In my last post I touched on the subject of learning to paint with a smooth, even finish. Painting my models isn't the only thing that has involved a learning process.
The very first model I built was a Boeing 707 Passenger Airliner, I cant remember the manufacturer, or the scale, as it was a long time ago and I no longer have that model in my collection. I soon went on to building the famous old 'Matchbox' models that were around in the '70s and '80s, before Matchbox was taken over by Revell, then closed down. I built up a large 150 plus collection of these models and at the time they were my pride and joy. Again, with the exception of one, a 1:72 scale Handley Page Heyford, I no longer have any of those models in my collection. The Matchbox models came on 2,3 or 4 different coloured sprues, and because of this I never bothered painting them, I just built them and put the decals on them. As a lot of young model makers find when they're just starting out, I used to get the glue everywhere! Many of those early models ended up with the dreaded glue finger prints on them!
It wasn't until I 'graduated' onto 'Airfix' that I started to regularly paint my models. It was with these Airfix models that I learnt the art of painting. In those early years of my model making hobby, the results were often a bit hit and miss, as I didn't really take the time to get a good even finish with the painting.
It wasn't until my next 'graduation' that my painting skills started to really improve. I'm talking of course about my 'Tamiya' models. The very first Tamiya model I ever built was a Yamaha YZR500 Grand Prix Racer, as ridden, if my memory serves me correctly, by Barry Sheen. I remember being almost awe struck by the level of detail incorporated in it, and I really couldn't wait to get it home to start building it! The very first model I built from Tamiya's 1:35 scale Military Miniatures series, was their U.S. M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank.
After that, I never looked back and ever since then, apart from a short period of building Cars and Motorbikes, I've almost exclusively built 1:35 scale Armour.
In my next post, I'll be writing about a few of the tips and tricks of model making that I have learnt over the years