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Modeler’s Resource Dot Net is Here!

Just a quick blurb to let folks know that Modeler’s Resource will have a presence on the ‘Net after an absence of nearly a decade.

There will be no printed magazine. All MR articles will be posted here and of course, all content is free to everyone. People can subscribe or not.

It’s been a while since I’ve actually had time to get back into modeling with everything that’s been going on over the past decade, but things are finally coming to the point of being able to step back into the modeling arena.

I also want to say that if I had to do things over, I would have concentrated on dioramas as opposed to individual kits. I’ve realized that creating diorama bases are what I particularly enjoy. In that case, it doesn’t matter to me whether a vehicle, a figure, a Sci-Fi subject or something else is used because the focus is on the diorama itself, of which the model is certainly part of.

The cover image in this article is for the FineScale Modeler Winter 2018 Special Issue called “Damaged.” Flipping through the mag, we see one article after another that highlights a variety of kits and situations from very well-versed modelers. This is the kind of thing I have always enjoyed and it is the type of thing we’ll be covering here.

I tried to do this with the magazine during our ten-year run, but probably was not as clear as I could have been. This is why we offered articles by Bill “The Craftbeast” Craft using action figures in a diorama setting. It’s also why we included vehicular or Sci-Fi kits with diorama bases.

I’ve never been one to simply build a model without a base or diorama scene and put it on the shelf. I know that there are plenty of car and plane modelers who do just that and they are completely content with it. For myself, a basic base or intricate diorama is what tells the story for me. If I build a Batmobile for instance, just putting it on the shelf by itself is like placing a toy on the shelf. However, place that Batmobile in a scratch-built portion of the Batcave or parked along some back city street and all of a sudden, the model is in a scene and therefore tells a story.

That being said, there are a few model articles in this special issue of FineScale Modeler that have no base or diorama. While the model itself looks absolutely fantastic, to me, it appears to be unfinished solely because of the lack of a scene that a base or diorama would create. Of course that is up to each modeler to do or not.

I have always been a modeler who can benefit from nearly any genre of modeling because many of the techniques in vehicular, Sci-Fi/Space, and/or figure kit modeling are transferable to other genres. The problem I ran into constantly was with modelers who only worked on and enjoyed figure kits. They could not appreciate techniques accomplished if the modeling subject was a car or truck. This was in spite of the fact that many figure kits had armor plating or other attributes that required weathering or other things to make them look more realistic.

Does it matter that I can take the weathering or creating rust techniques used on vehicular (or even trains/HO) modeling and apply it to figure kits or Sci-Fi/Space kits? It really shouldn’t, but too many cannot see beyond their own particular genre of modeling.

I’ve attended many IPMS national meetings where tons of models were on display. I always came away with something unique that could easily be applied to my preferred genre of modeling. I learned a great deal from the people who specialize in trains and all the scenery that goes with that genre.

I’m at a point in my life where I am simply getting back into modeling because I enjoy it. I have no deadlines, no advertisers to worry about, no paid subscribers. It’s funny how all of that can thoroughly detract from the hobby of modeling. Now, I can go to a model show if I want without having to deal with all the pressures that go along with that, including having to fly in product, sit at a table and sell. Certainly, talking with customers and other modelers was a tremendous highlight, but I’d rather just go to shows and enjoy them as a consumer.

We left California about 6 or 7 years ago and now live in the Southeast in the country on several acres. I have begun setting up my hobby area in my 24′ x 30′ shop. There’s plenty of room but I’ll have to figure out something for the summers as it gets fairly humid here.

In spite of that, I have enough models to last me several lifetimes. I’m going to enjoy working on them at my own pace and posting articles about these models during the process and after completion.

I hope you enjoy what we’ll be posting. We’ll talk soon and like The Craftbeast has always said, “Keep your modeling fun!”

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