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

By The Average Modeller

I am 48 years old and have been modelling since the autumn of 2002 when after a random nip into a local model shop on my way to work I purchased the old Tamiya Sd.kfz 223. I shared the build and paint job with my Step Dad where we made the fatal mistake of paining it before we finished the assembly and we ended up with a bit of a glue covered painted mess. When not involved in any modelling stuff I like to spend my time pottering around my garden, spending time with the other half and the children, listening to music, getting stressed at my football teams inabilities and procrastinating about just about everything else, oh! yes and work where I am Site Manager at a large primary school.

One reply on “Modelling because we have to not because we want to …..”

Glad I’m not the only one who gets burnt out after Telford, still haven’t completed a model since then lol.
The roof rack breaking is hardly surprising given how fragile they are, and it will at least warn others in your build review about how delicate the parts are.
Andy 🙂

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