I have a question, truly not a rant, so please don't take it as such.
I build mostly 1/48 and 1/32 a/c. Sometimes I include the smallest fishing leader I can as an antenna wire, sometimes I don't. I am always gigged at contests when I don't have antenna wire.
My reasoning is thus: The wire on a 1:1 scale a/c is almost invisible even in real life from up close. Also, the smallest fishing line one can buy (.005") is about the same size as the wire on a 1:1 aircraft. If I put that .005" fishing line on a 1:48 kit, it is out of proportion by about a factor of 48. Multiplying .005" x 48 = .24", almost 1/4 of an inch"! I've never seen a 1/4" diameter antenna wire. Guy wire, yes - antenna wire, no. Imagine what some of the stretched sprue antennas would scale out to. 1"?2" diameter?
If I put a set of tires, ordnance, propellor, canopy or any other part that is out of scale by a factor of 48 on a kit, I'd rightly be laughed out of the contest. Why is antenna wire an exception?
Your opinions are appreciated.