Slowing down is the secret

Miguel Moreno

Slowing down is the secret? What do I mean by that? There is this model maker from Spain. His name is Miguel Moreno. I did an interview with him by eMail. His answers really gave me an incredible amount of pleasure. Above all, I find his message important: Slowing down! Let’s let Miguel speak for himself now:

“Hy Vasilij! First of all, congratulations for this great network that is! My name is Miguel Moreno, I am a 33 years old guy (2020) from the north of Spain but nowadays I live in the Canary Islands with my girlfriend because we both work there.”

Miguel Moreno
Miguel Moreno

“Since I was a kid I have been always fascinated with the world of aviation, I always dreamt to be a pilot, but it has been impossible because I am color blinded. So, I became an Air-Defence Artillery military man in the Spanish Army. That’s why my modelling preferences are related to my two passions, aircrafts and military, but I also enjoy making other kind of builds.

I am simply an amateur modeler that wants to improve every day and learn more about this great hobby.”

Which last model did you throw out the window because you failed?

Well, I am not a very experienced modeler. It is true that my father introduced me in this world when I was a child, but I started in a serious way four years ago. I can remember that in fact I threw a kit out of the window when I was maybe 6 or 7 years old… it was a Tamiya 1:72 Spitfire when I finished glueing it (thinking that it was really going to fly…) it was somehow a brick falling straight to the floor. 

In these days I can tell you that I absolutely failed during the painting process of a 1:48 Stuka. It was an absolute disaster. I didn’t control the airbrush correctly and it sprayed too much paint. It flew directly headed to the window (or the bin).

Miguel Moreno
“Slowing down is the secret” – it is worth it.
Miguel Moreno

What exactly is it that fascinates you about model making?

What I love about our hobby is that it relaxes me so much. I can spend hours building and they happen very fast. I am a very patient person and to me this is great. But the thing I enjoy most is building historical machines that had their paper in our history. I have been always attracted by WWII aircraft and modern jets. Being able to recreate them is very interesting to me. 

Miguel Moreno

“Slowing down is the secret”.

I saw a photo of your desk on Instagram. It was very tidy. Come on, it was just for the picture. What does it really look like? A photo to prove it, if you dare.  – haha –

Yes, I can’t say that it is so tidy every time, but the most of it. It is a very small place and It gets untidy very fast. I like to put everything in its place when I finish. For example, I always disconnect the airbrush from the air hose, clean my brushes and put the paint jars where they should be. It is easy and takes no more than 4-5 minutes to me. Here you have a pic of my desk at the moment when I am writing this text.

Miguel Moreno
Everything tidy. Slowing down is the secret also has to do with order.

I noticed that there are great model makers in Spain. Are you in a club?

I really would like to belong to a club. But, I arrived to Las Palmas during the last year and I don’t know if there is one here. And also, because of my job I think that I would not be able to go and build frequently. I think modelling clubs are the best way for learning and teaching others. That’s why I created my Facebook and my Instagram… their purpose is to learn from those who post good stuff and make good critiques about my works. That would be super in a club, but as I said I still don’t know one in my island. 

Miguel Moreno

A major disease among model makers is that they buy and store millions of kits. Do you also have this disease? Seriously: How many kits do you have that are not yet built?

Hahaha, it is not my case… for the moment. Now I have only two P-51D Mustangs to be started in January 2021, but this Christmas I think that an Eduard 1:48 Tornado and a Tamiya 1:48 F-14D will arrive at home. I think that is enough work for this next year. But who knows… if a new lockdown occurs maybe I will need more kits. So… yes I think I am starting to have this disease, but not in an extreme way.

Miguel Moreno

How do you research?

Well, I don’t spend too much time researching about my constructions… I do mainly in the Internet or some books. It is true that in my last Bf-109G6 from Eduard I was very interested in recreating the snow camo faithfully and made more research than I usually do. But finally I had to rely in what the instructions manual said because I was not able to find nice photos.

Now I am more interested in having a nice time building, painting and weathering than in being super-exact with my kits.

Miguel Moreno
Beautifully cleanly built and painted. Here too: Slowing down is the secret.

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?

Those guys are absolutely incredible. Those rivet-counters are incredible modelers that really make their point in this hobby and are a superb reference for me. But I don’t aspire to recreate every rivet in my airplanes. As I said before I don’t tend to be extremely perfectionist but to have fun and good time. I like slow building, and take my time, but I don’t suffer If I make small mistakes. 

It is true that I really would like to improve my buildings, and kit by kit I learn and develop new techniques that allow me to make things better. For example, the paint job in my Superhornet was not good, it felt a bit rough. I didn’t like it. In my last kit, the Bf-109G6 I improved it, changing airbrush pressures, paint mixes… but specially taking it slowly and patiently. 

For me my priority in this point is definitely to achieve nice techniques and improve them, not being perfectionist. 

Miguel Moreno

Which story in model making is there that was totally funny or inspiring for you?

I definitely got an incredible push into this hobby when I saw for the first time in YouTube the videos coming from Plasmo channel. That was very inspiring and instructive. I learnt a lot from that guy called David Damek. This point took me again onto modelling and also changed my hobby from being an absolute amateur to a person that could paint, build and weather in a decent way. That was very inspiring because my mojo was shoot very high and introduced me in a new whole universe of possibilities that I didn’t know they exist!

Then I bought my first air compressor, got new tools, new paints, learnt a lot about painting techniques… and that was a few years ago. There has been no day that I got unmotivated since then.

Yes, I can say that David Damek and his YT channel really inspired me.

What techniques do you like most?

I recently learnt how to make chipping in my models… yeah! It is an incredibly easy technique that really enhaces the final result in a kit. It is as easy as applying a liquid over a base paint layer (metallic for example), painting the covering layer and then eliminate the parts of the chipped zone. 

I used this technique in the blades of my last Messerschmitt (you can see the process in my MorModels account in Instagram) and I am sure that I will repeat it in all my next models.

I love also using washes. I think the moment when you apply them is that point when you start to see that your model is taking life. There is a lot of work ahead, but it motivates me so much.

Miguel Moreno
The aging is quite wonderfully done. Discreet and realistic. Another time I recognize: Slowing down is the secret.

What else do you want to tell the members of A tip? A wisdom? 

As an amateur and non-professional modeler I think that this incredible hobby should be a way to have fun. I love modelling because it relaxes me, and because I can learn every day from other people. I really would like to know as much as the best modeler in the world, but my main objective is to have fun.

My tip is to slow down… everything goes better in modelling if you slow down. Those days that I arrive home a bit overstressed, I don’t sit in my desk because I know that I would not do things well. If you paint, slow down. If you put decals, slow down. If you glue (specially with CA), slow down… everything will go fine, and you will finish your kits knowing more techniques than when you started them.

I also think that a good way to learn is sharing your own works. In my case I try to post my advances and finished kits in my MorModels Instagram and Facebook accounts. People share a lot of useful opinions that allow me to improve. And that’s my real objective, to be, day by day, a better modeler.

So… ‘Slow down’.

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