My friends know my biggest weakness. My basic assembly skills are mediocre at best. I'm not as diligent as I should be. I'm sloppy. I can do better.
It's with this self-awareness that I begin this new year as a scale modeler. I need to double-down and focus on the basic assembly and seam filling skills that many of you have mastered. I struggle with it, and I feel like it's holding me back, particularly at contests. (Not that I'm a trophy hog, which is one of those things we all need to forget about in 2015.)
My friends also know I'm not a big fan of the off-the-shelf finishing and weathering solutions that many of my Sprue Cutting colleagues have written about. But if there's one product I intend to try this year it's the building and painting stand that I bought at the IPMS Nats last year. I'm not sure it provides the precision alignment that I need, but I hope it helps me yp better assemble my aircraft.
Here are other Sprue Cutters who've written about their upcoming tricks.
The Museum Modeler
Yet Another Plastic Modeler