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WrightCon 2015 Results now available online (with pics!)

Congratulations to all the winners at WrightCon 2015! Please check out the results page, which includes a picture of each winning model. Putting together the show took a tremendous effort. Thanks to all!


WrightCon introduces on-line, paperless registration

I am pleased to announce that on-line registration is now open for WrightCon 2015!  On-line registration is paperless and fast. You just create an account at wrightcon.com and type in your personal information and information about all of your models. You won't have to deal with downloading and printing PDF files, the printed forms will be waiting for you at the door! There is no charge to register on-line, but the regular registration fee still applies. You can choose to pay your registration fee at the door or on-line.

Scratch-building Rounded Rivets

This is just a quick overview of a technique I used to add rounded rivets to my Stephenson's Rocket. The Rocket is an early steam engine from 1829. I am building this kit as part of an online group build called Iron Rails. The Minicraft kit leaves much to be desired and will require a lot of work to fix sink marks and excess flash.

Weathering with art supplies part 2, more oils

Following part one in my weathering with art supplies, I continue with more uses for oil paints. In part 2, I'll cover streaking effects, dusting, and fading/shading.

Weathering with art supplies part 1: oil paints

Oil paints are easily the most versatile tool I have for weathering models. There is almost nothing that can't be done with them; Mike Rinaldi says so! Textured dirt/mud is about the only thing I can think of that oil paints can't do.

Weathering with art supplies: Introduction

This is the first part in a series of posts that will detail how I use art supplies when I weather my models. I'll discuss, in detail, which ones I use, how I use them, and why. This series follows a "demo" I did at our most recent club meeting. It turned out that I felt I didn't get enough opportunity to go into detail on everything I do with weathering. So I write this series so I can fill in the gaps of my live demo. In this series, I will detail how I use oil paint, pastels, and various other things.

Quick tip: Extend the shelf life of Tamiya paints

Tamiya's acrylic paints are usually my first choice when it comes to painting a model. Not only do they airbrush well, but their jars are good quality as well. Have you noticed how Tamiya jars are different from other acrylics in a jar? Their lids are different, and these lids require slightly different treatment. But don't worry, with one simple change in  how you handle the lids, you 1) will improve the jar's seal, 2) will clean the lid less often (if ever), 3) won't spend a penny, 4) will extend the life of your Tamiya (and other brands with similar lids) paint.

WFSM adds RSS Feed to website

As you may or may not know, Wright Field Scale Modelers recently re-launched their website on a new platform. I am pleased to announce that our site had added a new feature: an RSS feed.  If you are not familiar with RSS, it

My rusty pickup

I recently finished this rusty pickup. I started it when I was in college but it became a shelf queen. WFSM did a shelf queen group build and contest. I didn't finish it in time for the contest, but it is finished. I'll describe the techniques below the pictures, but I don't have any WIP pictures. This is AMT/ERTL's 1950 Chevy Pick Up kit in 1/25 scale. I was inspired to finish this as a beater by my neighbor, who has a 1970s chevy pickup that is sitting in his driveway.

WFSM Launches New Site

WFSM is pleased to announced that its website has been revamped.  While it may not look very different from the original, many new features have been added to make it easier to update and add new content.  The site has moved from static html files to a Content Management System, which will allow the site administrators to manage the site through a web interface (without having to install special software). This will also allow WFSM members to post their own content through the same web interface.