So, recently, I have been looking around the community at MOCs. Some popular, and some not so popular. I have noticed, in particular, the increase of part mods in some MOCs. I figured it was time for me to sort of delve into how I feel on the matter.
Me, personally, I am "completely" purist in my craft. I do not cut things, and I do not mod certain parts to fit my needs. The most I do is cut flex tube, and that's completely purist. I have used "moded" parts in the past however, like the Kakama that Ventum used for V7-V8. However, I did not see that as a bad thing, considering it was just a mask, and it was a common one as well. So do note that I am slightly hypocritical in my sayings.
Lately I've noticed some "big" names cutting their parts. Now this should not seem like an issue, but I take issue with it. Ever since said "big" names have started cutting up their parts like butchers in a deli, I've noticed an increase in said activity from the smaller names. The issue here is more or less that, by those "big" names doing such things, it is basically sending a message to those that "cutting several axles, lift arms, and other parts is okay." But it is not exactly okay. Because in doing that, you limit the way you can use certain parts. An example of how this would play out is as follows. "I really want to use this green colored +o+ liftarm on the legs so the color blocking is consistent. Too bad I cut them in such a way that they are not useful to me here."
Another thing I feel like this hinders, is creativity. You end up being less creative by cutting and painting your parts, than if you were to work within your limitations and figure out a possible better solution. "I could work around the way this part is molded and it be fine, but instead, let's cut off certain portions to fit this one use." Keep in mind, again, this is how I see it. I honestly feel like, by doing these things to your parts, you hinder yourself in the long run. Because you can never predict if you will need that part again, and if you do not have access to Bricklink or a set that part comes from, you've essentially screwed yourself.
But lastly, let's get into the bit that bothers me the most. It isn't exactly the cutting of parts, or painting. Most of the time it's *the parts being used* that really make me cringe. Light Saber rods? I can see that. Axles, liftarms, masks, armor pieces, weaponry? Those are a big no-no. Instead of cutting that axle into 1 1/2 length, why not try and use flex tubing and securing it another way? Instead of painting this armor blue, why not try and figure out other ways to put blue in? How about instead of cutting off portions of that Mahri sword, you figure out another way to make the weapon work like you want it to? There are so many possibilities you could do without needing to cut a liftarm in half, or an axle from 4L to 1 1/2L.
At the end of the day, I can't stop people from doing what they wish to do with their parts, all I can do is urge them to look at things in a different way. By no means am I saying that doing your own customized things is bad. Hell, I've seen mini figs with customized prints and paint jobs, and those look awesome. But at the end of the day, you have to consider that modifying your parts is not always the way to go. I hope someone understands the point I am trying to make here.
Until next time, I'm out. Cya guys around.