View single post by Ray Dunakin
 Posted: Tue Feb 5th, 2013 06:29 am
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Ray Dunakin


Joined: Wed Jul 25th, 2012
Location: San Diego
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It depends on the following:

1. What you're modeling. For instance, things like steam locomotives, tank cars, etc have large rivets that are noticeable even from a distance.

2. How closely it will be seen or photographed. For "average use" the three foot rule may apply. However, some folks like to photograph models up close, in which case fine details (or lack thereof) will be more noticeable.

3. Personal taste. This is really the most important. If you want model every little detail, go for it. If you don't, that's ok too. Caricatures are great too if that's your thing. Me, I like to model all the details, and I like to shoot closeups. On the other hand, I'm trying the capture the look of the prototype, and don't usually care about getting the exact number of rivets, etc.

I think a lot of the "overdone" look comes from making rivets too big, especially in the smaller scales.

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