Sci-Fi Writer and Modeler

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Using Google Docs For Novel Writing Thursday February 23rd, 2017 11:14:00 PM KenMcConnell
I recently got a request to do a post about how I’m using Google Docs to write my novels. Looking back over some old posts, I already covered this a year ago, and you can read that article here. I’ve now written two novels and I’m currently working on a third using the Google word [...]

GCU Sherman Build, Part 2 Sunday February 12th, 2017 04:11:05 PM KenMcConnell
I needed to address the uneven PVC tubes and decided to just use fillers to even things out. I then proceeded to build the main super structure with sheet styrene. This model didn’t require a sturdy frame underneath as the boxing in of the super structure would not be too large to support the model. I [...]

Modeling How-To: Detailing Part 3 Saturday January 28th, 2017 08:52:47 PM KenMcConnell
This is part three of a multi part series on detailing scratch built starship models. Part 1 | Part 2 Cleaning Up Kit Parts You can’t just clip off model parts from their trees and glue them directly to your model and expect it to look good. Model builders all know that removing the part from tree [...]

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 [...]

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