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Why do builds stall?

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 I'm stalled right now because for the last 6+ weeks I've been "flipping" an apartment I'm moving into. If I donate my time the owner will keep my rent the same and he's covering material costs. And it's an end apartment so I have windows-plus, it's above my workshop. I won't be able to make noise in there anymore if another tenant moves into that apartment.

 

 But most of my builds stall because I hit something that's beyond my skill level at the time. My latest one is a JG54 BF-109F in white winter camo over grays, and the white has worn away around the panel lines. When I paint, it looks like someone painted up to the lines and stopped instead of looking like the paint wore off. But there's no rush to finish these things, is there? I'll get it one day.

 

 My favorite stalled project is a 1/48 Revell B-17F. I opened up the waist windows and was filling the interior with framework when the idea hit me-"I could make up this framework and then cut up soda cans for skin and glue it on...". With that bit of absurdity in mind I packed the build away and moved on. I've built both 1/48 Fort kits (F & G) since then but every time I pick this one up I'm reminded of the idea of scratch building a 1/48 B-17 of Evergreen strip styrene and Pepsi cans and I just put it away again.

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I think I developed the attention span of a gnat as I got older. I often get all fired up for a build, collect references and materials, begin the build, then...

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...some other subject catches my attention and the cycle repeats. Eventually things come full circle and after repeated starts and stops over many years builds do get done. But it's frustrating.

 

To be even more honest, I've been going back and building older and simpler  kits, like older Tamiya and Italeri armor kits (heck I'm almost done a Lindberg T-55 after only two weeks... SHOCK :coolio:). Fewer parts with more then enough detail for me OOB or with a few AM or scratch additions thrown on. I find the simpler kits help minimize the stalling. The newer kits, as wonderful and fantastic as they are, just have far too many parts that often times I find unnecessary, complicated, and lead to fit problems. Related, in regards the track links, it sounds sacrilege in this day and age but I've stopped using the multi-piece aftermarket track links that frustrate the life out of me and stick with the kit tracks now (yes...I love the "rubber band" tracks. Simple, easy, and quick). This is especially true if the vehicle has side skirts where track droop won't be seen so its a non-issue.

 

Anyways, happy modeling all and have a great weekend!

 

Don

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My builds are always stagnating 😥 or should I say build, because I only have one. I am based in Hong Kong where the apartments are on the tiny side. Very. Tiny. I do not have a dedicated hobby room (jealousy overflow to those of you that do 😂) so I have to settle for my designated corner of the living room dining table. An A4 cutting mat is my area plus boxes where I keep random shtuff like resin bits. 

 

That's issue 1.  Issue 2, wifey not a fan, of me long concentrating on builds and/or anything fumey. This restricts me to very very slow progress and rattlecan sprays on the balcony for the portions of projects I could resort to rattleys. As many of you may agree, sometimes airbrush work is very desirable, which is why I have one and a large compressor. It's hidden inside my bed on the non drawer side. wifey doesn't know.  hence slow paintwork😂

 

Rant over a bit of steam blown. Back to browsing new kits for my beloved stash. Its so big now additions dont stick out. 

 

 

Konbini

 

 

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When I feel like I'm not making any progress I get overwhelmed and it gets harder for me to continue.  The build goes on for too long and I feel like others are getting bored by my thread and I start losing interest too.   It will be months before I post a small update until I can't update anymore because others might say it's a necro post.   Also, I compare my work to other modellers'  here and if it's not at par with theirs I give up.      

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I usually have to wait for after market orders, decals, weapons etc. or in my case most of the

time I build out of production kits and when a part is missing or breaks I have to look all over

the internet to try to find replacement parts for a 30 to 40 year old kit. Then I find parts or decals

and they are defective, such as the decals that were 30 plus years old and broke into a gazillion

pieces. About then general apathy sets in and I start another subject only to have the same problem

repeat itself.It's not a hobby anymore, it's a never ending circle of "calamities". I need a new hobby.---John

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