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Posted by DonH on September 24, 2021, 14:17:56, in reply to "Accuracy?
Well said, Kelvin! I totally agree with you! There are real problems with today's ship model collector market. Of course many want the high end models at any price to "fill a hole". For example, and I will leave names out to protect the guilty, a former dealer used to expand on how wonderful the models from a certain continental producer were. He liked them because they were catering to a niche he collected. They were truly terrible and I wouldn't waste my money on even to fill a hole in the collection. Another example is the escalating prices of under-researched models. There is at least one vendor that produces pretty nicely made models but EVERY ONE that I have seen have galling and sometimes major mistakes. I like my models to be accurate. They don't have to be super detailed but they must be accurate. Then of course is the issue of pricing. I used to collect 1/43 car models back in the 20th century. I stopped when the producers got wise to the idea that if they added extra detail they could raise the price to well over realistic levels. They did this by cutting production to just a few models (50 to 150 or so). I see this happening again now with ship models. No, I will not name the vendors. Then there is the subject of paint. I have seen plenty of really nice models with garbage paint jobs and conversely astonishing paint jobs on undeserving models. (Guilty here as I have a rare piece of junk model that I would love to have Slavi paint for me :>} ). If you paint a pig, it is still a pig though. Pardon me as I cannot remember the name of the FANTASTIC model builder from the 1950's who addressed detail years and years ago. His take was in response to criticism that detailed ship models were being cluttered with too much of it. He said, "If the detail is big enough to be seen IN SCALE it belongs on the model". He did not mean OVERSCALE like some of the horrible deck scribing or photo etch hand rails.
I could go on and on but I solved these problems for myself by simply buying or building what I like. You do the same and we will all be happy. Oh, and what do I buy right now? Next to nothing. In the last year I have purchase the Subase Bangor kit (Love it!) from Clive and a very rare plastic kit from Japan in near 1:1200 scale that I paid about 6 pounds for. For the most part my collecting days are OVER because of some of the problems mentioned above. Actually, it feels pretty good to have slowed to a near stop. Overpriced, badly painted (or wrong colour), inaccurate shape or detail, out of scale or just plain wrong AND expensive in most cases. That pretty much describes a good percentage of todays ship model market. As I speed along towards non-existence I will spend the rest of my time on earth re-building or enhancing what is already in my collection. Once again, these are MY opinions. YOU dear reader are entitled to your own. Collect and ENJOY what you like.
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