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#1 CrazyGirl

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:09 PM

I am curious about how much research you all do on an auto before you start your builds,, like do you research every part as much as you can and then have Huge ideas of how crazy detailed you want to get and then come back to earth and use artistic freedom ,,, like today while at work I was thinking about this 67 vette dashboard and in my mind I knew what I wanted to do then I get home and look at it again and remember how tiny it really is, like I don't think I will get the radio to play lol



#2 Harry P.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:13 PM

It all depends on how crazy you want to get. Everyone has different standards, everyone has different ideas as to how far to take it. It's an individual decision, no "one size fits all" answer.

 

I always start off every new project with a thorough google search, and collect as many pics as I can find, but that's because I build my models to be as accurate and true to the subject as possible. To me, research is always step 1. But depending on your own personal style, you may do a lot of research before you start, or none at all.



#3 MikeyB08

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:18 PM

I'm a "None At All" type of guy. Accuracy does not play a big role in my model building. I build to suit me and how I want to build. I thinking of transposing the front end of a 2010 Mustang to the body and rear end of a Camaro. Why? Because I can!! MUHAHAHAHAHAHA!! 

 

But seriously, I'll sometimes check out images just to get any idea of my colors or maybe I'm not sure how the interior colors lay down. Other than that, I always freestyle. 



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 04:19 PM

It all depends on how crazy you want to get. Everyone has different standards, everyone has different ideas as to how far to take it. It's an individual decision, no "one size fits all" answer.

 

I always start off every new project with a thorough google search, and collect as many pics as I can find, but that's because I build my models to be as accurate and true to the subject as possible. To me, research is always step 1. But depending on your own personal style, you may do a lot of research before you start, or none at all.

While I too tend to do most of my research before delving into a project, I view research as an ongoing thing--I'll constantly keep looking for more information all along the way.

 

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 05:06 PM

Recently, I've been building exotics and classic sports cars. Before starting a build,  I'll spend a lot of time online deciding exactly how I want to build it... often  there will be a specific car I decide I want to replicate.  For current model cars, there are even online configurators where you can play with different colors and options. Good research is often the first step in building a great model.



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 05:14 PM

Good research is often the first step in building a great model.

 

I'd say that good research is always the first step in building a great model.  ;)

 

That is, if your model is intended to be an accurate replica of the original. If you're doing a custom or a phantom or a "what if," then the sky is the limit.



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 05:17 PM

I am all about accuracy but it's more a case of functional accuracy. There are some subjects I will study to no end and then continue as I build because more info will always come to light. (my 1/12 Porsche 935 comes to mind.) I'm more involved with the research when it's something more close to what I desire most. (hemi darts, 935 porsches are 2 right off the top of my head.) WIth these subjects it's a no holds bared research hunt. WIth most of my models though, if it looks accurate as far as finishes, and the apearance that it would funtion in scale like a 1:1 counter part would then that's good for me. Can't worry too much about it or you'll never get anything done! lol! Plus it's supposed to be fun, and sometimes the fun is just slapping a model together because you can. No detailing, no worry about seams. As long as it's clean.

 

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 05:34 PM

I try to limit research to ten minutes or less, afterall it's just cutting into building time. I do however like to look for images of 1:1 cars online or in magazines to see what people have done. This is more to get general ideas for future builds, not actually researching anything specific.  



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 05:41 PM

It all depends on the build and how much work I feel doing , or care for the subject I am building,  some more then others.



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:11 PM

I'm always looking for information on my subjects. Where do things go? What colors could I get on a car? What if I don't like the color choices, what can I do with it? How is something wired or plumbed? Although I very rarely add much of anything in that arena, it's nice to know in case I need the information in the future.

 

One of the drawbacks of being an academic nerd like me is that while this might cut into actual assembly time, like any project, research is critical to success, and I'll tend to overdo it sometimes, but I get the satisfaction of being able to say I have at least some idea of what I'm doing.

 

I've found getting good interior shots the most challenging item, and then matching the colors, or at least getting them in the ballpark.

 

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:31 PM

A lot of times I don't really research the car with the exception of maybe underhood and interior pics. I usually build one-offs, but want detail to be correct. For instance:

 

I wire and plumb the engine with as much detail as possible

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But you will never find reference material for the car itself

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:09 PM

As others have said, it depends on what your building.  And what level of detail you want to replicate.

 

When I built this I downloaded hundreds of photos.

 

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Here is a picture of a real car that I downloaded for reference.

 

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:31 AM

If you are building custome, street rods, etc, unless you are replicating a particular car, you really do not need to do much, but if you build factory stock, like I do, it requires alot, I probably spend half my time doing research, or if you are replicating a particular vehicle you need to do it as well.  Research is actually quite fun.



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:44 AM

does common sense enter into the research column?

 

if a scale driver couldn't, something is not right.

 



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 12:57 AM

If a scale driver couldn't what?



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 02:26 AM

I always do Google research and download reference pictures on a car I'm building.  I try to get as many details right as I can, especially in the engine and interior compartments.  I also get ideas for color schemes from internet searches.



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 02:44 AM

I used to research the wiring of the engines, but I found drawings for the different manufacturers somewhere and printed them, so now I use them as a reference guide.



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 03:04 AM

A lot of times it begins in the old noggin' and goes from there.  I am a big believer in constantly looking at books, magazines, other mothers.  FEEDING YOUR HEAD, finding a delicate balance between your ideas and the ideas you see out there.  That's half of the fun of model building the other half is basically building, painting, finishing, and photographing.  Playing with your model is part of the fun.



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 03:05 AM

When I was doing cars I would go to the library and photocopy pages from the repair manuals for different engines for firing orders. I put these into a folder, along with other articles I thought that would come in handy.

Now that I do mainly diorama buildings it depends on how detailed I want to do the interior of a building. Most dont come with any interior, just the basic bilding outside, so depends, on how much I want to go.

For instance here is the building I started with.
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And the interior I made for it. Most everything inside is scratch built.

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I did a Google search for some of the items, others like the pool table, and dart board I measured the real item, and scaled them down.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 03:05 AM

i research every build and model kit l have. l  have hundreds of research pictures saved in a file.