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      Don and I banter back and forth over how to build our large scale models.

      I tend to build for the "look". My attitude is that if it looks cool it dosen't matter whether or not it would work in the real world. I try to make my builds appear functional, but after all, to me, its just a model.

      Don, on the other hand, tends to go the other way. He builds his models as he would his 1:1 But........Its Only A Model cars. His models would "work" in the real world.

      We're not talking high end builds like Pochers, we're talking scratch built But........Its Only A Model or heavily modified off the shelf kits and aftermarket stuff.

      I'd like to know how everyone else feels about this topic so lets have some fun with it.

      Do you build for function or fun?
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  1. Brizio's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Interesting topic... I build in both way... Depend of the model I'm working on...

    Here are some example of some work I did in 1/24 scale...

    This was a 69 Dodge Charger, that was sitting around for a while. It was without engine because I used for another model...
    So I build it like I want, didn't care if it is drivable or not. Just for a nice shape, or something different. From the Charger I used only the cockpit from the body, and most of the interior. The other stuff is all scratch build But........Its Only A Model ... Also the tires... :) The engine I scratch build But........Its Only A Model a in line 8 cylinder, based on a old pics from a Isotta Fraschini engine...
    This kind of model is called Curbside, because doesen't necessary have a engine (also if I put it) or chassis. You build it only for a shape, for a style...



    Another project, a twin blower Hemi on a lawn mower... :) Also here, was only for build something different...



    This one, it is a perfect replica. It is a CJ-2A or Agri-Jeep. Used in the farm. It has almost 1000 parts, and for build it I asked to a 1/1 But........Its Only A Model owner some original manual for the lawn mower part and the lift in the back.
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    A lot of times, I build for the fun and look of a model. When it comes to automotive knowledge, half the time I have no idea of what works and what doesn't in the real world. If it looks like it would work, I'll do it whether it would work or not.
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    I would have to say both.

    Its been some time now since I actually built a model from start to finish. Most of my building now is on single items and those must be as close to real life as possible and I enjoy that.

    However to maintains some level of sanity I find time to build something a little more on the unrealistic side. Over the last few years Ive had a side hobby building steampunk weapons with my two son's. Whats Steampunk you ask? Imagine computers existed in Victorian times, take the style of then and add in the technology of today and you get steampunk. If you read 20'000 leagues under the sea you get a fairly good ideal of the concept and being that my profession for the last 20+ years has been an antiques dealer it just kind of fit.

    Not only is it completely made up stuff but its given me a great way to practice my scratch building skills in brass and also teach my boys how to use big boys toys like a lathe, torch and drill press.

    Here's a few of our builds and the website we use to show them off. www.steampunkarmory.com
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    Interesting topic Rick,
    In some cases I battle with myself about how much detail is enough......at times I find myself treating each individual part as it's own model. You know what I mean, I know what the parts are and what they are 'posed do....so it really pushes my buttons when for instance the Big T & Deuce kits have no provision for cooling the radiators. NO fan, mechanical or otherwise.

    Some folks argue that they are trailer queens, in the case of the big T it was a show car originally and didn't need one, that's just plain silly. You can't say it wouldn't be seen and doesn't matter either.

    Case in point would be the shade tree But........Its Only A Model hot But........Its Only A Model rod I'm working on.......if you look at the (inspiration) pic I posted, it has no visible radiator...just a fan (which isn't really needed) as the real car has the radiator mounted in the back tucked in by the pumpkin'.

    One guy even said "once a car is moving it would have sufficient cooling without a fan"...probably true but that wouldn't help much in traffic would it.

    Another one that blows my skirt up is on small scale models.....ever notice how things like generators or alternators are mysteriously supported by chrome plated But........Its Only A Model fan belts?
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    "However to maintains some level of sanity I find time to build something a little more on the unrealistic side. Over the last few years Ive had a side hobby building steampunk weapons with my two son's. Whats Steampunk you ask? Imagine computers existed in Victorian times, take the style of then and add in the technology of today and you get steampunk. If you read 20'000 leagues under the sea you get a fairly good ideal of the concept and being that my profession for the last 20+ years has been an antiques dealer it just kind of fit."

    Sorry, I don't know how to make that quote thing work...

    I have to say, these steampunk pieces of yours knock me out, great website also. I saw one of your pieces on eBay and it got me going. I don't want to go too far off topic but there is a guy up the road from me out here in Cali that makes steampunk RC robots. His name is I-Wei Huang...He's a 3D animator and game developer, but uses off the shelf steam, RC ,and robot servos, to make cool little robots. His "LocoCentepede"is my favorite. Saw him on "ModernMarvels/Steam" his website is here: crabfu.com

    As far as car models, I tended to make them as they would function in the real world. For scratchbuilding, since I probably won't have total access to take measurements of the things that I want to make miniatures of, I will just have to eyeball a lot of it, and hope for the best
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    Quote Originally Posted by 46SuperDeluxe View Post
    Sorry, I don't know how to make that quote thing work...
    Just click this button in the post.

    And thanks. I guess its still a version of model building.
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