About model building ranks...

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  1. Nxthanos

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    As I take part in my second build, I find it slightly bothers me that i must call myself 'beginner' as a catigory because i don't feel i have the skills or really the money to buy fancy extra market parts and items that many other folks can. I simply can't afford a compressor, resin and brass, photo etch, large numbers of different paints and so forth that being an 'expert' entails.

    Could we change the lowest rank to something else, like perhaps 'casual' rather then 'beginner'?

    I started making kits in 1968, I'm hardly just getting started.

    I understand if this bothers nobody else, just something to consider.
     
  2. rochie

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    for what its worth i dont use after market parts and dont have an airbrush either, but its not important what you use in the group builds its just for fun and i think the sharing of info and tips to improve are by far the most valuable part of the builds.

    why dont you enter as an intermediate next time, i did the same as i felt i was too good for beginner but worried at first when looking at the other guys work in the next catagory but as said in the end it is just for fun
     
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    I'm with Karl.
    Means nothing what kind of equipment one has. I must confess I do get the aftermarket stuff, but only because I do work part time and use some of these fund to support my "addiction".

    I admire the builders in here who can produce some dyno-mite work out of the box. I enter in the intermediate for the same reason, been building for years, but never had the inclination to build Beter, till I got mixed up with this crowd. They make you want to be a better builder. And, they keep helping us to build better!

    Keep building, keep entering!
     
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    #4 Airframes, Oct 18, 2011
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    As Karl states, what is used, in the way of tools, accessories etc, has little to do with the categories. It is the finished result which more or less governs the category selected by the entrant. One could add every conceivable piece of PE, resin, white metal and scratch-built part to a kit, paint it with the most expensive airbrush and compressor, and still end up with a finished model the appearance and finish of which would be expected from a novice rather than a 'master modeller'.
    The categories in the Group Builds are actually numbered, with Cat 1 being the 'expert' or 'master' level, but it is the choice of the entrant which catagory he or she enters in. My own personal choice of category for my own modelling would probably be intermediate (Cat2), possibly Cat 1, and it's only relatively recently that I started using an air brush properly, and then only around 40 - 50% of the time, with all other work, including some mottle finishes, being done with a paint brush.
    In 50 years of modelling, I haven't used after market accessories of any type, with the exception of the odd set of resin wheels if really needed,and some decals, but I do often scratch-build parts.
    The 'Category System' employed for the GBs on the forum is based on those used for judging in IPMS competitions, hence the 'title' for each category, which is for guidance only.
    Bottom line, the category is the personal choice and opinion of the entrant, and what is used to produce a finished model should not be the deciding factor, rather it should be the skills which allow a model to be classed, by others and judges, as representative of the category in which it has been entered.
     
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    Well said gentlemen!

    We DO understand your reasoning, if you wish class yourself in your build threads as simply Category 3 'Casual Long time modeller' we will completely understand your position, no matter what your status, please enjoy, have fun, learn and in turn pass on some of the things you have learned in your modelling life!
    We are all here to encourage and support each other in the best way we can....happy modelling! :D
     
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    Not looking to make waves, but 'beginner' is insulting and lets face it, a lot of the expert builds have large chunks of very expensive extras.

    Its one thing to do scratch, its another to buy prepainted and preformed parts like instrament panels, seat belts and the like, and still a third to have 10 different kinds of paint to do 'slight' weathering and details and to buy pre-cut masks for canopies and so on. I love the brillaint results these items get, they look fantastic. But they are also beyound the means of myself, and probaly other folks as well.

    Besides i'm old, people expect me to be cantanerous.

    Just my 2 cents. ;)
     
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    No worries mate! :thumbright:
     
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    "pleeb"

    I've always thought that it was my perception of my experience as to what category I'm in. Haven't done a GB in awhile - really need to do another - but because I somewhat, maybe, occasionally know what I'm doing, I do Cat 2. I never use aftermarket, don't own an arbrush and have to wait unil dinner is done to use my workbench.


    :)
     
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    you asked a valid question my friend, my opinion is enter Cat2 intermediate and dont worry about it and just have a bit of fun joining in

    Karl
     
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    I have to agree with all above and I don't think so the "beginner" rank is something insulting. Just it's something that can help judges to rate of modeller's work.
    So , don't worry and follow Karl's suggestion.It's a very good idea.
     
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    I can only agree with my fellow zoo mates.
     
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    Agreed, and Airframes, if you are a Cat 2 then my rank is Cat -20. I do have an airbrush but that is just because I can't brush worth a da*m. Plus there are really great deals on ebay and I got mine for about $50 and it was brand new. So I guess, don't let a title or category turn you off. Decide how you want your model judged. My experience here is that the judges are NOT impressed by fancy gizzmos attached to the basic model. I never did detailing/weathering until several members took me under their wing and VERY patiently explained how to. Surprisingly very little was required and those few additions made a world of difference in how the final model turned out. So enjoy yourself and if you want to improve/learn THIS is the place to do so
     
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    I'm like Luke, a natural born world shaker. ;)

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    Can't we just get the judges to decide if they should switch someone to another group if the skill level is more or less than what is listed in their application?
     
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    As far as I know, there is no "means" requirement.

    I been thinkin,...................... honest!

    Perhaps someone like Wayne could post the judging check list judges use in competitions. Things like seam filling, alignments, decals application.... all them little things judges look for. Just as some kind of a hint as to what makes a real first place build. This will give all newbes an idea of what to do to improve.

    I think if one were to look back at the "winners", as we are all winners just to submit, you would see it takes more than little shiny things added to win. My first entry was a 1/72 Bolton Paul Reliant, had all that stuff, didn't "win" but I leaned more with that build than I had in the last @%$ years.

    Just a thought.
     
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    Maybe if it was a defiant, things could have gone better!

    ;)
     
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    Guys, the judging is based on general construction (seams, alignment of parts, etc....), paint finish, decal application/placement, and overall appearance/appeal. Max 10 points for construction, 5 for the others.
     
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