Thanks for considering this:
In a given scale 1/72 single seat World War Two planes, 1/25 cars.
1/700 scale ships, 1/35 scale armor, only to name a few,, I am
interested in how long does it take to complete an out of the box
build. I am trying to sample as many types of building and builders as
possible. I start and stop over a long period of time so I am not a
good judge of what kind of time a decent out of the box build takes
whether in be armor big or small, jets, props, ships, sci-fi, cars,
figures. A lot of you are more organized than me. You might take four
weekends, or however, much it takes, but you have the art of measuring
your construction time down pat. I am thinking of writing a how do you
model article with an emphasis on show building versus pure fun
Big Al Cherer
Actual labor time, does NOT include glue/paint/putty drying time. OOB
1/48 prop fighters, 15-30 hours, depends on many factors, mostly "show"
quality. 1/35 armor, 30-70 hours depends on many factors like stowage
and weathering....OOB factory new 30-40 hours and "show" quality, all
tarted up and beat to snot 70 hours (tarts have all won various level
AMPS gold or silver). 1/350 resin ship of cruiser size 35-70 hours,
varies with cleanup needed and mods if any plus camo complexity all are
"show" quality. 1/350 resin destroyer 20-40 hours same variables as for
cruisers. Shortest build time that could be placed on a show table and
stand a chance, 8 hours for a 1/48 Eduard Albatros DV or a 1/48 Tamiya
Me-262 in 8.5 hours.
Not all OOB kits are equal! I am building a Heller large scale
sailing ship with over 2000 parts. That is a multi-year project. I
just built a polar lights/Aurora robot (Robby from lost in space).
That took a week.
There are just too many variables to a simple answer to this
one. Depends upon the kit & amount of detail you want to do OOB, IMHO.
Some, I can do in 8 - 10 hours or even less. Others, much longer. I
can remember as a pre-teen or even as a teen, (early - late 1970s)
buying some of the 1/72 - 1/32 a/c kits available then, many times
buying one on a Friday or weekend afternoon & being finished, all put
together & painted & decaled & sitting on the shelf, by 10 or 11 pm
that night. I didn't know any better than OOB at the time.
who came up with the idea that you are supposed to finish a kit. Did
I miss a memo or something?
Geez, since the 70's I struggled to finish a kit. Once the parts were
one I neglected to paint (I still do that now)
One painted I never got around to the decals.....
sometimes I think model building is good for me just for the sake of
building with having no real need to finish the little buggers. Like
Jed Clampett sitting outside his mansion whittlin' on a piece of
wood. He ain't making anything but he's having fun doing it.
i've done kits in a day and i have kits started 40 years
ago. as long as i like what i'm working on, i continue. if i
get bored, i put it aside. i do come back eventually but
there are kits i will never finish. the constitution is one
and a balsa b17 is another.
i'm taking an ac break and doing armor. that will change,
morph, adapt. i'm gravitating to larger scales for more
I can't say that it takes me ~that~ long, but I'm currently doing a
1958 Revell Space Station. Got remade decals, researched colors, made
a few do-dads to accurize (not sure if that's the right term as it's a
fictional Space Station) or detail the model. That took me a couple of
weeks, while I worked on other kits. Since I've been actually
~constructing~ the model, I've done only one step on the instruction
sheet per day; I'm now on day 11, step 10 (I skipped working on
Father's Day for personal issues) and savoring every bit of it.
I should be done in a couple of weeks or so.
on 6/22/2007 10:55 AM email@example.com said the following:
There's only about 12 of them (all military tank/vehicles) and I do
intend to finish them, but I also intend to win the lottery. :-)
Half of them are Peerless.
on 6/22/2007 11:43 AM firstname.lastname@example.org said the following:
It was, back when I bought them in the late 70s.
Box says Peerless Corporation, Philadelphia, PA 19124 Made in Japan.
Dodge M6 37mm Gun carriage #3504
Dodge 3/4 ton Command car #3505
Dodge 1-1/2 ton Personnel carrier #3506
White M3A1 Scout car #3507
Canadian Chevrolet Field Gun carriage #3510
GMC 2-1/2 ton Cargo Carrier #3514
I'll get around to them. I did finish one, a Testors Italeri M32
recovery vehicle, a couple of months ago.