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What makes an Expert?

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  • Member since
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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Saturday, August 29, 2020 8:31 PM

A person who is 50 miles from home with a slide show

(Slides, anyone remember what they are).

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, August 29, 2020 8:25 PM


  Now think about what I said and let me know what qualifies as a EXPERT in your thinking, Okay?  T.B. 


shooting 90% or above during weapons qualification, that’s an expert in my world.



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Posted by armornut on Saturday, August 29, 2020 6:41 PM

   I agree with Rob and Dodgy, I may know alot about one small thing but that does not make me an expert( LOL) on the entire subject.

 To me true experts are the ones who's hypothesis' or technique have yet to be bestetd by another.

we're modelers it's what we do

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, August 29, 2020 6:34 PM

I've never considered myself an expert at anything. I have spent decades on various US Army armored vehicles including the M113 family of vehicles, M48A5, M60A3TTS, M1IP, M1A1 (multiple variants), M1A2, M88A1, etc.

I have more familiarity with these than many of my fellow modelers of military hardware do, but I don't consider myself even close to being an expert in any one of them.

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Posted by Dodgy on Saturday, August 29, 2020 6:10 PM

Sorry, but I'm going to be frivolous. Definition of an expert ....... Ex is a has been, spert is a drip under pressure.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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Posted by ikar01 on Saturday, August 29, 2020 3:16 PM

Most of the time people will call someone a expert because of the great amount of detail they add, even though something has been left out.  That person's work is much better than the observer and that could be called "museum quality"  I have seen a few people with that ability, but it deffinately isn't me.

If there is a deffination for this, I haven't heard it and it might well be left to the individual.  The only one I can seem to put up for the tital of expert would be the late Shep Paine.

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What makes an Expert?
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, August 29, 2020 9:11 AM

I Know, Here we go again!

      C'mon folks. We have all wondered this since a little kid saw a grown man build a Boat of Reeds! Did you know that in some countries, you were NOT even considered a proffessional unless you did some years as both a Junior and then Senior Apprentice.Then had done it without supervision for at least two years?

     Those were called Guilds and they still exist in some countries today. I don,t count our unions that used to do that. They really don't teach you anything today. Now as far as Modeling,or Model building or Model design is concerned there is a belief that being a proffessional is arrived at by some other criteria.

   That would be a Consistant winner at model shows in your chosen field ( That would be which type of models you choose to build) That would be the one who researches till the cows come home, But, does doing research make a Expert Modeler or just a Smarter one?

       Years ago a fellow asked me this very question. Why? He had seen me meet with the Curator of Displays at the Maritime Museum in San Fransisco. Why was I doing that? I was known to him from work I had done restoring some local private holdings and some Studio work.

       I had offered my knowledge of soldering and creating brass pieces to re-Build the U.S.S.Oregon Model that was on display and falling apart in the case. I was Re-Buffed.Not by him , but the Admin staff because of the Solder fumes causing a problem with the California E.P.A. Folks as I melted the old lead containing solder. I offered to set up a Clear sided tent with venting outside so folks could see what was going on too. At my expense! California wouldn't budge.

       He never questioned my credentials . Now I do have letters of recommendation from Five Law firms ,two Studios and one Architectural firm and one Engineering firm. BUT, Does that make me an EXPERT? In some fields, a definite YES. In Some NO. This is to be discussed till the sun fails to shine.

       Many can do what is required in many materials in any size or whatever. Does this an Expert make? Let's just say that makes them ( Especially if they got paid) proffessionals. An Expert? well, sometimes I have seen So-Called expertly created models.There is always something missing. If you are going to create a model of a RIVA Aquarama( That's a fancy Ski Boat) then why did you forget the cleats and running light? Or why did you forget the cleats and the instruments on the dash?

      An expert would've included that equipment as part of his knowledge that the boat HAS to have them to be correct! Armor builders in the Hobby try hard to create Masterpieces. They often do, But can you imagine the research they did to get there?

     The same for any subject. Now think about what I said and let me know what qualifies as a EXPERT in your thinking, Okay?  T.B. Oh just so you know. It's a noun. in the Dictionary it states " A Person who has Comprehensive and Authoritative Knowledge of, or a Skill in a particular". It is also an Adjective " Having or involving Authoritative Knowledge" there's also this aside for one key word. "Authoritative"-Able to be trusted as being Accurate and or True, Reliable ,To be considered to be the Best of it's Kind and Unlikely to be improved upon.( That concerns " Books")



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