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The Bench – May 2018

I was not as productive in May as I would have preferred. I had to travel quite a bit and was generally busy with my actual responsibilities! I still managed to get in a few nights of work. I tried out my new Zero Paints pink primer. I learned a…

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The Bench – April 2018

April was another busy month in my shop! I was able to finish the VW Golf, the ’69 Corvette and the Toyota Corolla TE27. I had finished the Golf, applied the decals and sprayed it in clear last month. This month, I finished all of the detail work and completed…

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The Bench – March 2018

Wow! My idea for reigniting my drive to build worked better than I expected! I quickly hammered through the AMT 2012 Corvette build and made great progress on the Toyota Celica. Having reignited my motivation to build, I pulled out a few of the projects that have been lurking in…

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The Bench – December 2017

No models this month…but that’s ok. In the span of a year, I was able to finish several projects. Some old and some new. The new techniques I’ve learned have also had a very positive impact on the quality of my builds. I’m very grateful for that! Finished this year:…

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The Bench – November 2017

Continuing my momentum into November, I was able to finish the 53 Chevy rework and nearly finish the 68 Vette. Last month, I finished modifying the front suspension and started working on the rear. Once the rear axle and links were complete, I made an exhaust using solder. After everything…

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The Bench – October 2017

I managed to kick it into gear at the end of September and it really shows! I finished the Bug, 79 Camaro and 70 roadrunner. I finished all work on the bug except for the wheels last month. Several months earlier, I experimented with a color combination that I really…

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The Bench – September 2017

Having taken on several projects that were not related to building models, it was a few months before I touched any of my projects. I did mange to wrap up the detail work on the Split Window Bug’s body and finished the Buick GSX. Towards the end of the month,…

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The Bench – June 2017

Progress through June was slower than I would prefer but I did make progress! I finished sanding and polishing the clear-coat on the 70 Roadrunner, 79 Camaro and 69 Corvette. Using my new best friend, the Molotow chrome pen, I was able to make quick work of detailing the bug’s…

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The Bench – May 2017

As summer approached, the time I had to work in my shop dwindled. I still managed to move forward with chassis work in the ’53 Chevy and “hemi” charger. I sprayed clear coat over the decals on the Roadrunner and the Camaro. Not much of an update, but some progress…

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The Bench – April 2017

Through April, I made progress on several kits. I finished the interiors for both the 70 GSX and the 70 Roadrunner. I will continue to sing my praises for the Molotow chrome pen! Using the 1 mm pen to pick out interior detail generates amazing results! With the interior completed,…

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The Bench – March 2017

I managed to find the time to make good progress on a few projects this month. I ordered a set of 1/32 scale slot car tires for the bug. They were wider than I needed but had the correct overall diameter and hole for the wheel. A little trimming took…

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The Bench – February 2017

I had the sad opportunity to purchase a stash of kits at my local Hobbytown USA which closed this month. I worked for this shop, on and off, from 1994-2004. It was a part of my youth and I continued to shop until the end. I was able to purchase several…

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The Bench – January 2017

I had a great sense of satisfaction having completed two long term projects as well by the end of 2016. I had hoped to finish my Buick GSX and Superbird by the end of the year but I realized that there was more to do than I had time. After…

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The Bench – December 2016

December tends to be the time of year when I push to finish projects. I have a “goal” of trying to complete five kits a year. In the past, I’ve rushed through simple builds or going with a rat-rod satin finish that doesn’t require a lot of effort just to…

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The Bench – November 2016

Moving along! Although I didn’t need to start MORE projects last month, doing so reignited my motivation to build. Not only did I make good progress on new projects, I also moved forward with old projects. I even dusted off a very old project that was started some time in 2005!…

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The Bench – April 2016

Motivation and time to work on projects has continued to be slower than I would hope. I still managed to paint the VW bus as well as paint several of the smaller parts on the 70 Superbird. I needed to finish some minor body work on the body of the…

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The Bench – March 2016

March followed the trend of last month. Still reeling from having to strip the VW bus, I continued working on other projects. The 70 Superbird chassis and engine were completed. I dusted off my wildly long term diecast Civic project by grinding off the last of the previous paint attempt…

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The Bench – February 2016

Through February, I started digging into my full scale car hobby and didn’t spend as much time on models. I also ran into a problem where Tamiya spray primer had become scarce. After reading about using JB weld for filler in Scale Auto, I decided to give it a shot.…

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The Bench – January 2016

After bombing the paint on my VW bus in December, I really had a hard time moving forward with anything significant. My intent has been to finish every car that is currently in progress and I’m sticking to it. There are a few that have been sitting for years simply…

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The Bench – December 2015

Having wrapped up a few projects, I started attacking the VW bus. I started that project in 2007 and having figured out how I wanted to paint it, I really wanted to hammer it out. For the most part, the paint work was going well until a mishap to the…

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The Bench – November 2015

I’m happy to say that I’ve been fairly productive this month! I was able to finish the ’65 Corvette and 928 Porsche projects.  I was made progress on the ’68 Corvette. I finished detailing the engine including plug wires as well as set the ride height and attach the suspension. Wrapping…

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The Bench – October 2015

Bringing projects closer to completion always motivates me to work harder! Having finished sanding and polishing the ’65 Vette, S15, WRX and 928, I was able to focus on detail work. Trim was painted, windows painted and installed, as well as headlight and tail lights detailed painted. I also realized…

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The Bench – September 2015

With most of the paint work complete on the WRX, 928, S15 and ’65 Vette, I focused on sanding and polishing. I also continued working on detail parts for most of the active projects. I made a great deal of progress on the 928 bringing it closer to a finished…

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The Bench – July 2015

Knowing that I have limited time to work on projects, I try to plan work that can be completed in short bursts. I will prepare a stash of parts that need to be to be sprayed the same color. It may take me a day or two to have them ready,…

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The Bench – June 2015

After I stripped the paint on the ’70 roadrunner in February, I really lost the drive to work on any projects. Still, I was feeling the draw and finally got back into it at the end of May. I decided to push myself to work on the 928.  I started…

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The Bench – January 2015

The beginning of the year usually follows my push in December to finish projects.  I develop a momentum and try to keep it going as long as I can.  After wrapping up a few reworks in December, I dug back into my long running projects. The 928 and Hemi charger…

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The Bench – 2nd Half of 2014

After July, my progress ground to a halt.  Too many other projects and obligations took priority over building models.  That’s just how things work out sometimes.  Even with the limited time for work, I was able to wrap up a few projects and make some progress on others. I finished up…

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