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Chair Upgrade!

As I spend more time than ever at the bench/ computer, I thought I’d treat myself to a new chair.

After looking around at some different choices and reading some reviews I decided to go with a SecretLabs chair. Using their site I entered my height and weight to let them choose the best model for my needs.

I ordered on Friday evening, and on Tuesday morning this arrived:

The packaging is great. On opening the box you get this:

The guide has a QR code to show a video of the assembly, as well as easy to follow pictures.

Also included is a small toolkit with everything you need.

After around 15 minutes, I ended up with what so far seems a very comfortable chair.

So far, so good. Hopefully I have a good few years of comfort ahead! #Secretlab

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Partwork frenzy!

It’s been a busy few days here at Gross Models Incorporated. Just finished this months delivery of the Enterprise:

When 2 boxes appear from Fanhome!

A day of building and filming later, and I have lots of footage to edit and upload!

4 issues of R2 and 4 more of Ironman built, and started editing.

They should all be ready to fit into my daily release schedule at 8:30 every morning, ready for you to view at your convenience throughout the day!

I also have the other 3 partworks I am building all out for delivery in the next couple of weeks, so I should be able to keep the releases coming for a while!

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I am due a few deliveries over the coming days, as ever starting a new build is both exciting and nerve wracking.

First up is the new one from Hero Collector, the Enterprise D from Star Trek The Next Generation. This is going to be a big one!

The is the R2 build from Fanhome. Although I have already built the DeAgostini one which is the same build, having been approached by Fanhome to build it for free is a massive thing for me, and I am really looking forward to getting into it again. Also I didn’t film the first third of the other droid so it will be nice to get a full series done!

Big thanks must go to Sal for doing the thumbnail art for all my ongoing partworks. Hopefully they will create some interest in the builds!

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I need ideas and suggestions.

I expect you are aware of my continuing series of diorama based on the Star Wars series of films. So far I have completed 4 and have 1 in progress and another in theory. That means there are still several films I would like to cover!

A lot on my trouble is the lack of kits in 1:144 scale. I would rather not re-use kits again, but it look like I will have to. (Slave one and the Falcon do have slightly different variants….)

Anyway, if you have ideas for a scene from any of the series, please let me know! If you know of a kit that is available and can think of an iconic scene that it fits into, leave a comment and I’ll look into it!

You may have noticed I don’t do “screen accurate” as much as “inspired by” so feel free to re-work what actually happened to fit your inspiration!

Obviously I can’t commit to making all (or any!) suggestions, but it would really help me out to have some input!

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A new month has begun, and I decided as I have been working on the new diorama i should probably update the thumbnails of the old ones. Especially as they were just pictures with no branding on them, and they are some of my most watched videos!

I have picked up some new editing tools, so I thought it would be a good time to have a play and see what I could do to improve the look without changing the picture.

Thwe original Hoth Thumbnail
The original Jakku Thumbnail

As you can see above, the pictures are alright, but dont actually give any info at all.

I added my logo, and titled them accordingly:

New Hoth version
New Jakku version

I added the subtle colour shift in the corner that YouTube put the video length and re-sized them a little bit.

Let me know what you think in the comments, and lets see if they stop getting views!

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Always be learnin’

There’s always a chance to add to your knowledge. I have recently been working to improve the streams I do, and I feel my audio is a good place for improvement!

I have been using OBS studio for a while now, but only scratching the surface of what can be done with it.

I use a Blue Yeti Mic, which is lovely, but with a little tweaking it can be made better.

I have been using Voicemeeter to give me more options wheere to put my audio outputs when I want to stream and listen at the same time, but now I am also learning about plug-ins with OBS.

Here I have 3 plug-ins from Reaper to cut down on background noise, balance the sound to give a richer feel, and a compression setting to make the audio a little more balanced.

I shall see how it all works when I stream from it, but listening to it myself I can hear a nicer, cleaner sound.

Soon I will start working on the video balances to get some improvement there.

Just having the gear isn’t enough. you also need to learn how to best use it!

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New series!

ok, ok, I forgot to post about the series going live!

Its been an interesting Christmas time, what can I say!

Anyway, the Ironman series has begun! I have completed the first 2 issues, and they are ready to be watched!

The first one is here: and the second one should follow after. Part 3 will be available just after they send it to me…..

Do let me know what you think, the kit is looking very nice so far!

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4K Subs comp update!

I have been keeping an eye on subscriber numbers, and the dates you submitted to the competition.

Chefhawk 17:45 31/11/20
Modelmaking Mayhem: 15/12/20

David Foxx: 20:00 17/12/20

James T : 25/12/20
Ian M. G. Thompson: 20:10 31/12/20
Shane Youngs: 15:08 14/1/21
Phil Lewis: 13:00 21/1/21
Redlen08: 28/1/21
Pascal Lieverse: 6:00 1/2/21
Candygramformongo: 12:34 7/2/21

So far 2 of you are out, and it’s unlikely I will reach the milestone in time for David to win, but who will be closest?

My current prediction is that it won’t be until after the last date entered, so I am expecting Candygramformongo to be the champ. But things change…….