Looking Back

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. 

    
    
    
 

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13 thoughts on “Looking Back

  1. Your son will always remember his first build.
    I do. That’s the reason I started My Forgotter Hobby to remember the good old days of my childhood building model airplanes.

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  2. Although I do not build model airplanes, my husband has, and is a pilot, so I get to watch all of the fun. I enjoy your blog because it’s a creative art, and because I like trying to see if I know the airplane model, too. My husband also returned to building models, after he entered medical school years ago. He was extremely stressed, and building models helped him relax. Although– he originally started building models because he was grounded while in junior high school! He also built models with our sons. Thanks for a fun blog!

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  3. Decals. Decals. Ahh, this takes me back…to the varnished, knotty pine peaked bedroom ceiling, and the shelves beneath, and all of Nathan and Paul’s models. And, their decals. I never realized that all the intricate skill lay in the ability to assign tiny pieces and stems at precise angles for glueing. For me, it was …yep; allll about. those. decals. (!) WHAT.a collection you have created.

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  4. Sometimes the pleasure is to look back through the models and see the skills acquired and the improvement through the years. I know My biggest leap forward was progressing from rattle cans to the airbrush.

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    • Rattle can to airbrushing was a game changer! I never fully understood what I was missing out on until I gave it a try. I would only build kits where the main color was in a can to avoid learning my airbrush. Boy am I happy those days are over. It saves a lot of money too.

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  5. You are right, I would look at this and say I don’t have the patience to do that. But people tell me I must have a lot of patience for the things I do, but I don’t feel that way at all… it’s just something I do… To each his/her own! Your son will have a good teacher.

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