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You might compare building a model to constructing a real car, and value the end result similarly. Some are put together using all the pieces, and considered a victory because it looks like a car. Some are built with more effort and care, and are nicely finished, but close examination reveals fit and finish flaws and missing detail; a discerning eye can see much more could have been done.
I build every model as if it were not only a real classic car, but a work of art. I paint it like it will be entered in a real Concours d'Elegance. It is possible with a model of this size to eventually replicate every part and detail of the full size car. A reasonable limit on time and money, and the law of diminishing returns make this impractical, but I do build into every model details that will never be seen unless it is disassembled. I am not happy with a model until I've spent many days on details and finishing that I'm sure most of my customers will never notice. And I use no "assembly line" methods - each one is completed as an individual work, with great care and attention to detail and finish.
Each classic car also has movable engine internals: remove the head or oilpan, handcrank the engine, and watch the action of the crankshaft, pistons, and fan. The Bugattis have dual camshafts that even actuate the valves in proper sequence. Most cars (Bugattis excepted) have real wire wheels that are assembled one spoke at a time, with over 120 pieces per wheel. There is even more to see than I've described here.
The 1:8 Ferraris are metal-bodied, and available in varying levels of detail. They all have functional steering and suspensions, all body panels open, and the engines are finely detailed (though without the moving internals of the classic cars). These cars are also painted, polished and waxed like the Classics.
So I am fortunate to make a living doing what most of my friends regard as "playing with toy cars". It is very fulfilling, using my hands to create cars that are both mechanically and aesthetically beautiful. There are drawbacks: I have many unproductive days, banging my head against a mechanical problem, or struggling to get into the frame of mind to polish paint for 10 hours. Because of this (and a constant backlog of orders) I cannot promise specific delivery dates. I will give my best guess when an order is placed, and will not require a deposit until I have actually started a model (or sometimes when a rare kit must be purchased). I will put my heart into every model, and won't deliver it until I know it is right.