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Why Spencer Pollard Is One of My Favorite Taste-Making Elite Modelers

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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…

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I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!

3 comments on “Why Spencer Pollard Is One of My Favorite Taste-Making Elite Modelers

  1. Yoav Efrati

    50 years ago the Rolling Stones wrote a hit song about the state of the hobby, today –


  2. baker24earthlinknet

    Yes, if you leave your sense of self and your enjoyment of model-building to the opinions of others, you truly “can’t get no satisfaction”…. Build for yourself, take healthy pride in improving your techniques, but build what you want, why you want, and to the standard (or lack thereof) that suits you. Depending on the opinions of others for your own sense of self-worth is a road best not traveled at all…..


  3. I rate kits on “fun factor”. I honestly don’t see the point of taking all the stresses I have in my day job and finding new ways to apply it to my hobbies. Yes, I will try new things and take an interest in what is happening in the community, but I will apply or ignore those approaches on each kit, depending on what mood I am in and the subject I am modelling.


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