No fear of destruction of a model. This is what José Herrero says. He stands out among the model makers. I think that he is not a model maker. He is an artist. He depicts a scene realistically and dramatically. Almost like looking at a photo of a real exploding ship. I did an interview with him via email. Let’s let him speak for himself first:
“I have made models since I was little, then I studied Fine Arts and dedicated myself to being an artist painting and being in Scholarships in various countries. Then I developed my work as an illustrator of children’s books and as an animator of TV series. Until at the end I dedicate myself full time to modeling. I make dioramas of any scale, from 1: 6 to the smallest 1: 1250 or less and thematic. Also full-scale movie props, and archaeological replicas.”
Which last model did you throw out the window because you failed? No fear of destruction?
I don’t throw anything away, not because it doesn’t fail, but because it can always be fixed. In mistakes is when you learn the most. From second-hand models, you can do very good jobs (you have less fear of failure)
Your work stands out in the scene. Explosions, smoke, high waves, drama. Are you a violent person?
No, but they threaten me, ha, ha, ha!
In my work I look for the dynamism of the scene, I am not interested in the model being perfectly assembled and painted. I give priority to other effects. I am interested in experimenting with new processes and setting myself increasingly complicated challenges. Clients also put them on me.
“All the models are a simple piece of plastic, so don’t be afraid to destroy them a bit.”— José Herrero
I personally think you are an artist. How do you inspire yourself for a new work?
Bingo, I studied Fine Arts and I have painted pictures, some are in the Reina SofiaArt Museum in Madrid. I think that in that I am different from traditional modelers, in Fine Arts they teach you to use materials and techniques, compose, express a theme, etc. I usually have ideas watching movies, legends, and above all sleeping (taking into account that I sleep about 6 hours, the result is not bad).
Look at this: No fear of destruction: Wow…
What material are the explosions and smoke made of?
I always look for cheap and low-toxic materials (I don’t use white spirit).
For smoke explosions:
The structure is plastic, then I place the led strip, I place colored cellophane paper and on it I place the cotton with latex, giving the smoke the shape you want.
For water blasts:
The structure is plastic, then I place the led strip, I place colored cellophane paper and on it, I place wadding (it is like cotton but has more fiber and holds the shape more) with latex, giving the smoke the shape you want.
How do you fix it so that it sticks together in the same way?
White wood glue works very well for all materials. For explosions and sea the industrial vinyl latex (much cheaper than all the imitation water products they sell). And the cyanoacrylate from the Chinese store which is cheaper. Be careful with safety measures, glasses and gloves. From experience I have already had to go to the hospital twice for getting drops of glue in my eye.
No fear of destruction: What fantastic works!
Are the explosions and the smoke painted or are there LED’s inside?
The color is given by cellophane paper, yellow, orange and red can be mixed. The shading is painted on the outside with an airbrush, dark brown or very diluted black.
There are model makers who have an extreme opinion about the details of a model. They count the rivets on a model, so to speak, whether they match the original. Are you also such a “rivet counter”?
Ha, ha, ha. No. If I can remove things, I remove them. I don’t care if it’s perfect and has all the rivets when then half won’t be seen by an explosion or a wave.
“White wood glue works very well for all materials.”— José Herrero
If you get feedback from the “rivet counters” that this or that is wrongly displayed on your model, how do you react?
That is the least bad thing they have told me. I laugh and give the like. I don’t have time to convince people.
What is the story in model making that was totally funny or inspiring for you?
The funniest, was making the diorama of the chase of the wagons in the Indiana Jones mine scale 1: 6, I ended up with half a body inside the diorama to be able to paint the tunnel and I almost ended up stuck.
What else would you like to tell the members of scalemodel.zone? A tip? A wisdom?
I advise enjoying what you do, and when you wake up at 6 in the morning without an alarm clock wanting to work, something works well. All the models are a simple piece of plastic, so don’t be afraid to destroy them a bit.