View single post by mwiz64
 Posted: Mon Feb 4th, 2013 05:16 pm
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Location: Fenton, Michigan USA
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I have a friend that is a fairly highly regarded scale R/C airplane modeler. One time, I asked him about why on some of his smaller models (still quite large by model railroading standards) didn't he put rivets on his models. His words were, "The guys that are rivet nuts are mostly BS'ing." So I asked, what do you mean. He said look at the full scale subjects from any distance but right up on them and tell me if you see the rivets. He was right. You couldn't see them unless you were right up on them.

Now, I know that planes generally have small and recessed rivets but I'm seeing a similar pattern here in many train models. When you look at the cars or locomotives in full scale do the rivets jump out at you like they do in some of our models? I generally don't think they do. Sure some are big but many more seem over done. Just compare a full scale photo to one of your models.

Why am I talking about this now? Well, as you may have seen, I'm contemplating buying a rivet punch for a current project... or at least contemplating buying some expensive rivet details. I'm just wondering if the expense and hassle will really add realism to my model or if I'll just be "BS'ing".

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