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#1 cobraman

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 08:03 AM

Just wondering why some of us have so many models unfinished. Is it problems with the kit ? Loose interest before we finish ? Get interested in another kit ? Can't get the proper parts or decals for a build ?  Just curious.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 08:15 AM

All the reasons you stated plus sometimes something "just ain't right" with it so I'll box it till I can figure out what it is and how to fix or get around it.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 08:24 AM

Sometimes it's modelers A.D.D.. Most often I tackle something that I don't quite have the skills for yet, and I get frustrated. So I put it away till another day. The oldest one I have is from about 1983. I out the suspension off of the frame, with the idea of scratch building a new front suspension. Someday I will drag it back out. I am determined to finish this one, Some day.....


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 09:26 AM

All of the previous mentioned as well starting a new kit as soon as I get one. It's a revolving door. Vicious cycle.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 09:26 AM

With me most of mine are used or second hand kits/models...usually they get sidelined due to lack of needed parts to complete them/restorations/conversions/etc....have many waiting for their time to come.



#6 Craig Irwin

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 09:33 AM

Modelers A.D.D., you're building along and......SQUIRREL!!!!!  

 

Seeing the contest annual is a great way for me to find inspiration for a new project and forget what I'm already building.  



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 09:38 AM

First, I never think of "shelved" builds as "unfinished". Just "in-progress-longer-than-others", or delayed.

 

The reasons:

 

1) I get in over my head, skill-wise, and have to wait for my ability to catch up to my vision.

 

2) i take the time to work out an experimental technique before committing to and bodging a nice kit.

 

3) I decide my original vision was flawed, and I decide to re-think a large part of the project

 

4) I can't find enough reference material to do a replica of a specific vehicle.

 

5) I have to source oddball parts.

 

6) Finishing a model with a LOT of detail CAN become tedious. Sometimes it's more fun to start fresh on something creative.

 

This IS supposed to be fun, right?


Edited by Ace-Garageguy, 05 January 2014 - 09:58 AM.


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 09:45 AM

I have only shelved a Tamiya F50. It requires a lot of carbon fibre decaling and i am not yet up to the experimentation required to make the templates and start cutting such expensive decals. I will attack it soon. I have a bike and a '58 Covette and a 1970 Challenger first.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 10:00 AM

Same here.I'm not as bad as some guys I know,but I still have about 6 or 7 'projects in waiting' on the shelf.

And I build at least 2 at a time.   ADD? probably..



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 10:17 AM

Yes, a previously mentioned build in another thread. I had strted a kammback Firebird from the Airfix/Lindberg kit. I grafted a 70 nose onto the body and used a Revell chassis. I then decided to restyle the rear of the body and cut up the rear bumper/taillight assembly. I then realized what I wanted to do was impossible for my skill level. So now it sits...watching me....watching....calling my name....Gregg, come to the dark side.....



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 10:26 AM

Winter, waiting on weather, for paint.

Waiting on parts/supplies to  arrive.

Boredom! Another build may inspire me more.

And occasionally I just mess up and set a build aside...

 

I will say I rarely build from only one kit and I have been able to finish 95% of those projects I start. 



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 10:36 AM

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 10:43 AM

99% of the time it's due to messed up paint.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:02 AM

Sometimes all the parts are not supplied in the kit to build what I am truly after, so I wait until I can find what I need to finish a vision.  Other times I lose parts in the process and put the project aside. Still other times I get overwhelmed with the difficulty I have created by building too much extra detail  and becoming over involved, like spending 4 hours to build a header that is just right but, I need two.   And finally other times I just start out with a real piece of you-know-what and just can't bring myself to finish it.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:11 AM

Some parts of a build suit our interests more than others. Building is supposed to be fun and when it isn't... box city.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:13 AM

Well I usually find that...Oooooo SHINY!!!



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 12:31 PM

99% of the time it's due to messed up paint.


Paint is definitely my problem. I have a tamiya gtr r35 that I stuffed the paint up on and have stripped most of it. Will need to get back into it. Currently finishing a 1/32 mack r series and tamiya Porsche carrera gt before starting a Laferrari. Also, I might have solved my paint issues as I've just figured out how to airbrush. There really is nothing like that feeling of completing a model.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 12:35 PM

I work mostly on vintage cars, and I spend all my time on researching them. I'm intimidated by the prospect of actually building them to the standards they require for me. As a result, my shelves are full of models kits but my display cases are not.

Edited by sjordan2, 05 January 2014 - 12:47 PM.


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 12:51 PM

Usually I lose interest. Or I find another kit on ebay, and when it arrives I drop the previous one and play with the shiny new one. Eventually I'll go back and finish all of those partially-built kits.

 

Yeah, right!  :lol:



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 12:54 PM

Well I usually find that...Oooooo SHINY!!!

LOL  Short attention span?