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#1 thing that brings that extra something out of your model

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In your opinion what is one detailing feature that really brings out the look of your models. Me I like washing the grill it gives it that depth it should have. But what is your favorite thing

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I can only narrow the 'things' down to 3.

Stance and fit are the things I tend to concentrate most on, and what I spend the most time on to get right.

Believable engineering is probably what I obsess about the most.

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Bare metal foil on the replica stock builds. So much more convincing than silver paint!

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I can only narrow the 'things' down to 3.

Stance and fit are the things I tend to concentrate most on, and what I spend the most time on to get right.

Believable engineering is probably what I obsess about the most.

Ditto! Believable and in scale working features (when I do them) are what counts to me the most!

But all of that is a moot point if the paint is a mess! I've done paint jobs three and four times in the past to get it right.

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my obsession will probably always be a perfect paint job. or at least try to obtain that perfect paint job.

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I have judged at several shows and the three things that we look for to consider a model for an award are: basic modeling skills, decent paint, and overall realism. For example I was judging at a show last weekend and this guy had a decent nova but didn't glue the wheels on, needless to say he didn't place.But of those three what it all boils down to is the finish of the model, if you have a glass finish and the other two things you will be noticed by a judge.

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i like doing all the detail stuff, and i don't like taking shortcuts, but my one favorite thing to do is paint.

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Making sure paint is in scale and the fit of things. Overall look is also important. I like to make things so they are of a piece. That everything belongs and is there with purpose.

I don't always get that, but i keep trying.

Bob

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I like a nice clean paint job ( still tryin to get that ) but BMF done well really makes a huge difference on how a model shows. I think it's the paint job that draws you in at first.

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To me everything works together to make a great looking build...

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Agreed with Bill, stance is everything. Second is BMF. I love the polished aluminum, it looks much more in scale than the bright chrome.

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i know that based on being in contests and judging contests, paint is definitely something that draws attention to a model. if the paint gets my attention, then i'll look more inclined to want to look at it in detail (if i'm not judging). Getting a great paint job can take some time and experience, so if that's executed correctly, then i'm sure the detail on the rest of it would have similar quality.

Now if i'm judging i will consider all things: fit, finish, execution, and basics (glue marks, injector pin molds, etc). sometimes it can be hard to narrow down the results, so starting with the basics is first, then paint, then execution/craftsmanship etc

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Rust, dirt and grime.

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Personally, adding thinned black paint in the recessed panel lines of doors, trunks, gas lids, cowl vents, etc. can add a nice finishing touch to a smooth paint job. Without it, many models look sort of like a big Hot Wheels car.

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Stance is hands down first for me. A close second is the mandatory smooth paint tied with excellent bmf. From there, it all depends on the particular model.

One thing I try to specify about paint -- smooth does not automatically mean uber-shiny. It just needs to be smooth, as in lacking orange peel (and of course dirt or fingerprints, but that should be obvious :P). It still, and probably always will, drive bamboo under my nails to see a table full of cars that look like they've been dipped in syrup...and it's like that at every show I've ever been to. :D

Cars just aren't that shiny. I know I'm in the minority, but there's a lot to be said for scale sheen.

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Research.

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Rust, dirt and grime.

Thank you!!! I love this comment because reading all the others was beginning to honk me off, mainly because I can never achieve all those things. It almost makes me not want to show any of my models, after all, aren't they really just for fun? Or is this really serious business to some of you?

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Stance. You get the wheels wrong it'll never look right.

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It has to be a little black wash over everything. Really pop the details out. Especially engines and suspensions.

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For me, the "gotcha" factor has more to do with coming up with a cool and unusual color scheme than anything else. Everybody's seen a red Ferrari or Lamborghini. But a light blue Ferrari? A brown Lamborghini? That's something different that draws you in. I take pride in my paint work and detailing, but I really like building something that you don't see every day.

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I build reasonably cleanly and my overall goal is always in-scale appearance. To that end, I almost always replace kit wipers with photoetch ones.

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For me it's detailing the panel lines (deepening them only. absolutely no black wash!) and adding the missing lines. It always bugs me to see a model with no lines between the bottom of the fenders and the rocker panels. Same for between the cowl and fenders.

Stance is hands down first for me. A close second is the mandatory smooth paint tied with excellent bmf. From there, it all depends on the particular model.

One thing I try to specify about paint -- smooth does not automatically mean uber-shiny. It just needs to be smooth, as in lacking orange peel (and of course dirt or fingerprints, but that should be obvious :D

Cars just aren't that shiny. I know I'm in the minority, but there's a lot to be said for scale sheen.

I totally agree! A model shouldn't have more paint on it than a real car. They always have either no details (like scripts/emblems marker lights etc.) on the body or if they do, they're completely buried under the paint and clear. The panel lines are either full of paint and clear or have pools of paint clear on either side of them. It doesn't take six coats of paint and ten coats of clear to get a quality paint job with a deep shine. Or least it doesn't for some people.

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for it's all about stance and engine compartment detailing.

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Rust, dirt and grime.

Thank you!!! I love this comment because reading all the others was beginning to honk me off, mainly because I can never achieve all those things. It almost makes me not want to show any of my models, after all, aren't they really just for fun? Or is this really serious business to some of you?

You bring up a really good point. First have fun, everything else should be in second place.

Have you ever built a really good looking model that you hated building?

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For my models, I like unique design and clean detail. But I know all that is lost if the paint is not up to par.

Scott

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