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07/04 Apparently, I forgot to upload all of last month's files (though I did manage to get the wallpaper page online, so there's that....). Now they're up. Also, July's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on BP Taylor's scratchbuilt Almagest, which was awarded "Best Starship" at this past Wonderfest.

06/06 June's free, downloadable wallpaper is late because of Wonderfest, from which I've just returned. It's based on Jonathon Marshall's 1/537 USS Enterprise from the original "smoothie" kit, lovingly detailed and lit.

05/02 Wow. Ten years of Wallpapers! May's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Terry Miesle's 1/1000 EFCF Fast Combat Support Tender DAOE-01 Asuka from Space Battleship Yamato: 2202.

04/18 For those going to Wonderfest in just over a month, the Iron Modeler sign-up link is here.

04/02 April's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Steven Jochum's Aries 1B - in a different setting. This is from the 1/144 Stargazer Models resin kit. While I was at it, I updated his feature article on building and lighting it.

There's plenty of new kits and restocks in the Store, so have a look! We also have a shipment departing Japan this week - which may be the last until these insane freight prices start coming down again.

03/08 Apparently I messed somthing up and the last update didn't actually make it online. Sorry about that!

03/02 March's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Gerhard Kreutzer's "Fast Support and Maintenance Vessel" FSMV-1 Dodonna. This is his 1/2500 kitbash entered into the Trek-Wars Contest, a design I really like.

02/03 February's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on science vessel/training ship SS A. Ekerstedt, from the 1/1000 SSM conversion from a number of years back.

01/02 January's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Nathan Kelley's 1/48 (Fine Molds) Blue Leader's X-wing from Rogue One.

Good riddance, 2021 - don't let the door hit you where the Good Lord split ya. The good news is: I tested negative (again) for the 'rona. The bad news is .... I really should have got that flu shot. Ah, well. It's always something. I've been building - you guys should as well. It's thereputic.

I've also been working on a bunch of stuff behind the scenes which I hope to debut soon - so stay tuned (or catch up later, your choice). Also, there's a bunch of new stuff in the Store - some kewl reissues and experimental/conceptual subjects for the most part (I've already started this beast). Fun stuff to while away the long winter hours whilst we wait for the spaceships coming from Round2, Moebius, Pegasus, et al. to doggie-paddle their way across the Pacific.

12/02 December's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on George Winder's 1/1400 USS Enterprise-D in "Generations" markings.

11/02 November's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Andrew Kypreos's's 1/32 Viper Mk. 2 from "Battlestar Galactica".

Over in the Store, we've got piles of new stuff from Japan and points closer, plus restocks as well.

10/02 October's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Dec Sibley's Liberator from Blake's 7.

9/02 September's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Adam Courville's 1/350 USS Enterprise with Polar's lighting kit.

In Store news, we've got piles of new stuff from Japan and points closer, plus restocks as well.

08/20Terry Miesle is back with a look at building Crusher Joe's Minerva from the Hasegawa kit.

08/10Yes, it's been a while - but we have 8 new Readers' Gallery entries posted today.

08/01I'm on time for once - yay, me! August's free, downloadable wallpaper is based on Mike Walston's Imperial battlecruiser INSS Macarthur from The Mote in God's Eye, the classic novel by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

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

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).

August 14

1954 James Cameron, writer, director, producer, born.

1966 Halle Berry, actress, born (X-Men).


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