For the past couple of years, I’ve been submitting How To modeling articles to Hobbizine. This simple, no-nonsense website is a great place to look for tips on all kinds of crafting and collecting.
If you poke around over there, you’ll find more of my articles but here are a few of my latest.
The key to an effective scene is composition. This step is definitely worth spending some time with; don’t settle for good enough, remember the audience that needs to interpret your story. After spending countless hours perfecting your model, you want the base & scene to compliment your hard work.
The one drawback to LEDs is that they tend to be very “focused”, which is fine, if that’s what you’re looking for. However, sometimes we are looking for a broad light effect, such as a passenger cabin, flight deck, observation cabins etc. There are several tricks to getting a broadened light effect, one is to set the LED back a bit, and/or add a piece of 1/16th or 1/8th thick piece of diffused clear plastic sheet in front of the LED.
Enamels were the standard for many years in modeling, and do work well, especially with stronger solvents such as turpentine or lacquer thinner. The main drawback is they go on rather thick and can take up to two days to thoroughly dry before weathering.
A smooth surface to model over such as a piece of short pile carpet or Masonite will save you a lot of frustration when trying to find those small parts accidentally dropped during your modeling sessions. It’s hard to eliminate this problem altogether, but taking a few minutes to organize your area will help.