Simple details that can make a big difference

It’s easy to reach for the aftermarket lists when you need to add detail to a model, but with simple tools and materials, doing the work yourself can be far easier than you think…

“I’m not suggesting that a beginner is going to be able to build a 1:24 Hurricane cockpit from scratch as their first attempt, but they just might be able to detailed a cockpit coaming and canopy rail of a model jet, before moving on to something more challenging”

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We can’t see the wood for the trees – 2.0

Need an example of how sometimes modellers become so wrapped up in small, insignificant details that they miss the bigger picture? Ladies and gentleman, here’s my F-86 Sabre…

“For whatever reason (and honestly, that eludes me) I had seen something in this Sabre that I didn’t like, focussed on that and then convinced myself it wasn’t worthy of any more of my time”

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It won’t be alright on the night…

Why can’t a modelling project be a success from start to finish – why do we always have to make mistakes?!

“After 40 years of building models you would think that I would have everything pretty much down pat and most things that I tackle would be an easy progression, A to Z, but no: if I can foul up a model I will

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One Man’s Dogma Is Another Man’s Best Practice

So when I see modellers telling others not to use techniques that we all know work — every time they’re used — I always now think that that modeller simply wants to stay ahead of the game and is placing roadblocks on the path that the beginner is travelling, to ensure that they do.

So you want to ditch established techniques? Feel free, just be prepared for poor results along the way…

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