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Modeling How-To: Detailing Part 2 Friday January 13th, 2017 02:53:51 AM KenMcConnell
This is the second in a series of posts about detailing your scratch built starship models. Part One is here. Kit Photo Buckets Every time I get a new model kit in I make a point of photographing the parts trees and then collecting them into a bucket for later use. This lets me refer back to [...]

Comments? Thursday January 12th, 2017 10:21:03 PM KenMcConnell
I think my comments have been off for like, several years. Should be back on now!   Well, only for new posts. *Grumble

Of Bullet Journals And Novel Notes Tuesday January 10th, 2017 08:03:58 PM KenMcConnell
I was super interested to read Tobias Buckell’s excellent post This Is How I Bullet Journal. I know he’s real good at organizing and was intrigued by how he used it. I’m not a journal writer nor does my schedule conflate beyond my ability to comprehend so I’ve never really seen a need to try Bullet [...]

Modeling How-To: Detailing, Part 1 Friday January 6th, 2017 01:00:09 PM KenMcConnell
This is the first part of a series of posts where I describe how I go about detailing a scratch built starship. Detailing usually doesn’t happen until after the model is boxed in or shaped by plastic. Roughing out the intended shape is my least favorite part of the whole process, but if you don’t [...]

The ILM Universal Greeblie Thursday January 5th, 2017 06:34:51 PM KenMcConnell
If you’re a model builder who likes to scratch build Sci-Fi stuff like myself, you have no doubt heard of ILM’s Universal Greeblie. A greeblie is a piece of plastic, usually a model kit piece, that is used to decorate a starship model or similar creation. This term originated from the Visual Effects shop created [...]

Microcosim Saturday December 24th, 2016 02:21:21 AM KenMcConnell
These are some of the tiniest fighters I have ever modeled. Just thought I’d share them with you in their incomplete, unpainted form. No, they were not formed from soap. Just plastic stock. The green Interceptor model was built by me when I was a teenager. It was only the second scratch built plastic model I’d [...]

Corvette Cover Preview Tuesday December 20th, 2016 08:27:02 PM KenMcConnell
I thought I’d try something different with this novella set before the start of the Star Saga. I wanted to see what it would look like if it were painted. The trouble is, I don’t have time to paint cover art, so I used my models and then applied a painted filter over them. What [...]

Rogue One Thoughts Monday December 19th, 2016 08:50:12 PM KenMcConnell
Rogue One is the movie I wanted to see in 1977 after I saw Star Wars. As a twelve year old kid, I was more attracted to the war in Star Wars than the Force in Star Wars. I wanted to see a war picture, instead of mystical Jedi Knights. I believe that director, Gareth [...]

Devon’s Blade Recognized Again Thursday November 24th, 2016 01:59:23 AM KenMcConnell
Library Journal’s 2016 Indie Ebook Awards have awarded Devon’s Blade with an Honorable Mention for Science Fiction. You can read what they said about it here. This little novella is my most awarded book, but I still can’t seem to get many customer reviews for it on Amazon. It doesn’t matter how awesome your book [...]

K’nat Trap News Monday November 14th, 2016 02:50:26 AM KenMcConnell
Just got the manuscript for K’nat Trap back from my editor. Not much to clean up this time, the story pretty much cruises to the finish. I guess I better start thinking harder about the cover. I’ll probably start up the ebook this week and should be ready for Beta Readers. If you’d like to [...]

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