The problem with our hobby is that the internet has turned it into a twisted shadow of what it should be. I’m not saying that building plastic model kits is the most wholesome activity in creation. That appelation is probably reserved for restoring Matchbox cars. But it’s a pretty good, clean activity that involves a remarkably low number of encounters with law enforcement.
Unfortunately, interent forums (beginning with Usenet newsgroups) became prime real estate for assholes who like to turn everything into a macho competition. Perfectionism feeds on insecurity, and vice-versa, and if you hang out on a forum long enough you grow blue hair on your forearms and pointy ears.
The more you try to match the one-in-a-million masterpieces displayed in a forum–accompanied by the most glib denials of personal feeling ever foisted off on a gullible teens and others–the more you fall into the rabbit hole of tail chasing badness.
The less fun the “hobby” becomes the more time, money, personal happiness, fruitful relationships and small pets are sacrificed on the altar of “realism” as we attempt to prove to our parents and older siblings that what we are doing behind our locked bedroom door IS NOT a waste of time!
The model building, I’m talking about.
The funny thing, though, is that even the most dedicated ball-buster of a super-detailer is going to step gingerly around the issue of…
When the subject comes up, the usual nasty snark melts away as the assembled company grows red with shame and mumbles something about hearing their mom calling them home for supper.
Rigging, you see, is still a dark art and it baffles people who claim to wear the holy mantle of Merlin and to be “master modellers” with two l’s.
Those who practice this art do not share its secrets openly, under pain of pain.
So here we are, with MY TOP TEN DARK SECRETS OF RIGGING PLASTIC MODEL KITS.
Well, that about covers it. The important thing about rigging, as I’ve discovered (the hard way) is that it IS DAMNED HARD TO DO. Especially in 1/72 scale. It is only possible if you are having fun.
It’s impossible to anything well that you do not enjoy.