Orangeville, ON (James Doan) Personally, I enjoy researching a new project almost as much as building it. Not only do I get information about the real thing which directs the building process, but it’s interesting to learn about the technical or historical aspects. I also enjoy swapping parts from one kit to another, holding up bits of one kit against another model to see what’s possible and trying to envisage whether the wheels from one kit will fit the tires from another, or whatever. And I still get a buzz from lifting the lid off a brand new kit for the first time, looking at the sprues and trying to imagine what the finished model will look like.
Every one of us modellers has a talent for some aspect of modelling, even if we aren’t all completely comfortable with every element. But we can all learn from those who have skills which we don’t possess. The best way to learn is to watch someone who is an expert. We can’t all do that, but it is possible to follow the expertise of skilled modelers through the pages of the many modelling magazines currently available. You can often find back issues at your local library.
You might build for your own satisfaction. Here, you can build models of subjects that appeal to you. You can use techniques you are most familiar with and build to a level of detail and quality that satisfies you.
Then again, if you build in order to display your work, whether for family, friends or other club members, you are going to work to a distinct set of standards. While your family might share your interests and enjoy similar subjects, your friends might have a better appreciation of models of topics with which they are more familiar. Club members might be more interested in seeing a model which displays a novel modelling technique or a variation on one of their own subjects.
If entering competitions is the reason you build, you will probably work with yet another range of subjects and looking to use aftermarket parts and additional specialized techniques to make a unique and prize-winning model.
Understanding the audience for which you build will allow you to plan the way you will select a subject and apply the necessary techniques. This will add to the pleasure you will get from working on the project and result in a more apt model for your audience to view.