I recognise that I am nobody. My art is created to suit me, my hobby, life. In fact one of the most, ridiculous things I ever heard was, you need to take a break from the Hobby. A hobby is often the only legal self-medicating procedure this world has. And I partake with fervour, so does my new friend.

Well, I ask Michael Paul Smith to have a chat about what drives his hobby. And what do you know, we found Common Ground.

You can view more of Michaels work here at http://www.visitelginpark.com/

In this episode we show you the free way to make great YouTube thumbnails for your channel with Gimp and Free fonts from DaFont.

I just recently learned KC workshops existed. And I am amazed by the offerings on the website. Great prices and designs.
http://kcworkshop.com/products/new-jack-em-up-tire-repair

You will never know how thankful I am for the modellers that are in my periphery. I am literally surrounded by amazing artists who are quite satisfied with their art, and less so with fame. To me, it is really humbling to see what the difference is between a wealthy modeller and one that scrapes by with only the tools he needs.

Like a cheapo camera and simple household lamps for "studio lighting"

Please enjoy while I interview my latest Patreon supporter, Chester Fesmire. And hey, if you are not a Patron that is ok, you can see the interview too.

MTM: Hank Cheng | A world apart

03 Jun 2017
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It is my honour and pleasure to share the work of Hank Cheng. From Taipei Taiwan, I feel he is a member of an international club of master modellers. One look and you think it is a real model. Then you see it is a model, of a model. Watch as the camera pans further back opening the edges of miniature worlds.

Plus a few shared techniques.

Ali is my friend, born in Iraq and now a refugee in Turkey. He uses his art to release his inner spirit. Even when the world around you is falling apart Art has a way of bringing the light back in from the darkness.

In today's meet the modeler we interview Joshua Smith. Where we discuss the art, other modelers and a world scene of scale artist who are breaking out inta a new mainstream artform.

Modelers we talk about Ryan Thomas Monohan, Goon Hugs, Hank Cheng, Kevin D'Alenti, Alan Wolfson, Randy Hage, Marcel Ackle, Jens Trenckle, Ali Alemady and Henry Thong

Tools and Supplies

13 Jul 2017
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The tools of the trade can be whittled down to a list of few essentials. In this article, we have polled the most important tools and sometimes even the essential brand name. Thanks for looking

Glues & Abrasives

Paints & Brushes

  • Paint Brushes -
    - Micro Brushes
    - Hemostats - Holding Small Diameter Wire for glue and touch up paint.
  • Airbrush
  • Paint
  • Glycein USP - anybrand
  • Weathering powders
  • Make-up foam wedge
  • Oil washes
  • Blue Painters Tape - 3M

Electronics

Power Tools

Building Supplies

  • Evergreen Styrene
  • Stripwood & scribed sheets
  • strip wood chopper
  • craft jewellers storage bins

Model Railroad Supplies

  • Foam cradle to hold loco/rolling stock
  • NMRA Gauge

Last week we talked to the founder of ITLA. This week we have the new owner of ITLA Scale Models.

Nick has been releasing new kits, also in the theme of the big city. And if anyone out there reading this, knows how to paint yellow brick realistically, please let me know. Because these kits straight out the the laser look to only need an application of clear coat to look like a very realistic yellow brick. And I hate the idea of leaving a kit unpainted, loath it.... The pet peeve of a custom painter

Sign-making 101

17 May 2017
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Ok, not everything I do ends up in failure. Sometimes I stick with it till it works. Other times I run away screaming NOOO!!! We also see what happens when you try and lock the ol' lady out of the room.

I was requested by a modeler to share everything I know about signs. After they watched me mask my Son's name on his tablet. He was going on a trip and I wanted to make sure if some kid stole it (he is autistic and is a target), that kid (i hope it would be a kid, really) would have to hide his thieving butt to remove said signage.

No I messed up on a technique I saw somebody "talk about" before. I wanted to make sure I knew how to do it. I failed, it was hilarious. But I also shared a number of valid technique y'all might like. So check them out.

A Model Railroad resource should strive to make its readers feel able to achieve goals, not just basic goals, the doozies that take a few tries to accomplish. Founded by Ron Pare.