Panther Update

Back on June 20, I posted a brief review video of the new tool Tamiya Panther Ausf D in 1/35 scale. I have now had more than enough time to get to work on it.

I am a part of a Google+ YouTube Modellers group and have made a few friends (think video pen pals). Steve Mottram is one. He is a model builder from England and subscribed to my YouTube channel. He noticed that I was getting ready to build the Panther, and since he had one as well, asked if I would be interested in doing a buddy build with him.

For those who don’t know, a buddy build is where a couple of model builders pick a kit, or subject (like a particular battle) and build it at the same time, keeping up with one another’s progress. I was game, so we started. I will interject here that Steve wanted to send me something pertinent to our buddy build, so I emailed him my address. Lo and behold, a week or so later, a package arrived. In it was a book on modeling the Panther, and an aluminum barrel to replace the kit supplied plastic barrel. I was blown away. Very generous chap, Steve.

For this project I decided to add a couple of aftermarket items. In addition to the metal barrel Steve sent, I also got the photo etch grill set for the engine deck that Tamiya released to go with this kit, and a set of Kaizen individual link tracks.

Instructions and paint guide

Here are the parts.

The decals and bag with poly caps for the wheels and string for the tow rope.

The PE  grill set.

Kaizen tracks.

I am really digging the full color paint guides that Tamiya is including these days.

So, there you have it. Next time (like in the next few days) I will get some build photos and comments posted. In real-time, I am at the painting stage, so posts should be coming pretty regularly.

For those that are interested, here is a video about the buddy build.


The Blog

Well, as you, my faithful followers know, I posted last time on my intent to let my blog fade into obscurity. I have, however, had a change of heart.

After I made my last post, I received three responses. These responses were positive ones that made me feel pretty good about what I have been doing here. If there are even a few people that are interested, I think it is worth it. So, I have decided to change things up… hopefully for the better.

Since I don’t really participate in forums that much any more, I think I will focus my writing skills (or lack thereof!) on my blog. My format will be this: I will do reviews followed by build reports on kits that I get; I will do updates pertaining to new items I get that may be of interest; I may, from time to time, blab about my past modeling endeavors and whatever topics that may be interesting; and, I will post a link to my YouTube channel where pertinent. I will be doing my blog posts and YouTube updates on stuff simultaneously. The best of both worlds, if you will! I will also make a concerted effort to be more timely and regular on my posts.

So, again, thanks to you that took time to post comments, and please stay tuned for more content. And comment if you like.

Rethinking the Old Blog

As you have probably noticed, I haven’t posted since June 24. That isn’t too bad. But, in checking my stats recently, I have noticed that activity is slim to none.

Some time back I remarked that I was going to start leaning towards a video approach to blogging (vlogging) to discuss and show what models I am building, or what other modeling activities I may be engaged in. As time has progressed, my YouTube channel has grown, while this blog languishes in obscurity.

Maybe I don’t know how to properly “promote” my blog, or maybe the interest just isn’t there, but as I have said before, I really don’t like to write. My typing skills are horrible, especially compared to my kids (they crack up every time I start pecking away,) and I just don’t like it. I’ll come up with a great idea, start to write it out, stumble a bit, then just abandon it altogether. I find it much easier to articulate myself in a video format.

I realize that stats aren’t everything, but the effort is wasted it seems… except for a few people that regularly check my blog. To you few, I say “Thanks for keeping up.”

Since it has become nothing more than me posting a link to my latest vlog on YouTube, I really don’t see the need to be redundant. I figure that people that follow this blog will follow my YouTube channel, if they are so inclined.

I haven’t decided completely if I am going to quit posting new content here or not, and would appreciate any feedback and/or suggestions in the comment section. Let me know what you think. I will give it a couple of weeks to see what kind of response I get (if any) and decide from there.

Until then… auf wiedersehen.