Saturday February 9, 2019 at 4:33 PM
This thread of Paul's has been very interesting and throws up a few issues....
There is, and always has been, a disparity in the sizing of models/perception of scale. Way back in the '60s Matchbox added width to their models to make them look more accurate. In the early days of white metal many models were made with the flimsiest of information and master makers like Ian Pickering, Pete Kenna and others were often given very little information to work with. Ian told me this once but I won't say which manufacturer he was referring to! Suffice it to say the models were expensive and have not been referred to in this thread.
When collectors who are not model makers say they've measured a model and the scale is wrong, what information are they using? Have they looked up the information in a book? Have they measured the real vehicle?
Having measured many real cars with Nigel at Brooklin I can say that it takes hours to do the job properly along with dozens of photos. All this information is then passed to a pattern maker. Not only does the actual car measured have to be checked but other examples, period photographs, etc. are checked to make sure nothing has been added or altered. The resultant master may be still changed after this.
Every model will be subject to a degree of interpretation on the part of the model maker and the person who has commissioned the model.
Scale will always be an issue taken in isolation. Most makers these days use CAD systems so accuracy should be a given...but it isn't always
In short, building model cars is damn difficult! Collecting them and criticising are the easy bits, not that opinions shouldn't be expressed, especially from knowledgeable folk that read these forums.
I always think as collectors we are very lucky that so many mad souls still want to spend vast amounts of money, time, sweat and tears with very little financial reward to bring such a wide variety of models to a diminishing market.
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