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10 Confessions of a Modeler

Like all influencers worth their weight in pixels declare at some point: "today we're going to do something a little different". Today is confession day.

I've been at my second act of modeling for a few years now. I've built over a dozen kits, read 100s of kit reviews, watched countless hours of modeling videos, and spent an embarrassing amount of time on modeling-related social media. In the process I've learned a lot about myself, and more about my relationship with the hobby. Now it's time to share 10 of my self-assessed idiosyncrasies with you, my awesome readers!

1) Spends more time at the bench thinking about modeling than actually modeling. Let's face it, sometimes the hobby bench is your you place. It is a place offering comfort after a long day at school, work, or life's other stressors. But just because you are sitting right in front of that half-built kit, doesn't mean you are in the mood to actually build said half-built kit. Nah, not tonight! Tonight is about or watching the latest Night Shift video.

2) Has multiple kits on the bench at any one time. I started to log my building time. That relatively simple 1/35 Tamiya T-34/76 1943: 36 hours! Nearly a work week. That's an eternity in the age of instant gratification. So how have I adapted? The answer is multiple kits spanning several genres in various stages of completion. Armor? Check. Ships? Check. Plane? Check. You get the idea. That way plastic can be on the menu tonight, painting tomorrow, and photoetch hell can be saved for the weekend!

Air, land, and under the sea!

3) Enjoys building more than painting. There, I said it! This is a confessional after all. Today's kits are so well engineered that the emphasis in the hobby has shifted from construction techniques (read: mold-error-correction) to painting and weathering. Now it feels like 90% of a "build" is really "coloring", my catch-all phrase for adding color to bare plastic. Not great! But it's still ridiculous to suggest pulling an ill-fitting legacy kit out of the stash to restore the build/coloring ratio.

Now this feels good!

4) Likes the challenge of hand brushing but the results of an airbrush. Tube glue and paint brushes. That's where our journey started. While the former is easily replaced by superior alternatives, the latter is still an indispensable tool. These days, many modelers "trade up" to an airbrush. It's become something of a milestone, and I remember the joy when I got my first one. But there's something more here. How much of acquiring the airbrush is an admission that the hand brush is too difficult to master? Every now and then I like to revisit this question.

Brush painting
Brush painting with Tamiya Acrylics? That's a challenge I'm up for.

5) Builds kits along themes. I like cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. Modern US Navy. Check. Panzer evolution. Check. Pacific Aviation. Soon-to-be-check. I think it's nice when different vehicles can be paired with their peers or foils. Doing so creates a more immersive modeling experience for me.

Airplane models
World War II naval aviation in the Pacific here I come!

6) Needs to visit "Model City" Shizuoka, Japan. Fujimi, Aoshima, Hasegawa, and Tamiya are some of the big names that call this city home. It started shortly after the Second World War when the city began to make wooden toys. By the 50s, plastic became the material of choice. The rest is written in history, sitting on our bench or waiting in our stash. Why do I want to go? Well, where else can you find sprues as public art pieces, an annual convention, and a model history museum?

7) Watches a movie, reads a book, or has a meal and is inspired to buy a new kit. I'm sure I'm not the only one that's contracted "modeler's itch" from books and movies. Pretty standard stuff. But it turns out that meals are also triggering. Recently I was treated to an amazing Israeli meal, and within 5 minutes I was daydreaming about a dusty M51 Sherman on the workbench. Go figure. And be forewarned.

My interests are showing :-)

8) Sees weathering on the street and wonders how to recreate it. We modelers probably don't get enough exercise. Just know that you don't need to sit at your bench all day to get that modeling fix. Go outside. Into fresh air. Let the sun restore your Vitamin D deficiency. There's tons of inspiration on the streets. For example, fire escapes and other metal fixtures tend to have chipped paint and 1:1 scale rusting galore. Definitely don't forget about streaking effects on cars and buildings, too.

9) Never builds anything from the stash. The Stash is for building. I will leave you with that ambiguity.

Model stash
The stash is looking for a SB2C Helldiver in1/48 and the 1/700 USS Detroit photoetch upgrade set by BigBlueBoy

10) Buys paint for yet-to-be-acquired kits. Nothing is worse than building a model only to find that none of the dozen greys in your current inventory are the right grey. And when the time comes to pick up that very-specific-only-this-shade-will-do color from the local hobby shop, it's guaranteed that they won't have it either. Clearly there is a run. And you don't want to fall victim to a paint run. Ergo, an expanding inventory of unused paints is really an insurance policy to protect against future frustrations.

Final thoughts

Now that you've read my confession, it's your turn in the comments! Do you share in any of these idiosyncrasies, or have your own? Remember, there's no time like the present to find like-minded people :-)

Thanks for reading,


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Unknown member
May 26, 2023

Confessions of an artist

1) Spends more time at the table thinking about drawing than actually drawing.

2) Enjoys sketching more than inking.

3) Likes the challenge of dip pens but the results of an fineliners

4) Never builds anything from the morgue file

5) Buys copic markers and paper for yet-to-be-drawn projects

good read

May 28, 2023
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Yowza! A set of those copic markers is $400. I thought my paint addiction/affliction was bad. How long do those things last? What’s so good about them? I only rose to the level of Crayola, lol.

A “morgue file” ehh?


J Carr
J Carr
May 26, 2023

Nice book selection. I have some of them myself.

My nonfiction WW2 library is about 140 books, mostly pertaining to the Pacific theater, where my father fought, but I also have the European theater covered to some extent. Less on the Russian front and the Africa campaigns, there is only so much time, after all.

Keep modeling and posting, I enjoy your insights and your photos.

May 28, 2023
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Wow, J! That must be an amazing collection. If you had to recommend one from your Pacific section, what would it be? Do you have a good idea of where your father was stationed?

Thanks for the kind words re. my posts and builds! There’s definitely more to come :-)

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