My workplace

When I started work on my first kit a few weeks ago I placed myself at a table in the livingroom. I promised my girlfriend I didn’t need much room, and I thought I didn’t at that point.. 2 weeks later ‘my area’ had expanded from about 10% to probably 60%. And after buying my first airbrush I realized that both the limited room and the light weren’t doing it for me. We have an extra room built behind the house, and lighting and air circulation are far from ideal unfortunatly, and yellow lighting in the living room just won’t cut it. So it was time to move the operation to my ‘man cave’ straight under the window.

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At first I just placed all the stuff on a table much like it had been in the living room, however I didn’t really like using that toolbox and the lack of space left on the table.

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So yesterday I moved my bookcloset closer to the table and placed all my paints and the stuff I use the most in there, at eyelevel. Ofcourse the stuff I use all the time is left on the table, but I don’t mind too much.

The toolbox still has some spare tools and supplies but isn’t taking up space on the table and the new Spitfire kit is underneath it. Next to the table is my first kit so I can experiment with techniques on that model.

I really like working in a place that feels efficient to what I want to do! Also, the light is so much better here. When it gets darker in the evening the coming months I will have to replace that big yellow light on the table with something better as I’ve found out that yellow light is just not ideal when you’re airbrushing.. I hope I can get something more neutral. I will have to look at what the internet says about what sort of lighting to use.

My third kit (Revell 03927, Spitfire Mk. IXc 1/32)

I think Star Wars also didn’t begin with the first part of the saga, and even though I know absolutely nothing about Star Wars and a blog about scale modeling isn’t exactly a saga, I have reasons to start off with my third kit purchase. As I’ve said I want to spend a seperate blog to my first build attempt. There are some developments regarding this third kit though, so I’m getting right into that one.

So, a short while ago in a living room not so far away..

..I opened up my third purchased kit in just a couple of weeks. Just like my first kit this was Revell 03927, a 1/32 scale Spitfire Mk. IXc by Revell.

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I picked up the habit of checking the box content after seeing YouTube member ‘International British Builder’ (check the links for his excellent YouTube channel) doing it and actually finding some incorrectly filled boxes. The contents of this box were complete.. however I noticed some nasty misformed details on the leftside of the fuselage:

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Initially I just noticed the white line and the outsticking part which has rivet detail on it.. even I would trust myself to be able to get rid of that part and sand it. However the rivet detail I am not sure still at this point how to get it back at around the same level of quality the original part has and I started making photo’s to send to my supplier.

Then I noticed that actually the entire side of the rear end of the cockpit was sticking out.. hence the white line.

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The next day I got a card from my supplier with contact details of the head of customer service of Revell.. Sent him a mail on friday evening 6pm, got a reply on monday morning 9am saying it was no problem to send a new part.

So today I picked it up. The lady at the mail order company must have thought I was an idiot when I started smiling at seeing her enter with a Revell box like it was an old friend I hadn’t seen for 10 years. Ofcourse I didn’t have the patience to wait until I was home.

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Ofcourse the replacement part looks fine.

I wasn’t too optimistic at the prospect of having to rely on Revell’s customer service, particulairly after some bad experience Internation British Modeler has had with them. But I have to say there was absolutely no trouble getting a new part, in fact it was incredibly quick service!

My original plan was for this to be my second kit, but in the meantime I have started another kit, on which I will also spend a seperate blog.

For now I am tired so it’s time for some rest. Hopefully I’ll have some energy later to get some actual modeling done.

First post

An original title to start things off!
In this first entry I will simply lay out my reasons for starting a blog and what I plan to do with it.

A few weeks ago I was forced to rethink my hobbies, or in particular one hobby that took much of my time: computergaming. Since my work as an IT consultant (or software engineer to be more precise) sitting behind a screen all day it became clear to me that with increased stress and having passed the thirty mark did not combine too well with spending another 3 or 4 hours behind a screen making decisions.

So when I started my first steps of recovering from a burnout and was told to relax, I of course started with doing what I had liked for years: gaming. I didn’t enjoy it.. I didn’t enjoy very much anyway the first weeks. In fact around that time I opened up a modelkit which I still had laying around and at the first step in the instruction I already folded. Too difficult! However as the weeks went by and I started to become a bit more active I really noticed the difference in required energy between activities. Computergames kept feeling difficult and seemed to ask the most of my thinking abilities and most of the little concentration I was able to give it. At some point I reopened the modelkit again.. and decided I wanted to try this again, but on a larger scale and with World War 2 era planes.

So after buying my first kit (more on that kit in another blog) I went for it, and I completely fell in love with it! It appealed to my engineering side, but without the stress of my day job. I loved working in a structured way, seeing subcomponents become bigger and combining them with the other parts. I loved making decisions about which type I wanted to make, what livery, what rudder, which wingtips. I loved doing the research about what actually would be historically acurate.

And I felt challenged by the immense possibilities when it comes to techniques.

As a kid my dad introduced me and my brother to modeling.  The models I made back then were made with the lack of patience and eye for detail of a child. Sloppy paintjobs, glue everywhere. I just wanted to have them finished so I could play with them! I remember a 1/144 scale silver Starfighter for instance: my dad had airbrushed it for me and told me to wait until it was dry.. when the paint did finally dry up it had the fingerprint of a small kid on it! I don’t know how old I was when I stopped but I know I barely reached a much higher level.

But I guess now I am ready again for the fantastic results that can be achieved in scale modeling! It will take some time to get there, but having grown into my big boy pants I do actually have an eye for detail (it is actually a big part of my professional life) and the patience.. well I find I still have to slow myself down sometimes, but at least I enjoy the experience of creating rather than the end result. I am also a perfectionist which will make those first few models a real pain. Having an eye for detail while not achieving the desired detail is a real buzz kill, but more on that in a blog about my first kit.

Best of all there now is an incredible amount of information out there and so many great people more than willing to share their knowledge!

So: what I would like to do with this blog. My idea is to just make regular posts with everything from new purchases, to changes to my workplace, to techniques I am trying out. After all I am a noob and all these things are still relevant to me! If there ever comes a time I have so much routine they become irrelevant to mention it might become time to change the name of the blog or even start a YouTube channel.

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