Monday, November 1, 2010

World War I model contest

We all enjoy modelling.  Whatever the subject is, modelling is a retreat, it's a journey in time and history.
You go to any modelling website and you will find your P-51 Mustangs, your USS Enterprise aircraft carriers, your Sherman tanks, you know the drill.

The one thing you don't get to see much of is well made WWI models.  Mostly aircraft (although a few, very few tanks are available).  Of all the subjects in modelling, WWI aircraft, in my opinion, are the most difficult and demanding subject a modeller can face.  It takes patience, creativity and an eye for detail to tackle one of these models.  Probably the most difficult part of modelling WWI aircraft is the rigging.  Through the years modellers have developed many techniques using different materials to tackle this part of the build.  It can be very simple from using plain and simple sewing thread to a more complex operation like stretching sprue over a flame. Attaching the "lines" with plain glue or making your own turnbuckles, drilling and fastening and painting and using aftermarket accessories, etc. It's a lot of work but at  the end of the day, you end up with a true piece of art.  Sadly this genre of modelling is not very popular.

In an effort to promote this genre of modelling, a few folks in the WWI SIG at Swanny's Models (WWW.SWANNYSMODELS.COM) have moved to have a WWI contest.
It started as a way to promote the SIG withing the forum.  But in no time this grew and has attracted people from all over.  The contest is set to start on November 11 (Armistice Day/Veterans Day in the US) running through to April 21 (anniversary of Manfred von Richthofen's death).
This event promises to be a lot of fun and a learning experience for all.
I , for one, will not miss it.

To learn more about the contest go to:

So, until next time, build a model.