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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mensis horribilis

Mensis horribilis. Actually more like 6 weeks and still not completely done yet.

It all started on the Wednesday after the Spring Show. Since I’m not working any longer, I don’t circulate amongst the public and therefore don’t pick up the normal immunities that almost any schoolkid will have. I knew there was a possibility that I would get struck at the show since it was 10 hours of talking to the crowd, selling, and shaking hands. But this was one of the worst and longest-lasting colds I’ve seen in many many years.

But was that it? I had a bad labwork result that showed fluid buildup around the heart. Is that where the coughing was coming from? Or all the crap being dumped out the back of my sinuses? To make things worse, we got the late spring phenomenon of all these little tufts of plant material (cottonwood?) floating in the air. We all joke that it looks like it is snowing, but the stuff actually forms into drifts when it blows into a curb or house side.

So cold, cardiac event, or seasonal allergies? Whatever it was, it went on for 6 freaking weeks. I felt just awful. The airbrush remained silent, I didn’t even venture into the workbench room, and I didn’t even read much during this interval. Just felt like sleeping or at least laying in a darkened room.

Then, just to provide the cherry on this horrible sundae, my cardiologist decided I might benefit from a discussion with a heart failure specialist inside his practice. Practically the first words out of his mouth were “heart transplant” and how I should get ready for it. I admit to being taken rather aback by this. None of the cardiology team ever mentioned this as a possibility, and I’ve had 3 straight years of “abnormal but stable” echo-cardiograms. It’s a bit like going in for jock itch and being told that the solution is a sex change operation. Time to back this bus up for a minute. I’ve been trying to get my cardiologist’s take on it, but he is not responding to emails. I hope this isn’t another example of one doctor refusing to contradict another one. I’m old enough to remember the first heart transplants. Even after 40+ years of research, it still strikes me as a last resort. Am I overthinking this?

So that why there has been no content for the last 6 weeks. I am feeling a bit better, and have 2 models to write up completion reports for. Plus there are lots of items backing up the paint queue now, mostly waiting on me to finish masking of one type or another. And, of course, I have bought some additional models and stuff (masking, paint, books). When has that ever stopped one of us?

But it has been a pretty depressing 6 weeks. Definitely a visitation from Churchill’s “black dog”. And if one of the greatest and most successful men of the 20th century can suffer from this sort of overwhelming depression, I guess I shouldn’t assume that I am immune. So bear with me as I get my content generation back on the rails and see if I can resolve the potentially rather disastrous health issues.

And on another note entirely. 

Friday, April 19, 2019

2019 IPMS-Seattle Spring Show (pt 5 of 5)

Now for the last group of 1:72 models from the show. Armor, sub, sci-fi, miscellaneous. Remember that if you want to see the entire album of models, the link is:

That's all folks. I'll post stats from the show when I get them. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

2019 IPMS-Seattle Spring Show (pt 4 of 5)

OK, time for some miscellaneous items that caught my eye during my brief tour of the contest tables. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

2019 IPMS-Seattle Spring Show (pt 2 of 5)

Here is another selection of photos of the 1:72 builds at the weekend show. We'll start off with a group of single engined fighters. One note: given that I was a vendor this year, I couldn't take much time away from my table to graze through the entries. It was pretty much snap - sidestep - snap - sidestep - next category. So there are a lot of items where I didn't identify the kit used. The visuals will have to speak for themselves. 

Once again, I'm not sure this year's show scores very highly on the "unusual models" scale, but the work was very high quality. More tomorrow. 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

2019 IPMS-Seattle Spring Show (pt 1 of 5)

Another Seattle show is in the books. It was very crowded. I don't have official attendance or model figures yet, but should get them in the next few days. This was longtime Show Chairman Andrew Birkbeck's last show before he relocates to New Zealand later this year. 

First off, a couple of general crowd shots - and this was in the morning before registration closed. 

Now shots of my two favorites in the show (being a lover of the odd and unusual). An Anigrand C-17 and a Valom Albemarle. 

Tomorrow I'll be back with another group, but we did have something of a similar issue with other shows - too many Bf-109s, P-51s, P-47s, etc. But there were some standouts beyond the herd, which I'll try to showcase as much as possible. 

1:72 armor seemed a bit light this year as well, though I'll have a small selection in part 5. 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Paint session (tires, Eurofighter cockpits, Ms-406)

Amidst the events of this week I was able to spend a few minutes in the garage getting a small paint session completed. Mostly this was just routine smaller items, such as tires for the Tilly truck, the Mc-205 and the Arma Hurricane. But I did get a matte topcoat on the Mc-200, which means it is complete and ready for its writeup.

Also, I found myself with two Eurofighter specials on the boil, and needed to get all the cockpits and interiors painted Dark Admiralty Grey. There are still other Eurofighters in queue (the last two Italian specials from the recent Italeri boxing and the German Ghost Tiger) but they will be waiting until these two are at least mostly completed.

The other color was Dunkelbraun, which I used as the dark brown in French camo schemes. This was applied to the Hasegawa Ms-406. Some seems to have gone on a bit rough (insufficient thinning?) and will need to be evaluated after curing to see if it needs a buff-and-reshoot job.