Tag: Models

Pigma Brush Pen

Every once in a while, I trip over a new tool that I just cannot do without. Such is the case for the Pigma Brush series from Sakura Color Products of Japan.

I was sorting through some felt-tip markers in the fine art section of a local A.C. Moore store when I found a small display of these pens.

What caught my attention was the fact that although the tip is similar to an ultra-fine point indelible marker, it is very flexible. The darn thing really does handle like a very fine brush!

So far, my usage has been to fill in extremely thin cracks and seams on folded cardstock. It is very easy to handle and got in places my previous markers didn’t. I’m sure that with a bit of experimentation, I’ll find more uses for this handy tool. Hhmm… Industrial age graphiti anyone?

Both the store display and Sakura’s website show these features:

• Archival quality ink – chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant
• No smears, feathers, or bleed-through on most papers
• Thorough ink delivery to the sides and tip of the flexible brush
• Individual pens available, and in a 6 – color set, and 8 – color set

You can read more at: http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/pen-brush

Be sure to check out the short video clip on their entire line.

Happy modeling!

3D Printing

A Romanian modeler is trying to make a living from selling the pattern files for 3D printed truck models. It is a niche market, at this time. Check out this article, then consider…

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I know a couple of other people, including Ed Traxler, that are making money in niche markets in this manner. No one is getting rich just yet, but I think that companies that make plastic models will soon find themselves downsizing like mad.

We’re going to see 3D printers become common over the next ten years. Like the book publishing industry, the actual creative person will become more important than the manufacturing process. I think the only real value large companies will have is in the editing, advertising, and distribution channels. Large-scale injection molding plants will be shut down. Along with their demise, all their support jobs will go as well.

What do you think?