Go for it guys. It's an interesting challenge. I did it solo last year and will do so again this year. You learn a bit about model building and yourself in the process.
First, the rules are that it has to be a glue kit with engine. So find something not too complex, that will go together well and most of all is expendable. Last year I chose the Miss Deal Funny Car because I always wanted to build one, AND I had 3-4 of them in my stash. You will need to work fast, so no complicated stuff like adding scratch built parts or body conversions. Throw caution to the wind and build like a sixth grader!
I did scope out my build and familiarized myself with the build ahead of time so I had a plan. Friends warned me about a few build issues with the kit.I started my car at noon and immediately took everything off the trees and cleaned up all my parts. I didn't go contest quality crazy, I just flattened out all the mold marks and ejector pins. Then I did the base assembly of things that would be put together prior to painting. And then I primed everything. This is where you start to notice how long a build actually takes. At six pm I only had piles of primed parts and assemblies.
In the evening I got everything sprayed in a very systematic fashion. Everything black at once, then moved on to the next color. While stuff was drying, I used a second kit to figure out fit and mock ups of assemblies. The second it also afforded me the luxury of stealing parts I screwed up. I didn't have to back track and fix stuff that would cost me time. I'll deal with fixing them on my next build of that kit. I wasn't as cautious as I usually am, and built quicker as a result. I usually drill out and pin everything together but I figured I didn't have time and glued everything. This bit me, as some of the pieces, like the roll cage, didn't want to stay together. So I back tracked and pinned some things. By midnight I had a rolling chassis. I did wire my engine, but used a prewired distributor to make it quicker.
In the wee hours everything started coming together. I got my body finished the way I wanted it. And then disaster struck about 5am. I was getting goofy tired and dropped my body. My reaction was to grab for it and pull it towards my chest. Well, I broke both A pillars. After a brief panic, I realized that both would be under BMF so I added straight pin strengtheners and kept going. All fixed and sitting nice by six am, so I figured I was as done as my attention span at that time of the project would allow, so I called it done and took my final photos for the group.
What wasn't done? I had been warned that the exhaust system was difficult so I chose to leave it off. The blower top in both my kits was sunk in, so I left it off. I did the final fixes and some additional weathering during that week.
What did I learn? To plan a project and work systematically. I've always been a slow builder, working on an assembly at a time. That necessitated many prep and spray sessions with the same color paints etc. So with this build, I got all the parts done in an organized fashion. While I don't want to build at this pace everyday, I do notice I'm more efficient now. I got a bunch more stuff done this past year than in any other.
Was it fun? You bet! There was a challenge to see if I could indeed build a model in 24 hours. And I did it! This year I will be doing a Lindberg A100 pickup. I am just finishing my A100 resin van, so I'm familiar with the kits idiosyncrasies and would like a pickup to sit with the van. And I have a couple of them!
So everyone can play, just choose a kit, sign up and lets do it!
Edited by Tom Geiger, 10 January 2014 - 08:55 AM.