Igor Kordyukov, that was released as a commercial 75mm kit (IM75-17) comprising seven figures by Irbis Miniatures, and inspired by Ilya Repin’s painting, “Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire”, also known as the “Cossacks of Saporog are Drafting a Manifesto” and a masterpiece of Russian art. More than 150 photos are featured - 130 of them are step-by-step!

Sergey Popovichenko created an impressive vignette by combining a scratch-built setting populated with commercial 54mm figures from Tin Berlin. The painting techniques of Sergey combine acrylics and oils taking the best of each medium.
 “Stalingrad, A Fight To The Last” is another super diorama in 1/35 scale from the well-know master modeller Dan Capuano who used 35 figures, most of them updated and converted, with most of the scenery made from scratch! This is Dan’s first article for Mr Black Publications and we hope that more of his superb works will follow. Resting at Karachev is a combined work from two master modellers in their fields… Christos Panagiotopoulos (figures) and Tolis Moustakas (Tank and scenery). A detailed articled on how to create a peaceful Second World War scene using commercial parts and a lots of imagination. Noel Petroni’s work is well known from his many contributions to English language military modelling magazines around the globe, and from his article in our first Diorama Modelling title. This time Noel has a smaller 1/35 scale military diorama, “The Grim Reality of War, Poland 1939” showing how a diorama can arouse strong emotions. Noel scratch builds the two figures therein and uses the Panzer I Ausf A from Tristar, presenting the construction and painting in 58 step-by-step photos.

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FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK #156: TSSD’s US Cavalry Dismounted Casualties

Sure, TSSD’s US Cavalry Dismounted Casualties (from the bagged sets #17) have a certain charm of implied carnage, but in the hands of a true master the gore comes to life, as it were. These 1/32 scale plastic figures are painted and embellished by artist Compton Creel and his best piece of work is one you probably would not see. It’s the flat, underside of the dead Bugler. Deader that dead, both his eyes have been dislodged and it appears that his nose has already been removed as a war prize. Creepy cool and our figure of the week.

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.

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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.
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• 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 ...