MSW Artist Profile~Rob Kernaghan
UK Artist/Modeler Mr. Rob Kernaghan is the focus on a new MSW feature, the "MSW Artist Profile"
The Model Shipwrights (http://modelshipwrights.kitmaker.net/) Artist Profile is an interview with artists of the ship modelling world. These artists may include sculptors and painters; commercial and private modellers; well-known and lesser-known artists. Whoever they may be, the artists featured in Model Shipwrights Artist Profile are highly respected members of our global community; people who have greatly influenced our world in their own way. As we honour these artists with this humble Q&A and photo feature, they honour us by sharing a piece of their world.
Q. [Tell us a bit about yourself. Your age? Where do you live? Married? Kids? Your job? Your other hobbies and interests?]
A. "I am 35, been married for 8 years (no kids) and live in Sussex. Job-wise I am a financial trader. Other interests include football, music and visiting historic places."
Earliest modelling moment
Q. [Tell us about both your earliest modelling moment, and your earliest ship modelling moment.]
A. "I first remember “helping” my older brother make a model aircraft when I was about 5.
My first ship was possibly a Heller Arromanches when I was about 8. Can’t remember much about it other than it was absolutely tiny."
Do you remember the first time ship subjects appealed to you?
Q. [Tell us about when ship modelling in general, starting appealing to you above other modelling genres.]
A. "From when I was about 15, I would occasionally build one of the big Airfix or Revell sailing ships. I started building ships and nothing but ships after seeing the film Pearl Harbor at the cinema. Before that I built either 1/35 armour or 54mm Napoleonic figures. I have not built an aircraft in about 14 years and never built a truck or car kit."
Who or what inspires your ship modelling?
Q. [Tell us who, what or where do you draw your ship modelling inspiration from? This may include reference books, other artists, etc.]
A. Conway’s Fighting Ships. I look through it until I find a subject I like the look of. As regards other artists, I follow the work of Messrs Baumann, Fulgoney, Cicconi, McCabe and Potter who are all friends of mine."
The best thing about ship modelling
Q. [Tell us about what, in your opinion, is the best thing about ship modelling.]
A."A great way of relaxing and (I hope this doesn’t sound pretentious) of expressing yourself."
The worst thing about ship modelling
Q. [Tell us about what, in your opinion, is the worst thing about ship modelling.]
A. "Modelling disasters, such as dropping a nearly-finished piece of work and having to rebuild it."
Favourite modelling era/period
Q. [Tell us about your all time favourite modelling era/period. Why do you prefer this period above others?]
A. "Probably late 19th/early 20th Century as ships seemed to have more character to them back then."
Favourite modelling competition to enter
Q. [Over the years, which has been your favourite competition to have entered? And why?]
A. "None. Why compete with my hobby? Ultimately I build for my sake only and have enough to compete with in real life."
Most prized award ever won
Q. [Which has been the most prized, or precious, award you have won? Note that this need not be the most prestigious award you have won.]
A. "Would not want an award. The hobby itself is reward enough."
Favourite modelling things
Q. [Tell us about your all time favourite modelling things. Examples of these may include tools, reference materials, or particular ship or ship model kits. Basically anything related to ship modelling.]
A. "In terms of tools, I tend to use a fairly basic toolkit of scissors, side cutters, steel ruler, scalpel, pinvice, tweezers and sandpaper. One thing I have found is that you can spend a lot of money on an elaborate tool kit then hardly use more than the basic stuff.
I am a great fan of using artists’ paints so make great use of gouache, oils and heavy-body acrylics along with the more conventional modelling paints.
I also have a fairly extensive library of nautical books."
Favourite modelling purchase/ship kit
Q. [Tell us about your all-time favourite modelling purchase or ship model.]
A. "Can’t narrow it down to one. I would include the following amongst the list:
Khrabri (Combrig), HMS Roberts (HP), USS Newport (JAG), HMS Orion (Combrig), Avrora (Combrig), HMS Bluebell (WEM) etc "
Best recent modelling/ship kit purchase
Q. [Tell us about the best modelling or ship kit purchase you have made recently.]
A. "Possibly a 1931 Nagato (Waveline) "
How do you evaluate the present situation of the ship kit and its future?
Q. [What is your assessment of the current state of the ship kit industry and its future?]
A. " I think the situation looks healthy indeed, but we will always want more. Whilst there is a demand for more kits, we will see new releases for the foreseeable future. I think the key is to encourage more modellers to participate."
If you could paint or build a ship subject, what would it would be?
Q. [If you were allowed to paint or build a ship kit of any naval vessel, any time frame, nationality, etc., what would it would be? And why?]
A. "Something I have not seen or heard of anyone else doing before. I like originality."
If you were allowed to build only one ship for the next year, which one it would be?
Q. [If you were allowed to build and paint only one ship for the next year; which one it would be? And why?]
A. "Only one? Probably be Ark Royal IV. My Mum attended the launch of this ship."
Ship modelling “no no’s”
Q. [Tell us about what you consider being the all-time modelling “no no’s”. In other words what no respectable ship modeller should ever do.]
A. "Never stop learning and don’t take yourself too seriously."
Ship modelling secret...
Q. [Go on, tell us one (or two) of your modelling secrets.]
A. "I build what I want and how I want to build it. I don’t think there is a “wrong” way of doing anything. Above all, I build to relax and because I like building model ships."
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