WHAT IS MODELING ?
Perhaps everybody can answer this question . It means the same thing
for everyone and still different for each of us . It's play , in fact , a child's game ,
pastime , recreation , technical sport , hobby and relaxation . I will try to answer the
question according to the categories of the Hungarian Modelling Association .
Modelling is a technical sport but it's only an amateur sport in
Hungary with world class results . It gives people creativity , manual , mechanical , and
observation skills and the ability of solving problems.
It's an ageless sport . Children can start it at the age of 8 - 10 and
it can be done into old age with a well chosen area of modelling .
Aerodynamics and theoretical flying knowledge are necessary for
learning modelling . Modelling has inspired many pilots to chose flying as a career . Many
of them are still faithful to their " first love " . According to different
categories , radio technical , flight control , electric engine and even combustion engine
servicing knowledge could be required for being successful in this sport .
In the free flight categories a lot of stamina is needed . In a windy
competition , to return the models for the next start , more than 10 kilometer cross -
country running is a condition for achieving good results .
Hydrological , mechanical and plastic building technical knowledge is
also needed for successful boat modelling .
A special kind of knowledge is needed for car modelling . The modellers
of the speed categories , above all things , use their imagination to plan and build more
and more powerful engined cars . The performance they achieve makes people admire and
appreciate it . The basic condition here of being successful is the driving experience of
many years and the ability to service the cars .
To make lifelike airplane or boat models , historical and industrial
history knowledge is needed beside the above . The standard of modelling has already
reached the standard of applied arts .
Modelling teaches the modeller to cope with failures and also to
appreciate achievements . Modellers who are successful in international competitions tend
to use scientific knowledge and high technology . A lot of modellers are great inventors .
An American modeller invented the control and exhaust system of the modern two - stroke
engine and today it's used all over the world .
Many of those " globetrotting" modellers who take part in
international competitions speak foreign languages at least to a basic level . It's
usually English or German .
There aren't any drug users among modellers . The two rule each other
out . Drinkers and smokers are less common in modelling society . The best way to measure
our talent , diligence , and taking advantage of our opportunities is the achieved result
in a competition , the appreciation in an exhibition or show and the praising word of our
friends and acquaintances .
Although it's not part of our association , train modelling is a very
interesting , rewarding and spectacular part of modelling.
Those people who make their money from modelling fall into a completely
different area of modelling . They make models of real buildings , the first working
models of inventions , machines or the amazingly real models of films .
Although I haven't mentioned everything , I think it's enough for you
to see modelling from a different point of view, appreciate our achievements and modelling
Finally , I have a question : Do modellers play?
Of course they do , because it doesn't work without it.
Retired High School Technical teacher.
Third in European and World Championships.
27 times National Champion.
Hungarian Speed Record Holder.