Re: Re[2]: Interior color: Sopwith Baby
Thu, 16 Nov 1995 12:51:31 -0500

OK, bash the judges. We do it because we like to be thought of as ignorant
and corrupt. I only wish that modellers weren't too cheap to offer
respectable bribes.

In my opinion, which I hope is a reasonably well informed one, models which
have figures in the cockpit are perfectly valid. The reasons they don't do
well at contests are varied. Since the idea is to select the model with the
best workmanship, it follows that a model with a good interior will beat out
a model with a poor pilot figure. I may have missed one along the way, but I
recall only one good pilot figure in many years of judging aircraft. It
wasn't in the cockpit but was posed alongside and it was a hell of a lot
better then the Dr.1 it was leaning against.

The contest judging environment is unforgiving. If the modeller decides to
save himself some work, it will generally be noticed. The modeller who does
the work will generally be rewarded. Its that simple. I can't swear that
there are no judges who are prejudiced against pilot figures, but I will bet
that there are a lot fewer then you think.

And if you think you can do a better job of judging, sign up at the next show
you go to. We usually need all the help we can get.

Eli Geher