And while we're at it ...
One that drags my nails across the chalkboard is the improper use of the term 'kit' or 'kits' when referring to completed models.
If it is a package of unassembled parts, it is a kit.
Once it is assembled, it is no longer a kit, it has become a model.
Drives me nuts to hear someone refers to completed models as 'kits.'
This past weekend we conducted a large model contest and show. A couple of overheard comments were, "Wow! Those are great looking kits." There were no kits anywhere in sight, but we did have a lot of great looking models on display.
Its ... it's ... your ... you're ... kit ... model.
This brings up the problem with our english speaking breathern on the right hand side of the pond, the English. To them kit is a uniform. One can have a nice piece of kit but they rarely build a kit. We play with this variance on a daily basis. Inspite of the fact that we have a common language and standardized rules of grammer, we still have regional dialects on a world wide basis. If you wish to communicate with others, you need to adjust your language for your audience. After all communication has three parts. The transmission, reception and translation. If any part is defective commuication fails.
I would agree that there are very few scratchbuilt model out there, but it is cumbersome to use language such as "mostly or sustantively" scratchbuild rat rod. Techinically, I have never seen a scratchbuild model. That would imply that we went out to the world and created from raw material all of the materials we used to make the model. I doubt that anyone here is capable of making plastic from oil or brass from ore as part of their building process and I know that there is no one here willing to go through the process to do that on such a small scale. I think we can agree that scratch building is the process of taking essentially basic material such as metal or plastic and changing the form into parts that resemble a miniture version of a real vehicle. If we call a model scratchbuilt, it should be made from mostly parts created from materials that do not resemble the original materials. If it is anything else then we should refer to is as having scratchbuilt parts.