This week's Sprue Cutters Union question is: How do you prepare for your next build?
This best way for me to discuss how I prepare for a build is to give an example, but I gotta be honest here - I'm crazy. Nothing I write below can be justified as the thoughts or actions of a sane person. But nonetheless, here is a look into my mind:
Last Saturday at the Cincinnati Scale Modelers Contest, I purchased the new Airfix Harrier GR.1. I've long wanted to model XV741 as it appeared in Canada for cold weather testing at Cold Lake in the winter of 1969. Thanks to a Harrier fanatic friend I have a nice photo of this aircraft in July of 1970 with a Canadian flag on the intake. Awesome. Was the flag on both sides? Dunno. I would really like it to be so, but I can't confirm it either way. There is also some video of this aircraft showing it was painted with red wingtips and outriggers during its time in Canada. (Fast forward to about 6:50.) But the bad news is I don't see the flag in the video. Indeed, most of the photos are from the wrong side, and yes, it is possible that the flag wasn't on both sides of the airplane, but in order to start the model I need to know. (Oh, did I mention that in the photo, the Harrier does not appear to have the red wingtips and outriggers.) So here I am wanting to build a model of a Harrier with red wingtips and outriggers and a Canadian flag on each side of the airplane, but I can't confirm the airplane was actually painted that way. I know it is my model and I should just build it how I want; but the former history major in me wants it to be correct. (Oddly, my artist friend Smith would be aghast that I would even consider doing so. In his opinion, a modeler should be concerned only about creating an impression, not an exact replica.) So, I guess I will go build something less interesting that is better documented. And people wonder why I never finish anything...
Part of being in the Union means you must include links to fellow contributor's posts within your own response. So here are a few posts from some of the other members: