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Old 06-28-2016, 12:47 PM
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Is it cheating to use plastic parts?

I am currently building a Handley Page Hampden and wish to use the landing gear,wheels ,props and spinners from the old Bristol Beaufighter by Revell.How do guys feel about using parts from plastic kits?
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:30 PM
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Ask 23 modelers and get 27 answers :D
If it suited my mood and my purposes I'd do it.
Then again, I've for several decades used multiple materials in model railroad and science fiction and miniatures games modeling.
Screw the rivets, I'm building for atmosphere, not detail.
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:37 PM
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I try to remain as purist as possible, but I will use whatever material suits the need at hand.

If you choose to use multi media materials, go for it. It is your build, your model, and your fun!

Respect the Paper, RESPECT IT!
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:50 PM
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I'm with Ray on this one. It's your model, use what works best for you.

"Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything"
- Wyatt Earp
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Old 06-28-2016, 02:16 PM
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Does it get me close to the results I'm seeing in my head, go for it.
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Old 06-28-2016, 02:27 PM
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If you were entering the model into a paper modeling contest, I'd say it's cheating. But if not, then you're building it for you, not for anyone else. Do whatever makes you happiest with the results.
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Old 06-28-2016, 02:30 PM
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Don't worry about it. Use whatever you feel happy with!

And if it saves you time as well, great!
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Old 06-28-2016, 02:38 PM
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If you're building the model for the end result, use it. If you're building it for the pleasure of the assembling process itself, then don't use it. Whatever feels right in your own mind.
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Old 06-28-2016, 02:39 PM
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As has been said, it's your model. If you want to make it a multi-media model go ahead. No one's going to stop you. If you post it here I do think it would be right to say it's multi-media and where it's used but that's only my opinion. No hard and fast rules about that here. Do what makes you happy!
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Old 06-28-2016, 03:04 PM
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The answer is completely subjective. You should do what is right for you.

I switch hit and occasionally use card modeling techniques on plastic models. For example, here is a Sherman based tank destroyer built out of sheet plastic in the manner of a card model.

And here is a card model midget submarine airbrushed and weathered like a plastic model.
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