Jumpinjan posted the following statement in another thread and I think there is some discussion here that may merit discussion (or revisiting)
Quote "Just about every model anymore, has been "over weathered". That M/S with the massive chipped paint is almost hilarious. Is that what the judges are looking for? How much over-weathering was performed? These planes didn't last long enough in operation, to even producing oil stains from the castor oil!"
I would suggest that each subject would be best addressed as a case by case basis. No judge would be fooled by a heavily and skillfully weathered model if the photographic references used show clean, almost out of the factory finish.
Verlinden has a lot to answer for - the 'Verlinden Method' supplies a formula for finishing a model with no consideration to the state of the real machine.
As a ship modeller too, I am staggered by the heavy weathering used on large ships in small scale! Look at your subject and decide how weathered it ought to be. If a modeller shows a heavily weathered piece, I don't think you can criticise it if you can't supply a photo to back your objections!
Many modellers don't build out of the box models - they often have a specific serial number in mind and photo's to back up their modelling decisions (including but not limited to weathering) (let's not start the colouring debate!)
Last but not least - modelling is a hobby to be enjoyed. I have built models that have been dismissed by the judges and I have built train wrecks that have taken first place - but I had fun building them never the less!
my 2cents worth - Carpo
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