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. Currently, I am working as a financial controller.
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. 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 my website jtmodelworks.com. With it, I made it to 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 and learn from it!
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 about me and certainly many others, when I say that simply the challenge to transfer every detail from an original to a small model drive us. Nevertheless, when looking especially on military models, their builders have to treat with different confronting opinions frequently. My personal truth about military scale models is, that military equipment usually offers more interesting structures and textures that always face me with new challenges and bring me to news skills and techniques. All ambitious scale modelers I 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: This is not the subject of scale modelling. Actually, I hope that each modeler, regardless of his or her military or civil focus, is clear that war is evil, even though models 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 discipline of modern art, handcrafting 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.