AF> You look at a photo of a model, or even better... a layout shot. DO AF> you test yourself by quickly questioning yourself as to what "scale" AF> model you're looking at?... I know I do. There are giveaways... most AF> of them almost subliminal... from the height of the rail, to the AF> appearance of the rolling stock, details, figures etc:... the AF> question... what is the "give-away" that keep an n-ho-s-o, or ANY AF> scale layout, identifiable as to being THAT PARTICULAR SCALE. Many AF> modelers have stepped-up to the plate and created models so g-o-o-d AF> that they defy the actual physical reality of the model... so maybe AF> it's a two-part topic... what gives a model away AS a model (and if AF> you know a way around it, share the thought... so much the better!)
One of the giveaways is the fact the people and animals in the model aren't living / breathing. The 'frozenness' is sort of hard to get around. Often the figures don't have the exact right natural expression for the exact situation being modeled.
AF> ... and what modelers have been able to bridge-the-gap that can AF> visually remove a model from it's "scale" and make it possible for AF> their efforts NOT to be seen as n-ho or whatever, but just as a great AF> modeling effort with a de-emphasis on the actual scale they are AF> working within. This should be interesting. AF>
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