Let's get something straight right here and now, the time and effort put into a build should scale not linearly with size, but near exponentially. The point of building these big lovely space-pricks is to sink hours of our time into them, days even, to be truly invested in your build turning out how you want it. this will mean you will make false starts, this will mean time spent before hand getting details right before the first bricks are placed. It will mean putting the kind of effort into LDD that you'd put into a real build, LDD is supposed to be convenient, not low effort. If at that point you'd rather play with real Lego, then go on, no one is keeping you from placing physical bricks together, for fear of being called a hypocrite, yes, I'm going to drop LDD like a rock when my dark age ends, LDD exists here with these people making these builds on this forum purely out of convenience and circumstance, and there is a lot more joy to be found building with the genuine article.
But to keep it on track the problem I'm bringing up is that as we go bigger in this weird LDD spaceship contest we have going on, we're coming to a point when exponential effort theory is reversing. people seem to be using the fact the scale now being worked on is so large, that we have to put less effort in to get larger models. that if we put effort and detail in, then part counts will swell, and models will become unworkable, that if we don't simplify the design of our models, then we'll never build bigger, to this I say, 'DON'T build bigger', if you can't keep the effort up, or don't have the time to make something that shows your skill as a builder, then simply don't build that big, skill doesn't come from building big, and good models don't come from going big, good models come from time and effort, regardless of how much skill you have, god knows I've built some piles of shit while trying to go big, and he knows I don't look back on them with rose tinted glasses, as they were truly awful, that is what came from trying to push scale without the effort needed.
I've never laughed at a model here because it's small, quite the opposite, some of the best models ever made here were nothing special size wise, there is no shame in not competing in the size war, as frankly it's silly, and it's ruining any kind of shared universe for our builds and factions we had going on, as at this point we're becoming more elitist on how big people build. As a quick example:
<Quantum>: I also have no interest in the penis measuring contest. I appreciate good builds.
<Quantum>: That's one of the reasons I haven't begun a SD yet. I refuse to build a big copypasta.
I think it's more than Quantum who's looking away from the LDD group on here, and if you are, then please speak up and knock some none sense into people.
I will never tell people how to use there lego, digital or otherwise, this post is just me trying to make some noise, and getting you to ask yourself the question "If I can't build big and good, then should I just build good instead, and leave big until later". This isn't directed in anyone in particular, as I can point all sorts of fingers, and have just as many pointed back at me, but what I am seeing is that pretty soon, the big builds will be less interesting, and lower effort, than the small builds.
So am I going mad? Am I being a trouble causing prick? Is this actually all true? I haven't a clue, but I'd rather bet on the latter of those three questions, rather than the former two.