I am happy that you have found to my personal scale modelling website. My name is Jan and I live in the “Rhineland” in Western Germany. Totally different to my hobby, I am working in finance.
The modelling fever seized me when I was 8 years old. At that time, my grandfather and I were sitting in his self-made garden house. From his last business travel he had brought a kit of a small yellow prop plane. He took my hand and said: “Come, let’s have a look how we can build this together”. Really surprised, that the plane was fragmented in so many parts, I observed every move he made and followed all his instructions as exact as I could.
That was the beginning of my story of cutting, gluing, painting and all this kind of things that make us forget our rushed daily life. Meanwhile, I gained a lot of practice, techniques and experience always striving for my very personal understanding of "professionalism". In the last years, I generally settled down with aircraft in 1:48 and ships in 1:350, even if you will find some exemptions from time to time. Before, I tried various scales from 1:35 until 1:700. Over the years, I became more and more interested into knowledge exchange with other modelers. On the one hand, that brought me to a club of enthusiasts in Düsseldorf. In that round table talks we discuss techniques, kit reviews, model shows and other things that are quite helpful. Thanks to this community, I frequently visit shows in various European countries. On the other hand, I was always impressed by personal scale modelling websites and reports on different model forums. For this reason, in 2016 I decided to start this website. With it, I made it to my task to introduce visitors into my hobbies and to present my own work which cost me many time and experience.
One last word: All times, there is one recurring insight I want to share with you. With scale modelling, your self-expectation is always bigger than your abilities and skills. Take your time, learn from it and go beyond!
From my perspective, scale modelling is a special kind of art. It’s the art of making small thing look alive. I'm speaking for me and certainly many others, when I say that simply the challenge to transfer every detail from an original to a smaller depiction drive us untiringly. Nevertheless, when looking especially on military models, their builders have to treat with different confronting opinions frequently. On this occasion, I would like to share some thoughts about that. My personal truth about military scale models is, that military equipment usually offers more interesting structures and textures that always face me with new technical and creative challenges and bring me to news skills and abilities. All ambitious scale modelers Iike me, are always looking exactly for those challenges to make more realistic models. Therefore, models are also often based on original pictures. Because of that, some scenes show a cruel reality which might evoke shocking or disgraceful feelings. Let me say one as clear as I can: This is neither the subject of scale modelling nor my personal one. Actually, I hope that each modeler, regardless of his or her military or civil focus, is clear that war is evil, even though models sometimes represent a picture of it.
In the end, each individual is free to form an own opinion about that points. What remains to me, is to motivate you to see scale modelling likewise as a dedication of modern art, sophisticated handcrafting, just a good balance to a fast and demanding everyday life or something else which has become increasingly popular over the last years.
To me, it is all the more important that the love for detail and the fun in pursuing a realistic depiction has always come first.
Please feel very welcomed to take a step into miniture world and into a community that has much more to offer than you might thougth before.