Does anyone else set themselves "rules"? For instance:
...if you start it, you have to finish it,
...only one project on the go at time,
...one new technique per build,
...at least one vac-form a year.
Or am I just making it harder than it already is?
I too have rules, both for building the kits and to control my stash.
I have two major obsessions, so I usually build models in batches of three:
an F-4, a Spitfire and one other. I never allow myself to have more than
three models on the go at the same time. I also never allow myself to have
two or more of the same type on the go at the same time - I learned that
lesson when I got dreadfully bogged down building five Bf-109s at once. The
rule I use when choosing my next projects is that I am not allowed to build
a model in a similar colour scheme to what was built in the previous batch.
So, if I've built an F-4 in the classic USN scheme, I cannot build anything
else in a similar scheme in the next batch. This just means that I don't get
bored with seeing the same colour schemes on my bench all the time.
In an attempt to limit stash growth beyond that which is sustainable, I've
come up with a number of ridiculously complex rules to ascertain whether I
can buy a particular kit or not:
F-4 In the stash, I currently have 34 F-4 kits, 23 of which are Hasegawa
ones of various types. The remainder are Fujimi Brit Phantoms. I'm not
allowed to buy any more F-4s unless they are the Hasegawa F-4G or F-4S
re-releases. In which case I'm allowed to buy no more than two of each.
Spitfire If the number in my stash slips to 2, I can buy a number of
others, but no more than 3, giving me a total of 5. I can only buy those
three after I have built at least two other kits.
Others If the kit level of other obsessive types (Hunter, F-86, F-16, A-7)
slips to 2, I can buy no more than 2 more, but only after I have built at
least two other kits. In any of the stated cases, that's unlikely to happen
for some time.
If the kit level of other non-obsessive (as yet) types slips to 1, I can buy
another, but only after I have built at least two other kits. This is an
attempt to ensure that the non-obsessive types remain non-obsessive.
If a kit in my stash shows signs of being taken off the market or selling
out (I'm thinking of the MPM/Xtrakits Meteor here) then I can buy up to five
of them. F-4s are not included in this rule.
Whimsical purchases I can buy anything that takes my fancy, provided that I
build it immediately. This allows me to buy such gems as the Eduard FW190,
but prevents me from buying more than one at a time. A whimsical purchase is
specifically excluded from the above rules. For example, after building that
FW190, I can't go straight out and restock it, placing the new one into the
OK... there are my rules. I intend to stick by them. Surprisingly enough,
they have worked for a few months and although my stash hasn't reduced
dramatically, it also hasn't grown above my self imposed limit.
And be aware that this only applies to my model aircraft stash. I also have
a model railway stash, and a Deep Stash comprised of kits that may never,
ever get built...
1) Never buy Testors, Italieri, or any other kit where I can get the
same subject from Hasegawa or Tamiya or Trumpeter.
2) WWII in 1/48, jets in 1/32...though I've been breaking this one of
late because so many great 1/32 WWII subjects are being released.
3) Never build without using photo etch.
4) Never use kit decals.
5) Never build without research.
6) Never build when distracted or I don't feel like it.
7) Never build to a deadline.
8) Check out what other people are doing.
You're making it harder than it is. Here are the only rules, which
encompass a lot of the other input so far:
1) Have fun; if it's not a fun project, you need a new project.
2) Corollary to #1, if it's never fun, you need a new hobby.
That's about all.
I got more...
9) Never run anything you can't breathe through your airbursh other than
paint or thinner.
10) No dog kits.
11) See 10, above.
12) Build for yourself - admire, but never compare. If you look hard
enough you can find that even builders "better better than you" do
stupid things. (corollary to Rule #8)
13) Spending more money on one good build will help keep your stash at a
level where reincarnation will not be required to finish it.
14) Replace good kits with better ones as they come out - don't stash them.
15) Preshading is highly overrated...
16) Contrary to popular belief, it does help to be organised...every now
17) the best techniques are usually discovered by accident.
18) In any creative endeavor, exception is usually the rule.
No. They'd just be one more thing I'd transgress.
I wish but presently the majority of my collection is unfinished
I tried sticking to the Rule of Three but then I started multiplying
I do try new things but not that regularly.
I started messing with vacuforms back in the '70s when Rareplanes hit
the market. I finally got one finished about 5 years ago and that was
more of a conversion than a straight kitbuild. Currently I have an
unfinished McDonnell FH-1 from Formaplane about halfway.
Do you feel pressed? If you're enjoying it, keep at it until you don't.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
This one I like!!!
As for my rules - If the kit is not in 1:32 don't buy it (Unless it's for my
If you have two or more identical kits, they need to be converted og
modified into something else, three Hawker Typhoons,one OOB, one with
Paragon Bubble top and one backdated to Tornado, Three P-47 (Revell) one
converted to N version with long wings etc.....
Also after one of those series I often do one OOB,or even better, do a "What
If" like X-1 fighter, Me 262 from Aeronavale Suez period.
And have fun doing it.
Vac forms are great...I have a 1/144 Vulcan on the go and its the only
way to get a 1/48 Scimitar until some-one sees sense and kits it as an
injection moulded version.
More like "real" modelling...
I only have one rule- if it stops being fun, put it on the shelf for
awhile and build something else. Take the older kit down later.
Actually, I think I do have a second rule. When rigging model sailing
ships, never work longer than half an hour without taking a break.
1. If the wife interrupts me twice during one building session, I put
everything away and devote full attention to the "honey do" list.
"Resistance is futile."
2. If the dog crawls into my lap twice during one building session, I put
everything away and devote full attention to the dog.
3. I collect Tamigawa kits and build dog kits - Smer, Hobbycraft, early
4. If I experience just the slightest twinge of AMS while building a kit, I
give in and go whole hog on the detailing/conversion/research.
5. In the summer golf trumps model building; in winter model building
trumps golf; unless I am invited quail hunting in which case quail hunting
6. Lastly, not to croak before finishing all 300 kits in my stash.