Bringing Stories to Life: The World of SFF Model Building #SciFiSunday

Smart and thorough piece from Alan Brown at Tor.com on the subject of SFF Model Building.

Science fiction and fantasy fans love to dream about things that never existed. And some of them enjoy bringing objects and ideas from their imagination to life. Whether working from kits or making something from scratch, there is a great deal of enjoyment to be gained from model building, and satisfaction in seeing a finished project. This is a great time for those who enjoy the hobby: the internet has provided ways to share information with other modelers and to shop for kits and products from around the world, and the new technology of 3D printing has opened up even more ways to bring imaginary things to life.

In early 2020, “social distancing” became a source of good-natured humor in the model-building community, whose members spend a lot of time at benches tucked away in a basement or corner of their house. “We’ve been training for this our whole lives,” they joked. But this also raises a good point: Modeling is a perfect hobby for these times. So for those who might be interested, here’s some information on a perfect hobby for the social distancing era, and some advice on how to get started.

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