I once knew a fellow who really liked the cookies called “E.L. Fudge” from the Keebler Company, which is apparently run by elves.
My friend would explain that not only were these cookies tasty, they “looked like little dudes!”
When I read about somebody in a forum who complains of “losing his mojo” I am properly sympathetic. I read the replies (I don’t reply to these mysef) in which the mojo loser is advised to “build something simple” and “return to basics.”
Good advice, there. But just slamming together another old kit isn’t going to do it for me this time. I’ve hit the big wall. The final whamma-slamma. I won’t build anything that smells of The Internet or the way that we build today.
I’m done with it.
I’m not saying that you can’t find some wise old souls on The Airfix Tribute or Unauthorized Airfix or even Hyperscale who build in the old ways. No, I’m not saying that. What I’m saying, is that I don’t remember what I’m saying because I don’t have time for it anymore. I don’t care what they do. It all blends together in my mind. The few helpful folks online will not really change the fundamental relationship between my old, fun hobby and the distorted, evil monster it became as I absorbed more and more of the mechanical, soul-less version of what was once a joy.
The way home is difficult to find. It’s not as simple as it may first appear. To begin with, we’ll need some companions to go on our quest with us. A fellowship.
Little dudes. We need some little dudes.
I have collected a few of these, and so, as a part of my ongoing “upgrade in place” policy, I’m going to add some figures to my models. Here’s the first one, added to a Revell CR. 42.
I’m just learning to paint figures. My efforts on The Golden Hind worked out well, and that was 1/87 scale so I’m feeling confident. I’m fortunate in that, at the age of 63, I have excellent “up close” vision. I have horrible “out far” vison but who needs it?
I chose the colors based on “feel” and “coolness.”
The pilot adds something. Life. Drama. Scale. It’s critical. Thank whatever God that made me that Airfix still puts aircrew in their kits. However, this particular one, with goggles in place, came from an old Monogram kit of a Curtiss F11C Goshawk. I have a quite a collection of little dudes to play with, and I’m looking at putting somebody in a few open cockpits.