Andi, good point. But where does scratchbuilding start and where does it end? Personally I prefer to build something with my hands as well but like with the printing of decals or with the building of chassis there are new methods available nowadays. These 3DP techniques open up new windows of opportunities. The next step with good scanners will allow to transfer models from one scale to the other scale. Best regards Thomas
Thomas, I quite agree. I consider myself to be a scratch builder although not to the standards of others posting here.
I have cheerfully embraced advances in tools and technology that have become available since the days when “scratch building” pretty much meant hollowed out balsa bodies.
The next step for me was making molds with liquid latex and cheesecloth for laminated fiberglass bodies. The latex plus cheesecloth method has long since been supplanted by RTV silicone rubber and fiberglass laminates have, in most cases lost out to resin casting. Today’s flexible resins have replaced the heavy, rigid and easily breakable old materials.
I am not ashamed of taking advantage of a wide variety of chassis components available as laser cut parts. I have looked into using the technology myself but unfortunately, a local “maker space” that offered access to this equipment has closed.
We (scratch builders) are small community in a larger hobby. Looking for, admiring and learning from efforts of others in the group is the most enjoyable part of my daily “first thing in the morning with the first cup of coffee” computer session.