Author Archives: Chris

About Chris

I'm Chris Meddings, Modeller, Author, Publisher of Modelling Books, Podcaster, and armchair wannabe thinker

A New Podcast!

A little while ago, I decided to add interviews to this blog, starting with Calvin Tan’s fantastic discussion on Art and Modelling To make that I had a video chat with Calvin and used an edited transcript to produce the … Continue reading

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An Absence, and an Apology

I often think “Sorry I haven’t been posting much, guys.” Posts are kind of lame. For one thing, they assume people were missing you posting, which is somewhat presumptuous, for another, they don’t really add anything to the general conversation. … Continue reading

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Art & Modelling, a Conversation with Calvin Tan

Today I sat down with Calvin Tan (via a webchat) for the first of what will be an occasional series, where I discuss a single topic with a well known and highly respected modeller. Calvin is undoubtedly well-known, and highly … Continue reading

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STOP IT

Stop Using Realism to dismiss the work of others. Bear with me, this one is about to get conceptual (dare I say: philosophical), but it is not possible to make this argument without doing so. Realism is often taken to … Continue reading

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Challenging Modelling Pt.2 The Politics and Polemics of Modelling

Look at almost any modelling group on Facebook, and you will find the same rule: “no politics”. It is a commonly accepted trope in modelling that politics = bad. Terms of Reference What do we mean by politics? For once, … Continue reading

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The Hobby Kinda is Dying

Sorry everyone, its been a long time since I have posted. The fact is, I’ve been struggling in modelling. At the end of 2023 I finally decided to call an end to Inside the Armour Publications. Sales have been declining … Continue reading

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Challenging Modelling: Part:1

Introduction For a long time, I’ve been interested in the limits the modelling community place of modelling. It is often said to be about having fun, and perhaps because of how we associate it with a childhood hobby, and certainly … Continue reading

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Building The Diorama

My ‘day job’ is not having opinions on the internet (honest), it’s actually Publishing and selling scale modelling books at Inside the Armour Publications. If you follow my other activities like the Sprue Cutters Union, you will know I spent … Continue reading

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Celebrate Craft

Earlier on in this blog, I laid out my argument as to why modelling is not art Part of my thesis was that modellers use the word ‘art’ in a misguided attempt to legitimise what we do. I argued that … Continue reading

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The Art of Building

Building is grossly underrated in this hobby. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to put on my slippers, reminisce about bagged Airfix kits, and bemoan the lack of ‘beZiK MolDeriNg SKizz’ and ‘Millennials’ like some bitter old guy. I … Continue reading

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