To me outstanding scale models are all about the details, all about presenting a small-scale version of reality. And so looking for the best materials is an important first step. Having background knowledge about the model being built and an imaginative idea of the scene surrounding it allow me to focus my search on formats, supplies, and tools that are the best suited for the job
Most of the time, I will make a couple of sketches of varying angles of the model to decide what has the best ‘curb appeal’; I also decide if I will move forward with a straightforward out of box, or OOB, model or if I’ll incorporate any modifications. Historical resources must be researched before working on the model; I use magazines, books, and online resources.
Using color selection accuracy, painting techniques, and weathering methods are also essential. In one way or another, I have painted for a long time and it’s not the part that is most complicated in my process, so instead I concentrate on finding the best approach for the specific model I am working on.
Not all models are made equal; there are some brands that are more detailed than others. I try to pay attention to this and have found that the brands I prefer are those that are more accurate because the quality of the plastic and cast is better and other which are easier to assemble.
Like a lot of modelers out there, I have several boxes waiting in line, and I will usually use a spark of interest some photo or documentary ignited in me before choosing what I’ll work on next. After that, it’s all about investing the time to plan and enjoying each part of the process.