I've gotten into the practice of building a model until it was around 90%
finished, and then starting something new. Most of the time it is in the
final stages, and then one small aspect just isn't "perfect" , so I move on.
Looking at the bench, there are around five kits in the same status (1/48th
Tamiya A1 Skyraider- slightly overdid the exhaust staining, Tamiya PZK III-
need to finish Fruil tracks. DML Elefant, zimmerit not just right, etc)
So, how do you get over this- it must be common. After all, it's just a
hobby, but it would be nice to finish one once in a while.
I can't speak for anyone else but I usually have 3 kits going at one
time. I work on each at the same pace switching between them when
they need time to paint / dry, etc. I also break a kit down to sub
assemblies rather than follow the instructions to the letter. I don't
start another kit until all 3 are done. That's not to say I finish
every project. Some hit the trash can or the parts box at different
stages along the way if I'm not happy with the kit or the results.
I figure if I'm not motivated to finish something then why keep it at
all. For me, I found having lots of partial finished kits is
frustrating and kills my enthusiasm.
Since I build wooden ships as well as all genre of plastic, plus some
scratch cars, I have LOTs of unfinished projects. I think there are
around ten on the shelves currently. All of the ships are multi-year
projects that I rotate between.
Geez, I wish that was the extent of my backlog. I have shelves full of
things I started and lost interest in along the way. I still want to
get them finished but I have to work up the enthusiasm.
One good thing about car models - their boxes are big enough to hide the
unfinished projects in. ;)
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
on 10/7/2007 11:38 AM Viperdoc said the following:
Been there, done that.
I have a lot of started-but-unfinished models dating back 20 years. For
me, it seems like I got kinda bored with the making during the
construction and looked over at the stash for another new exciting
challenge (which may be exciting only for a short while too).
Only buy one kit at a time, and don't buy another until the first one is
OK, so I just bought an M18 Hellcat (I recently saw a Hellcat
restoration project on one of the military channels) while I still had
some other unfinished tanks. :-)
I re-learned a lesson a few years ago. At one point I had no less than five
1/48 Bf109s on the go at the same time and I became incredibly jaded. I now
allow myself no more than three kits at any one time. The ideal situation is
to work on them all as a batch and not start any more until all three are
finished (but see below). It doesn't always work out that way and sometimes
I'll start another kit while I have two in various stages of completion.
In order to prevent myself getting jaded, I ensure that there are never more
that two of the same aircraft type in progress at the same time - and they
are *never* in similar colour schemes. So, If I have two F-4s on the
workbench together, they will be in totally different schemes, but an F-4C
and an A-7D in the SEA scheme would be acceptable.
Having said that, I find that I absolutely *abhor* masking and spraying
canopies! Therefore, I tend to consider a model "complete-ish" when
everything but the canopy is completed. I will tell myself that I'll get
round to doing the canopy when I have the enthusiasm for it... which is very
rare indeed. Therefore, it means that I get a backlog of models say on my
shelves which are complete but for the canopy. Up until the middle of last
week I had (in 1/48) three Spitfires, (in 1/72) three F-4s, an F-104, a
Draken and an F-16, all without canopies, with another F-4 crossing my
workbench that will soon require a canopy of its own. So... I've finally
bitten the bullet and really forced myself to get those canopies done. As of
this moment, the F-104, Draken and F-16 are still lacking their canopies.
All the rest are finally complete. I'll do the final three over the next
week, which should see me having no (aircraft) models whatsoever on my
workbench by Saturday.
At that point I shall start a 1/48 Spitfire XII, using the Hasegawa IX and
the Aeroclub conversion kit. This time, I swear that I shall mask the canopy
while I'm doing the cockpit and am still in the first flush of enthusiasm...
on 10/7/2007 12:42 PM Enzo Matrix said the following:
Have you ever tried using thin strips of modeler's masking tape? Not for
masking, but for the frames themselves. Similar to using it for scale
pilot seat belts. Pre-paint the tape and then stick it on the frames,
trimming where necessary. It may even be more to scale if you sand off
the plastic frame and then glue the tape on.
My rub is theres too many ''blocks'' in the building process,I want to
get going on them.BUT,> i live in apaertment>have an airbrush &
compressor,but no decent ventilatiom>1 model is assembled w/clear
parts for light up,cant paint over it,the backroom I want to use is
smal & I dont want choke out.
I always have at least one kit going that doesn't require major
painting. If the others bog down, I turn to this to keep myself
moving. I have one of those visible hemi engine kits in progress
right now. It's very different from my other 2 projects and requires
no paint not to mention that it is an interesting / educational build.
On Oct 7, 5:17 pm, email@example.com wrote:
I have 30-40+ kits in various stages. Ready for paint - None, lost
parts - lots of 'em. Did he say he wanted to finish a kit? Let's
bring back the days when the glue fumes made the hobby so much more
No, through a nine step program you can break the addiction to unbuilt
First, you must recognize a power greater than you...this being your
Second, you must separate yourself from the "enabler" of your
addiction...this being your "friend", the pusher who owns the local
Third, as hard as it is, you must sever all social interactions with
fellow addicts...your local IPMS
Fourth, you must strive to avoid the use of "code language" in
day-to-day conversation. They aren't "trees", they are "big plants", or
"overgrown bushes". It's not "flash", it's "very bright'.
Fifth, each day when you awake, reassert your self respect: "My name is
Rufus; and I'm going to finish all the models I have before I buy even
one more! I'm that good of a modeler...I'm that Great of a modeler, and
nothing and no one is ever going to take that from me!"
Sixth, you must realize the feelings of the kits that you only partially
built, and see THEIR side of things... are you the sort of person who
they dreamed of owning them when they came out of the molds? What would
you have thought if you had been working on them one night and having a
great time, only to find out they had left by the next morning because
they had lost interest in you?
Seventh, you must realize that many children go to sleep in the third
world without one model to build during their entire day.... or dare I
say it...entire life? They dream of what you are capable of having, and
yet have cast aside in your decadent boredom... the pain of the flash
under the fingernails, the "snap" of a part coming free from its
overgrown bush, the inability to get the decals straight no matter what
Eighth, The basic Freudian concept of "Anal Retentive" should serve as a
warning... do you want to actually to build these models or just stack
them on your shelf, to show others that you have more more half-built
models than anyone else you know, and even though you are dysfunctional,
you have decided in your own mind you shall show your fellow addicts
that you are the greatest of all the dysfunctional model non-completers?
The pathos of such a situation is obvious. In the land of the blind the
one-eyed man may be king, but in the land of modelers the one-eyed man
is going to have one hell of a time dealing with small photoetched
parts, due to his lack of stereoscopic vision.
Ninth, from the viewpoint of the basic libido, the tendency to leave
things unfinished can be seen as an expression of of inability to
successfully complete the sexual act itself. Hasn't every modeler run
into a really hot babe (RHB) at a model show and immediately asked
himself: "What the hell is _she_ doing here? Is she lost, or is there
something _wrong_ with her?", then immediately looked around for
drooling two-year-olds crawling around under the display tables, and in
danger of destroying everything as they crawl towards "momma"?
But the fox isn't crazy; she has cunningly searched out a model show to
find a suitable mate...someone who has way too much time on his hands,
is way too wealthy, way too socially isolated, and just bored enough
that building a model of every deployed subtype of the Sherman tank
seems like a good way to spend his time.
She bats her eyes at this guy, and she's going to get a three course dinner.
But she has made a major miscalculation in this regard, for one modeler
has been waiting like a priapic goat ready to pounce: "Well, yes...when
it comes right down to it it was rather difficult to do a horizontal
volute suspension Sherman with the cast front transmission housing and
Calliope rocket launcher, and I strived LONG and HARD to finish it,
knowing that it would take many HARD NIGHTS, to accomplish what SHE
DESERVED. She was my dream, and I knew that only the BEST would SATISFY
her...so I started out slowly...then building, bit-by-bit I
worked...until she and I were COMPLETELY FINISHED at the same exact
moment. It took NEW and EXOTIC TECHNIQUES to accomplish this, but I like
to think I'm not anything if not IMAGINATIVE."
Kiss it goodbye, Mr. Can't Finish It.
She'll wake up in the morning with a note on her pillow: "That was good,
but frankly I was expecting better fit of the parts considering the
...my skills at managing money are nationally recognized. Any funds
that don't buy plastic only go to buy guitars. And I STILL manage to
both maintain zero debt AND save money.
...what local hobby shop? I'd have to stop my mail delivery and
discontinue my ISP.
Almost done - relinquished my membership to get out of being "president
for life" of my chapter. Only a loose group of 3-5 hardcore addicts are
That's really easy in the middle of the Mojave...we got no trees (and
there's a girl behind every one) - check!
...especially if I keep buying kits. They won't be able to fit them all
in the van.
I'm and insensitive, conservative, type A personality...I'd never buy
that one...kits also serve, that sit and wait.
...now I am getting a bit misty-eyed.
Braggin' rights are braggin' rights...we used to have a contest where
that was the prize - a certificate for bragging rights, good for one
years...now I'm beginning to see how this thing feeds on itself...
Ref: see what I said about "a girl behind every tree", above...damn
right I ain't completin' any sexual acts...
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