From the opposite end of the workbench
the twisted ramblings of a ship modeler.
WHAT IN THE HELL IS THIS DOING HERE?!?!?!
Where is it written that we as modelers, are restricted to one type of model? I realized, as I was sitting here working on a Tamiya 1/48 Fw-190D-9, that I was HAVING FUN. The kit is nice, everything fits, and Ive built enough airplanes in my past to do it in my sleep Instructions? We dont need no stinking instructions. Hell, I was having so much fun that I actually went and got another Focke-Wulf model (a Ta-152H-1) and started working on two at the same time!!
Modeling, whatever area you choose, is a great hobby. Its relaxing, entertaining, and is relatively safe compared to say, nude skydiving, or running with the bulls. Still, I find myself gritting my teeth and struggling through yet another bad ship kit, never realizing that I have the RIGHT to put it down and build something (anything) thats fun, easy to build, or dare I say, both. Some of the purists will call it cheating Youre working on an airplane?? And you call yourself a ship modeler??? Yes its an airplane, or a tank, or a race car hell, it could be Heidi Klumm, it doesnt matter, youre still working on a model.
As long as youre not developing the bad habits that go along with some of these specific types of modeling, its okay once in awhile to build something different, if for no other reason, to prove that youre not a ship modeling snob or, to prove to your friends thats theres a reason why you build ships and they dont because everything else is too easy. Isnt it nice to ruin your pals day by putting an airplane on the model table, your first in a year or two, and beat up on the competition?? Although youre not the competitive type, it still feels good to know that you got the touch, doesnt it?
I built these two aircraft over a period of two weeks and in that time, did some online research to see what new developments had passed me by in the field of aircraft modeling. Lo and Behold, I learned something new Future Floor Wax
Now, its probably not news to most of you, hell, its not news to me either, but its the first time I tried it. Better to experiment on a plastic airplane kit than on a resin ship, right? Ive thrown out the Testors Dull-Cote, now its Future Floor Wax mixed with Tamiya X-21 Flat base for a quart of clear flat that doesnt stink up the house, give the wife an allergy attack, or orange peel on my model not to mention the cost $2.49 for the Flat Base, and $2.79 for a quart of Future
So my little venture back into aircraft models did accomplish something a new technique learned and applied one more thing to add to the repertoire of modeling skills Ive compiled over the years I build nice ships hell, I build great ships but ya know what? My aircraft arent that shabby either. Diversify, learn, enjoy BUILD.