I am not going to boast about my modeling skills–mostly because I can’t. I am stuck in the intermediate phase and seemed destined to stay there forever. On one of my current projects–Jacques Villeneuve’s Formula One car I had been making good progress until I met my nemesis.
My nemesis at car modeling that is…. my sink nemesis is this guy named Martin, and my bus seat nemesis doesn’t have a name, but he has sharp elbows that seem to stick me whenever he is texting someone…. whish is ALL THE TIME! I seem to be digressing.
My nemesis in car modeling must be decals. I have lots of good equipment. I have a good set of knives. I have a steel ruler. I have a really cool self healing cutting mat (not entirely sure what that is, but it sounds cool). I’ve even got a full range of tweezers and some setting solution for the decals. What I don’t have is patience for getting them on strait, judgement to know when to remove them from the water, and delicate fingers to stop them from ripping, folding or disintegrating.
I have, in the past, managed to get the decals on license plates, dashboards, air cleaner covers and manifolds. As for this car, I have ruined a few, and now feel dejected. I am not sure I want to finish this model, even though it started out with such good progress.
I wish I could blame the decals. They seem very thin and fragile. Maybe they are defective. If I could comfort myself with that lie, I could probably tell myself the dozens of others that politicians and pseudo academics try to foist on me on a weekly basis. Sadly, I cannot do that. It is probably less about principles than practical honesty.
I had such high hopes for this car, but sadly, it may go back in the box to rest for a while. A long while, if I can’t shake this funk and feeling of frustration.
I used to hate painting car bodies, but the airbrush has made that somewhat easier. Of course, choosing the right colours and thinning the paint appropriately has also helped that, but I would rather thank the airbrush. It is just simpler that way.
I used to hate taping walls and baseboards for painting, but the new tape (frog tape I think it is called–they must be competing with duct/duck tape.) has made that easier.
wiring up train tracks and lights used to be a pain, but that has been solved.
So basically, why can’t they make better decals for car models.
On a side note, as an ESL teacher, I am amused by the word decal. Do you pronounce it /dee-kal/ or /deckle/ ?
|these turned out relatively good|