Over the past few days, someone over on LSP has been making ad hominem attacks on me. Nothing new there. You create anything on the internet and you’re going to attract detractors, especially if they involve opinions, or, apparently, expletives.
But…I had a few minutes this morning while enjoying my coffee and figured I’d respond, only to turn around a minute later and find the thread gone.
This evening, I saw another thread asking where the first thread had gone, and again, the same attacks and assumptions, albeit in summarized form. By the time I found five minutes to respond and hit post, however, the thread had been locked.
As a Sisyphean farce in miniature, I find it pretty amusing. But since I already had one reply swallowed by the forum black hole today, I see no reason to let the other go to waste, so I’m posting it below.
1 – I’m completely fine with opening the other thread up. It’s frankly rather annoying to reply and then turn around and the thread is gone.
2 – Offended? LOL nope. It’s entirely possible to object to things without being offended.
3 – The accusations (made again in this thread) of dishonesty and personal vendettas are pretty serious things to sling at someone. I’m not sure how a build review, with every single issue captured on video for all the world to see, can be dishonest. I’m not sure how subjective opinions drawn from said build experience can be dishonest. How can one even have a dishonest opinion? Don’t arrive at the same conclusions as I do? That’s fine. It’s a multi-faceted hobby, and in addition to everything that goes into a model build, we all have our own likes, dislikes and preferences to boot.
4 – The personal vendetta thing is nothing but personal assumption. Yes, I hold a very skeptical view of Kitty Hawk. One born from experience with a number of their kits. Sloppy, unforced errors happen to really annoy me. Because they could be fixed with another few days of QA.
Kitty Hawk has the ability to put out really good kits. The AH-1Z is an example of that. The wings of the Su-17 are an example of that. Probably about 50% of the Su-35 is an example of that. But then they go and kneecap themselves by forgetting to cut notches for the gear doors, putting sprue gates right on the junction of a connecting tab or whatever.
Calling them on those is not a vendetta. It’s a wish that they would do a better job. Because they show at times that they can, and because they put out rather interesting subjects that I would love to not have to avoid.
5 – Yes, my blog and youtube channel are safe zones for expletives. No, that does not make them x-rated. Nor is it clickbaity. It’s a release and a choice. Made by me, for me. It may rub some people the wrong way. But…tough.
6 – Come to think of it, I do take offense to one thing said about me in the original thread – that I swear at my compressor. I absolutely do not. I tell it to shut up.
Have a great weekend.
16 Comments Add yours
I’m sorry to read that a different opinion could generate a vendetta, and I think that all of as have the right to have an opinion. Different points of view create a more accurate kind to see the world. This are my two cents hope to see you soon on YouTube or wherever you wont, I like your works.
Re point two, sometimes I think the internet teaches some people how to adult all over again .
I couldn’t agree with you more; well said. If social media has done anything, it’s given some people the flawed impression that you must be wrong if you don’t think exactly like them … and that you’ll care. What kind of person cares so much about a brand name they’ll lose their cool about it being criticised. And as for anyone gettin upset about profanity? Fuck ‘em.
Well said. I for one greatly appreciate your blog and views within it. It is a shame that people find constructive criticism as an attack.
As someone who models and follows a great many blogs, across various styles of modelling; and having spent more than 30 years working in the media I can honestly say that I, personally, find your posts well-written, highly informative, and perhaps, most importantly, highly enjoyable to read (occasional expletives as well as it is how most normal people tend to speak).
Keep doing exactly what you are. I think I can speak for the majority of your followers when I say (expletive of choice) the detractors.
Luckily others really enjoy your contributions. Keep ’em coming!
There seems to be some silly people trying to keep you quiet Doog.I’m not on LSP & just read this blog which I find very entertaining along with helpful tips.Why would someone shoot you down for pointing out poor workmanship in designing a model tooling?This guy wouldn’t be so fanatical if this manufacturers next new tooling was top of his model wishlist but had badly designed
sprue gates right on the junction of a connecting tab or whatever which wrecked his head building the kit resulting in it becoming his latest hangar queen of the shelf of doom.
I admire your level head Doog.I’m, your a breath of fresh air man.Don’t let the 3% or whatever get ya down.
Your honest expression of pleasure and frustration are very refreshing. Hearing your minor swearing when something goes wrong or is designed badly are common therapy we all need, and can Identify with. You are doing a service for your fellow model builders. It is good you are tough enough not to let an shy anonymous detractor sway your honest approach.
Wow, really?, I seen this t-shirt a while ago, you should wear it while shooting your videos it said “back off, I’m allergic to stupid”
Illegitimi non carborundum Doog.
Keep doing what you’re doing mate 🙂
I think your attitude is great. I love your reviews and your builds. There fun, honest and witty. Plus I learn a lot. Don’t let a few haters upset your cool. Just keep on doing what your doing and people like me will be there watching, laughing and learning.
The “There” should be “They’re”. Obviously I can’t spell.
To Hell with them! Keep on truckin’!
It’s interesting. I like your posts because you’re blatantly honest. You don’t want your kids to use expletives but you do. That’s interesting too. But one of the reasons I read your blogs is that you use expletives and I admit the expletives tell me that you’re being blatantly honest, without the expletives I’m not so sure. How could one be? How else can I be sure of your integrity without expletives? So I check in every now and then. I’m a newbie (back) to the hobby; I check your opinions against others because – there’s something there that wants to be devils advocate right? The KH kingfisher for example, you say it’s shitty (pretty much) and then I see a build on LSP the guy says good kit. What gives? The only explanation I can figure is that people have different preferences that, in turn, drive different expectations. You want to impress with paint and weather. Others derive some enjoyment from impressing with build despite hurdles. You can build a WnW or a Roden, a Hasegawa or a Tamiya; why choose one over the other? They’re both pretty good depending on your preferences, although there really is some shit out there. It has more to do with preference over right and wrong – Truth if you will. Really, what Truth is there in a hobby Doogs? You want your preference to be Truth? Good luck. People don’t want Truth in reality, much less a hobby. So yes, I see a lot of people getting butt hurt in this great hobby of ours, and the only way I can figure it, is that preference drives Truth for them, when really (let’s be honest, even without expletives) in a hobby there ain’t much such a thing as one over the other… it’s just your preference my friend. Truth is something entirely different.
well, as I’ve noted time and again in posts, in videos, in forum threads and so on, there are some things that are objective and some that are subjective. There are also the preferences and tolerances that we bring with us, and considering how multi-faceted this hobby is, those are pretty close to infinite.
Let’s consider accuracy. Every kit has some kind of accuracy issue somewhere – it’s the nature of translating a very complicated piece of machinery into small plastic pieces. For some people, certain inaccuracies render a kit garbage. Others don’t notice. Others get a bug up their ass to correct them. Others note the inaccuracy, but shrug it off because (to them) it’s tolerable. The inaccuracy – say the shape of the canopy on Hobby Boss’ Tornado – is objective. It’s inaccurate. Subjectivity and tolerance and preference dictate what we do with that objective thing.
For some reason, though, when it comes to fit in particular, this seems to go all out of whack. There are objective truths when it comes to fit – pins too large for their locating holes (or too small, leading to floppy wheels on gear struts). Parts that are too wide or too narrow or that sit proud of other parts when they should all be level. Again, subjectivity and preference and tolerance can – and do – dictate how we react to these. BUT there is also a rather annoying element of conflation that comes into play. “That’s what modeling’s about” or “I built one and won an award at a local contest so that means its a good kit”. No, it means you fought against the poor fit and prevailed and you should be proud of that. Doesn’t change the fact that the fit out of the box is poor.
Do I want truth? There is no truth in subjectivity. But sure, I’d love some kind of broad agreement on objective things. In 2018 that’s way too much to ask for, though.
As for my kids and expletives…I’ve never once said I don’t want my kids using expletives. But I absolutely want them to have control over when and whether they use them. And they’re still a bit young for that.
Expecting that manufacturers do better is great. But imagine if all kits were WnW quality. Wouldn’t that make our hobby less interesting in a way? I read a post the other night, a guy saying that the WnW kits always look good. I read another post where a guy said “it was not the easiest kit but I really enjoyed it, it was rewarding, and I’m really happy with the result.” I really do enjoy reading your blog Doogs. But a lot of the beauty in life is in the imperfections don’t you think? I’m with you – I want a kit that I can just build and enjoy and deem it worth my money. But the next kit I want to be challenged. And so there is probably a place for both voices – my perspective of course. The problem is when people start getting butt hurt.
I’d highly recommend checking out the wrap-up of my Fly Hurricane review from almost two years ago. Because it is variable on preference.
Imperfections are great – I prefer most things to be a bit rough around the edges. But even Wingnut kits have those rough edges.
My thing with Kitty Hawk is that they show they can do better repeatedly. But then you turn around and there’s yet another sloppy oversight or screw-up. I’d honestly rather build a PCM or Fly kit, for all their imperfections. There’s an honesty to their rawness. Or so it seems to me.