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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

Review: Ultimation Sander

It’s no secret that I’m working on some O-scale builds (which, for the record, doesn’t mean I am switching scales. HO is still my bread and butter). In working with a larger scale, though, one thing becomes even more important than ever… making things perfect. There’s no hiding in a scale like 1/48 like you […]

by Rusty on November 27, 2021, filed: Reviews

Peeling Paint

There are many techniques to achieve a peeling paint effect and I’m still learning. Let that be known now! My most recent efforts, however, yielded my best results to date, so I thought I’d share to save some of your sweat and tears by sharing them. First things first, I used a few techniques in […]

by Rusty on October 14, 2021, filed: How to's

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

Mizupo’s Groceteria – Part One

Decided to open a new section here on the blog, one dedicated to solo builds as opposed to full dioramas. I have recently started enjoying creating structures without a full accompanying scene, purely for the speed if nothing else. I don’t have a layout, and I will forever remain a guy more interested in the […]

by Rusty on January 17, 2021, filed: scratch & bash

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

HO Curtains & Shades — The Easy Way!

It’s no secret that doing windows can be more than a little repetitive — especially if you have a large building with many, many of them. I always like to add curtains and shades to my windows to give depth and realism, but it can be a very time consuming part of any given build. […]

by Rusty on December 30, 2020, filed: How to's

Making HO Gooseneck Lamps

These little lamps can be difficult. In many FSM instructions, George states the small bends are the hardest part to get right — and he’s not wrong. However, with the right tool, they don’t have to be difficult — or even a chore. I typically make my gooseneck’s in 30 seconds or so. And I […]

by Rusty on December 29, 2020, filed: How to's

3D printing for scale modeling

New technology. Two words scary enough on their own but even more terrifying when combined — at least for some. Everyday there’s something new, something more affordable. For instance, right now, I’m debating between an Ultrasonic Knife or a Laser Cutter. Read that sentence again and tell me it doesn’t read like it’s been lifted […]

by Rusty on December 17, 2020, filed: How to's


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

How to make 1/35 sach windows

Making scale windows from scratch is a task that even the most enthusiastic modellers loath – especially when you have to build a bunch of them. It’s fiddly, long and requires lots of precision. Making windows in a jig, then, transforms the process into an enjoyable one.  Here’s mine: This is all based on Ken […]

by Rusty on February 4, 2017, filed: How to's, OUT OF HOURS (wip)

How to make 1/35 radiators

Part of the diorama focuses around an open fire escape, in which a main character stands, so I know I have to build and populate part of a corridor that leads to said door. There will be two details, a fire extinguisher and a radiator. The latter of which I’m scratchbuilding. I built it with […]

by Rusty on January 8, 2017, filed: How to's, OUT OF HOURS (wip)

How to make 1/35 ducting

I’ve started on many details of “Closing Time” already, putting the cart somewhat before the horse. I say that because I’m still skirting around constructing the buildings for the alley itself. I’m still working out various plans of where things will go and how… so it’s fruitless building major components if things are only going […]

by Rusty on January 5, 2017, filed: How to's, OUT OF HOURS (wip)

How to Photograph Dioramas

With the recent completion of my third diorama, “Who Goes There?” one of the more consistent comments in feedback was about the photography and how it pulled people into the diorama, “kicking it up a notch”. So it got me thinking about making a blog post about it. The following is mostly in regard to […]

by Rusty on June 24, 2014, filed: How to's

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

Review: Stories in Miniature (book)

I was fortunate to stumble across the IndieGoGo page to get this book off the ground but unfortunate in that I was a year too late. Luckily, The Cursed Monkeys deemed it worthwhile to do one more run of the book. So I jumped at the chance. Upon first impressions the book has been made […]

by Rusty on May 28, 2014, filed: Reviews

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

How to make 1/35 crushable coke cans

For my diorama I am still making, “I Am Two Bullets”, the two-man sniper team are sipping on a couple Cokes. I decided, after the initial dry test, that it would be nice to have one of the cans to be crushed and discarded. Given that the one I already have is resin, I knew […]

by Rusty on May 10, 2014, filed: How to's

Review: GSI’s Tentacle Maker V2

Review: GSI’s Tentacle Maker V2 There’s always lump in my throat when I’m mixing green stuff. Not in a romantic way; the opposite, actually. I demand so much from myself that I’m almost always dissapointed. Especially with sculpting. But it’s a journey, right? Anyway, any tool that takes away some of that inherent GS pressure […]

by Rusty on May 2, 2014, filed: Reviews

Review: Technicqll Superglue (has a brush!)

This is going to be short and sweet because, well… it’s still just superglue. BuyPainted over on YouTube uses this glue, in fact it’s through him that I found it. What separates this glue from the rest then? (no pun intended) Well, for me, it’s the brush. You don’t see many superglues with one – and you […]

by Rusty on , filed: Reviews

Review: Flory sanding sponges (triple pack)

Earlier this week I discovered a set of tools that have changed the way I approach and tackle any given model. Yes, they have become that important. Ever had that issue where you’ve filed something and been satisfied, yet when you prime it reveals a still rough surface? Well, it’s happened to me. And I’ve found […]

by Rusty on May 1, 2014, filed: Reviews

How to make 1/35 corrugated steel

One of the many design obstacles (which are great as they breed creativity) was creating some corrugated steel sheeting to line the trench walls. There is plenty of corrugated Evergreen and Plastruct styrene out there that you can buy – and I was ready to, despite it being, as always, ridiculously expensive in most places. […]

by Rusty on April 18, 2014, filed: How to's

Helluva long break

A recent change in job and home has meant a helluva long break in spending any time in the hobby in the past eight months. For a time I was wondering if I would ever get back into it at all… but then I saw all my (rather expensive!) equipment just gathering dust in the […]

by Rusty on January 5, 2013, filed: scratch & bash

Review: Schellert Tool

So, when I was searching some forums late at night I came across a post where someone had fashioned their own sculpting tool. The handle and the tool itself had been hand made. I wanted one. The article credited the design to a guy named Gene VanHorne. I googled the name but didn’t come up […]

by Rusty on January 30, 2012, filed: Reviews