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#41 martinfan5

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:17 PM

I am the opposite than most. OCD. If I open a kit I have to finish it. I will have 3/4 going at once but I won't open another kit until I complete one or two.

I have that as well,  I have to finish it, and try an only have two/three on the bench at one time



#42 DumpyDan

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 04:10 PM

Mostly I lose interest, cause things don't go my way or turn out the way I see in my head.  I have to say at any one time or another have as many as 18 kits started, some from as far back as 20 years.  But last year I did manage to finish 3 kits I started (modified) some years ago, mind you none of the three were finished the way I thought they would back then.  I am also a lot older and wider sorry wiser.  HaHaHa    A good friend of mine does not start another kit until he finishes the one he has opened.....go figure!



#43 Chuck Most

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 04:19 PM

ALL of the above. And probably all of the below too, as this thread progresses...



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 06:23 PM

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

 

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I have seen friends making grand plans & then, shelving the project. I would always think to myself, "I won't let that happen to me..." But, in reality, it does.

 

One of the biggest killers for me is being inspired by a 1:1 car in a photo, & then trying to make it happen in scale. It all starts off relatively good, & then, as I become more familiar with the lines of the 1:1, I realize how much work it will take to get the model to even look like a stock version of the car I'm building, THEN I have to customize it. Sometimes, I try everything, measure, take photos, etc... & when I look at the model in progress, it just looks "off" So, it goes back into the box until I figure it out.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:34 PM

I have sworn myself not to buy a kit until the current one is finished. Atypical for a modeler, I know.

 

Right now, I have a kit in primer, but I don't know what to do with it. I keep pulling it out, ready to work on it, study it for a while, and then put it back in the box.

 

I'd really like to kit bash this and make it a hot rod, but, In order to do it right, I'm afraid I'd be above my skill level. I can learn, but I am going to screw up some material, and maybe the kit too.

 

I thought I might make a rusty beater out of it too, but I am not sure what color to paint it, or how I want to improve my rusting abilities. 

 

So, I've shelved this project because I am still pondering...



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 03:33 AM

It really feels great to finish a build, but... the true "final product" for me is the enjoyment of building. This allows me to not feel bad about all the partially built stuff in my stacks of boxes...

 

Works for me too...

 

Real life has deadlines and completion schedules; IMHO, a hobby can do without them.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 03:39 AM

That being said, Bill, for those of us that have a hard time completing projects sometimes a deadline helps. Case in point, my club's latest New Year's Challenge finally got me off my duff and building something. We also have our annual show and I always strive to have something new ready for it, although lately that hasn't been happening.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 03:46 AM

Lately? Decals.

 

Many of my in progress and planned projects will require some sort of custom graphics. I'll need to find a local printer that can do them.



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 06:16 PM

I scraped a GTO when i did a bad paint job on it; same with a Chevelle model.  I also scraped a couple models due to poor part fit/missing parts and the fact they did not look like the cars they were supposed to. 



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 08:03 AM

Dropping it on the floor and having it break into 3 pieces?



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 07:52 PM

I scraped a GTO when i did a bad paint job on it; same with a Chevelle model.  I also scraped a couple models due to poor part fit/missing parts and the fact they did not look like the cars they were supposed to. 

Don't scrap 'em, dunk 'em.



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 04:47 AM

my name is tubs and I am a projectohalic. why you ask.... well

 

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um.... its because mostly of research for kits that I am currently building. by doing the research I....

 

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hmmmmm, anyways, as I am looking up info, I start wondering off said path and start seeing other cool things. "boy, this would look cool on this kit" so a go to my stash and kit that kit out ........

 

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where was I,,, oh yea, and I start that kit cause I saw this cool picture while looking for stuff for the kit I am already building, and so on, and so on. or I find parts that will look great on another kit, dig that one out, and before i know it, I have 25 kits in various stages of completion.....

 

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oh, a squirrel...... I have projects that I have started 25 years ago. yes, I am the laughing stock of my model group. never bring in anything finished!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 07:21 AM

Since I came back to the hobby about 5 years ago I have not shelved a build. Thats not to say I havent gotten frustrated or wanted to throw the thing at the wall, but I actually enjoy the problem solving process and seeing it through til the end. That being said I have a few models that didnt turn out the way I wanted them to. Usually I will buy a duplicate kit and give it a go again after I made my mistakes the first time. I also seem to be in the minority in that I only build one kit at a time, so I do not have other projects going that may take my focus away from a problem build.



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 11:20 AM

If there's anything that makes me throw a kit back in the box its PAINT !!, Ive lost count of the amount of times I have shelved a build due to a bad paint finish or getting glue marks on a perfect paint job...you guys have the good old purple pond to rectify bad paint, unfortunately there is no such product in the UK.....how I wish there was !. So its a case of trying Oven cleaner which never works for me ..or rubbing the model down or ........shelving the thing !.

Ive literally in the last few days shelved a 65 GTO build due to getting a glue spot on the perefct paint ..I cant bear to look at it for now.


Edited by Mr Stock, 14 January 2014 - 11:22 AM.


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 12:57 PM

If there's anything that makes me throw a kit back in the box its PAINT !!, Ive lost count of the amount of times I have shelved a build due to a bad paint finish or getting glue marks on a perfect paint job...you guys have the good old purple pond to rectify bad paint, unfortunately there is no such product in the UK.....how I wish there was !. So its a case of trying Oven cleaner which never works for me ..or rubbing the model down or ........shelving the thing !.

Ive literally in the last few days shelved a 65 GTO build due to getting a glue spot on the perefct paint ..I cant bear to look at it for now.

Purple Power major ingredient is basically Lye. If you can find a degreaser with that in it, try it. You can use 90% or higher rubbing alcohol, or non synthetic brake fluid. How do you guys clean anything over there/



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:15 PM

Purple Power major ingredient is basically Lye. If you can find a degreaser with that in it, try it. You can use 90% or higher rubbing alcohol, or non synthetic brake fluid. How do you guys clean anything over there/

With great difficulty ! ha ha ...no seriously we do have a couple of options one is"Fairy power spray"  a kind of heavy duty dishwashing detergent , this stuff removes most paints without attacking the plastic, but it can take a few days,

and the other is aerosol oven cleaner but this is hit and miss.

I work in a car parts store and we have a few degreasers in the shop, I might take a look at the ingredients.



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:25 PM

With great difficulty ! ha ha ...no seriously we do have a couple of options one is"Fairy power spray"  a kind of heavy duty dishwashing detergent , this stuff removes most paints without attacking the plastic, but it can take a few days,

and the other is aerosol oven cleaner but this is hit and miss.

I work in a car parts store and we have a few degreasers in the shop, I might take a look at the ingredients.

Lye is a strong alkaline solution of potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide. It is used to make soap and drain and oven cleaners. Chemical formula: KOH or NaOH. Just look for these terms or Chemical formulas on the container. 



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:40 PM

Lye is a strong alkaline solution of potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide. It is used to make soap and drain and oven cleaners. Chemical formula: KOH or NaOH. Just look for these terms or Chemical formulas on the container. 

Thanks Gregg , I will take a look tomorrow very helpful advice



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 03:50 PM

I have many unfinished projects, some going back 20 years.  Shelved for all the reasons said above... missed the deadline for a club build or show,  so I moved on to the next club build project.  Got in over my head and didn't know how to finish.   Lost interest,  lost inspiration... you get it.   Sometimes once I see my great idea up on wheels and I can squint and imagine it finished, that's enough! 

 

I keep all my unfinished projects on the shelves right over my work bench so I have to look at them and can't forget about them.  Every so often when I am bored with what's currently on the bench, I'll pull one down and fiddle a bit.  Sometimes I'll work on one for a day or a week, and it goes back in the box.  No problem, it's a bit further along for the next time. 

 

I do one thing... I call it my Christmas Amnesty project every year. Just like the president pardons a turkey for Thanksgiving,  I give amnesty to one of my unfinished projects over the end of year holidays.  I've always had that week off, so it's a natural to take a break at year's end and spend it at the bench.  So each year I pull down some deserving long dormant project, and give it my best shot at completion.  There are times I won't finish, but as long as I keep going until it's done, I'm happy.  I've been doing this for 14 years now.  A bunch of guys on the Spotlight board also join me in this build each year. So it's all good, we get a lot of models out of boxes!

 

This year I've been working on my Jimmy Flintstone resin Dodge A100 van.  I started a replica of a friend's old ride back when the resin first came out.  Has to be 15 years ago or better!  So right now I have it essentially complete and up on wheels. I am working on a problem creating wood bumpers right now. That got me frustrated, so I've given it a few days break. But I will solve it soon,  add on the mirrors and it will be done!


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 01:22 PM

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.

oh man, thats a long list of whys`.......i lose interest, or i did something to it that i dont quite like...  i have so many builds started and not finished i should be shot!  LOL  i would guess i probably have 30 unfinished builds, a couple of dioramas in there too.....

 

cheers

bryan