“The Gathering Storm” is copyrighted by Bill Wolfe and is used with his permission.
How’s this for a revised motto:
Hub Hobby – Where every day is Wednesday
March 30, 2020
The Governor of Louisiana has mandated that April will have 30 Wednesdays in it this year.
Hope to see y’all May 1 (unless that month also has an abundance of Wednesdays!)
In the meantime, we can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 22, 2020
Remember: we all survived Katrina – and that was without electricity and living in soggy houses.
Now y’all know why our motto is “You can never have too many unbuilt models in your closet!”
April 3, 2020
By Claude Zeringue
I’m currently building the King Tiger with interior from Takom and you might say that I was shell shocked! It has a full interior, including the ammo for the main gun, which is unfortunately molded in the racks as one-piece layers.
I had to get creative, so I first removed, trimmed, and sanded the parts before painting them Flat Black. I then masked over the shell surfaces with Tamiya tape, leaving the rack members exposed. I painted those white, and then painted the warheads and fuses on the projectiles Olive or Gloss Black.
The casings were polished with Uschi Van Der Rossen Iron powder and SnJ Spray Metal gold powder. Finally, the masks were removed and the photo etch baseplates were added to the ends of each round – 68 of them!
March 13, 2020
by Brian Cavet
Tamiya’s kit of the T-55 is a real gem, no surprise there! I can honestly say this is their finest kit yet (till the next release anyway)! The only thing I added was a set of Friul Model metal tracks.
To me the only area that needs extra attention are the external fuel tanks. I added the fuel lines that run from tank to tank and then into the hull. Not a hard job and it really adds to the kit.
One other thing I did was make weld seams on all those extra bits added to the turret. I did this with Tamiya extra thin cement. Brush it on then use a small pointed instrument like a panel-scriber or even a small flat head screwdriver to replicate the welds. Its takes some time to do but the pay-off looks good.
I tried a few different colors for the hull color and finally settled for Tamiya Japanese army green (XF13). It just looked right to me so I used it. I washed and drybrushed it in the usual way, then added a dusty look to the lower half. I did this by using a very thin wash,70-80% thinner, of a light gray and tan mixture sprayed through an airbrush at a low 20-25psi. Done in layers, going heavier on the bottom progressively getting lighter as I neared the top (about 10-12 passes with the airbrush gradually applying only 3-4 passes on the upper surface.)
It only took me about 30 hours to complete the kit including the tracks. There were no tricky parts and I recommend it for all but beginners.
“”Quarter Light” is copyrighted by William Wolfe and is used with his permission
New Orleans, Louisiana