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Posted By: John Kuvakas Moderator
Posted On: Friday January 17, 2020 at 8:23 AM
"Pictures don't lie"
That's what someone posted on one of the forums a few months ago. We were in a discussion about evaluating a model based on the first few photographs someone posted, which, IMO, is always a mistake. Angle, lens, lighting, and more can affect how a photo turns out, even distorting the lines of a car. Here's an example, albeit an exaggerated one from David Knight's posting on Tuckers;

It's obvious what happened here, the lens of the camera distorted the lines of the truck making it look bowed.

The same thing can happen with the photo of a model but it's harder to detect, particularly when we blow the photo of a 1/43 model up to four or five times its normal size which happens frequently. The next time someone posts a large photo of a model on your screen, hold another 1/43 up to the screen and see how huge the photo looks. This is why some models can look great in hand but appear out of proportion in a photo. The magnification distorts the features of the model so much, it's almost impossible to tell what the model looks like in person.

In that light, Dick Johnson sent me the video below. He was concerned about posting it because it has some political content (thank you, Dick). I think it's apolitical enough and fascinating enough that we can post it here. The point of the video is to demonstrate what can be done with current technology. Take a look. But, please let's refrain from getting into a right, left or even middle of the road rant about politics. The video is an imagination and not real.

You can read the article that acompanied the video here.

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Message thread:

"Pictures don't lie" by John Kuvakas #46300Moderator
Good morning and thank you John. (EOM) by Dick Johnson #46300.1
Quite right John. There are many examples of models panned that were actually by Jack Dodds #46300.2
The '62 Kess Chrysler comes to mind. by John Kuvakas #46300.2.1Moderator
Same goes for the Esval 56 Chevy wagon and panel. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #46300.2.1.1
The bottom video is pretty well done, but in terms of today's technology the actual mouth forms and by Frank Kocour #46300.3
It's relatively new technology. In a year or two it will be seamless and undetectable. (EOM) by John Kuvakas #46300.3.1Moderator

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