Bottling Inspiration

I come up with ideas all the time for new and fanciful projects, be it colour schemes for models or some weird and wonderful scratch build or conversion. But if I don’t do anything about it by the time I get round to doing anything all I can remember is that I had a really good idea, but I’ve no idea what it was. So to aid a failing memory I have a couple of suggestions.

First up there is the old school option and that is to write them down on a piece of paper or better yet in a note book, as and when you think of them. It’s fair to say this is my preferred option and I have a bit of thing for using Mole Skin notebooks, but anything you can write on is ok. I have a collection of note books full of ideas, most of which will never see the light of day. But I know where they all are and often when I look through them for ideas it sparks something completely different.


Another option that I sometimes use, mainly from my phone is ‘Evernote’. It’s free and as well as being able to store notes you can also store pictures, links or even video and sound if you want. You can also access from any device with an internet connection. It doesn’t have the same tactile feel as a note book but is the more modern and versatile option.

The other thing that I do is keep a folder on my computer where I can save images I come across that catch my eye. I’m a big fan of concept art and often save images that act as inspiration for new projects. But it’s also a good way of keeping reference images if you want to do more realistic weathering or have a scratch build look like it could actually work.

I don’t think there is any one panacea but these work for me and I thought it was worth sharing them with you. Why not leave a comment if you have something that works for you.


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