Normally the opportunity to spend a whole weekend in the company of good friends and models occurs just once a year however this year is a bit different. In an advancement on the very fast approaching annual trip to Telford for Scale Model World this coming weekend will see myself and my ever suffering partner in crime Kerry attending the Farnborough model show and the new Euro Miniature Expo in sunny Folkestone, this last week or so has seen us extremely busy at the bench adding the finishing touches to a few models to fill the club stand with, or in my case completely weathering 3 tanks that look very much the same, there is not much variation on a green tank yet I have been slaving away doing my best to ruin the paint work I have been striving for who knows how long to look right. Now with just one day left to go until the 2 shows are upon us and it is just a case of adding the finishing touches, packing them all up for the journey, ironing the club attire charging the camera batteries and getting ourselves there.
It is not very often I say this however it has been quite a revelation the last 7/8 weeks as I found my way through 2 complete builds even though these have only been primed and base coated it is a far cry from my struggles in the early part of the year when the mere thought of opening a box full of plastic filled me with dread self doubt and highlighted a severe lack of drive and motivation, yet I have not only built 2 complete kits another 4 kits found there way to the shed to be airbrushed and 3 out of that 4 have made it to the final steps of my very disjointed and direction lacking weathering sequence. What I have learnt as I sat with a blank look on my face on where to start my weathering sequence is that finding a way that makes me happy and comfortable when applying weathering to my chosen project is something that needs to be found. Over the years I have read many an article on how I should be weathering my tank none of which have worked for me, maybe a different approach is needed by myself to find a suitable way of reaching the level and the finish I desire.
With the hotel booked and paid for and club members touched bass with our attention can now turn to getting through tomorrow, packing the car up and having that final sleep and then getting up at silly o’clock on a saturday to take the final hour or so drive over to Camberley for what is one of my favourite shows of the year, IPMS Farnboroughs Modelfest, however before we do there is just the small fact of getting those 3 little green tanks finished, matt coated boxed and ready to display. Modelling for me at the moment is a journey, a journey of being motivated enough to make a start on something and the drive to see it through until the thing is built, it is then a case of taking a deep breath, spraying on some primer and trying different approaches until I manage to find a system that works for me, it may be an idea for me to make some notes so that each one that does not work for me can be crossed of until I find that winning formula, and then practice practice practice because after all practice does make perfect, well as perfect as I am ever gonna get. So until the next time I am journeying out into the shed for a little painting session I will just enjoy what I have done, what I am doing and enjoy that weekend full of models….
The Average Modeller