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.
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.
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.
...that's why I try to only stash subjects, and not kits. If I find wht
I think is a better kit of the same subject I sell or trade off the old
Somehow I managed to break my own "no more than 100 unbuilt kits" rule
some years ago...I think I may have 200 now, but I stopped counting just
past 100...I couldn't take it...
You're making it harder than it already is.
....finishing every project you start squelches the creative juices.
...What? No juggling of projects or trying to remember what you were doing
on which project? Modelbuilding is also my business. If I only worked on
one project at a time, I'd starve to death!
....techniques are used or developed on an as needed basis. Intentionally
use one 'new' technique per project? Uh-Uh!
...some modelers will never be able to build a decent vacuform kit, others
have no interest in them. Why make yourself build something you hate?
Unless you're being paid for it, of course.
Just relax and build whatever you like, whenever you like. Most of all,
enjoy yourself. Don't make a job out of it. If I didn't enjoy
modelbuilding, I wouldn't have made a business out of it. I wouldn't have
taken it up as a hobby, either.
Rules? What the heck for? At the risk of sounding sarcastic, this is
a hobby, not a business. I build for fun, as many as I can start and
finish whatever is there to finish, if not, it goes back in the box
and if I remember that I have it, I take it back to the workbench and
do something to it, then back to the box and the shelf. Let's not
make this any more complicated than it isn't.
My 2 cents.
Well said!! We're in lockstep, Ray. Check my post (just above yours) and I
think you'll find I said the same thing in a different way.
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