Orangeville, ON (James Doan) Model building is pretty much a task of recreating history you can hold in the palm of your hand. Any model is a representation of a real or designed prototype. The mark of a successful modeller is the ability to present a model that has practically all of the attributes of its subject.
Before the advent of plastic kits, a modeller was generally obliged to shape a piece of balsa or other material into the shape of his project. Now, much of that work has been replaced by plastic, resin or metal components that have a high degree of accuracy and detail of their prototypes. Advanced modellers may still choose to add aftermarket accessories or modify the parts of their model to recreate variations or upgrades of their subject, but for the average or beginning modeller, the kits can produce a satisfactory result.
As you progress in your modelling you will have to work on advancing your techniques to properly use the tools and materials you have. Practice will allow you to develop the skills to apply the appropriate techniques. Patience will give you time to try various techniques, devoting extra effort to let you master each one as required.
Scale modelling has proven to be one of the world’s most enduring hobbies. The selection of subjects is broad and the hobby can be enjoyed with even a beginner’s skill or with great artistry.
Many other modellers are eager to share their experience and help you perfect your craft.