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!
Edited by Tom Geiger, 14 January 2014 - 03:52 PM.