Author Archives: Chris

About Chris

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

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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The Art of Disagreement

“You aren’t curing cancer” When I started this blog, I wanted it to be a more positive place than Facebook can sometimes be. What I envisaged was a place where I can wax philosophical on modelling, and indulge my adjacent … Continue reading

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The Demise of the Original Story.

The controversial opinion of a dioramist.  By guest writer Robert Blokker Go back five years or more at any decent event, and your mind would have been blown by the creativity and unique storytelling in dioramas and vignettes.  You could … Continue reading

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Filthy Lucre

I added a buy me a coffee button to this blog. I know, some guys monetise everything, but please remember, reading this is free. The button is there in case you appreciate the blog and want to toss me a … Continue reading

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Over the last 24 hours, pretty much everyone has seen the infamous Rinaldi Studio Press video about SMC. For a moment, lets park most of the video and address his main point: The Lack of Risk Taking and Innovation in … Continue reading

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Finishing is Overrated

How many times have you seen someone beat themselves up for never finishing a model? Or abandoning a project unfinished? Who reading this, has a “Shelf of Shame”? Let me turn that on its head: Why is not finishing kits, … Continue reading

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Setting the Standard: Scale Model Challenge 2023

This weekend I attended what was, by my reckoning, probably my 6th or 7th Scale Model Challenge. In the last few years it has become the unmissable show in the modelling calendar for me and I would never willingly miss … Continue reading

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Look Again

Modelling, like any visual medium, has its own language. There are obvious tropes, like Tigers and Shermans and Spitfires and 109s, and there are modern modelling tropes like “‘heroic’ German retreats from Russia” models, whitewashed T-34s and Panzers with rusty … Continue reading

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