PaPaPeng wrote: : : My eyeball test is will the model look realistic when photographed? : Given some of the good photos of crap models I have seen, I can't agree with that approach.
I prefer the "throw the model in a cabinet/box/etc. for a month, THEN look at it anew. If you still like it, you are done. : : I find it jarring the overemphasized shading, wheathering, oxidation, : rust. : It is a school, and an artistic impression, not an absolute miniature. I worry more about whether the results are consistent, but if it seems "realistic" to me, it is better. :-) : : The war lasted five years. No equipment that begun with the war : lasted more than a year whatever the reason including instant : obsolence. : Be careful - there are photos of very early production Shermans in post-war vehicle parks in Italy. So, it is possible some equip- ment survived. I suspect you can find Grants that survived the war in Burma, etc., and were in pretty ratty shape after spending the war going from Australia to Bornea to who knows where to end in places like Burma. : : The "hung on" accessories that have no visible : means of securing them would have fallen off the moment the vehicle : moved. : What, you don't believe super glue, really, really powerful magnets, duct tape and velcro existed in WWII? :-)
But, more than that, pimp your models once they have been plopped on the table - make sure the tracks are straight, that they lay over the return rollers, that the road wheels are in/ over the guide teeth, and propeller is not mashed into the cowl, those finicky main gear wheels are on straight, etc. Oh - and a base is handy, too - judges can move the base, and not touch your model.