Camouflage is completed

As you can see this froggie has been busy with RAL paints today… After finishing up the last of the olive green i went on spraying RAL 8017 chocolate brown with a drop or two of red added, again using model master acrylics. After that was done i went over the whole model with a light misting of the original dark yellow using my own mix of revell acrylics. And lastly i have given it a coat of future to facilitate the weathering process. Hope you guys like my freehanded camo

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It’s not easy spraying green….

Disaster almost struck today…

As the weather is turning again and my guilt trip for not doing any modelling got alarmingly bigger i sat down today to get that camo on my tiger sorted.

So i mix up some model master paint… RAL6003 olive green and started spraying. I was happily spraying away for say, half an hour and just about to reach the point where i was satisfied with the result when all of the sudden my compressor decided i needed to stop and go for lunch. It just shut off

Panic! Alarm! Horror! My compressor is toast! And compressors are expensive gear…. I am officially scr*wed….

Flicking the switch did not have the desired result….it even smelled funny and was clearly overheated. So there i sat uttering words unbecoming an amphibian. Still had a dirty airbrush to clean so i went to clean it moping and feeling sorry for myself.

After the cleanup was done i looked up my compressor online to see if there is a fuse i can replace or some cheap fix…..still ill tempered ofcourse. Then my rescue came in the form of my manual reassuring me that what just happened is no cause for alarm.

It shuts off automatically when hot

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Never in history has an amphibian been more happy with a manual…. Next up is the brown color and a camo finished. Stay tuned!

 

Not everyday…

No, i havent done any modelling for over 24 hours now… After an unusual cold first half of the year we are enjoying our first hot days of the year here in my neck of the woods. Far too hot to do any work of any kind.

And it’s actually not that bad of a thing.

So many modellers outthere are connected to forums and blogs and facebook pages and whatnot…. sometimes it is hard not to feel pressure to come with that building log update as soon as possible to keep your viewers/ visitors entertained. 

I am no different from the other guys in that manner but theres a time for modelling and a time to look around you and enjoy the here and now. And thats as philosophical as i want to get today because theres an umbrella drink waiting for me. This blog made me sweat…

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A Blog?? Seriously Kermit??

Yes, a blog…by me, your very own styrene amphibian Kermit

For awhile now i have been giving this serious thought. I am happy posting away at modelling related forums i am connected to but as time goes on i wanted to have more of a personal space where i can showcase my work and be able to show how i achieve my results. At the same time it enables me to attempt to help my community out with some advice and techniques i picked up, and am still picking up on a daily basis.

In no way should i be considered an “expert” or portray myself as a modeller who has seen, tried and done it all. Quite on the contrary i see myself more as “beginner plus” if you will. Through trial and error i managed to make some of the basic techniques my own and i have had a chance to get familiar with various disciplines within the hobby such as aircraft, armor, ships and even some diorama’s. I still screw up occasionally on an epic scale so that makes me just another modeller outthere just like all you guys sitting behind your kitchen table, bench or in your garages or walk in closets.

I truly believe in the “KISS” method, translated as: “Keep It Simple Stupid”. I am really noticing a tendency within the hobby of reasonably new to the scene modellers who think it’s crucial for a good looking model to have all sorts of extra’s like Photo etched metal, resin and you name it crammed into it. While i am not against the use of such items i do strongly believe that it is in no way neccessary.

With a strong arsenal of basic painting and weathering techniques using simple and easy to find tools you should be easily transforming your cheap and basic model into a stunning looking piece of work that will blow a poorly painted model filled with all kinds of aftermarket goodies straight out of the water.

In direct relation to this is my strong aversion to the kind of modeller that is often referred to as “rivet counter”. Such people who admittedly often have great knowledge on a given subject nevertheless totally miss the true meaning of the hobby: Having fun. 

This should be the first and biggest drive of any modeller in my opinion. Once you spend a whole lot of time arguing about the correct location of a bolt on a model and away from the bench you are taking away from the true meaning of the hobby. On a lesser scale (pun intended) i hope this blog will help to convey these views on top of helping newcomers with basic skills.

Anybody visiting my blog: welcome! Feel free to look around and feel even more free to share your thoughts and opinions as they are most welcome from anybody. As time progresses i will be posting more and more content so stop by now and then and enjoy what i hope will be a welcoming and accessible modeling resource for everybody interested in the hobby

Richard Jongepier a.k.a.  Kermit