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Thursday, December 13, 2007

link: starship modeler 'wrecks' competition

You see, every once in a while there comes along a piece that reminds me of the beauty in the (nearly) lost art of model building. Not digital models, but kit bashed, scratch-built beauties that have all the richness and depth of old Disney hand-painted backgrounds.

There was a transitional period in the 80's and 90's where the advent of cheap computer graphics pushed out the guild of model builders and replaced it with smooth florescent-colored cg stand ins that had all the beauty of a gum ball machine toy.

I appreciate economy of form, and the retro-modern look is definitely sleek and elegant, but these spoke of disinterest and half-filled shapes.

These models definitely hark back to a better time.