Making History is primarily a curated collection of stories about real people who are represented in part by scale models of the machines they used.  If I were to prioritise these two components however, I will always prioritise the stories.   The stories are for the most part about ordinary people in extraordinary situations and, as it usually turns out, their extraordinary reactions to those situations.  In some cases the machines are extraordinary too.

The only ordinary you are likely to see here is the modeling.  I try, but I am not great.  Let’s say I approach modeling with an impressionist philosophy; I cannot produce, nor am I much interested (or, to be honest, have the required temperament) in creating super-detailed, perfectly built models.  Instead, I try to deliver my best effort at a good representation of the machine in which, and through which the story is told.

Some of what is in these pages has had a previous life.  Back in 2003-2005 I ran a website with a similar mission and the same name.  Some of the stories here, particularly the articles I am launching with during the first few months are from that site.  Some of the articles back then were contributed by very talented modelers with a similar approach as my own and I hope that this iteration of the idea will again attract other like-minded modelers who may wish to contribute their stories, too.

I think that’s enough for now.  I’ve got to figure out how to work this site and make it look how I want it to look.  In the mean time, however it looks, I hope you find the stories interesting and the site worth visiting from time to time.

Mark Beckwith.


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