HOW TO SCALE STAR-AND-BAR INSIGNIA
BAR TOO DEEP
Note that the correct figure
is not symmetrical about the
horizontal centerline (see
Step 4). ;is is the most common
error and probably accounts for
most of the mistakes because
it is wrongly assumed that the
figure is symmetrical.
Bars do not touch the star but,
instead, follow the overall outline.
Other mistakes can include an
outline that’s too thick or, more
often, too thin (or worse: varying
the width!) as well as variations in
the length of the bars. As indicated
earlier, there are a host of ways to
goof up the star and bar but only
one way to have it right.
It’s easy to correct a mismarked model simply by putting a correct marking over an incorrect one. ;is might not be worth the trouble for a
foamie, but it will help your score on a competition-scale entry. One interesting side note to this discussion is that the International Plastic
Modellers’ Society (the plastic-kit modelers’ organization) never got it wrong. We surely can’t let plastic modelers outshine us! ;
Obviously, the bars here are too long.
;is is how it should be on a Grumman Cougar.