Sunday, January 24, 2016

Wine and models

In my 2015 year-end review, I briefly mentioned my interest in wine. I started teaching myself about it about 20 years ago when I was on a date and mistakenly ordered a glass of white wine that I thought was red. I’ve entertained that interest off and on over the years and got back into it when my fiancĂ©e and I realized we shared the same interest in all things grapes. A vacation to Napa in November kicked it off in earnest.

As you might imagine there are a huge number of blogs and discussion groups related to wine, and I’ve been reading them in between my daily checks of Hyperscale, ARC, and Missing Links. I was pleasantly surprised to find at least one similarity between wine and scale modeling, that oenophiles collect more wine than they can drink just as we buy more models than we can build!

This thread on the Wine Berserkers forum highlighted other, similar problems that we face as scale modelers. Here are a few lessons these wine enthusiasts learned last year that we might scale modelers should consider as well. Replace wine with model and drink with build, and you'll see that they might as well be talking about us.

  • I still allow others' opinions to influence too much of my purchases.

  • If you order a bunch of wine, you are going to outgrow your storage.

  • If you order a bunch of wine, you need to start drinking more.

  • I get more enjoyment from sharing wine with curious and grateful friends with limited wine knowledge than with fellow cognoscenti who fuss over and dissect every nuance of the wine.

  • Drink your good wine. You may go to the doctor and find out you have a problem you never knew you had. The wine in your collection won't matter if you're dead.

  • It's okay to pass on wine sales, even if they are great sales. There will be more.

And my favorite….

  • Wine seems to attract people with very strongly held opinions. When some dip starts talking about wine and doesn't have a sense of humor about it, he's someone to avoid.

It’s a small world. Drink wine and build models!


  1. In vino veritas! Well sad, nice comparison of your passions.

  2. Being a fan of both, one area where wine is a little better is in the guilt department. Some wine I buy to drink in the short term but some wine I buy to drink years from now. Even though it isn't true, and we know that to be the case, when we buy models we often think we will build them in the short term. Then, when we don't, we end up feeling guilty about it. (At least I do.)

    1. You're exactly right. I've bought every model in my stash with every intention of building it, and I do feel some guilt for having so many that I will probably never actually build. And there's a difference here, too: While some wines will improve with age, model will not; it's likely that a new, better one will be released.