I disagreee with that (lazy) approach. I want my models to lookas authentic as possible. The neophyte modeler has the skills to align panel lines, as well as insignia. The designer has to put forth more effort to correctly align things, especially when you're dealing with different conical sections, but the end product is worth it. You end up with a better looking and more realistic model. You might be surprised the number of people who build these things that are intimately knowledgeable about them. I could see adjusting a vertical seam if was a small fraction of an inch from a section break, but one third of a national insignia is way too much IMHO. When I design, I try to take those factors into account, and align my section breaks with seams on the prototype. However, in many cases, in order to get a smooth curve, the placement of a section break is dictated by the flow of the shape, rather than the markings. For example, it didn't bother me at all when designing my Fury--to spend several days aligning the angle of attack indicator stripes on the nose. They passed through three radically different conical shapes, at different angles, yet, when the model is built, they all align smoothly. The nose insignia on the RAF Hunter passsed through four sections, again--the alignment is good, and to date there have been no complaints. To me it's about quality, rather than ease of design. I'm sure that most modelers would rather have a realistic representation of the prototype, rather than a characature of the same. I urge anyone doing recolors, to take the time to learn the basic techniques involved in applying lettering and markings, in order to get the most realistic appearance. Remember, you're putting your name on the work, and it should reflect your best efforts. I stand ready to assist anyone who has a sincere desire to do recolors,with technical advice, and some of my "lessons learned".
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