The Combat Workshop recently kicked off an interesting idea called “The Sprue Cutters Union”. Basically, the idea is akin to a group build, only with blog posts instead of builds. Every week, a new topic will be tossed out, and participating blogs will each write their own post on that topic.
This week’s topic:
What is the worst experience you’ve had in this hobby?
Easy. Hyperscale’s forum layout.
Okay, but seriously, the worst experience I’ve had in this hobby has nothing to do with kits or carpet monsters or botched work. It’s other modelers. Specifically:
You know who they are (and you may even be one of them) – the modelers who claim there is ONE TRUE WAY and that everything else is somehow lesser.
If you spend money on aftermarket you’re a failure because you didn’t scratchbuild your own damn cockpit. If you go with kit parts instead of spending $50 on a resin what’s-it you’re a fool who doesn’t care about accuracy.
If you build the Trumpeter P-109 Messerstang instead of the Hasegawa you may as well start just gluing together pieces of garbage because the rudder is too short and the windscreen is 1mm too wide. On the other hand, if you care too much about accuracy you’re suddenly the dreaded rivet-counter.
Do you like Tamiya kits? Congratulations, you’re an assembler who likes shake-and-bake kits, unlike real modelers who scratchbuild entire sections onto 40-year-old Monogram kits.
Do you drybrush? FOOL. You should be using paint modulation and besides drybrushing isn’t realistic. Like paint modulation? Then you’re a shameless slave to trends.
It sickens me. All of it. Modeling, like the rest of life, is filled with gray areas, and for the most part there aren’t really any rights or wrongs. Why do people insist on making it so binary?