I guess they're cute, but I don't get it. The idea of spending even a few hours on an egg plane when that time could be spent building something more engaging.
A WIF is a What-If, usually a real-world airplane finished in hypothetical markings, such as an F4D Skyray in Blue Angels markings. I don't get it. There are so many cool and interesting paint schemes and markings out there that I don't understand the desire to turn to something fictional.
A lot of modelers like to use photoetch leaves for their vehicles, vignettes, and dioramas. I don't get it. Representing vegetation in scale has always been a challenge, but photoetch leaves always (and I think I can say: without exception) look fake. If not fake, quite unnatural. Better to save your money and use oregano or one of the other aftermarket products that are now on the market to create leaves, tree limbs, and trees.
Epic dioramasI appreciate the work that goes into creating a huge diorama, but I don't get it. When a diorama gets beyond a certain size, it becomes more a canvas to showcase the modeler's talent rather than a composition that tells a compelling story. I almost always walk past them at contests.
A big Thank You to my friend Mark Maroscher for kindly allowing me to use his 1/72 F4D Skyray in this article.