If you have an Instagram account and are into scale modelling you must have heard of “Sebs,” aka “Kriegs_Modelling.”
Few years back I build my first Tamiya Tiger II and I was so proud of it (not so sure today!) that I wanted to keep some reference photos; I opened my Instagram account. I did not know the huge scale modelling community that keeps thriving on Insta. Sebs was one of the first people to approach me and started to follow me. It was the key that open the doors to this wonderful community. After 10K followers and many kits build, Sebs keeps the same spirit, encouraging new commers and supporting existing ones.
Without further due, lets welcome Sebs!
How old are you Sebs?
I am the grand age of 30
Where are you from?
I’m from the south east of England, a town called Southend.
How long have you been scale modelling?
About 11 years now, started back when I was 19! Previous to that I’d help “ make “ models with my dad back when I was a lot younger. Used to have shelves full of models my dad he made me.
What is your favorite subject on scale modelling?
I’m a sucker for Cold War era aircraft and one from the Vietnam War. I also have a soft spot for helicopters, though they don’t have one for me, haha! I am starting to branch out into Warhammer 40K models, mainly the vehicles. I have mad respect for those crazy dudes that paint all them tiny minis!
Can you give a piece of advice to all scale modelers out there that looks at your work and are inspired by them? Perhaps an absolute don’t?
I suppose the absolute don’t would be not to rush it, that’s how mistakes happen. Also I’m a big believer of enjoying the process, that’s where the true reward is. The end result is nice but if you generally feel that you’ve grown as a modeller throughout the build, then that’s the true prize. Also if there is one area that’s troubling you on a build, stick with it until your happy. Otherwise every time you look at that model, that area would the first and last thing you see. No matter if the rest of the build went swimmingly.
What is your opinion about social media and sites like Scalemodelling.wiki that helps bring modelers together to share their work and techniques?
I think like all social sites and websites they have their place, truth be told I’ve never really liked social media. But one thing I’ve come to realise though is they are a place to meet like minded people and other modellers. I think having a site where we can share our builds and techniques is great. But if for whatever reason that come at the expense of our enjoyment, that’s where we need to draw the line. After all we do this because we enjoy it, not to keep up with the demand of social media.
Have you got a Youtube channel? if not, why?
Haha, I get this a lot! No YouTube channel at the moment. Number of reasons, time to record and edit is a big one. Also not having the space to put the equipment that I want. So until that changes I’ll make videos where I can for IG or the the wiki.
You recently reached 10K followers on your Instagram account. What is the secret!
Haha no secret! It’s taken me nearly 4 years to get to that point. I’ve seen others do it in less than a year, so I slight hate them for that hahaha! But I suppose engagement was the key with regular stories and posts. Tagging and using the correct hashtags, I know it sounds a little mundane but it all helps! It’s about getting the maximum reach for all your posts. Also tag in the companies of which products you’ve used, it’s a great way to get some extra exposure.
Recently AK launched a new book call “condemnation”. Their approach to advertised it was not best to say the least. It created a online storm and forced AK to apologize and drawn back their campaign. Some people were even further asking to boycott AK products. What is your view about it?
I believe they did it with the best of intentions, but clearly it wasn’t the right way to go about it. Does it make them bad people, not really they made a mistake. Personally I wasn’t offended by the book or advertising campaign, I suppose I have thicker skin than most. The argument around them making money from the Holocaust is stupid, how is it any different to a history book? The authors and publishers still make money from it even if it just informs people. Same with the boycott of products, what a waste of time! Do they honestly have so much money, they can throw it away willy nilly. Sorry for the rant but I honestly feel people massively over reacted. There are big issues at hand than a ill thought out advertising campaign.
Coming back to the bench; How much time do you spend scale modelling weekly?
Erm I’m not sure about weekly lol But I aim for a good few hours a day at the modelling desk. I do like to do a bit, then go off and come back later to do some more.
What part of scale modelling you think it could improve?
Having a better range of subjects, I think to many companies keep re hashing the same few subjects. For me Airfix and Tamiya are guilty of doing this quite regularly, though of late they are starting to branch out more.
An all-time favorite kit?
A tough one! I think the Kinetic 1/48 Su-33 would probably be my favourite kit. Though in terms of a complete project, it would be my Su-24 I’m doing at the time of writing this!
And Worst kit you have ever build?
I don’t believe in bad kits, only bad modellers haha! Yes I’ve built some kits with terrible fit and detail, but that’s nothing that can’t be fixed with some thought and skill. That sort of thing wouldn’t of phased people 20 years ago, where you needed every bit of skill available to get that most out of kits. We are spoilt now days with kits that fit so well, you could omit the glue all together! Personally I don’t think those kits, as you can tell lol I think to challenge myself and learn everything I can from kits.
Thank you very much!
You can follow Sebs on Instagram under @Kriegs_Modelling