Saturday, December 22, 2012

VW Chicken Coop

Every now and then you find an unusual bit of inspiration. In this case... the Volkswagen chicken coop. A friend posted this photo to Facebook and I immediately knew that I had to model it. Within a couple of hours I had ordered all of the necessary components

Unfortunately my options were limited -- first in that I could only find a 1/48 VW that was the wrong model, not well detailed, and lacked the removable side panels. As I didn't want to do a lot of scratchbuilding I went with what I could find. Although I found 1/48 chickens the detail on them is laughable. They're chicken shaped but lack any hint of feathers or anything else. The smallest chicken wire I could find is too large -- although I think that the impact of that, visually, is very limited.

In the end I'm very pleased with the finished result and enjoyed this distraction a great deal.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

California IPMS 2012

I'll have photos up of my winning entries later -- but I'm so thrilled to have left the California IPMS competition with three trophies, including a gold, that I had to post a little something right away.

There were easily more than 300 models at the event, divided into 21 categories. I have never seen that many competition worthy models in one place at one time. It was amazing! I met some wonderful people, learned a lot, and had a great deal of fun.

Thank you, IPMS Silverwings, for putting on a great show!