Spencer Pollard first inserted himself into my model making consciousness last year, when he guested on Plastic Posse Podcast. He’s a steadfast champion of modeling joy and fulfillment, and his latest post implores modelers to forego competition—particularly the kind found in social media—and build for the fun, not for others.
Spencer notes in his latest post that ‘competition’ in the model making hobby now encompasses more than just the quality of finished models, thanks to social media’s window into actual model making processes. Contest tables and publication in modeling magazines were once the crowning achievements of elite model making, with excellent finished models as the primary, or even sole, measure of success.
Now all aspects of the model making process are part of the new, expanded competition highlighted by Spencer. The implication is that every aspect of modeling is subjected to new measures of modeling seriousness, comparison—and doubt: Am I choosing the right things to build? Have I researched enough? Have I corrected seams, parting lines, and inaccuracies enough? Am I using the right paint? Am I using my paint correctly? Have I weathered enough, and using the most fashionable techniques and products?
What Spencer leaves unsaid is that the proliferation of ‘celebrity modelers’ is perhaps the most significant contributor to this new onslaught of modeling competitiveness. Another way to think of this is that our hobby now enjoys—or maybe has been cursed with—more taste-making elite modelers than ever before. YouTube Channels, Patreons, Facebook and Instagrams, podcasts, blogs (what!?!), even TikTok (for crying $%&ing out loud!)—seems everyone is an authoritative modeler with thoughts about what is ‘correct’ modeling.
Would that we had more taste-making elite modelers like Spencer, and fewer who are saying or implying that your modeling is wrong, or inadequate.
Read Spencer’s words for yourself, and enjoy…
If you are making modelling decisions based on your need for affirmation, you might not be alone…STOP COMPETING WITH YOURSELF…