these ones are all scratchbuilt, body is vakuum formed, the other parts are from resin, metal wires, some photo etched parts, transparent plastic for windows, etc.
this scale goes back nearly a half century.. When I began to curve my auto models from wood I was a draughtsman and I used a scale-rouler with more scales. As I used pins for the axels the 25 mm lenght of tham was perfect for the 1:75 scale on the rouler. Since that this is "my special scale"
Congratulations to the brave project ! I enjoyed how fine you curved the mold for vakuum forming. I made similar way my Chevrolet XP 700 model. The difference is only that I needed remove the very end of the front of a Corvette 1962 model only. I replaced it with a block of wood and after than curved the shape. A late advice: I use for such molds (and nearly to all curvings) linden wood - there is nearly no wood graining. You get a perfect surface after fine sanding and rather easy to curve too. I shall follow your work because the Wildcat II is one of my popular concept car !
I`m very happy to read about matter „Judging in Competitions”. I learned a lot from the lotof comments and can better understand the work of judges. From which I didn`t have the best opinion.
Well I did know that judging is a subjektiv aktivity but sometimes I missed any objektivity totally. ( as for mentioned orange peel paint job on winning model, etc.)
Altough it was not begining so: at my first contest I won 6th and 2nd. As it was a jung event – second time organized – they was happy with my separate displayed collection of 1:75 sport- and conceptcars. My feeling was: Ok! They honored my little extra exhibition. But at the second-place announcement the organizer were surprized that I`m again the guy who got soon a 6th place. The best: they handed over a cup for 2nd and a diplom for 1st place ! Than I participated on more other and this contest again with much better models without any result. I was in Vienna at IPMS Austria event with the same no succsess. It was enought.
I saw that on all event were the winner and placed models of the other clubs members, one or two of organizers club perhaps. And it gone nicely around from event to event. Even the austrian IPMS contest showed the same method. For me as no member in any club – no chance.
By the other hand the models regarded as best ones were mainly full of decals and very colorfull, boxstock in the free category too. Scratch builts, opened doors and hoods or any additions and modifications were not winner.
I can aggree that it would be high time to make guiding for judges how much should be valued craftmanship, creativity, general appearance and quality and the effect „I like it” or”I dislike it”. Perhaps IPMS could be pioneer in this.