The 1791 Thinkshop and 87 Ideas Workshop

Front door for the secondhalf of my life using my time while disabled to become a book reviewer, editor, and blogger……. Advocating for Liberty and Veterans who suffer with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Severe Memory Impairment, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumas, and those with Crohn's Disease and Seizure Disorder. Of course too I may muster the courage to begin my Scale Models again but fight tremor so bad that it maybe something best to just hang up and sell off. I've lost nearly every enjoyable skill and struggle with the idea of "doing it at all if I can't do so to the ability I once had". I'm most busy with doctors appointments and maintaining my 120 Year Old House, My Shop, Ranting, Retirement, and More… This blog was begun right before my health, career, and entire life's direction was wildly changed, so though the page is 5+ years old, it is bare boned.



MCM Blog Post: Heat-shield Scratch-building, Tamiya Enzo Firewall

Blog Post I have over on MCM:

So I have tried using Aluminum Duct tape to cover the firewall on the Enzo….. Looked like trash because it has no texture. Have thought about about using cigarette foil paper like others have, but don’t smoke. My current plan is as follows. I have saved the foil top from a large tub of yogurt which has a small texture to it. I have masked off the firewall piece as best I can and then using a scalpel blade #11 trimmed the excess off to make a template. Then carefully peeled the template off thee piece, placed upon thee foil and again using the scalpel blade; cut out what should now be able to be attached a heat shield. Trying to figure out now what to attach with, but planning to use reposition-able brush on rubber cement. Will post pics of how it worked in my next update.

S/F, Shannon

Ducati Desmosedici (Tamiya 1:12)

So I got stumped on my big Ferrari builds and decided to build something different in order to break free from it. I have now figured out what. My block is with the Ferrari’s; I know this because the same is beginning to happen with the Ducati Desmosedici: I’m over working and thinking it. Those who know me are already aware that this is something I do often. Works great with books, writing, and philosophy. One would think that scale models are also a good place for such OCD behavior. After all, isn’t attention to detail, clean building, and patience a large part of being successful in the hobby? Not at the expense of enjoying the hobby and not completing projects. So while I’ll update where I’m at with the Ducati build, I’m going to also try to move faster through this one so I can reattack the Ferrari’s once complete. I’d like to build clean like David Thibideau.

Ferrari 312T4 Chassis in AlClad II

Got the primer, the base black and the AlClad Polished Aluminum on. Now it’s time for a clear sealer coat and detail work to begin on this chassis.



Time to kill my eyes with something else. Maybe I’ll sling some paint.

Mobile Toolkit (1st Update to Toolkit Page)

-Mobile Toolkit: You may have seen in my Ferrari 312T4 WIP that I talk about my mobile tool kit or bag. Essentially, because I have a very busy life without a whole lot of time for building models, I have developed a kit bag using an old soft-sided fishing tackle bag. I have a self healing mat that is the exact size of the base of the bag which helps it hold my kit more or less in a well organized way. Being a Marine and having lots of experience packing for the field, I like having everything with a place and everything in its place. I have my sharp tools in hard-sided pen and pencil cases, then along the top have multiple transparent kevlar pencil cases from Blick Art Store that are sorted into sandpapers, files, sanding sticks, tweezers, scribes, sprue-cutters, etc.. I carry a small jar of CA, Tamiya Thin, and putty also. A breakdown bag that houses resealable bags of every sort, a bunch of large and small old prescription bottles, and a sharpie round out the kit. The kit allows me to take small parts that I’m prepping or working on with me to the bedroom, to the living room to watch TV, or even to work on processing Saturdays when there’s not a lot going on.

Check back soon as I’ll add photo’s and list out the products and unlikely items I use in my tools. I’ll also be listing my airbrush tools and over in the painting page will cover laquers, enamels, acrylics, and even inks and how I shoot acrylic hobby paints that come $0.99 of the shelf at your local Wal-Mart or Crafts Store.

Ferrari 312T (Unbuilt) Unboxing

19 Nov Update- Received the unbuilt model today…. all the pieces appear to be accounted for. There are only a few parts separated from the sprues, but of concern is that the nose cowling molded in chrome is one of them. It looks as though it’s been bumped around quite a bit over the last 20+ years, but looking through a plastic bag; I can’t really tell. I’ll deal with that on another day though. The decals however are absolutely horrible and I will have to order some aftermarket to do the job

**Feel free to make a recommendation if you know of some good ones**

As with any kit, the first thing I’m going to do is to say the hell with the instructions and go straight for the engine! (It’s the American way!) Parts: A21, A17 (Engine Block), A20, A56 (Block Ends), and A18, A19 (Head Covers) are removed from the tree immediately. I already have them in a kevlar bag upstairs in the bedroom with my mobile tool bag and will trim the sprue bits off before I go to bed tonight. Test fitting that will make me feel as though I’ve actually begun this build. I have about 5 different shades of aluminum and steel Alclad that are going to bring this huge 12 cylinder Ferrari Boxer engine to life. The clutch is a Borg & Beck driven by a Ferrari 015 Trasversale transmission. More to come, but aside from the decal let down I’m very happy with the unboxing of the Ferrari 312T4.

-Thanks for looking

Follow along in the WIP area : or @ ModelCarMag Forum, or eScale Model Forum.

Ferrari 312T4 Autopsy

Attached is the box art of the 312T4… This is a highly detailed but broken edition. I will be breaking it down for parts and to build shop components to augment a Ferrari Garage Display. I will also get to practice my idea of using rare earth magnets to hold panels and some components in place. If successful I intend to incorporate into the new 1:12 kits an possibly into some 1:24/25 Enzo’s that I’m building (really unhappy with the fitment of rear engine bay door); maybe I’ll even open a hood on an Enzo or FXX.

Will take some componentry pictures late this week once I asses what damage is done. All the paint that I’ve seen must go and be redone. The body panels are not even painted, just clear coated on the outside. Many items appear to have been detail painted after being installed; I don’t want to build my T4 in the order of the instructions, so this autopsy will go along way for me to figure out how best with my skill set to build F1 cars.

Can be followed over in WIP pages-

Stay tuned






New Page Published Under ‘Scale Models’

I have published/updated my Kit List under the scale model hirearchy….. You can reach it here

Thanks for looking

Tamiya Enzo Ferrari (#2)

Ok, I know that a lot of you guys have built this model… I have chosen most specifically to build this Tamiya Enzo because I started to build the Revell Enzo at the same time (WIP forthcoming). Inspiration for this model goes like this: I want to see what new skills or tricks I can learn while building two clean and complicated models; basically pitting them against each other. I can tell you that right out of the box, the Tamiya is by far a cleaned mold (no, duh) and is more detailed to some degree. To already draw some clear differences that matter between the models, I’ll use the rotors as an example. While the Tamaiya has nicely detailed good scale rotors and brake caplipers, the vent hole details are not uniform in placement and are not molded as cleanly as the Revell. The plastic on the Tamiya seems to me is more difficult to drill cleanly in; that combined with the un-uniformed holes has made drilling out the vent holes in the rotors on the Tamiya near impossible and I abandoned the idea after just four holes. The Revell however has 64 nice clean holes drilled cleanly through all four rotors with a #77 drill bit (see in that WIP to come later)

At this point I’ve got the engine completed for the most part on this Tamiya build: everything received Krylon primer and the block is painted with a base of Rustoleum Metallic Silver Lacquer, followed by a bronze/steel wash, details are Tamiya Metallic Gray, Titanium Gold, Titanium Silver, and MM Steel…. There is a silver coated Beadelon wire run for the starter and 24 gauge yellow wire removed from an old DVR cord for the four terminals on the backside of the valve covers. I’ve jumped into a lot of the rest already, so I’ll post WIP’s as components begin coming together. Next up will be the engine compartment and mounting; I have already layed and cut out aluminum duct tape throughout to simulate the heat shielding and will touch up sprue marks on exhaust and weather with a burnt iron wash then.  Thanks for looking!


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