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How Much Detail
Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 11:28 AM

Okay, this is kind of an offshot of my research thread.

When doing a build, how much detail do you do?  As in do you wire/plumb the engine block or do you stick to how it is out of the box?  If there is PE for your kit, do you buy it?  Do you use the colors on the box, or do you substitute your favorite color(s)?

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Posted by Big Gary on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:16 PM

Personally I wire engines, especially Hemis, because they look funny w/o wires.  I've noticed a few kits now include heater hoses, so I'll use those, except on race cars.  PE is out of my price range now so maybe later on that. 

Sometimes we put in details that are nearly invisible once the car is assembled, but there is a certain satisfaction in that. 

To each his own.

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:01 PM

Big Gary

Personally I wire engines, especially Hemis, because they look funny w/o wires.  I've noticed a few kits now include heater hoses, so I'll use those, except on race cars.  PE is out of my price range now so maybe later on that. 

Sometimes we put in details that are nearly invisible once the car is assembled, but there is a certain satisfaction in that. 

To each his own.

 

Gary,

I can certainaly understand that, I've been pricing PE and it can be quite pricey.

And I totally agree with you, it doesn't matter if a detail is "so small" that no one, but you will know if it is there or not.  It gives you a certain degree of satisfaction know that it is there.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:02 AM

It varys from build to build. Sometimes I do nothing more than paint what was in the box:

...and sometimes I do everything up to and including headlight & dash wiring, line fittings, and automatic transmission plumbing:

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Posted by spencer1984 on Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:08 AM

Same with paint and PE. Sometimes I do just what the box tells me:

...other times I'll go my own way and add PE, custom paint & decals, etc.:

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:55 AM

I usually do what I feel like doing as far as detail is concerned.  I find that building box stock to be a challenge when I am so used to wiring an engine.  If I feel up to it, I'll plumb the engine along with wiring.  I've only plumbed and wired two chassis in my "career".  PE tends to be an expense that I can't afford all that often, so if a build is really special to me, I'll splurge.  Sometimes the color combo on the box is better than what I can come up with and I'll go with that.  I may change the wheels and tires to enhance the look I want.  Detailing is subjective to the builder.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:19 PM

Building model cars is really a lot of fun. I don't have to push myself much anymore in the detailing dept. as I enjoy all of it most of the time (We all have those days).

Detailing is one of my favorites because detailing the body, interior engine, and chassis all help to make my model to "POP" just a little bit more for my enjoyment, and it's fun to challange myself if I come up with a new detail idea Thumbs Up.

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Posted by AstroDad on Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:05 PM

Hi all

Like others have said, I am all over the map with this. Everything from straight out of the box with nothing other than paint and foil, to plumbing, wiring, detailing everything I can get to (usual engine stuff, brake lines, fire wall wires, seat piping, dash details, etc).  

There are some that call out to me for details, and I usually go with the urge, but, to be honest, usually not much rhyme or reason to how a particular build goes.  Just depends on how "it moves me" when I get to it.  The only pattern I have noticed is that after a super detail project, the next couple are usually quite tame.  The urge for ever more details then gradually builds over time.  

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:21 PM

spencer1984

It varys from build to build. Sometimes I do nothing more than paint what was in the box:

...and sometimes I do everything up to and including headlight & dash wiring, line fittings, and automatic transmission plumbing:

 

Those are some nice builds.

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:24 PM

spencer1984

Same with paint and PE. Sometimes I do just what the box tells me:

...other times I'll go my own way and add PE, custom paint & decals, etc.:

 

What is that on the driver's side windsheild of the Starsky and Hutch car?

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Posted by massmodeler on Thursday, October 19, 2017 11:34 PM
The only person you need to satisfy is yourself when building models. That is my motto anyway.
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Posted by spencer1984 on Friday, October 20, 2017 6:27 AM

Thanks!

Digital_Cowboy
 

What is that on the driver's side windsheild of the Starsky and Hutch car?

 
A reflection of something...since that picture was taken in October '15, my guess is one of the autumn-colored trees in our front yard
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Posted by High octane on Friday, October 20, 2017 7:33 PM

I don't enter model contest anymore like I've been doing since the early 60's, and I build for myself. Sure I'll display my models at club meetings and at NNL's. As I get older, I'm doing less detailing as I don't want to make a career out of building one or two models. I often use pre-wired distributors, BMF of course, and also underhood detailing like painting the washer bottles and batteries as well as using a decal on the battery also. I do build in my own "comfort zone" and still enjoy building model cars after all these years.

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Posted by oldmanUHUDXP on Sunday, October 22, 2017 5:30 AM

It depends on my mood when building.  I don't have any that are box stock.  No one will ever see the completed model except me anyway so I can do what I want.  There have been a lot that have ended up in the junk yard over the years.

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Sunday, October 22, 2017 11:59 AM

mrmike

I usually do what I feel like doing as far as detail is concerned.  I find that building box stock to be a challenge when I am so used to wiring an engine.  If I feel up to it, I'll plumb the engine along with wiring.  I've only plumbed and wired two chassis in my "career".  PE tends to be an expense that I can't afford all that often, so if a build is really special to me, I'll splurge.  Sometimes the color combo on the box is better than what I can come up with and I'll go with that.  I may change the wheels and tires to enhance the look I want.  Detailing is subjective to the builder.

 

That sounds like a very reasonable way to do things.

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