Part of modelling for me is therapy it helps both my bipolar and my autistic sides. Currently its working two ways, building helps me feel in control* in an out of control world so helping to de-stress. The second way? Just because photo's exist of say a particular Tiger tank doesn't mean the camouflage is easy to deduce from it.
So which is right and what's this possibly got to do with therapy? Well I'll give my best answer for the first part, honestly we weren't there and with the quality of the photo's available we can't know for sure which if any options are right. Lighting, shading, the effect of zimmerit etc all make it very difficult to do more than guess. So the second part how can this be related to therapy? It teaches that sometimes with as much control as one has over modelling we have to surrender our rigidity and admit there are things we can't control but can still be enjoyed.
*Maybe gives structure and order would be better words than control.
Well the current popular thing at the moment seems to be the 10 year, so I thought it would be interesting to see how far I've improved over the last 10 years (and not how much hair I've lost).
First Dragons 1941 T-34 and Takom's Chieftain Mk.11, honestly for the time period the T-34 was well done, biggest problem is the whitewash looks more like chipped paint than a faded whitewash.
The second is a much more obvious difference, Airfix's 1/76 Tiger I and Riich Models Bren gun carrier in 1/35. Yes there is the very obvious scale difference the size of finished kits isn't that much different. The Tiger? In my defence I was actually going for a crudely field applied whitewash where you can actually see the brush/broom/mop application marks inspired by the images below, my error was in using "over scale" tools i.e. the brush I used was to big and I slopped on to much.
The Bren gun carriers two biggest faults one was mine, I assumed the error in the instructions had been corrected from earlier versions (as Riich had stated) when it wasn't and it was to late to correct when I found out, this then caused some alignment issues. The second problem? Inferior airbrush (read as cheap ebay airbrush) limiting the control available, fixed as of last Monday on receiving a Badger Renegade Krome, which in the three days I've had it I've spent a minimum of an hour a day getting to know it.
Meet Nexus (Why Nexus? My partner suggested it and I liked it, no deep hidden meanings). She is the new mascot for Next Level Models you will find her lurking here and there, now on to other things...
My Birthday day is next week and this is the first in many years I haven't received a new kit, not to say I'm not getting something model related, a new airbrush. My first airbrush was a Testors Aztek, nice easy to clean and you could change the spray pattern by replacing the tip. Only problem was there was no way to access to main body to clean it. Theoretically it wasn't supposed to get dirty is my guess but after 4-5 years some paint does start to backwash and clog things up, in convincing mine to open a small part broke and that was that. For the last 5 years or so I've been using a couple of cheap Chinese airbrush's with relatively good (not excellent) but consistent results and they don't do fine very well, So instead of a new kit or three for this years birthday I've invested in a new Badger Renegade Krome. Looking forward to comparing results ...
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes" Changes - David Bowie
New logo (well 3 in fact), plus a new mascot in the works (cause why not).
I've always thought some of the pages are a bit long, with the newer builds really confirming it so newer builds will be spread over 3 or 4 sub pages. So lots of editing coming (plus all the rewrites I didn't manage last year oops! ).
I will also be introducing a few YouTube clips pieced together from photos and possibly with some actual videos coming later.
That's all for today, off to the bench.
… well actually pretty sure he didn't but hey sue me.
Seems to be no matter how hard I try I just can't get my head straight enough to consistently make a positive post every week. Honestly I have enough random thoughts for posts (that I note down), it's just being in a healthy enough head space to actually sit down and post. So since the road to hell is paved with good intentions (or so Buzz tells me) website fee's are paid up for another year so lets try this again next week...
it's what we do right?
I started modelling as a tween in the 80's. Initially on Matchbox's tri-colour 1/72 kits then moving onto Revellogram, AMT, DML (later became Dragon), a few Hasegawa and possibly even a Tamiya. When I got back into modelling about 10 years ago there were a few new manufacturer's on the scene with even more coming since.
30 years ago gaps, seams, poor fitting and occasionally chunky out of scale parts etc were considered part of modelling and considering how kit moulds were designed and made it would be a surprise if their wasn't at least a few issues here and there. Modern kits are now usually done in CAD programs which usually minimises fit and other design issues. We modellers as a group are becoming spoiled for quality not seen even on kits produced 15-20 years ago, and it's producing what in my eye's a scarily growing trend of modellers just giving up and tossing kits into the garbage because they require a little more work, skill, time or combination of all three. Personally I've never chucked a kit because of its quality, and when presented with a challenging kit I either A: persevere and feel great at achieving an end result the was challenging and skill building or B: if I feel I do not currently have the skills/equipment to do the subject justice it gets temporarily added to the shelf of doom.
So why do some builders bin a kit? These are some of the reasons I have seen posted on FB groups and model forums
-They that they feel they are to time poor to add extra time to the build.
-They just like relaxing builds and are happy maintaining X Level of skill.
-After spending X amount of dollars they are disgusted at having to spend extra time or more dollars at fixing an imperfect kit.
A few points here, in the internet heavy modern society its quite easy to spend even just 5 minutes researching a kit for it flaws or a spending 10-15 minutes to find out a recommended kit for a particular subject and skill level. My personal first stop is Scalemates.com. Scalemates in an excellent database with links to reviews to most kits available to todays market.
So what to do if you find yourself with a kit you don't want anymore? Unless it has been heavily damaged (and even then maybe) someone local (or maybe not local) may want it, hell if its still in relatively early build stages you might be able to get a few bucks back for it, even its 90% built someone may still want it for parts to replace their own damaged bits or for a scratch build. So before binning it please ask on forums, local FB groups or local model clubs if someone wants its, at the very least you might make someone happy with it and you might just be able to get a few bucks back.
Some quick progress shots on my redo of the first kit I built after getting back into modelling. Inbox shots now on original page here. Actual build updates and article rewriting will be started in a the next few days.
Looking over both my "Work in Progress" kits and my Shelf Queens the other day I realized a good half of them are there because of a fear of failure. I have this image in my head how I want the finished build to look, I get to painting or near painting and I stall, I make excuses, start a new kit or just do other non productive things. This probably isn't helped by the fact that I have LOTs of model groups in my Facebook feed. So many great looking finished builds, some by professional builders most by Joe next door.
Over the course of time I have realized two things. First- whether it's a professional build or a model that looks like it been built in 20 minutes with thick brush marks left in the paint work, they are all better than mine. Why? Because they are completed and mine isn't. Second- No matter how good these builds may look while I'm scrolling through Facebook if I stop and actually look, maybe enlarge the image I see something. An imperfection not noticeable at first glance, now I'm not judging the original creator on this flaw, if anything I should thank them as I've come realize recently (I know but better late than never right ;) ) that my builds (or at least my more recently completed ones) are as good and in my opinion sometimes better than many of the kits I see and mark my milestone against. When I see the flaws on my kits, I'm seeing them up very close, sometimes images from macro setting on 20 megapixal then displayed on a 27inch monitor showing faults that the naked eye can't see.
So as a personal challenge I have given myself that for every new kit started I have to finish my most recently started build and at least one of my shelf queens. Do I expect to finish every kit on my shelf of shame? No, some of those kits have just been there to long, taken to much damage or lost to many parts. realistically I do hope to shrink the shelf of doom eventually by at least two thirds maybe even more.