05 October 2016

Motivation and Me – How to keep on Modelling?

Recently I’ve noticed a steady slump in my modelling output, as you can tell, there’s not been much in the way of blog posts over the last few months.

This isn’t the first time, I tend to get moments where I lose the drive to build or paint models. Away from that I’m still enjoying looking at models, reading about them, maintaining my Pinterest and so on. I’m just not building or painting.

This time it seems to have been the slow and, if I’m honest, the somewhat tedious painting of my Airfix Typhoon combined with a few other aircraft builds that just aren’t capturing my imagination like Tamiya’s 1:72 scale A6M5 Zero. Don’t get me wrong, the Typhoon and Zero are a fantastic kits, just my desire to paint at the invasion stripes and markings on the Typhoon slowed the build right down to the point where it stopped and I’m just not that passionate about Japanese WWII aircraft.

So how do I get my motivation back

Looking on the internet and most suggestions (such as this from Dakka Dakka) suggest a structured and almost work like approach to working through a block. I’ve considered setting time aside and making myself do something each day, but that’s not working for me as I don’t like such a structured approach even at the best of times.

For me my approach has always been less structured, I like to try many things, my hobby output is often driven by my curiosity and desire to experiment with ideas. However this may actually be contributing to the loss of motivation as it inevitably leads to a large number of unfinished projects which can seem a bit overwhelming when deciding some of them need to be finished. I am pleased however that I’ve not continued buying many kits in the hope that one would spark my imagination as that leads to an overwhelming stash, a problem which I’ve written about before, and which leads me to a similar loss of motivation.

Source: Bethesda Softworks
Away from modelling I’m still finding time for, and enjoying, my other interests. I’ve read more books in the last few months than I normally would and last week I rediscovered the computer game Skyrim which can certainly consume a large amount of my hobby time. Interestingly enough even these non-modelling hobbies are managing to provide inspiration for future modelling projects.

Realistically I think the desire will come back at some point, and I suspect it’ll involve something new rather than forcing myself to complete one of the many unfinished projects. I just don’t want to leave it too long though as I feel I will start to unlearn some of the things I’ve spent so long learning in the first place. I just need to get curious about something hobby related or have a sudden flash of inspiration and then things should snowball from there.

30 September 2016

Kit List, What's In, What's Out - September 2016

Continuing my record of what I buy and sell for one year, unfortunately it's pretty much been a month of hobby inactivity for September:

In - Purchases for September 2016
  • Citadel Paints - £15.30
  •  Tamiya Masking Tape (2 Rolls) - £4.80
Total Yearly (April to March) Expenditure - £199.58

Out - Downsizing for August 2016
  • None
Looking at my collection citadel paints it's becoming apparent many are no longer fit for use and so this month I decided to start replacing some of them, something which I'll probably continue over the coming months. Apart from that, Tamiya masking tape, because invasion stripes require a lot of masking and I'd ran out. So now I can get on with my Airfix Typhoon Build.

15 September 2016

Kickstarter: Many Ways To Spend My Money – September 2016

As you’ll know by now, I like to keep an eye on what’s happening on Kickstarter, especially when it comes to miniatures (and board games) and this month sees a couple of interesting miniatures Kickstarters.

First up is another Oldhammer style miniatures release called Greenskin Wars. It’s very much like the Pantheon of Chaos Kickstarter I wrote about back in April, which is not surprising as its run by the same people. This time it’s some fantastic old school goblins, plus a few hobgoblins, which instantly takes me back to the early editions of Warhammer Fantasy Battle.

Source: Kickstarter

The models are sculpted by Kev Adams, something of legend when it comes to goblins, so much so he’s known as the Goblin Master. There’s a good mix of foot soldiers, plus interesting options such as mounted goblins and war machines.

Source: Kickstarter

Personally I will be sitting this one out, but that doesn’t mean you have to. My reasons are that I actually backed the Pantheon of Chaos Kickstarter and I’d prefer to have received them before buying more from the same people, (plus there’s the whole GBP v € thing which is still ongoing). Hopefully they’ll be with me soon, I’ll be sharing a first look with you when they do arrive.

That leads to the next of this month’s interesting project, Hasslefree Miniatures, Kev White Does Matt Dixon’s Female Fantasy Miniatures.

Source: Kickstarter

Hasslefree are becoming one my favourite ranges, I’ve bought a few from them, not yet finished painting any of them yet (the detail on them is excellent)… In this case they plan on releasing a range of pin-up miniatures based on the work of artist Matt Dixon. I know the pin-up models aren’t to everyone’s taste but Hasslefree’s miniatures range is going from strength to strength in my opinion and if you can find something you like then this certainly looks worth getting involved with.

Source: Kickstarter
Initially they set out to do a small range of female characters in three versions, a pin-up, a skyclad (their term for ‘nude’) and a winter variant. They flew through the initial options within a few hours and seem to have been caught out somewhat. However they’re going a very good job of engaging with their backers, listening to suggestions, posting daily work in progress reports (NSFW link) and working on more options. One very appealing option that’s been mentioned is an enhanced variant of some of the winter models (in addition to those on offer) in collaboration with Tre Manor of Red Box Games, these could be ideal for Frostgrave.

The pledge levels pretty much allow you to bid for one model upwards, which is good. I do hope they manage to get further than offering sketches for the majority of the models as I tend not to want to purchase models that I’ve not at least seen the greens for. However given the quality of their existing range I think they’re a safe pair of hands. So in this case I will be keeping a close eye on this project, especially for the Frostgrave related miniatures, and most likely backing them later on.

If you want to back them then:

Greenskin Wars can be found here (finishes on Tuesday, October 4th 2016 at 2:44 PM BST)

Kev White Does Matt Dixon’s Female Fantasy Miniatures can be found here (finishes on Sunday, October 2nd 2016 at 8:00 PM BST)

31 August 2016

Kit List, What's In, What's Out - August 2016

Another month and continuing my record of what I buy and sell for one year here's what I bought and sold in August:

In - Purchases for August 2016

  • Kovozavody Prostejov 1:72 North-American Mustang Mk.III 'Malcolm hood', RAF - £9.99
  • Kovozavody Prostejov 1:72 P-51B/P-51C Mustang p/e parts - £3.70
  • Kovozavody Prostejov 1:72 North-American P-51 resin pylons & fuel tanks - £3.70
  • Peewit P-51 Masks - £2.40
  • Montex Hawker Typhoon Masks - £2.00
Total Yearly (April to March) Expenditure - £179.48

Out - Downsizing for August 2016
  • Tamiya 1:72 AH-6 Night Fox
  • Tamiya 1:72 AH-64 Apache
  • Frog 1:72 B-26 Marauder
  • Airfix 1:24 Spitfire Mk.Ia (Incomplete)
  • Airfix 1:48 Spitfire Mk.Vb
  • Airfix 1:48 Messerschmitt Bf-109F-4
A few larger scale kits went as I just don't have room for them and couple of helicopter kits were sold. I've had an interest in trying helicopters but there was no chance of me starting any time soon and so I decided to sell some in order to fund this month's purchases.

22 August 2016

Build Review - Airfix Hawker Typhoon Ib (A02041) – Part 1

As I'd mentioned at the end of a previous post I'd had a few issues when building Airfix's 1:72 Hawker Typhoon.

Source: (Lower Image) Hyperscale

The issues centered around the base of the wings, the flexible nature of this piece had meant that when it came to fitting the wheel covers, to depict the aircraft in flight, they wouldn't fit without considerable trimming and so looked quite untidy.

Out of curiosity I decided to open up another kit and see if they would actually fit prior to assembly and, as shown in the picture below, they clearly did.

This got me thinking, maybe there was a another way to build this kit, starting with the lower wings so I didn't make the same mistake again. And while I was at it, I'd photograph each step and share.

The Build

The first step was to attach the cockpit floor and the wheel wells to lower section of the wings. The wheel covers were then inserted from the other side. As I'd already established, the fit was perfect.

I then attached one side of the fuselage to lower wing piece and fixed the air intake into the correct position. From here on in I continuously test fitted the other side of the fuselage and the top side of a wing. In order to make sure the fuselage fitted there was a slight bit of filing required at the rear of the air intake and each time it snapped into place which meant care had to be take when removing it.

Next I assembled the cockpit on the half of the fuselage that wasn't attached to the wings. I remove the locating pins that would fix into other side as they weren't really need. This was because I continued test fitting to make sure everything was in place and that it hadn't moved from the correct position. Once the glue had set the cockpit was painted. If you're adding the pilot, as I was, then you will see next to nothing, especially given that Typhoon cockpits were painted black inside.

Once the pilot had been put in place, (I filled away his back and cut off his feet to make him fit cleaner), it was time to glue the second side into place. Just make sure the tail wheel and the clear light to the base of the aircraft have been put in place.

After allowing time for the glue to set I moved onto the wings. The gun bays were put in place, but as I was doing an in flight model these would be covered up by the top halves of the wings. I also made sure I drilled out the holes for the rockets launchers as there's no indication of their position of the exterior side of the wing.

And there we have it, both the top halves of the wings attached without any issues. I then added the flap to the base of the air intake just to finish things off. The instructions tell you to do this when joining the two halves of the fuselage but on both builds I found it to be far too awkward. It's much easier just to remove one the pins and slot it in later.

A minor bit of filling was required, the join at the base of the air intake is not the best. But after that it was all ready for some paint to be applied and that will be my next build post.