During an extended sick leave of 7 weeks after the surgical repair of my ankle, I picked up another hobby–scale model building. I’m not wired such that I can sit in front of screens all day (computers, phones, etc). While I do my fair share, I still MUST get out for fresh air and activity in the real world.
The nature of my surgery and recovery, however, made this impossible for the first 3 weeks. Unfortunately, after 3 days, I was already going stir crazy. So, I started looking for something that I could do with my hands and keep me busy. Scale model building was something I enjoyed as a kid and sounded like a way to “hone my craft”.
Therapy and education
In my wood working, the details have always been the most difficult for me. My hands aren’t as steady as they used to be, but it hasn’t been a great problem with the size of my projects. This isn’t the case with building scale models–many of these have parts requiring tweezers. This is why I’ve looked nearly exclusively at models with a 4 or 5 difficulty level (out of 5). If you’ve looked at models at the hobby stores, you know that they can be quite pricey ($24-100). So, I also did not want models that I could complete in an hour or two–I wanted “projects” that would take time!
The first 6 (since I was 10)
- 1:25 scale 1956 Chevy Street Machine – Found in my brother-in-law’s closet and only a level 2/5 (By Monogram)
- 1:48 scale F/A-18 Super Hornet – Level 5/5 (by Revell)
- 1:72 scale F-22 Raptor – Level 4/5 (by Revell)
- 1:25 scale 1953 Ford Crestline Sunliner – Unknown level (by AMT)
- 1:350 USS Missouri – Level 4/5 (by Revell)
- 1:90 USS Constitution – Level 5/5 (by Revell)
I will be creating posts for each of these that detail steps and/or finished pictures (I did not take pictures of some of them while building).