What the heck is AMS? Pete
19 years ago
What the heck is AMS? Pete
Advanced Modeler's Syndrome...unavoidable and incurable in most cases.
Advanced Modeler's Syndrome.
Inability to complete a model that isn't "perfect".
Note that this does not effect the purchase of more kits. In fact symptoms usually include a drastic increase in kit purchases up to and exceeding numbers that will never see the edge of an X-Acto knife nor a tiny speck of glue or paint.
AMS may only be dealt with by completing kits one at a time until one is back to modeling. AMS has a large incidence of relapse, usually accompanied by extended periods staring at models completed and purchasing things such as diecast models (as opposed to kits) in order to fill shelves.
Perhaps this should be on the FAQ ;-)
Advanced Modelers' Syndrome, characterized by an obsession with perfection that ends up paralyzing you. You tell yourself you'll build it after you find all the references and all the aftermarket add-ons. Once you have all this, the model itself becomes a life-long project, because the detailing process never really ends. Solution is to set limits and deadlines for yourself, and accept that pretty good is good enough. Then you can actually finish models again. Gerald Owens>
A really good reason to stay away from hobby shops, Eduard catalogues and ANYTHING made of resin. Usually first evidenced by the purchase of an FS paint chip fan. If you have one, throw it away, now!
Too late! Apprentice Farbton Polizei
The Keeper (of too much crap)
I should be fairly safe then. I'm more concerned with my inability to complete a model the *is* perfect :-)
I'm most concerned with getting -a- model completed. :)
Bill Banaszak, MFE
Ditto... although the Tamiya '66 VW Karmann-Ghia is on track for our competition - May Day weekend, here in Mackay (hint, hint)
A model is a model of some original, which seems to imply that it is not identical to the original. The degree of perfection of the model depends on how similar to the original it is. Absolute perfection would imply that the model is identical to the original, but that was already ruled out. Therefore, although a model in theory could be infinitely close to perfect, it can never actually _be_ perfect, as a model at least.
The first definition of AMS was: Inability to complete a model that isn't "perfect".
As shown above, no model is perfect.
Therefore the definition of AMS can easily be reduced to: Inability to complete a model.
Sorry Bill, AMS has got you just as much as the rest of us! There's still hope for Rob, however.
What about me? I was working on the Tamiya 1/350 Fletcher today, and I got to thinking how much better it would look if I open up the telescope covers on the Mk. 37 director. And when I realized it was at least remotely possible, I decided to go for it. However I drew the line at trying to add an interior to the director. (Mainly because I have no references.) Is this AMS, or just obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Joe. There is no hope for you. Enjoy the ride, mate!
Joe Jefferson wrote
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