Modelling is my favourite pastime. Over the years, I have expanded my collection of models and have tried to achieve perfection. As easy as it may seem to build a plastic model, it is hard to master the art of modelling. Yes, I belive it is an art. An art of paint, detail, determination and foresight.
Modelling is such an attractive hobby that you hardy want to get up from the modelling table when you start working on a new project. But of couse you have to: Both to sleep and to wait for paint to dry. Painting a model is, in my opinion, is even harder than building it. That is why I call modelling an art. No two painted models can ever be the same, because you put your creativity and your skill into the models you paint. You can create even the smallest details: Door outlines in the Titatic, dashboard details in an old sport car, camufulage scheme of a small scale cruiser and so forth. Much of the paint details are omitted in the booklets included with plastic model kits and you have to do research and use your imagination at times. On a tight będget, you also have to mix colors to get colors similar to those in the instruction sheet. Luckily, I have a collection of about 80 paints by now. But believe me or not, I occasionally need to by new ones; of course some of the paints tend to dry up after sometime but still...
Plastic modelling is nice and smooth compared to wood modelling, which required a greater amount of devotion and time. I am learning this just now, as I build my first wooden ship: the 1:50 scale Harvey by Artesania Latina. It is really proving to be a challange and taking a lot of time. In wooden ship, you have to make most of te parts for yourself and you follow only broad plans. I am on the 3rd week of building and have yet only completed the first layer of hull planking and the deck planking. I will move on to building the bulkwarks and waterways this week.
Below you will find photographs of some of the models I have built. These models were built quite some time ago, and I have built many since than. I haven't yet photographed the never ones but I will be putting them up shortly. Maybe you will like them and decide to start modelling yourself (if you are a non modeller that is) or you will find that they are not in your taste. Either way, this page is for us modellers to share our thoughts and techniques. So just send me an email and I will post it here.
The latest addition to my models is the R/C sailboat Saphir by Graupner, which I have completed in Spring 2005. Click on the below picture to go to my Saphir page.
SAPHIR by GRAUPNER
ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLD by REVELL
MORGEN 4/4 by TAMIYA
DON GARLIT'S REAR ENGINE DRAGSTER by REVELL
ROYAL SOVERIGN by AIRFIX
HMS BELFAST by AIRFIX