[WWI] Weathering

Crawford Neil Neil.Crawford at volvo.com
Fri Aug 13 10:33:40 EDT 2004

Yes, that sounds like a good idea. This realism thing is really 
only a problem in competitions, otherwise what the heck, it's a free
world. What I'd like to see in competitions is one class as you
describe below, and one class where realism doesn't count, for the
people who don't think it matters. It could mean some fun models 
in the free category, and a chance to oggle reference material for
those of us who care for that! I believe the R/C world championships
are run something like this? I don't think it would be unmanageable,
especialy if one went back to old fashioned judging for this 
category, by old fashioned judging I mean 3 old geezers who simply choose
the best model.
/Neil C.

>    Well, the model railroad guys here in the US have done that.  The
>NMRA (Nat'l Model Railroad Assoc.) is a great organization with some
>great programs, but it does suffer from some of the same problems as the
>IPMS.  As a result, the model railroaders, or more accurately "railroad
>modelers", have a couple of meets a year here in the US.  The
>requirement is that anything they bring is based entirely on a prototype
>(they bring their documentation with their kits too!), no free-lancing,
>what-ifs, etc.  The result is a meeting with lots and lots of photos
>being looked at, lots of great models to see (many in progress models to
>look at as well) and some great seminars.  I have never gotten to attend
>one, but have heard nothing but rave reviews from those that have
>   All in all, not a bad idea IMHO, although I think it would be hard to
>get it off the ground.


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