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Not being 100% accurate- is it a big deal?

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Go with whatever you want to do.

 

Our local IPMS club has 40 members and many win model show competitions with amazing builds yet we all have our own levels of what we like to do.

 

"Its a piece of plastic, get over it"

 

We all enjoy what we do and build each kit how we want to do it. 

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8 minutes ago, tomprobert said:

 

 

Interestingly (and wandering a little from the main topic I know) you get some modellers who slave to build the most accurate model they can shape-wise, but will then create some cartoon-like charature of the real thing by highlighting every rib, panel and rivet with overly faded paint, washes and chipping, . 

 

Isn't that to blame on other modellers ?

I paint all my models factory fresh.

The first question I hear is if I will weather,chip,fade,etc...it.

 

Don't even dare to put one of my models in a contest.It gets laughed away for those reasons.

 

Everything has to be like that.The more,the better modeller you are.:mental:

How can you have shades on both sides of the plane.There is only one sun.

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3 minutes ago, Erwin said:

 

Isn't that to blame on other modellers ?

I paint all my models factory fresh.

The first question I hear is if I will weather,chip,fade,etc...it.

 

Don't even dare to put one of my models in a contest.It gets laughed away for those reasons.

 

Everything has to be like that.The more,the better modeller you are.:mental:

How can you have shades on both sides of the plane.There is only one sun.

 

Absolutely agree! As I said, there are many who slave over accuracy yet the finished article

bares no resemblance whatsoever to the original because of their paint finish. Quite ironic really!

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Accuracy is what I strive to achieve, can it ever be 100%, no of course not due to the constraints of the medium and my ability. I admire modellers like Erwin for their "free spirit" but I just couldn't do it I'm afraid! 

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I try to be as accurate as possible given my skills, availability of detail parts and the financial constraints of buying them, but I no longer lose any sleep if I am not 100% accurate.

I work on the references I have at the time and the accuracy of the kit in question, I will probably never see most of the real subjects that I build so my mental picture of what I want to achieve is purely based on photos from books or the internet.

I am a huge fan of alternative history, most of the books that I read are of this genre but I could not build a kit as one, however I love to see others do it and really like some of the back stories that accompany them.

And most of all I enjoy my modelling and and at the end of the day the only person I really want to please is myself, I would never dream of entering a competition.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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It's no big deal for me. I don't have the skills (or money) to make kits that accurate. Yes i like to try some detailing bits n bobs gleaned from other users builds or pictures on t'internet (especially on here). But i don't lose sleep over it. I am of the general consensus that if it looks like a Fw190, Bf109, Spitfire etc then it is. Sometimes i get infuriated by some peoples slating of kits because of minuscule inaccuracies or because they are to cheap for them to build. But you know what. Who cares really? If that is 'their bag' then more power to them. Just don't ram it down my throat all the time. It's a hobby and just enjoy it. Build what you like. Paint it how you like. And enjoy the time making it. Time is precious. I have learned that over the years after nearly committing suicide. 

 

Live life. Enjoy life. Build models!

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One result I do like, is when you take a pic of the finished build and it looks believably real, especially in black and white.

I do like to do a build from a photograph when I can, but the finish is the art isn't it? Has to be a personal thing.

 

 

Why do people weather space ships though??

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19 minutes ago, DrDave said:

One result I do like, is when you take a pic of the finished build and it looks believably real, especially in black and white.

I do like to do a build from a photograph when I can, but the finish is the art isn't it? Has to be a personal thing.

Yep, that's always my aim and measure of "success"!

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It is YOUR HOBBY. Hobbies are for your fun and relaxation.

Make your models any way you like.

Color and detail them any way you like.

Stretch your imagination as far as you like.

I have a most satisfying habit when confronted by a loud mouth anal retentive character who criticizes my not absolutely scale models. I usually have a cup of cold soda in my hand, Somehow it gets spilled all over the front of the character's pants. Tch, tch. Clumsy me. 

I do not criticize any modeler for how he or she makes their models. If anything, I encourage them all I can.

I like to make my own design airplanes. At the other end of the scale there are modelers who like to make exact detailed replicas of real airplanes. We are all correct in what we do.

Relax, love yourself, love our fellow modelers, we are all just enjoying ourselves.

Cha cha cha.

:punk:

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Close enough for handgrenades, horse shoes and models!   I’ve never entered an IPMS event, so I have no idea if accuracy is that important or just builders skill.  But if I was building for a contest I could see pushing the accuracy issue.  Otherwise, have fun! 

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I very recently realized that I like finishing models more than I like building models. Striving for accuracy often conflicts with that. If accuracy isn't that time-consuming and meshes with my skill set, I'm all for it. Otherwise, I allow for compromises. That's not right or wrong; it's just me. I can't and won't have that attitude regarding my job or my family, but the hobby I rely on for relaxation and re-charging....absolutely.

 

But I certainly do enjoy watching others work towards perfect accuracy! I've learned a lot that way. 

 

jp

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8 hours ago, Eagle Driver said:

 

 

Yet, last week Liberator accuracy thread had more than 50K hits. I haven't checked how it is as of today.

 

 

There's still no such thing as 100% accuracy.  That doesn't mean you can't demand maximum accuracy in a model or decal or whatever, but in the end, these are little artistic sculptures of real aircraft.  It's not pure black or pure white.  About 99.9999999% of it is the grey in between.

 

I can draw a US star & bar that's 100% scale accurate, down to three decimal places in any dimension.  But when it's printed on decal paper, the resulting image won't be absolutely 100% perfect in every dimension, because it's printed on paper using inks, etc.  There will be some variation.  But is it close enough?  I think so.

 

Likewise (and I've posted this since the rec.models.scale days), let's say for the sake of argument that I am somehow capable of producing a set of four-view drawings of an aircraft that are absolutely 100% accurate to the real thing (not possible, but bear with me).  The drawings are exactly, perfectly an exact orthographic projection of the real aircraft in every single way.  Then, just because I'm one of those people, I decide to change the corner radius on the aft fuselage battery access compartment from a scale 2" to a scale 2.15" on my drawing.  Whoops!  Now the drawings, are, by definition "inaccurate".  Let's say I'm even more devilish, and I move a panel line on the cowling forward by 0.02 mm.  That's 0.00078".  Again, the drawing is, by definition, now "inaccurate".  Is the drawing ruined?  Is a kit made from those drawings now "unbuildable"?

 

FWIW, I've spent a  good bit of time photographing and measuring panels and overall dimensions on the F-4C at Pima, and I can state with 100% certainty that as nice as it is, the Zouke-Mura F-4C/D/J/S kits have some fiction around the nose.  I've got the hard data to prove it.  So the kits are "inaccurate".  Are they still the best 1/48 Phantoms out there?  Yep.

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7 hours ago, Erwin said:

I paint all my models factory fresh.

The first question I hear is if I will weather,chip,fade,etc...it.

 

Don't even dare to put one of my models in a contest.It gets laughed away for those reasons.

 

 

 

One of the Spitfire Mk.Is on our forthcoming decal sheet was delivered from the factory to a Maintenance Unit on 4 Aug 1940, then to the squadron on 11 Aug, and we're depicting it as it appeared when the subject pilot achieved  his kills in it on 15 Aug.  So anyone who builds it with massive paint chipping, exhaust staining, and "pre-shading" is going to be doing it utterly wrong.  It was literally a brand new airplane, with at most 10-20 hours on the clock.

 

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36 minutes ago, Jennings Heilig said:

 

the Zouke-Mura F-4C/D/J/S kits have some fiction around the nose

 

That is visible from an aircraft at a flight level 410. No measurements needed.

 

That accuracy thread is absolutely useless in my opinion. 

ALL kits are wrong here or there. They will never be accurate enough, because it is technically impossible.

It is just a justification for many to participate in the forums and at shows labeling themselves as "modelers" and "experts".

Builders on the other hand does not care that much for the platform or even if they do, they accept it and keep on building. Tons of examples, last one a real picture of StuH 42 with tracks installed backwards.

 

Simple example: MiG-21 from Eduard sold as bis and MF has the same nose. In real life they differ by less than an inch in the intake diameter. 

So? 48th times less that sizes, WHO CARES? Only some rivet-counters. To justify why they would not buy it, because they are very smart and they know. For the rest of us, the stupid herd it should be good enough.

 

Actually that term - rivet-counters - should be altered by something far more offensive, because that group of people might do something for improving the accuracy but it is as sure as hell that they do a lot more to repulse people from modeling. 

Build whatever you like. However you like it. It is an art form. Not an engineering contest.

It is meant to be fun. Or it was meant to be fun once upon a time.

 

P.S. Another example is the brilliant Su-27 built by Masa Narita. OOTB, with the awful nozzles, thick canopy, wrong rails, nose, radio-transparent parts miss-shaped so badly. One of the best builds of the Flanker? You bet. Big enough? Sure as hell. 

Enough for me.

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