After a bit of a hiatus from the keyboard I thought it may be the right time to return back to my blog seeing that the summer is upon us and it is usually a busy modelling time for me as I start many kits with the autumn model shows on the mind that usually end up with one maybe two if I am lucky completed before we travel up to the midlands in early November for scale model world. This year as everyone knows has been a strange one and with show after show after show cancelled or postponed and the likelihood that most if not all shows will go the same way I may not be starting my planned Telford 2020 builds yet carrying on working through my shelf of shame, those irritating and frustrating half builds that stall for many reasons and sit on the shelf and glare at you daring you to look at them. During lockdown I have spent many an hour doing my best to reduce that shelf contents hoping that perhaps one day it will be empty and I can go back to starting a kit and completing it before I move onto the next.
I think the lockdown that we have all endured has been a difficult one for most however apart from the fact that me and the partner in crime Kerry have continued going to work albeit with slightly less hours, it has allowed me many extra hours at the workbench which in turn has enabled me to fall back in love with this wonderful hobby and got me thinking about getting the shelf of shame empty and thinking about some future projects I would like to try. While I was thinking about future projects and looking around my workroom I also thought about moving on some of the projects that at the time were a good idea and feel that they are not so much now. It is odd how we as modellers amass these vast stashes of kits that we think we will get round to doing yet somehow never get the time or something better comes along so we buy another and another and hence the stash gets bigger and the time we have left on earth gets small. I was watching with interest the other day when a quite well known online retailer who deals in second hand kits received and popped on their website a couple of collections over a couple of days and they virtually all sold out within a few hours, are we just hoarders or are we buying up these kits for another reason, could it be greed, or are we subconsciously concerned on the effect that Brexit will have on our kit supply line?. To be honest I have been slightly concerned about what will happen in the coming months in regard to our hobby however what is done is done and unfortunately we will just have to see what occurs.
So with kits slowly but surely being removed from the shelf of shame and some sold and moved on I thought that it would create some extra space in the workroom which has not been the case, it just goes to show that I have far too many kits in my small and compact modelling room. I do not know about anyone else my inspiration to buy kits or plan projects usually come from seeing them in a magazine or on the various forums or social media platforms that I frequent, as an example I saw a lovely rendition of Eduard’s Sabre a few years ago and that I would love to replicate that so I bought one, it sat and sat on a shelf in the workroom until I decided that as an armour modeller I was never really going to build it so it was put on eBay and moved on, I wonder how many of us are inspired by seeing a great model only to buy it then sell it on several years down the line as we feel that we can never do it justice. I know from my own experience that my buying habits have changed since I first started modelling back in the early 90’s when I would nip off to the local model shop buy a couple of kits go home build and paint them then return to the model shop and do it all over again. Now it is a case of seeing a kit on the internet or at a show buy it, let it sit fermenting in the workroom waiting its turn which may or not occur as within a week or so, maybe a month it has been put down the pecking order by other purchases and with my kit finishing rate being what it is that kit I purchased at a model show back in the late 1990’s may get built some time in the 2090’s.
It is a bit of an exaggeration of course however I do still have an old Esci horse drawn convoy that I bought back in 1993/4 that is untouched and has been slowly sliding down the pecking order for many reasons and not just that it is full of flash and the moulds are possibly older than the world itself. So as we get older our stashes get bigger and when our time on earth is up it will be somebody else’s problem to make sense of why we needed to buy 9 Dragon half tracks and 6 Tamiya field kitchens, after all an army needs feeding even if it is a plastic army. You know I envy those modellers who have the discipline to buy one project at a time, finish it and then purchase the next one and so on, I can remember sitting having a cup of tea at the Leas Cliff halls in Folkestone when a guy came in paid his entrance fee and reappeared 15 minutes later with an armful of kits and when somebody questioned what he was doing he said he had bought his years projects and it was something that had been doing for the last couple of years, this was before the internet really got going, I was impressed with that, I hence took a leaf out of his book and went in and bought several kits, a years worth of modelling, not quite sure what year it was going to be and I think I still have 2 of them sitting untouched just waiting patiently for it to be there turn. 2020 has been an odd year, 1 model show attended and possibly none until next year which in turn has had an affect on my buying habits, I just seem to have bought what I have needed, some tools here, a book or two there, a couple of sets of tracks and King Tiger interior and maybe that is the way forward for me, modelling tokens have been at a premium for whatever reason and maybe just maybe the lockdown has changed my purchasing habits, only time will tell.
The Average Modeller