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  • Member since
    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Scratch-Building
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, February 3, 2019 8:54 AM

Hi;

    So You want to build something ? Well , first let me tell you a few things and you think about it and then proceed . First and foremost what is your subject ? Does it Fly , Float , Move about in the woods or does it tool down the Nation's highways ?

   Many times I have seen Dios that are well thought out , but , the vehicle ( or piece of Armor) doesn't look right .Why ? Well was it built on sound research ? Did you build the hood to long ( say a Half-Track .Or are your bogies wrong for that era  ? ).

   Now here's where the hardest part comes in .You are itching to start . What are you doing to find about your subject ? Nothing ? Well , believe me , that will show to other modelers .O.O.B. is all right but remember , you have no box of parts or instructions here .

   O.O.B. in this case means out of the Brain . Yup , that pile of grey matter that runs the system that will get er built ! Does yours have the info you will need ? Why not ? There's plenty of referrences around .You and only you have to get out and go find them .

     Some are now thankfully no further than the computer you are reading this on . Some are at a library somewhere .Or there plenty of source books at Hobby Shops everywhere . Do your research and carefully determine what you will need besides the pile of plastic you are going to start from .

  Materials are as important as research .Research provides you with the measurements and the equipment your model needs to look great . This cannot be ignored .Do your research then gather your materials from whatever source you are comfortable with and get ready .Now go for it .Happy Modeling ! T.B.      P.S. Don't forget , Anything is fair game when Scratch-Building , so Don't ( within Reason  ) throw good stuff away .( Thanks for the reminder,Pawel )

 

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:41 PM

Hello TB!

Here we have a good one, you really have a point here. And not only when it comes to scratchbuilding, building totally OOB (not brains, I mean box here) can sometimes not be so good for you if the manufacturer of the kit made some mistakes (happens often) or simplifications (is always the case for many reasons). I mean simplifications we don't like anymore - that's to individual modellers taste.

Plus, for me doing the research on a model is about as much fun as the build itself - you can learn so many interesting things on the way, sometimes even get to know very interesting people.

So friends - when building, don't skip the research - it will not only make your model better, it will make you a better person, too!

Have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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