Happy New Year!
I started this blog in November of 2018. The first several weeks were spent trying to figure out how to make a WordPress blog work, and then trying to settle on specific content within the topics of modeling and military history. I realized I would need to impose some sort of structure on myself or the results would be chaotic, and I also set a goal of posting each day. Faithful followers may have already determined the pattern, even if it is not followed absolutely.
Mondays are book reviews. My teenage daughter sees this as proof of early onset dementia. “Why would anybody ever write a book report if they didn’t have to?” Forty-nine were posted in 2019. I hope to improve my writing skills with this exercise.
Tuesdays and Thursdays I have posted completed models. These have been split between armor and aircraft for the most part, but there are many more aircraft in the display cases and I will soon run out of old-build vehicles to post. Some change will be needed but I’m not yet certain what it will be. New completions will help.
Research topics are posted on Wednesdays. Sometimes this is simply a collection of interesting pictures, and there are many more color photographs from the Second World War than is generally realized. Other posts are the result of digging into a topic and piecing together a narrative of sorts. Here you see what sort of rabbit holes I’ve managed to fall into.
On Fridays I post what’s on the bench. Usually. Some of the build logs are older forum posts which were ruined by the infamous Photobucket Phiasco and resurrected here.
Women Warriors usually get posted on Saturdays. I love the vintage recruiting posters. This is an easy post to put together as it doesn’t require a lot of detailed writing or research.
Walk arounds are Sundays. I try to take pictures at museums or airshows which show details useful for modeling. Another easy post to put together for the weekend, but I hope my fellow modelers have found something useful there from time to time.
Model shows are something I really look forward to, I generally get to about half a dozen each year. Posting pictures from the shows shuffles the routine a bit but it’s always nice to see what people bring to the tables.
2019 was the first complete year for the blog. I am happy to report that I managed to make a post each day in 2019, so 365 posts. The blog received 27,174 views and 7,303 visitors. WordPress attributes views to the home page or archives as a separate total, obviously people visiting are looking at individual posts but exactly which ones are not identified. If a visitor enters the blog through a specific post (like from a link or a search) those views are attributed to the post. By those imprecise metrics, the most popular post was “The B-17E and the Myth of the Bendix Ventral Turret” with 969 views. Plus whatever was accessed through the archives.
Thirty total this year, which is about average all things considered. Subjects were about evenly split between aircraft and armor, with the scratchbuilt Los Angeles class submarine thrown in for good measure. Everything was built to 1/72 scale as is my preference. The mosaic has a picture of each build, if you want to see more finished pictures or the construction posts just enter the descriptions in the search bar to the upper right and it will take you to the posts.
Here’s the list:
Academy B-17C/D Flying Fortress
Academy B-17E Flying Fortress
USS Indianapolis (SSN 697) Scratchbuilt
Eduard MiG-15 x4
ICM Ki-27 Nate x2
Mania Ki 27 Nate
LS Ki-15 Babs
Ostmodels Resin Char 2B French Super Heavy Tank
Ostmodels Resin SMK Soviet Super Heavy Tank
AER SRL Moldova PARM-1 Soviet Aircraft Repair Truck
AER SRL Moldova ZIS-5 Soviet Anti-Aircraft Truck Conversion
Airfix Defiant Mk.I
Airfix Hurricane Mk.I
Airfix Spitfire Mk.Ia
Airfix B-17G Flying Fortress
Airfix C-47 Dakota
Dragon T-34/76 Mod 1943
UM BA-9 Armored Car
I have managed to use up just short of 18% of the photo storage capacity for this blog, so we should be good to go for the next few years at least. I have enjoyed putting this together, and have enjoyed hearing from other modelers and discovering other blogs. A big thank you to all who have visited here, commented, followed, or linked. And a big shout out to David Knights ( https://dknights.wordpress.com/ ), without whose support and advice early on it is likely that I would have simply deleted this blog in frustration. It’s all David’s fault, so blame him!
May you all live long enough to build every model in your stash!