One of the nicest pieces of feedback I have received came from my “where next” post last year, where Will Pattison, one of the modellers I really look up to, commented that I had got to the point where I was starting my own journey, having figured out the basics from other people. I have no idea where that journey is going, so I can only assume this is one of those journeys where you only figure out where you’re going by getting there. So let’s take a look at where my journey has gone in the last year.
It has been interesting and instructive to look back on my past ten or so years of modelling, but there’s little point if we can’t learn anything from it. I need to learn something, because at this point I feel like I am just circling, unable to improve. I have successfully reached a stage where I can easily build models to a decent quality, often with a nice finish, but I know that I am a long way from the quality of the guys I really look up to.
While thinking of what I wanted to say for a 2019 roundup, I realised I got back into modelling in 2009. That’s not quite ten years, because of how numbers work, but it still feels like a good point to pause and reflect on how I got here. All I can say is that I hadn’t realised I’d improved that much. The bar was set low…
Why do people build so many WWII German subjects? Many possibilities have been raised, and here are three reasons I think we are missing: poor history, subject visibility, and perceived elan.
Since the announcement that Wingnut Wings’ first effort outside of their typical First World War subject matter will be a 1/32 scale Lancaster, I’ve heard a lot of people get very excited about it. I’ve also heard a few ask whether this move makes sense for the company and whether we can expect to see any further kits from later eras.
In this article, I’m going to show why this makes business sense, and what this might mean for the future.