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Modeler's gift


What factors decide on producing a model masterpiece? Is ingeniousness a key to make a reduction replica? Or rather the professional tools and their skilful use are the way to model making success? Or is it inborn talent that allows model masters to reach their miniature brows? Surely the ability of interesting presentation can attract audience. Moreover the use of most proper materials and tools, significantly affect the final result. But what is the talent? Is it significant in model making? Finally is it possible for less talented modeler to reach master level?

According to Encyclopedia Britannica 'talent refers to a native aptitude for some special kind of work and implies a relatively quick and easy acquisition of a particular skill within a domain (...)'. Such talent can reveal in endless number of fields. A huge variety can also be noticed in personality, fancies and interests of each of us, because we all differ from each other. This is the reason why some people can beautifully sing while others have innate manual skills, which are successfully used in model making. Also the level of giftedness differs for all of us. For example few people can be fascinated in model making, but even if they start to make the same kit with the same zeal - the outcome will be different for each of them. It is so because some people find easy something that is more difficult to achieve for others. It does not mean that those who built less effective models will never improve their skills. Each talent must be shaped and everyone has to put some effort in it. Less talented modelers have to work harder to keep up with those who are doing better. But it is up to us how much work we put into developing of our model making talent and also how much we will extract from ourselves. There are those who can easily imagine an object in space. Furthermore can set in motion the imaginary object with power of imagination and turn it in either direction. This ability is extremely useful in building models from scratch. What then is to do a less talented modeler whose spatial imagination is not so well developed? Maybe try to help themselves through draw the body in a few casts, because if we see the object of several pages is usually easier to imagine it. Moreover the ability to create compositions in harmonious and interesting way is very helpful when creating dioramas, vignettes or open models. If you do not have such innate ability, in this case it is worth to plan such a composition and carefully draw a sketch of the project. It is similar to counting - we are able to do some calculations in memory, and the some other we have to draw. Our abilities can serve us as tools. Only first we have to learn to use them correctly. But it requires a specific motivation, self-abnegation, and a hefty dose of patience. Moreover, wishing to improve one’s capabilities, an honest self-assessment is necessary along with firm resolve of creating a model masterpiece. Unfortunately not every person has the essential qualities to do this. Some elements of personality are formed until the moment of reaching mental adulthood. It can be described as certain state of balance in valuing own achievements, as well as opportunities of further development. On average attainment of such a state of internal equilibrium occurs in men around 25 years of age. In practice, some people achieve it sooner, while others later, but before reaching such emotional maturity, an insightful assessment of one’s achievements, capabilities and goals is almost impossible! Even after reaching adulthood some individuals reject any constructive criticism of others, also proving that they don’t allow their inner voice to criticize themselves. Such attitude certainly complicates or even prevents the development of modeling capabilities. Therefore, we ought listen to the voice of conscience when it reproaches the errors, or attempt to take shortcuts such as when making some part we do not use our full potential, to have this stage of build out of mind and move to the next part. The more we listen to that inner voice, the broader notion of what still needs to be improved we will have and the harder it will be to lower the highly set crossbeam. Another factor which is very harmful for a modeler potential can also be an affirmation of the belief that master modelers achieved their level through long years of practice, full of toil and hardship. Simply these people patiently developed their talents, and now they use them skillfully. It is clear that mastery of certain model making techniques, or at least getting familiar with the precise tool takes time. There is no doubt that good tools and skills to use them in modeling is an important issue, but not crucial. Professional workshop is a secondary thing, because what good are high-end tools if a person who uses them is content to any first outcome? If one does not see any need of improving or even starting the construction of an element all over again, then such person just does not strive for perfection.

To summarize, modelers talent can manifest in precision, manual skills, ability to create interesting compositions, or even spatial imagination. Each modeler has such capabilities developed to a varying degree and depending on inborn talents the relevant amount of work needs to be put in their uncoiling. However, it is up to everyone what talents they will extract from themselves and to what extent will they use their gift while building their models. Even a novice modeler – even if has some problems with basic modeling techniques – has a chance to build an interesting model, but only if he can look at his achievements with a critical eye. The pursuit of such a person to self-improvement and consistent correction of errors is crucial for a modeler's development. Moreover setting possible targets and the persistent pursuit in their implementation is the best way to refine ones talent. I therefore encourage all modelers, regardless of their innate talents to make a firm provision that the next model will be even better.

Piotr Mazurek