A tidy workbench, the sign of a sick mind or a sign of too much tidying???


When I was in my workroom earlier this week putting away the remnants from building the Diopark Mercedes and as I put the last of the unused parts away putting the lid on the box and stacking it neatly onto the ‘it needs painting’ pile, I tightened the lid on the glue, put the sanding sticks neatly to one side, arranged the tweezers craft knife and side cutters into size order, made a small tower out of the numerous buffing pads that loiter on the bench and wiped over the cutting mat with a damp cloth it made me wonder if anybody else spends as much time as me tidying the workbench??. I tend to have a tidy every time I venture in, whether it be to sit and ponder  life look for something or whilst I chat on the phone, moving the tools around, putting them on the cutting mat, moving them off putting them away, getting them out again…..

Now if I am honest the room itself is not that tidy, I share it with boxes and boxes of stuff that I should either sell , give away or just throw away yet have not got round to doing so. The models that live in there are neat and tidy, nicely stacked on neat shelves, in size order of course, just waiting for me to reach forward, pluck one off the shelf open the box have a look inside then put the lid back on and put back on it’s designated place on the shelf, another project for another day probably far too many projects for my lifetime, however the workbench is always tidy, I often wonder if the pioneers of the hobby in its current form, the likes of Shep Paine, Francois Verlinden ever tidied the workbench between projects, or did they just plow on moving from one thing to another a veritable blur of projects, who knows, I for one like to work in a tidy work space, knowing that what I need is not far away as not much irritates me more than spending half of that precious modelling time looking for something that I  may or may not find, wasted time in a busy life, although I will always find time to keep that workbench clean and tidy.

The Average Modeller

Pets and modelling, not a good mix….


Whilst sitting at the workbench last Sunday doing my best to finish off the Diopark Mercedes, I had been up and down attending to other chores as I waited for glue to dry when all of a sudden from the far reaches of space (the window sill I think) this fine fellow (see above) appeared rather awkwardly onto the cutting matt via the desk lamp making the light smack the desk sending the lamp de-fuser parts flying and knocking over an open bottle of Tamiya extra thin cement (I had the brush in my hand at the time gluing a door together) luckily the parts of the car were to the back of the bench so did not melt to the cutting matt, the left hand side of the matt is not in as good condition as it was sadly, I was trying to keep it in pristine condition… it looked so nice before now it looks like I actually  use it!!!!, people may get the wrong impression and think that modelling does actually occur in the workroom and the expectation will be that there will be something built painted weathered and actually finished….. oh! the mere though of such things.

Jason The Average Modeller.


Modelling because we have to not because we want to …..

I was sitting at the workbench yesterday struggling to retrieve one side of a very very fragile roof rack from it’s 12 (yes 12) sprue attachment points on the Diopark  70’s Mercedes (DP35018) once I had discovered that I was never going to completely remove this fragile piece of plastic without breaking it in several places  I gave up on the third break, it’s not something I usually do but under the circumstances the roof rack was never going to be built without completely rebuilding it from scratch and I was nearly out of time and my neck was telling me it needed a rest. The kit in question (70’s German made civilian car with living supplies) was thrust into my hand in the car park of the International Centre Telford on the Sunday afternoon of Scale Model World 2016 by Darren at Armorama on one of my many trips to the boot of the car to stash the recent purchases. Having accepted the kit I was rather excited at being asked to do a build review, not allowing the thought that I am a lazy sod when it comes to modelling and it will take me all my energies just convincing myself that I should get up off my backside and make a start. I had felt a bit burnt out after the build up and attending scale model world that I felt it necessary to take a break from modelling (huge mistake) and pick it up again during my time off over Christmas. This was not too be and I still had not made a start by the time I returned to work in early January, I am a strong believer in the school of thought that there is always tomorrow. I finally made a start on the 29th of January and added the finishing touches this week (minus the roof rack of course) and found it quite a task to get it over the finish line. I have to take my hat off to anybody who builds (and paints/weathers) a model to a deadline whether it be for a commission a review or a magazine article, I know that it’s not for me, my lack of motivation is key in that decision and being a lazy so and so modelling will just stay just a hobby for me, I get distracted far too easily and still after over 20 years of modelling I am still a but insecure about what I do and regardless of what anybody tells me, I am just an average modeller.

The Average Modeller