16th February 2021
Big brother RR has from time to time suggested that there will come a time when my passion for walking may be more restricted and then even not possible. RR then ponders on what I may fall back on.
I am slightly concerned about my title and would hate to think that I was wasting my time, but I really don't think so.
Fortunately I have no problem with keeping my own company. I do have friends and we communicate in various ways and I have this blog, but sadly, it seems with a diminishing number of comments. I read, but not as much as I would wish partly because I am a slow reader and it takes a long time to get through an average three hundred-plus page book. I rarely find myself with nothing to do and feel confident I can keep myself occupied. Perish the thought of sitting in a circle happy clapping and singing It's a Long Way to Tipperary.
During our various restrictions I have taken again to modelling. In my youth it mainly involved building and flying model aeroplanes with a smattering of scale model building.
I have now discovered plastic kits. With modern day high quality injection moulding the parts have become unbelievably detailed and adhesives have improved. The aim is to create something as realistic as possible put together in a clinical fashion without smearing glue and paint in in the wrong places.
There are masses of instructional videos on You Tube going into great detail concentrating often on small specialised areas. If I paint on Photoshop or make these models the subject has to be something I have a feeling for or affinity with. I do not wish to glorify war, but what was achieved in a short space of time in engineering, mass production, innovation, combined with a country more unified towards the general good, more so than ever before or since is something of value to be appreciated and stacked against the apalling cost. As one who lived through the back end of all that I find it something to wonder at. My modelling so far has majored on that era. Looking at some of the aircraft in so much detail the imagination and emotions are stirred.
In one of the videos I watched, the presenter guy said that the first five models you make will be rubbish so don't waste money on expensive kits - he was right. I have now progressed to some extent and feel I have arrived at a stage where I can produce something acceptable, but there is always more to learn and my strive for perfection continues.
If any of this is of any interest follow the link below to see what can be achieved in detailed kit production and meticulous modelling. You may then understand a little more what I am aspiring to.
|Mustang P-51B - 1/12 scale|
|Sea Harrier - 1/48 scale|