“Don’t get caught up!” This is what Peter says about model making. In 2020 Peter is 25 years young. He is a passionate model maker and lives in Australia. He is currently on duty in the Air Force. Peter is also a qualified aircraft technician. He is working on F18`s, F35`s and some F-16`s of the USAF. His hobbies outside of model making include camping, outdoor and hunting. He is engaged and he has 2 German shepherd dog puppies. You find Peter on Instagram >
Which last model did you throw out the window because you failed?
To be perfectly honest I haven’t actually had one of these moments, typically I try to purchase the best kit I can for the subject. Sometimes as we all know though you just get a kit that isn’t fun and I’ve had my patience tested but I always prevail. Sometimes it takes me an hour of just walking away and coming back to it. But I’ve never actually thrown a kit out. The most important thing is to have fun though so if a kit isn’t doing it for you then my Advice is grab a tamiya kit and compete a quick easy build to get the mojo back!
“Build what you want to build how you want to build it and have fun!”— Peter
“Don’t get caught up!”
With your models I notice three things: 1) They are cleanly built. 2) They are excellently aged. 3) From time to time they have a painting that you rarely see. What fascinates you about aging?
Well firstly Thank you for the compliment! I am a current serving military member in the airforce and work with several fighter jets. This gives me the inspirations and references I need to complete an accurate and weathered look. Planes really do get nice and dirty and I like to represent a true fighter jet that is operational and a true war fighter.
Let’s have a look at the special painting. How do you do this painting?
Well for the digital camouflage I start by cutting several small strips of tamiya tape. I start by applying the first colour of the scheme, then add the small strips of masking tape. Then apply the 2nd colour and masking tape and so on. After that once all the “digital” colours have been added I spray the base colour. Then remove all the masking tape and it reveals the colours in the “digital” pattern. From here I apply decals and then use the salt technique and post shading to blend it all in and create the weathered look.
My biggest tip for the tiger camouflage is to use highly thinner paint maybe 90%thinner to 10% paint. Use a fine airbrush with a .2 or .3 needle and practice on some paper to get the feel of it. Then following your references apply the scheme. It can be tedious but I really love the unusual paint schemes as they really get your attention!
“Just goes to show, anything can happen! “— Peter
“Don’t get caught up!”
What annoys you when you build a model?
I really get annoyed when a model has a lot of flash to clean up on parts or sink marks in places. Its just something that takes more time and I don’t find it enjoyable to clean them up. However it needs to be done so I push through it.
How do you research?
I usually research by looking at other model builds on google and YouTube then gathering walk around photos from the internet or museums. Sometimes I use magazines and books if I can find them on my subject.
Among the model builders there are also people who are very detail-loving. How do you decide which details you want to make on your models?
I usually love to add extra details to the cockpits, landing gear and wheels wells. I also enjoy making remove before flight tags and FOD covers. Depending on the build and what I plan on doing with it will determine how much detail I add. I mostly like to display my models in flight because most planes look better flying then they do sitting on the ground, that saves time with landing gear and wheel bays! If I am building a jet that I know lots about then I will tend to scratch build every detail I can which can be painful sometimes but really worth it in the end.
“Don’t get caught up!”
Which story in model making is there that was totally funny or inspiring for you?
Well it’s kind of funny, but once when I was a teenager I was entering a model competition and was going through the models I would enter. I gathered what I thought were my best and I left out an aircraft that my dad suggested I enter. I argued and said it wasn’t really that good but he convinced me to enter it anyway. To my surprise that model ended up winning best on show! Just goes to show, anything can happen!
What else do you want to tell the members of scalemodel.zone? A tip? A wisdom?
I think the biggest thing I can pass on is to enjoy the hobby. Don’t get caught up in the weeds and compare your work to others or get disheartened if you don’t win a medal for your model. Build what you want to build how you want to build it and have fun!
I would also suggest that trying new techniques Is a great way to better yourself as a modeler. It may not always work out but I can guarantee you’ll learn and your next model will benefit from it. I suggest practicing on a test piece and not your model though until you feel confident you can pull it off.