Hi ! My name is Kris – 36 year old from Sydney, Australia. I feel very blessed to be hooked on one of the best hobbies known to a man kind – SCALE MODELLING! I am sure you will agree – which other hobby allows you to create realistic miniature replicas of P-51, Star wars fighters or TIGER tank and the rest.
Thanks for reading ABOUT ME . I’ll briefly explain how it started for me and the reasoning behind this website.
How it all started
Like many of us, as a kid I remember getting few models for birthdays and Xmas. The best one I remember being the Russian Soyus space rocket. I loved putting it together but back then in late 80s I did not have paints so all my models were left unpainted. I remember that one day my mum taught of being creative and used nail polish to paint flower patterns and stupid lines on all of my models. She was very pleased with the result and when I came back from school was proud to show it to me. Holly Cow – to this day I remember my reaction – all my models really looked like sh….
I probably glued few more models after that but nothing serious for a long time.
My interest was re-kindled during my last year of uni. Friend of mine – John at that time was into making remote control planes. He bought a brand new remote control petrol engine driven Cessna. He spent bit of time putting it together and then took it to the local club for a test spin. Because the plane was expensive and it was quite difficult to fly for a newbie, he gave it to the local RC club instructor for its maiden voyage. Unfortunately the instructor did not check the frequency before take off. The thing took off smoothly BUT then very shortly after take-off, the plane lost control since someone else was using the same frequency. The thing just plummeted straight to the ground and into a pile of mess. Instructor politely handed over the controls back to John and said – “do not worry you can fix it”! HA HA it is funny now but not back then.
Any way, we took the plane – whatever was left of it and went to the Ryde Hobby shop to buy few bits which needed replacement. While in the shop, John was talking to the shop assistant and I went to look around and it was then when it happened. My eyes meet with a beautiful, gorgeous already built Me-110 and her sister Il2-Strumovik in the shop display .
I could not believe that a plastic model can be made to look so realistic. Paint chips, faded paint job, exhaust stains and the rest. I knew it my hart that that was love on the first sight. HA HA. It also appealed to me because I have always been a WW2 buff and have always been reading anything I got my hand-on on WW2. The rest is history. Started with a 1:48 scale A-10 using the paint spray cans – hey! You have to start somewhere!
One aspect of the hobby that is fascinating to me is the pursuit of realism. Not so much in terms of replicating the detail to the last rivet but in terms of applying the paint job and weathering, thus creating a model that looks REAL but just smaller in size. It does not happen over night. Happy to say that my first models were crap in my today standards, but never the less, it is important to start somewhere and build experience. For every new model that we CREATE we step up a notch as scale modellers and always learn something new.
Another aspect of the modelling that very much appeal to me is that making models is relaxing! So many nights after the wife and the kid have gone to sleep, I am left with a model kit, ipod for some good music and 2-3 hours of pure enjoyment and relaxation.
My whole purpose for this website is to help and assist with improving the necessary skills so that you get there quicker and start making awesome models that you will be proud to show and maybe even win few awards at the local competitions.
I hope that you find this site useful in our endless pursuit of modelling realism and fun.
Please take advantage of the post comments and ask me questions. Also, if you have a need for a particular topic please let me know. I will do my best to answer as much as I can. Right now I am experimenting with video and will post first video very shortly – WATCH THIS SPACE!
I hope to see you on the blog sometime soon!