Top Ten List of the Greatest Inventions in the World of Scale Modelling
There are numerous innovations that have either made life so much easier for modellers, or opened up possibilities which were beyond most of us at one time. Here is the Orangeville Scale Modellers’ selected Top Ten List of the Greatest Inventions in the World of Scale Modelling:
Number Ten – Model Shows. They provide an opportunity for modellers to get together, sometimes internationally, to be inspired by the work of others, and to give recognition in the way of awards for outstanding models.
Number Nine – Specialist Tools. At one time the X-acto knife was the literal cutting edge of modelling technology. Now we have power tools, razor saws, pin vise drills, shear-cutters, and a whole range of specialist knife blades and handles to make life easier.
Number Eight – Waterslide Decals. Hand detailing is almost a thing of the past now that custom decals can be made. In most cases, there is simply no other way to replicate intricate writing and graphics. And the range of suppliers is getting wider.
Number Seven – Specialty Glues. In addition to the ubiquitous tube glue, we now have liquid poly, epoxy resin, superglue, acrylic, silicone.
Number Six – Acrylic Paint. Given recent concerns with toxicity plus hypo-allergic reactions, the ranges of acrylic paints have been welcomed by many modellers.
Number Five – Styrene Sheet, Strip and Structural Shapes. Terrific for scratchbuilding and major customizations.
Number Four – White Metal Castings. Finding increased use in aftermarket parts both for vehicles and figures.
Number Three – Resin. For wheels, tires, tracks, accessories, engines and body conversion parts.
Number Two – The Injection Moulded Plastic Kit. From their advent in the 50’s the process of making them hasn’t changed much, but the quality of the tooling and the advances in moulding techniques have now given us some of the most enjoyable kits to assemble.
Number One – Your Local Scale Model Club. It has brought together modellers from the area, been the catalyst for countless projects, and done more to raise scale modelling standards. With your continued support, we’ll stay Number One!
James Doan is the proprietor of Mr. Kipling’s Workshop. Visit this informative portal into the fascinating hobby of scale modelling. Host to the local club, Orangeville Scale Modellers, the website offers articles on modelling, and a forum for visitors to participate in the exchange of information.
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