Who is the Audience for your Models?

Today, I want to share something that’s near and dear to my heart: the joy of researching and building new model projects. For me, diving into a new project is almost as exciting as the actual building process itself. The thrill of gathering information about the real thing and immersing myself in the technical and historical aspects is just exhilarating.

One of the things I love doing is swapping parts from one kit to another. There’s something oddly satisfying about holding up bits of one kit against another model and trying to envision the possibilities. It’s like a puzzle, trying to figure out if the wheels from one kit will fit the tires from another. And let’s not forget the sheer excitement of cracking open a brand-new kit for the first time, examining the sprues, and imagining what the finished model will look like.

But here’s the thing: we all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to modelling. Each one of us possesses a unique talent for a specific aspect of modelling, and that’s the beauty of this hobby. We can all learn from each other and expand our skills by observing and following the expertise of more experienced modellers.

Now, why do we build models? Some of us do it purely for our own satisfaction. We choose subjects that appeal to us and use techniques that we’re most comfortable with, aiming to achieve a level of detail and quality that satisfies our own standards.

Others build to showcase their work to family, friends, or club members. In this case, we’re working to a different set of standards. Our audience’s preferences and interests come into play, and we strive to create models that resonate with them, whether it’s through familiar subjects or innovative modelling techniques.

And then, there are those of us who thrive on entering competitions. If you fall into this category, you’re probably delving into a whole new realm of subjects and techniques, with the goal of creating a truly unique and prize-winning model.

Understanding the audience for which you build is crucial. It allows you to tailor your subject selection and techniques to cater to their preferences, ultimately enhancing your own enjoyment of the project and creating a more fitting model for your audience to appreciate.

So, whether you’re a seasoned model builder or just starting out, remember to embrace the joy of research, experimentation, and tailoring your projects to suit your audience. After all, the beauty of modelling lies not just in the final product, but in the entire creative journey.

Until next time, happy modelling!

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A graduate of the University of Waterloo, I have been a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario since 1982 (Now designated Retired). A member of The Association of Ontario Locksmiths, I have been active in the Locksmith trade since 1985

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