I am not and never will be a master modeller
My way is not ‘the right way’ every modeller has their own technique. I am not a purist, if the kit has inaccuracies inherent, they will be inherent when the model is complete, I do research each subject before a build, but if its not in the box and I cannot scratch build it, (which i actually do quite a lot of) well it just isn’t included. A lot of kits are manufactured using aspects of other kits, this is the case of the often ‘maligned’ ship kits where inaccuracy is inevitable, some are, almost concocted in the draught room, and I read a lot of derisory comments from seasoned modellers highlighting the fact. Personally, I am just grateful the kits were produced in the first place, so I never criticise the kits, but I do respect others views.
I take lots of time, I paint the model as it progresses, I use my own artist acrylics, and I mix every single colour myself. I occasionally produce my own transfers, especially for an old kit where they are missing or are just too ‘old’ to be any good. Weathering and other techniques to ‘add to the realism’ of any model should never be underestimated, again there are plenty of how to’s on the internet, i have my own recipes, techniques and ideas. I am still in the process of photographing years of model construction, and post dates do not reflect the the actual date each was built.
What model types do i like the most? in all honesty I like most, modern warships aside (i have built a submarine!), i don’t know why but they just don’t appeal to me, tanks, vehicles, classic fighter planes, (WWII especially), jet fighters and helicopters, but… model sailing ships are my favourite, tall ships with billowing sails and yards of thread for rigging, they are challenging but ultimately very satisfying projects.
I always photograph my ships on the sea, and this is also modelled, I use a technique I took a while to master, but again I am very satisfied (usually) with the results.
Colours of sails are sometimes quite a hot topic, I use oil pastels lightly washed out with a turpentine soaked rag, I draw creases and undulation, and add lines as and where necessary, colour is determined by age and type of ship, the older ships tend to have a stronger colour, but they are never white, european materials tended to be a stronger shade of ivory, although the palest sails were rigged on United States vessels in the form of cotton sailcloth. From about 1812, the production of cotton for sailcloth was necessitated by a shortage of standard linen cloth (supply from Europe was effectively cut off). Production continued right up until the age of steam changed the face of merchant and navy shipping forever. There is a very interesting article on sailcloth right here
I just enjoy making models.
“Of course every modeller has there own way of doing things, it is entirely up to the individual”
I never stop learning, I like to experiment, sometimes disastrously. Some of the models photographed are years old, some have just been completed, i hope you like them because they still give me a lot of pleasure every single day. My grandson heads straight for my workshop every time he visits hoping to see a new project on the go! but as you look, please remember, I am not claiming to be a master modeller, i just enjoy making models.