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Scale Modeling Tips & Tools Monthly, Issue #060-Last Month At This Stand
December 15, 2011
|December 15, 2011
and Happy New Year
Last Month At This Address
A lot of things will be changing as we move into 1212, not the least of which is my office/bedroom.
My wife and I are moving from an apartment complex where we have lived for the past 10-plus years into a condominium about a mile from here in the same city, Nashua, NH.
This is a move set in place by God, we left it entirely in His hands. Despite the fact we are dealing with an owner located in Minnesota and that it never went on the market, this has been the easiest $100,000-plus sale I have ever been a part of.
When I contrast it with our other home purchase about 40 years ago when my wife and I were doing the steering, the difference is so obvious. At that time, we ended up with too small a home with a sieve for a roof, an electrical system that needed to be re-built and the need to add on a bedroom.
In the new condo, my office/bedroom will be about twice the size of the one I now have with a walk-in shower.
In addition, I can commute by mobility scooter to a nearby mall, hobby shop and restaurants. Here I am pretty much apartment bound. I am looking forward to the independence.
You don't often see plastic imitations of wood modeling structure items that become the real-life version for the prototype.
|Biblical-Based Scale Models|
|Noah's Ark||Jeruselum Model|
|Harod's Temple||Tabernacle Kit|
And since we’ve just come through New England’s most beautiful season, we’re devoting the rest of this issue to color, how to mix it, how to apply it and how to age it.
So if you are mixing, applying or aging, hopefully you will find something here to guide you.
Without a doubt model builders could easily spend a lifetime exploring the results of mixing paints to get specific colors, there are just so many possible results from mixing two or three colors together. One man’s auburn, for instance, is another man’s rust and what one individual sees as rust. What one calls chestnut, another refers to be as being hazel-colored. What one person sees as burnt sienna, another sees as reddish brown.
If it was only a question of what you call the color by decreeing this particular color will always be called auburn.
But what do you call the same color that has a little more red or a little more brown?
In the final analysis the “that’s it!” decision will be made by the viewer and not you.
A general formula for creating brown is one part red, one part blue and a little yellow, but how much of each will depend on what you and your girlfriend recognize. You can make a substantial change with just a drop or two difference in any of the primary or secondary colors involved.
To be more specific, you can use the formula part of burnt umber, three parts of golden ochre and twenty parts of white lead (I n art, lead white is known as flake white, also sometimes known as Cremnitz white.) It depends on how artistic you want to get.
Things to remember when mixing paints:
1. Get Out your paints (I find you can mix brands as long as you stay within the acrylic or oil-based paint families.
2. Use a color wheel to help you learn to mix paints to get the colors you want. Color mixing adds detail and excitement to your work.
3. It is a very good visual tool that demonstrates the relationship between the different types of colors of the spectrum. Learn the three elementary divisions of color:
• Primary colors are red, blue, yellow. These are the three 'starter' pigments and can’t be created using any other combination of colors, hence the term 'primary'.
• Secondary colors are orange, purple, green. They are the products of the three combinations of primary colors.
• Tertiary colors are those that involve all three primary colors (red, yellow and blue) in some combination or another.
4. Recognize the various hues of a color. All colors have various shades and are either 'warm' or 'cool'. Warm colors are prominent and bold, whereas cool colors are subdued and sober. Traditionally, yellow, orange and red are considered warm colors while blue, green and purple would be classified as “cool”.
5. Create a color grid. Use a piece of water color paper and mark of a grid with several blocks. In each block, place a splotch of your one of your “created colors with the “recipe” (measured color combinations) beneath it.
Incidently you will find a color wheel in the Download Center.
Give SBI Magic a TryI am looking at a lot of exciting changes coming as 2012 begins. It promises to be one of my favorites as I look back over seven decades. This reminds me of the utter foolishness of teen suicide.
My wife and I are moving into our own Condo after a decade of renting (I know, the rent alone would have paid for it). We're excited by the prospect (a garage in snow country is a big deal).
I am launching a new website shortly after my 73rd birthday all about my experiences with mobility scooters. You can bet it is another SiteBuildIt site Check it out: Magic Happens As soon as I get my new domain name, I'll pass it along.
I am excited about what God has in mind for my future. I intend to get closer to Him. That is my New Year's Resolution.
Your Help and Ideas NeededMaking daily decisions involving www.scale-modelers-handbook.com for the past 62 months has led to the creation of over 425 pages of articles on the various facets of scale modeling, this monthly e-zine and a host of modeling questions answered.
To Expand SMH Idea Base
As we get ready to embark on our fifth year, I am hoping to open the site up to input from other scale modelers. You may have noticed the Navigation Bar has been sub-divided into the major hobbies covered.
Each of these sections now has one or two pages that invite participation with questions, tips and pictures regarding your various modeling endeavors.
We want to hear from you as do the other 25,000 modelers who log onto this site monthly.
As I get ready to roll into my 73rd year, I can’t believe how much I have learned about hobby activities In the past two years. I have heard from other modelers with similar experiences.
To help me develop and maintain my website your comments on its content are essential. You can send me your comments by visiting the “Voice Your Opinion” feature at the top of the Navigation stack in the left column on each page.
It was never my intention to make this website a one way street as my knowledge is no where deep enough for me to be termed an “Authority”. I hunger for your feedback, comments, ideas, tutorials, plans, pictures and even your negative comments if considered constructive.
The Internet and that includes www.scale-modelers-handbook.com work best when they are interactive and that is collaboration only you can provide. It has been a pleasure serving as your guide for these past two years and by no means am I throwing in the towel, for I honestly believe the building and maintaining of this website are instrumental in keeping my mind active.
I want to open up this site in the fast lane. That is your part of the two-way street.
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Until Next Month
Make It Your Best Effort!