Someone who has no idea about the terminology I use but is interested in seeing what I’ve done asked the question: What do Kit-Bashing and Scratch-Building mean?
Let’s take a look at what Wikipedia has to say:
Scratch building is the process of building a scale model “from scratch”, i.e. from raw materials, rather than building it from a commercial kit, kit-bashing or buying it pre-assembled.
Scratch building is easiest if original plans of the subject exist; however, many models have been built from photographs by measuring a known object in the photograph and extrapolating the rest of the dimensions. The necessary parts are then fashioned out of a suitable material, such as wood, plastic, plaster, clay, metal, polymer clay, or even paper, and then assembled. Some purists consider a model not to be truly scratch-built unless all of the parts were made from raw materials. However most modellers would consider a model including commercial detail parts as scratch-built. Scratch-building a new body onto an altered ready-to-run chassis is also acceptable.
So fast recap: Scratch-build is to make a model from scratch. You can take bits from preexisting models, but most of the model should be made from scratch.
Kit-bashing is to take preexisting kits and put them together, sometimes with some Scratch-built pieces.
Is everyone caught up? Great!
Now there are some silly people that make the mistake of using Scratch-build in place of Kit-bash when discussing their work, like this guy:
Great video! Really demonstrates the spirit of Kit-bashing left-over model pieces to save money! But I find I must deduct Awesome Points for misuse of the Jargon.
He called it a Scratch-built Conversion? What’s that?
Conversion is taking something that wasn’t intended to be used for one thing and Kit-bash it into something you can play with in a different way. That’s the only part of the episode title he got right. Silly man.
Using the proper nomenclature (and yes, I just wanted an excuse to use the word nomenclature… have to put my wasted college years in English Literature to some use!): He Kit-bashed a Deff Dread out of Random Bits, none of which came from a Deff Dread. While he did Convert. He did not Scratch-build.
Come to think of it… I don’t think it is possible to Scratch-build and Convert… I need to think on that one…
Actually, I guess if I build a jet engine or a laser-cannon from two soda-bottle caps, some hardware from the hardware store, scraps of wire and a fair bit of glue that would be a Scratch-built conversion… since you are converting materials from their intended purpose. So I guess it is possible to combine the terms Scratch-build and Conversion and not sound like you don’t know what you are talking about. But I digress.
These are scratch-builds:
For the uninitiated, I hope this make some sense.
Here is a Kit-bash/Conversion:
And almost everything this guy does is Kit-bash and Conversion, with the exception of his weapon mounts and engine pods (Which are Scratch-built Conversions just like I talked about before). Just be warned it’s in Spanish. If you don’t speak it, just mute it and watch anyway because he does good work: