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7/06My apologies - it takes me forever to post things and then I forget to update this page. July's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Chang Yang's multiple award-winning Wonderfest 2021 entry 1/144 Hammerhead from Star Wars: Rogue One.

Also, I compiled a video of the contest room at Wonderfest - so many amazing models!. You can view it here: Starship Modeler Presents: The Wonderfest 2021 Contest Room.

We're off to Wonderfest! Stay tuned to the facebook page and the twitter for updates!

May's free, downloadable wallpaper: 1/350 Kronos 1 (24th Century version) based on Mike Walston's 1st place entry in our Trek-Wars Contest.

Plenty of new stuff and restocks over in the Store as well.

April's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Terry Miesle's recently-completed 1/400 Crusher Joe Minerva.

03/15 So, I've not really kept on top of updating this page - or the home page - in a while. Sorry. Here's what's been happening - in no particular order:

March's free, downloadable wallpaper showcases Scott 'Trekmanscott' Scariot's 1/1400 long range explorer USS Stanwix, NCC-51910, based on the AMT Enterprise-C kit. Scott went nuts with the lighting and the drilling out all those windows - and then he masked and painted that scheme. (I planned to do that back when the kit came out, even installed flexible CCFL lighting and zapped myself in the process. Then I figured out that was the *easy* part and went back to 1/48 scale airplanes. My hat's off to Scott). As ever, Robb Merrill's digital skills replaced the kraft paper background with something much more befitting.

The Trek-wars contest ended, there was voting - and the results are here. I gotta say - that was a lot of entries and a lotta, lotta votes cast. Huzzas and kudos to all who entered - that was some phenomenal work there. Mementos of this are in the works, so entrants and winners alike, stand by.

We have some new content - and I've been learning some mad video skillz (did I say that right? Or is that 'so 1996', as the child says whilst giving the ol' eyeroll?) Anyway - Terry Miesle has a video tutorial on using inks and clear acrylic gloss paint to nefarious ..... I mean, 'good' effect here.

Over towards the Store - oh, there's too much to go into. New walkers, old walkers, new space fighters, old space battleagons, new kits of old experiments, flights of fancy .... well: Lots. And, as ever, a steady stream of restocks of old favorites.

I am totally gonna (try to) get better at the updates - but first, Alabama local taxes are due. Yeah - I live in Illinois. Long story - and it involves taxes, so ask me at Wonderfest (if I've been able to get the COVID vaccine by then).

2/03 February's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on the 1/1000 mobile repair dock USS Shickland in memory of Larry Strickland, who passed away last month. Kitbashed around a Polar Lights TOS Enterprise and named after a (now) 20-year old in-joke. See you on the flip side, buddy.

1/27 Voting is now (finally!) open for the Trek-Wars Contest. It'll run through midnight (Chicago time) on February 7th.

1/15 I missed an entry in the contest - but it's now [posted. Sorry for the delay - it was entirely my fault, not the contestant's. I'll open up the voting shortly.

1/03 A new free, downloadable wallpaper for a new year is posted. It's based on another of Steven Bills compositions using various Bandai kits.

1/2 I *think* I have all the Trek-Wars contest entries posted with the last batch this weekend. I'm going to give it a couple days for folks to contact me, just in case I missed something, before I open up the voting.

12/25 I am still posting batches of contest entries (there's 7 or so tonight). So far, we have 13 "kit", 27 "kitbash/scratch-build" and 9 "diorama/vignette" entries up. There are still a handful left to post, but I'm almost there. Stay tuned!

12/08 Another batch of contest entries have been posted. Keep 'em coming!

12/04 December's free, downloadable wallpaper is a based on David Hanners' card model of STS-1.

12/02 Guess what? There are more contest entries posted! (Betcha' didn't see that coming)

11/30 Still more contest entries have been posted - and yes, there are more in the queue. Keep those entries coming - remember, the deadline has been extended to 15 December!. As ever, there are also plenty of new and restocked products in the Store.

11/17 More contest entries have been posted - and more are in the hopper. Keep those entries coming - remember, the deadline has been extended to 15 December!. As ever, there are also plenty of new and restocked products in the Store.

11/01 November's free, downloadable wallpaper is a based on Alternate Kessel Run by Steven Bills, using various Bandai kits.

10/18 Four more contest entries have been posted. Also, a s**t-ton of new and restocked products in the Store. Finally, due to repeated requests, the deadline for the contest is now 15 December 2020.

10/08 The contest entry page and first two entries are posted now.

10/07 AGHHHH! I got so involved in setting up contest pages that I forgot to upload the calendar! Sorry about that - October's free, downloadable wallpaper is a based on David Hanners' 1/48 card model of X-15A-2 66671.

Speaking of contest pages --- I have a number of entries already (and keep 'em coming!). The first is posted today - the "Entries" page is not yet done, but I'm working on it.

Forgot also to update the "New in the Store" page --- Lots of new stuff I should post there - including new Cryusher joe kits, detail sets for the Discoprise, a nifty set of lighted magnifiers, and lots more. Have a look!

09/01 September's free, downloadable wallpaper is a based on Doug Stewart's build of a resin model of Thunderbird 1 by UNCL in the UK.

08/13 Thursday the Thirteenth seems like a good day to launch our 24th Online Model Contest - especially since the IRL versions are being cancelled right and left.

08/03 August's free, downloadable wallpaper is a based on Danny Attree's build of the 1/72 Metal Gear Rex kit from Kotobukiya.

07/03 July's free, downloadable wallpaper is a based on Keith Karn Sr's build of the 1/72 (Interstellar) Ranger kit from Moebius.

Happy Independence Day to my countrymen - stay safe this weekend and, for everybody's sake, #wearthedamnmask!

July 26

1971 9:34 am EST Apollo 15 launched. David Scott, Alfred Worden & James Irwin. 1st use of Lunar Rover. Flight duration 12 days 7 hrs 11 min 53 sec.

1928 Stanley Kubrick, director, born.

1973 7:11 am EST Skylab 3 launched Alan Bean, Jack Lousma & Owen Garriott. Flight duration 59 days 11 hrs 9 min 4 sec.


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