Re: Re[2]: Interior color: Sopwith Baby

Brian Bushe (
Fri, 17 Nov 1995 10:25:45 +0000

> 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.

nice call!

> 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.

unfortunately a case of 'we'll never know' i guess. good to hear at
least one isn't anti. personally i would have trouble putting my
'specialist' knowledge to one side (ie penalising an obscure fault in
something i know while missing a huge error in something i don't).

> 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.

even better call!

actually there was a long thread about judging awhile ago: i, at
least, decided that i was too lazy to judge again. it's not worth the
bad vibes when you do your best and inevitably only piss people off !