Friday 15 November 2013

Go Big or Go home?

This weeks post of go big or go home has really got me wondering if I would like to take on a large project. I must admit that the idea of a long term "Big Build" depicting something like Sword beach on D Day or perhaps the town of Arnhem with the paras and Germans in the thick of battle really appeal to me. The only problem that I have is that I fear I would get bored quite early on in the project as my modelling tastes change from project to project. I have been known to switch from a WWII vehicle to a Sci-Fi project and then to a present day figure sculpt in the space of one month! I fear that a long term big build no matter how well intentioned would never get completed and would only serve as a constant annoyance to my fickle modelling tastes. I think in terms of large scale dioramas I am happy to look and marvel at others work and spend a very long time looking at the smallest detail the modeler has painstakingly reproduced in the pursuit of creating a true large scale snapshot of history.

I will however let you all into a secret of mine. A few years ago I was astonished to see the work of a retired Japanese Dentist who has faithfully reproduced a number of WWII war birds in aluminium. I can quite honestly say that I have never before or since seen something as beautiful and accurate as these models. I am fortunate in that I work in a University teaching aerospace engineering and have access to all of tools and materials required to do something like this one day. To date I have accumulated a large folder of information on a Photo Reconnaissance Spitfire that I would love to reproduce in the fine detail that this man has. Of course this would be a very long term project as I don't think I could ever dedicate all of my free time to just one project as he has. You never know, one day I might start it? I have included a selection of photos of this mans work if you have never seen it before below:

If you enjoyed reading this then why don't you click on this LINK and see what the other members of the union have to say on the subject.


  1. I agree it is hard to keep a focus on one project with so many distractions to draw us to other builds etc. Now the model shown here is more a work of art and highlights the true skills of a master modeller....I am in awe of the mans work.

  2. I guess we never know for certain where embarking on a new project will take us, huge or otherwise. But it's nice to dream...

    ...and those pics are incredible.

  3. The most astonishing thing for me is that everything on the aircraft (except the engines) actually move and work correctly!