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Graeme Street
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Remember Your First "Good Model"?

March 19, 2024 · in Armor · · 6 · 212

Every modeler has a "breakthrough model". A model that should never be forgotten as it's the model you took risks with new techniques and the model that becomes distinctly "yours". Maybe it was your first time using an airbrush with success. Maybe your first time using oil paints or a wash. Maybe you tried a camo scheme you didn't think you could do. Rust. Splatters. Modulation. Post shading. Or maybe it's just a model that went together really well and came out just how you envisioned or hoped it would. Go back to that model. Look at it. It will help you find your next good or even great model. This was my first good model. Just the old Tamiya KT. Classic kit. I took all the risks listed above. I had FAILED at many of them on other models. I still go back to this model often and learn and enjoy. Take risks. Model on! -G

P.S. And if you haven't done your first good model yet, you will as long as you keep trying, taking risks, and enjoying the process.

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  1. Nicely done, and yes I agree, I think everyone has that break out model. I think mine was when I was 18 or 19 I converted a Monogram C-47 into an AC-47, scratch building the miniguns, the flare box, gunsight and modifying the airframe, including dropping and scratching the flap interior. Amazingly it managed to win a 3rd at the 1982 Nationals in St Louis that year. I don't have that kit any more but I built another many years later this time using resin aftermaket conversion pieces.

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  2. This is a wonderful build, Graeme @graemestreet
    I'm still learning and trying new techniques during every build, so not sure when I can call it a good model.
    Yours definitely looks like a perfect one.

  3. Very nice! I am impressed with the overall finish and look! You captured very well the look of an AFV in the field!

  4. Excellent build, Graeme!

  5. Very nice and worn Graeme.


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