Well having my workbench snowed under with kids tech getting things built, rebuilt or just plain cleaned up on both software and hardware levels ready for new school year, has made it so I haven't had any space to build. I do have a update hardware wise though. I ordered (and since received) a light tent to help control the lighting for end of build photo's to try and give better overall tones. Pic included below from a quick trial session.
But as to todays meme? I was doing a bit of facebookering (as it gets called in these parts) and came across a post of someone wanting photos of a weathered T-14 (Russia's new main battle tank) for their build. While I'm all for people going all out building and finishing a kit however they want for a "realistic" finish there is the odd occasion when a factory fresh finish is the realistic finish. Not to say you can't make up a fictional scenario, feel free as that's a large portion of the paper panzer brigade have to do, but sometimes parade ground clean can be the correct, realistic and accurate finish.
2016's first completion and a Rivet Counters nightmare (or wet dream). I'm sure even a apprentice rivet counter could find much more than just the paint work on Tamiya's Jagdpanther to complain about and the amount cares given? Zero
Modelling for the vast majority of is a Hobby, and as such it should relax us. If you get your jollies from doing hours of research, spending many hours and dollars accurizing a kit, painting to perfection with just that perfect shade more power to you. If on the other hand you get your thrill from opening a new kit, relaxing and building it right from the box with all the manufacturers flaws and limitations of plastic molding then again power to you. I'm guessing most modellers (self included) fall somewhere in between these two extremes.
Personally I often find myself following the dark path of the Rivet Counter and losing enjoyment and desire for the build and losing track of the point of hobby to begin with by being to anal, too perfect or dreaming to large and trying to obtain said perfection. I'm not sure wether it's a character flaw that comes from the manic side of my bipolar or if its from somewhere else, either way by consciously taking a step back and looking at things objectively I have been gaining more enjoyment and relaxation from the hobby again. Usually its just a simple question of Do I have the dollars for that extra aftermarket accessory? No then finish and be happy without it or Do I have the experience or equipment to finish the kit like it is in my mind? No, so be happy as it is and try again on the next build. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that we are not perfect and this is a hobby that most of are always learning new things and we shouldn't judge ourselves by others standards but by being happy with our own.
A new year and a new start (but not a new year resolution).
The Plan? To do a blog post on here and face book 3-4 times a week. Reality? Well we shall see. Contents will range from basic updates to rants to comments on trends and new kits to everything else model related (and maybe some not).