Not bad, just rusty

“Charging 300… CLEAR!”

On the off chance someone is reading this, welcome to this tiny parking bay on the internet reserved for me, “Rusty Robot”. I don’t park here often, but it’s nice to know I can when I want to. I wish this hobby didn’t flutter in and out of my life as it does, but my […]

by RR on October 21, 2019, filed: scratch & bash

How to make finescale: Sach Windows

Making scale windows from scratch is a task that even the most enthusiastic modellers loath – especially when you have to build a bunch of them. It’s fiddly, long and requires lots of precision. Making windows in a jig, then, transforms the process into an enjoyable one.  Here’s mine: This is all based on Ken […]

by RR on February 4, 2017, filed: How to's, OUT OF HOURS (wip)

How to make finescale: Radiators

Part of the diorama focuses around an open fire escape, in which a main character stands, so I know I have to build and populate part of a corridor that leads to said door. There will be two details, a fire extinguisher and a radiator. The latter of which I’m scratchbuilding. I built it with […]

by RR on January 8, 2017, filed: How to's, OUT OF HOURS (wip)

How to make finescale: Ducting

I’ve started on many details of “Closing Time” already, putting the cart somewhat before the horse. I say that because I’m still skirting around constructing the buildings for the alley itself. I’m still working out various plans of where things will go and how… so it’s fruitless building major components if things are only going […]

by RR on January 5, 2017, filed: How to's, OUT OF HOURS (wip)

How to Photograph Dioramas

With the recent completion of my third diorama, “Who Goes There?” one of the more consistent comments in feedback was about the photography and how it pulled people into the diorama, “kicking it up a notch”. So it got me thinking about making a blog post about it. The following is mostly in regard to […]

by RR on June 24, 2014, filed: How to's

Airbrush Now

This post will probably have no *single* meaning. Glean from it what you can. I’ve tried to help by putting important stuff in bold. There are many airbrush for beginner videos available. There are many forum posts about it, too. Deciding on an airbrush can be tricky and expensive, so understandably you want to make the right […]

by RR on June 11, 2014, filed: Ramblings

Review: Stories in Miniature (book)

I was fortunate to stumble across the IndieGoGo page to get this book off the ground but unfortunate in that I was a year too late. Luckily, The Cursed Monkeys deemed it worthwhile to do one more run of the book. So I jumped at the chance. Upon first impressions the book has been made […]

by RR on May 28, 2014, filed: Reviews

The two hardest parts of the hobby

I thought I’d write this little post, whilst I’m waiting for things to dry. The first of which is, ironically enough, about that very thing. Waiting. For me, it truly is one of the hardest parts of the hobby. May sound silly to some, but oh my God the waiting… but it’s so important, especially when […]

by RR on May 23, 2014, filed: Ramblings

How to make finescale: Crushable coke cans

For my diorama I am still making, “I Am Two Bullets”, the two-man sniper team are sipping on a couple Cokes. I decided, after the initial dry test, that it would be nice to have one of the cans to be crushed and discarded. Given that the one I already have is resin, I knew […]

by RR on May 10, 2014, filed: How to's

Review: GSI’s Tentacle Maker V2

Review: GSI’s Tentacle Maker V2 There’s always lump in my throat when I’m mixing green stuff. Not in a romantic way; the opposite, actually. I demand so much from myself that I’m almost always dissapointed. Especially with sculpting. But it’s a journey, right? Anyway, any tool that takes away some of that inherent GS pressure […]

by RR on May 2, 2014, filed: Reviews

Review: Technicqll Superglue (has a brush!)

This is going to be short and sweet because, well… it’s still just superglue. BuyPainted over on YouTube uses this glue, in fact it’s through him that I found it. What separates this glue from the rest then? (no pun intended) Well, for me, it’s the brush. You don’t see many superglues with one – and you […]

by RR on , filed: Reviews

Review: Flory sanding sponges (triple pack)

Earlier this week I discovered a set of tools that have changed the way I approach and tackle any given model. Yes, they have become that important. Ever had that issue where you’ve filed something and been satisfied, yet when you prime it reveals a still rough surface? Well, it’s happened to me. And I’ve found […]

by RR on May 1, 2014, filed: Reviews

How to make finescale: Corrugated steel

One of the many design obstacles (which are great as they breed creativity) was creating some corrugated steel sheeting to line the trench walls. There is plenty of corrugated Evergreen and Plastruct styrene out there that you can buy – and I was ready to, despite it being, as always, ridiculously expensive in most places. […]

by RR on April 18, 2014, filed: How to's

Helluva long break

A recent change in job and home has meant a helluva long break in spending any time in the hobby in the past eight months. For a time I was wondering if I would ever get back into it at all… but then I saw all my (rather expensive!) equipment just gathering dust in the […]

by RR on January 5, 2013, filed: scratch & bash

Review: Schellert Tool

So, when I was searching some forums late at night I came across a post where someone had fashioned their own sculpting tool. The handle and the tool itself had been hand made. I wanted one. The article credited the design to a guy named Gene VanHorne. I googled the name but didn’t come up […]

by RR on January 30, 2012, filed: Reviews