With my son embarking on his first model building journey, I can’t help but reflect on my own growing pains in the hobby. A good percentage of my comments relate to how much patience I must have or how they cannot do what I do. While building a model does require patience, I don’t think it requires more than learning a new game or teaching your child a new task. My point is, to me, it’s a fun patience. The reward makes being patient worthwhile. I believe that everyone has their own “model kit” that they have patience for. My wife likes to cross stich and does a great job at it. Me? I don’t look at that and say, “that looks like a fun time”.
In honor of my son’s first build, this EA-6B Prowler from Kitech was my second build coming back to the hobby. You can say it. I know it’s an awful build. The build was terrible but I started learning on this kit. I learned techniques that I took to the next kit and so on. This build was five years ago and I would like to think that my builds now are miles away from this kit. We all start somewhere and this is my somewhere. I had patience to build this pig and I continue with the same patience today that I started with. Now that my son is entering the hobby, hopefully I can pass on the tricks I have learned along the way to him. Practice makes perfect and I am definitely still practicing.