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I don't need to finish a model to enjoy building it.

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  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
I don't need to finish a model to enjoy building it.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Monday, January 02, 2017 3:51 PM

I know that to some, maybe many, this topic sounds a bit strange.

Like a lot of builders here I have a pretty nice "stash" of kits I built and are nearly finished. Many have been heavily modified or scratch built, so over the years I have accumalted more than I could ever finish of models just needing paint, maybe a little "tweaking", or a few pieces here and there. The hoods are hinged and many of the doors are too, and many of the cars are one of a kinds, and customs. I have more getting ready for this stage.

The point I'm making here is at least for me I don't have to finish everything to enjoy the process of the hobby now. It wasn't always like that and I find great peace, relaxation and fun in never knowing from day to day what I will "Fancy" for my building pleasure, but it doesn't really matter because I love all the different disciplines of model building.

I even bought a few of the new re-release boat kits coming out from Lindberg, and those should be fun to "Attack" also.

Don't get me wrong, I still "relish" that completed kit going into it's new display case, but oh the enjoyment of either looking at many unfinished kits sitting out to enjoy as "eye candy" in their cases, or getting others out of their boxes stashed away for some time, and going through the parts, maybe some from Modelhaus, or other cottage parts industry manufacturer, maybe some custom decals, and just being grateful I got them when I did, and just sit in my model room and take in all the wonderful pieces in the box, that MAYBE SOMEDAY I may get to, but it's OK if I don't, because sometimes just having them is more than good enough.

Anybody else like this????







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Posted by trainwreck on Monday, January 02, 2017 4:25 PM

Dave, I have about 550 kits (about 50 are displayed),most of the rest are sitting in there boxes in various stages of completion. I too find more pleasure in the build than the finish, just at that point when you know you've captured what you where trying to achive.  Trainwreck.    

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Posted by Goofy62 on Monday, January 02, 2017 4:32 PM

Absolutely the opposite for me.

If I don't finish something at least every few months, I totally lose interest & return to lazy habits like watching Netflix!

I found myself in a 10 year hiatus the last time that I lost interest & I'm getting to that age where I can't afford another 10 years if I ever want to get at least a percentage of my stash built.

I agree that building is the fun part, but for me, if I don't see the fruits of my labor occasionally, it becomes just another pointless exercise.

I decided about 5 years ago when I started building again that this time I was going to make myself move away from my usual modus operandi & "get something accomplished"!!



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Posted by rustyroach on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 5:13 AM

I know what Dave is saying. It's executing the idea where the enthusiasm is the most energized. Making your vision real is where the fun is. Once that has been successful, the rest of it is less important. For example, a difficult top chop or doing a total bash combining two or three kits to make something for which there is no kit. Sometimes you just dont need to complete it.

Rust Never Sleeps

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Posted by scalepeter on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 7:11 AM

I think that as long as you are enjoying what you are doing does it really matter if you complete that build. I usually end up completing builds but i do have some works in progress builds that i pull out and work on every so often. Do i feel the need to finish kits,  no,  but i do enjoy looking at the completed kits.  All about what you enjoy the most I reckon.  

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 10:23 AM

Thanks guy's. It's nice to hear others have the same outlook Thumbs Up. Life is full of enough pressure, and I even used to pressure myself at times to get another build finished. Not any more. If I never finish another kit, who cares. It's the process I have come to love, as well as the relaxation and just doing what I enjoy - but that's just me, and it works so well Cool.







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Posted by bob29579 on Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:20 PM

Every now and then, maybe once a year, I get the urge to finish something, anything, just so I can feel something is finished. I don't have a display case and it goes back in the box finished, just like the so many unfinished kits I have.  I'm like you, Dave.  I just want to putz with something. I feel the same sense of finishing a kit each time I get a door hinge to work properly or each time I get that custom to all start to fit together.  It doesn't have to be a finished kit to feel like something got done for me, it only has to be a finished idea or even a finished subassembly.

   And then I'm getting old enough that each time I open a box, it's sort of like Christmas to me.  I open it and look it over and think wow, that's pretty cool. I don't really remember doing it quite like this, but wouldn't it be neat if I also did this to it too.   Sound familiar to anyone ?

   I've always wanted to build a diorama.  If nothing else it would be great to have a background for taking pics.   But.  I know it would never be done.  I would always be adding or changing something to it and that's why I have never built one.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 11:23 AM

Been a year since I posted this and sure appreciate everyones imput at the time.

I guess as we get older we change and so do our priorities.

Model building at my age is so therapeutic mentally and emotionally. I love all the endorphines and other relaxing hormones my body releases when I'm in "MY ZONE". I still have a ton of stuff ready for paint and finishing - probably 30 - 50, 2 scratchbuilt, but it's the proces that really get's me up in the morning. Sometimes I get up in the middle of the night and play for a few hours and then go back to bed - yeah, I'm retired and love it

Right now I'm in this amazing place in my life where all is well in my peaceful simple little world- -except for the "POP UPS" WinkWink LOL.







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Posted by litespeedsae on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 3:05 PM

I have great fun scratching out build/ option ideas on a piece of paper I keep in the kit box. The hunt is then on for paint and extra parts!

Little Rock, Arkansas


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