Not bad, just rusty

Kit Development

Putting a model kit together isn’t for the faint hearted. There’s A LOT to do (and buy), especially true when getting off the ground. Machines, materials, suppliers, shipping, packaging… it’s a lot, but it’s also a lot of fun. With my entire workshop (and the rest of the house) moving across the Atlantic, I’ve been […]

by Rusty on February 3, 2022, filed: Ramblings


I’ve been quiet, but for a good reason — I’ve been working on something exciting. And we’ve been packing the house to move back to the UK. So, what’s exciting? Well, I’ve been buying… investing, I should say… drum roll please… I’m officially making craftsman kits! Starting this summer (all being well), I will be […]

by Rusty on January 6, 2022, filed: Ramblings

F&SM Stories

Over the weekend, during a trip to the East Coast, I got a chance to visit George Sellios’ open house for his wonderful layout, the Franklin and South Manchester. I spent a little more than the 3 hours George was open (15 minutes or so) and he was a gracious host. Seeing the layout was […]

by Rusty on September 21, 2021, filed: Ramblings

The Flux Mill is a kit!

I am very excited to announce the FLUX Mill is now a kit! KC Workshop and I paired up to produce this LIMITED EDITION run — and once it’s gone, it really is gone. You see, we pulled out all the stops to make sure you can build your own Mill as close as possible […]

by Rusty on September 4, 2021, filed: Ramblings

A new name

Per the new image at the top of this post, my blog has a new name: Keep it Rusty. I decided to go with a new name as I no longer just produce sci-fi military works in 1/35 scale, but also HO-scale structures/dioramas. Rusty Robot has been with me for many, many years but the […]

by Rusty on March 6, 2021, filed: Ramblings

3D Bricks

Finding good casts of HO scale (or O scale) brick walls is like finding hen’s teeth. Once upon a time a company called “Trains of Texas” were putting out really nice castings. Nowadays, they are next to impossible to find and, if you do, expect to sell a kidney to buy ‘em. Downtown Deco have […]

by Rusty on February 10, 2021, filed: Ramblings

Testing new methods for signs

Every time I look at George Sellios’ F&SM I sit there and just wonder how he did it — especially his signs. They are always so thin you can literally see through them to the wall underneath, making them appear genuinely painted on, just like the real thing. So I set out to test a […]

by Rusty on January 16, 2021, filed: Ramblings


You may notice a rather large HO related hole – or just a general gap between this post and the last. A database corrupted recently, deleting a lot of recent posts, all of which detailed my venture into HO scale territory for diorama making.I’m working hard to restore this beloved content, but in the meantime […]

by Rusty on October 10, 2020, filed: Ramblings

Airbrush Now

This post will probably have no *single* meaning. Glean from it what you can. I’ve tried to help by putting important stuff in bold. There are many airbrush for beginner videos available. There are many forum posts about it, too. Deciding on an airbrush can be tricky and expensive, so understandably you want to make the right […]

by Rusty on June 11, 2014, filed: Ramblings

The two hardest parts of the hobby

I thought I’d write this little post, whilst I’m waiting for things to dry. The first of which is, ironically enough, about that very thing. Waiting. For me, it truly is one of the hardest parts of the hobby. May sound silly to some, but oh my God the waiting… but it’s so important, especially when […]

by Rusty on May 23, 2014, filed: Ramblings