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September 21, 2015


Robert Little

I've always wondered what the genesis of this was. I think I first saw it in the late 1980's, but it really blossomed in the 1990's. Was it the special effects industry?

Pat Hawkey

Some blame has to go their way. I remember watching the movie "Always" and being struck by over-the-top "weathering" on the models of fire-bombers. From what I see, there's a school of thought among many modelers that the busier you make the finish, the better the model. Whatever makes them happy, I guess.

Robert Little

I build miniature sailing ships (well, yes, models, of course), and I see wonderful examples of that sort of thinking amongst my fellow modelers all the time. I'm far from the best, but I try. What drives me crazy, though, is seeing ships where they go to extraordinary lengths to weather them. I've seen model sailing warships done like this, and I cringe. The hulls might have some weathering, of course, and it is natural for the canvas to be weather beaten in time. But if your modeling a 17th or 18th century sailing ship of war, you need to be careful with the weathering. What do they think the captain had the crew do during their ample free time?

Pat Hawkey

Good point. I've wondered a few times if trashed-up finishes on airplanes -- especially modern types -- aren't some kind of insult to the guys that kept them flying. Well, I don't do it, so I won't worry.

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