1/35 Tamiya Tiger I. The beginning of the learning curve.
For years i had wanted to get back into modelling, so finally, in June 2018 and 30 years after finishing a very rushed Victor K2 at the age of about 13 that ended up in the cracker pit i decided i would try my hand again. I had little idea where to start and a lot of trepidation even starting as the modelling game really is in top form these days.
Type in Tamiya Tiger I or any other model kit and you are met with such perfect looking specimens that you would swear they are real. This makes it quite challenging for a beginner, which i still consider myself, as we do like to compare what we have done against other builds. The big difference from 30 years ago is instant tutorials. Videos, reviews, step by step builds, painting, weathering, anything you can think of and you can learn and attempt it. So i thought, lets do this, and thus i walked out of my local toy store with a 1/35th Tamiya Tiger I, a bunch of 10ml paint bottles of various boring tank colours, a couple of rattle cans of Tamiya grey, a cheap modelling knife, some brushes and glue.
At this stage i did not know about magic products like Tamiya thin cement and decal softeners or that you should clear coat before decalling and a matte coat after. This really was a total learning build and also a build that made me decide i needed more kits in my life.
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