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Why I build

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Why I build
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 23, 2003 5:51 PM
Ok I'm asking this to see what the people on the forum think. I know some build because they enjoy the hobby. Others build just to enter contests. Yet still others build because they enjoy the hobby and wouldnt mind entering a contest sometime.

So whats your choice?
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 23, 2003 5:55 PM
Perhaps I should have tittled this a bit differently...Im asking this because of some things I noticed at a local model show/contest I attended(but didnt enter) a few weeks ago. I want to get a general idea of what everyone thinks about model contests.
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  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Thursday, October 23, 2003 7:12 PM
Chris, I build mostly on a contract basis for others.
Does that count?

Cheers, LeeTree
Remember, Safety Fast!!!

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 23, 2003 8:31 PM
Hey if you enjoy it and get paid then thats even better! LOL
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 23, 2003 8:38 PM
I build strictly for my love of history. I have never entered a contest and have no desire too. My models are just my little way of keeping a small part of history alive for another generation. I love when my daughter asks me about a particular kit I'm working on. She wants to know all about it. I probably have one of the few six year old girls who knows the difference between a P-51 and an Me-109.
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  • From: Dahlonega, Georgia
Posted by lizardqing on Thursday, October 23, 2003 9:01 PM
I have always built because of my love of history. I just love the hands on learning experience that building a kit has to offer. What better way to learn about a subject than to put one together piece by piece and also to learn histories while doing research. I have entered one contest and will probally do it again because it is really the only way I get around other modelers and enjoy other peoples work as well.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, October 23, 2003 10:53 PM
I build mainly for fun, but if there's a local contest that I may have a shot at not being embarassed, I'll take a shot. Mind you, almost all contest entries thus far have been miniatures, which some say are not really models, so that may or may not count. Judges?

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  • From: New Hampshire, USA
Posted by link955 on Friday, October 24, 2003 4:58 AM
Just wanted to jump in here with a little story of my own regarding contests....

Back in 1988 I entered an IPMS Regional (the region and hosting chapter will remain nameless, not out of courtesy, but because I don't think they deserve the publicity). I was entered primarily in armor and diorama catagories. Usually I have no problem with judges, however on this occasion almost the entire staff of judges was from the host chapter; at best, problematic because they would all know each other's work, and at worst, since they were primarily aircraft builders, most would be judging in categories which they knew little about. Without going into much detail, some of their judgements (a term I use loosely at best) were laughable. As an example, in the figure category, they eliminated, right off the top, all figures which were painted with shading and highlighting. The only figures they judged were those painted in solid colors, with no modeling whatsoever. OK all you figure painters, what's wrong with this picture? Apparently they expected figures to be painted like airplanes. But here's the climax (and I am trying not to sound sour grapes here): I got a second place trophy, for a diorama which won Popular Best-in-Show I might add, because the Jerrycans on the armored vehicle had visible seams. GERMAN Jerrycans. Hello? Anyone getting a clue here?
Now you might understand why I don't compete anymore...
Ne cede malis (Latin: Yield not to misfortune)

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