Monday, May 23, 2016

Most modelers want to be "Kit Assemblers"

Okay, I bet I have your attention now, and some are sharpening up their keyboards, all set to disagree with this Post's title.

But, give it a little thought.

When a new model comes out, and it either has the "wrong nose shape", the "wrong wing to fuselage joint", or "doesn't come with weapons in the box", what does that truly mean?

It means that the guy describing those flaws wanted to buy the kit, assemble it, paint it, decal it, and hang weapons on it, and have an accurate model. He wanted good decals, a good color call out, logical assembly instructions. And he wanted to just buy the model and put it together, all from what is in the box.  He didn't want to plunk down his money and have to carve out a new nose for the model,,,,,or go buy weapons to hang on it,,,,he just wanted to assemble it.

That means that, just like me, he wanted to be "just an assembler."  If this is not true, there wouldn't be any need for critiquing the model kit,,,,,,in fact, the more vocal typists should revel in the fact that it isn't right,,,,,,,,that lets them show off their "model correction skills."

Instead we see some of the same people pooh-pooh a new model and in another post, sometimes on the same day, pooh-pooh people that are "just assemblers."

Now, so that I don't anger the entire group of people that do this, let me talk about the flip side of it. "Kit Assemblers" choose which kit they will build. How do they decide? Easy, if I want to build a good looking F-8 Crusader in 1/72, I buy and build the Academy,,,,,,,,not the Fujimi. Remember, just as soon as you change one thing on the model,,,,,,,anything at all,,,,,say the wheels on the 1/72 old tool Hasegawa "F-4J/D" kit,,,,,,,you are after accuracy.

So, I just described myself and my goal,,,,,,I want to someday be "Just an Accurate OOB Kit Assembler", just like all the people that are "disappointed" with a new release that "didn't get it right."

Our little groups that we get separated into are not really all that different. Remember to a non-modeler (the viewers of our finished stuff on the shelves), that 1/48 and 1/32 Phantom is still "a cute little plastic model",,,,,same as the "too small" 1/72 stuff.

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