Category Archives: Musings

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.

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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…

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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.

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about default settings: what they say about who we think matters and their impact on the market.  They may be contributing to an elitist mindset among scale modellers.

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Lately, I’ve been reflecting upon the kits I’ve built.  While thinking about what I enjoyed building as a kid and what I’m enjoying now, I wondered how much of my choice has been personal interest and how much was dictated by the kits available.  As a kid, many were gifts, too.

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“Basic modelling skills”, also shortened to “BMS” is a phrase that has entered the modelling lexicon.  Here I will argue that it has a negative effect on the hobby and its community, show why it is flawed, and suggest how we might improve.

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Fish swim, birds fly, bears steal hubcaps (thanks Gary Larson!), and scale model bloggers write about what they built during the year.  So “bear” with me as I talk through the good, bad, and ugly of this year’s building.

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