I had been urged by a number of modeling friends to join them and build models together. They said the best way to learn more about modeling is to have someone there with you while you work. Not only do you have the chance to see how others model but others can see what you do. Reading articles on modeling techniques always leaves out important information since modeling is never a linear process and “how to” articles present an artistic process in a linear fashion. Modeling with others really illustrates the creative process in action and is enlightening about the way modeling techniques are truly executed. You may be questioning the very idea of modeling with others and weigh such issues as time, transportability of modeling supplies, and the fear of scrutiny by others. Is it worth all of the trouble when so much more can be accomplished on your own?
I still don’t have a mobile modeling shop to take places and model with others. But each small step toward modeling in a group has actually made me a better modeler. I still fight with myself about modeling in a group. I have so little time to model I always weigh the pros and cons of taking the time to go somewhere and model when I can accomplish more by modeling at home. There are some things I can more easily do in groups like filling and sanding seams and scraping flash off of pieces. Painting is more difficult for me because of the set-up that is necessary to support my painting methods. Overall, the more I have participated in this activity the better modeler I have become. More importantly, modeling with others builds the fellowship that is available in the modeling community. Let’s face it, how many people in the community enjoy talking about the things that modelers talk about? Modeling with others is not for everyone for a variety of reasons but like so many things in life working through your personal objections and “just doing it” will improve your modeling skills and develop closer friendships within the modeling community. In the end, modeling is more than the just the completion of a task or turning out a piece. Although that is also important; at some point you have to finish that model.