Where do these guys come from? Lordy Lord! -- Russ
People have been making "miniatures" of their surroundings as far back as we have been able to pick up crude bone tools, I think that it is genetic. It is refreshing to see models of such high calibre using simple inexpensive materials. Taking the time to set up and plan all the step by step sequences of the work is an art in itself. How often do we get caught up in the moment of working to achieve an effect or colour, then realize that we did not document the "15 or so steps" to get there!
I think that this model of the lighthouse is a testament to all the best qualities of why we take the time to do such work.
The builder makes it look so easy and that anyone can make such models if they are able to take the time to learn and follow his simple steps. But not many of us take the time to master each of those steps and string them all together, and in my humble opinion there is the difference between the superb model and a good one.
The picture posted by Hauk of the different lighthouse by Troels Kirk demonstrates the differences in understanding of the subject being modeled, I think that the water in Troels' model looks more convincing than that in the model by Jakob. Is that a fair comment one might ask? without seeing both side by side perhaps it is irrelevant.
Jakob's rocks looked more like rocks and less like plaster, to me, but again when considering the different types of rocks and weathering they might equally represent their source subject matter.
It is great that some model builders take the time to share and teach us how they achieve their results, and no matter how perfect the models are the builders will tell you that their next one will be better, because of what they learned doing the last one.
A funny thought just crossed my warped mind.
Imaging a concours car show where all the contestants are showing off all the polished chrome and spotless engines impeccably clean floor mats, twenty coats of hand rubbed lacquer mirror finish paint jobs on vintage and classic cars on one side of the parking lot or field.
And on the other rows of beat up bent and corroded oozing grease and oil faded paint work carefully cracked and bullet ridden windshields rust flaking off fenders and torn leather upholstery on all the 2010 2011 model cars..... ya know how hard is was to get the fenders looking like that.... I had to grind them with a 4 inch grinder for 2 hours then finish it up with a blow torch and concrete etch for three days to get that look!!
But I digress.
The Lighthouse model was worth the time to follow through the build, very inspirational, the attention to the details of the lenses was particularly well done, I also liked the slotted screws punched out of the sheet stock.