“I’m going to tackle that kit one day…I just want to build my skills up on some cheap kits first”
How many times have you heard this? Come across it in some forum or another?
How many times have you said it yourself?
It’s easy to fall into the “need more experience” trap. It’s a tantalizing justification. A thing that novelist Steven Pressfield calls “Resistance”. Yes, with a capital R. Resistance is the enemy of work, of creativity, of accomplishment. Caving to Resistance and falling back on needing more experience does one thing – keeps you firmly rooted in your comfort zone.
Want to build up your skills? Step out of that comfort zone and take on a project that intimidates you. Maybe it’s the dollar signs attached to a certain kit, or the daunting task of rigging a biplane or doing a water base for a ship. Maybe it’s risking your pretty, shiny build to the vagaries of chipping or salt weathering.
It all comes down to fear. Fear of failure. Of not doing the kit justice, and so on.
But what’s the worst that could happen? You ruin the kit? Of all the things we do in life, modeling carries one of the lowest failure costs out there. Nobody gets hurt if you ruin a kit. Nobody gets fired. Maybe some money gets blown and some plastic winds up in the trash, at worst. And even if that happens, you have mistakes you can learn from.
But I also think you will be less likely to make those mistakes when you bust out of your comfort zone.
Being on edge makes you pay more attention and, in my experience, churn out better work than you otherwise would.