Orangeville, ON (James Doan) To get the most satisfaction from your modelling project, you should take the time to thoroughly research the real subject. You will find that by learning more about the prototype, you will be able to build a better detailed model.
To be the best possible modeller you can be, you must have access to reliable reference material, otherwise you will be limiting your abilities. There are many opportunities to accumulate a good reference library, even around the house. Be ever watchful of the magazines and colour supplements that arrive at your house. Never throw any of them out before checking them for possible items you will be able to use. This is a great, and inexpensive, way to build a file of relevant material.
Unless the subject is one that you have a particular affinity for, you should not buy the oversize, glossy photo, coffee table books that often appear on sale at local book stores. Usually they tend to be very short on detailed information, giving only a brief review of the topic. If the price is irresistable, then you could consider purchasing it, but you can usually save even this minor outlay but arranging to borrow the book from the local library.
Show restraint when purchasing books, try to only buy ones that deal specifically with topics that are relevant to your main area of interest. When the occasion warrants, you can borrow the necessary reference books from another modeller to assist you when working on projects beyond your usual area of interest.