I find this work very interesting, but the photo quality makes it hard to see what's going on. Maybe it's just me, but it's all pretty fuzzy. With all of the heavy duty cutting & splicing that you're doing, it would be great to see it a bit clearer.
As others have said, very interesting brass work! Do you solder anything at all on it? For instance, on the windshield trim along the roof, are those separate strips for the top & front? Or, is it an illusion that it seems larger than 1/32"? Really looks great! Too bad they couldn't be electroplated before attaching, & somehow make it though all of the painting & polishing without cutting through to the brass color.
Thanks to all who posted photos.
It was so good to see all of Teresi's, Fabrizio's, Chris', Simon's & other's work in person. Mind blowing stuff! It seems like there was just not enough time to talk to everyone, but it surely was good talking to you, Steve R. I also see photos of things that I say, "How did I miss that??" Congrats to those of you here who received awards. Very well deserved!
I think detailed descriptions are good. Some builders do modifications so well that the untrained eye may mistake them as being "from the kit." I know a little about '40's & '50's customs, but much less about other subjects. At a recent show, I saw a riding lawnmower model made from the pull cart from a F1 kit (if I'm not mistaken) If it wouldn't have been for the build detail booklet, I would have never know about all the scratch building skill that went into this little thing. It looked so good, I thought, "Man, that's a really nicely built kit."
Unfortunately, not all judges know what they are looking at, especially at smaller IPMS contests. At a contest quite a few years ago, they were low on judges & they asked me be be one. I really didn't want to, but at the same time, wanted to help them out. Guess what I was judging?......Boats! What do I know about boats?? But, by IPMS rules, it's all about how WELL it's done, not necessarily the amount of work that went into something.
I don't read every detail sheet or book someone places next to a model, but it's nice for it to be there in case someone is interested.
Those look good, Steve! It opens up a whole new dimension, huh? It would be cool to cast one of those exterior mirrors you made a while back, too. You could use them on multiple builds, modified as needed.