Plastic Model Mojo Ep81

The Wheel and the Jim Keep on Turnin’.

… Proud Mary keep on burning … and yes, CCR did it best πŸ˜‰

My Bench Update. The wolf pack grows and so does the Me323. I do have to say there are a lot of seams around the edges of the Gigant’s main wings and ailerons. I’m thinking that flexi-file just might come in handy but I may wait to tackle that task until I put together the rudder and elevators. Painting the Space Wolves will be next, although I’m thinking I’ll assemble the Cyber Wolves so I can paint them all together. I suppose I could order a set of Fenrisian Wolves first but where does it end?

Speaking of the “Butterfly Effect”, I recently came across a wargaming podcast episode (The Butterfly Effect Ep66, Aug 1, 2022) that I really like. The podcast is called Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy. In the episode mentioned they talked about the “Butterfly Effect” and described it as flitting from project to project following whims and how that can lead to a bunch of unfinished projects. Sound vaguely familiar? The discussion included the term FOMO (the fear of missing out) as a potential cause and how the effect can lead to a “Pile of Potential”, aka stash to put it in a positive light. All this made me realize wargamers haven’t cornered the market and the “Butterfly Effect” can describe an affliction suffered by many modelers, including myself! Witness my pile of wargames above. Six months ago it was Cruel Seas, last month it was Bolt Action, currently it’s Warhammer. In my defense, I do have a number of BattleMechs primed and a few coastal defense boats painted but none to the point of playability. I’m beginning to suspect I suffer a severe case of the “Butterfly Effect”. But hey, you can call me happy!

Plastic Model Mojo Ep81, 01/12/2023. (1hr, 49min)

Mike and Dave are joined by Jim Bates, Canadian Extraordinaire as they work their way through the usual episode segments: Model Spheres, Modeling Fluids, Favs and Yawns, Listener Mail and the Special Segment, “Wheel of Accidental Wisdom”.

What particularly caught my attention was the listener email concerning ‘sidebar comments’ overheard at a show. Maybe it’s an east coast thing but have not run across individuals in the modeling community that brazenly put down other forms of modeling or modelers that engage in subjects other than planes and armor. Perhaps I just haven’t been around the model show circuit long enough but I do know there are those narrow minded type of individuals around. One just has to look around in society in general to know that’s true. I suspect that if they were older modelers they were pretty set in their opinions. Unfortunately, sometimes you just have to wait for dinosaurs to die.

I believe how we express our likes and dislikes matters. I don’t care for heavy metal music (gag me with a spoon) or ukuleles (they are not real musical instruments) and it will be a cold day in hell when I build a Gundum/Gumpla (spiky anime cartoon derived roboti-things) but that’s me. What I don’t have is the right to tell others what to like or that they can’t like those things. Dave is right, we can learn from other genres and appreciate them. I do think Jim said it best when he said, “All Models Matter”.

Wheel of Accidental Wisdom. Random topic generated questions featured:

  • How much do you spend per month on models?
    $29.95 All models are $29.95. Same with guitars and flyrods. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it πŸ˜‰
  • What would you eliminate from your hobby that would make you more efficient?
    Do other hobbies count?
  • What subject won’t you try because it’ll look bad?
    Sculpting figures.
  • What modeling related list do you track in a spreadsheet?
    None, unless you count Scalemates.
  • Boxes: keep or toss?
    I cut the boxtop artwork off to save and toss the rest.
  • What was your biggest modeling ah-ha?
    Using a MAC valve on my airbrush to easily adjust air pressure.
  • What modeling technique once loved is now rarely used?
    Wood carving?
  • Modeling Derelicts, Hyper extreme techniques?
    I’m sure this one made sense earlier but I have no clue now! While not a technique, the trend towards 1/16 armor and 1/32 aircraft mystifies me.
  • Have you ever forgotten a part and not realized it until it was too late to do anything?
    Yep. If that occurs it then goes into the spares box.

There you have it. For the correct answers check out Episode 81 πŸ˜‰

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