[WWI] Optically assaulted
gagnonjamie at rogers.com
Sat Jan 29 10:55:21 EST 2005
Speaking of vision aids; my stand for my desktop magnifier decided to
break off while I was putting the top wing on MvR's Fokker Dr.I last
weekend. I was using the light to see the kit so of course it was in perfect
position to fall right onto the model in my hands. The result was two broken
struts (easily repaired) and some nasty gouges in the paint.
While I can model without visual aid as long as lighting is good, I have
found that using aid produces much better results and makes the process much
easier. For example I built a Dragon Dr. I five years ago and remember
having a bugger of a time getting the front piece on to each of the Spandaus
correctly on that build, done without any maginifier. This time I used my
optivizor and found the task very easy.
I've also noticed that there were may small errors on older builds that I
simply could not see, but would be perfectly apparent to anyone with younger
eyes. Small glue marks, file and sanding scratches, brush marks and small
gaps between paint colours that were invisible to me became noticeable when
I started using aids. These problems would have been easily correctable for
my skill level. In fact, I've revisired some of my older kits and corrected
such goofs since I acquired various magnifiers.
I use a desktop magnifier(needs replacement) a n Optivizor #3 and a cheapo
optivizor knock-off that has several magnifying factors but seems 'fuzzy' as
well as prescription reading glasses with a 10" focal length. I use
whichever seems appropriate to what I am doing. But strong light on the work
is the best aid.
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