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Is thinking really all THAT important?

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Is thinking really all THAT important?
Posted by 195X on Monday, February 13, 2017 11:02 PM

Before I start with why I'd like to say, for those of you easily bored, this thread is about how much time is spent thinking about a project.

I am currently in the process of moving two households (this is the boring part by the way), my own as well as my 87 year old granny Clampe.. er,umm.. Mom. The process is stressful as you might imagine and had this happened a couple years ago Dad would have charged in like a bull in a china shop, shouted several orders nobody could understand and then hired men and trucks to get everything moved. He was funny that way, but I digress.

Mother on the other hand, has less confidence in me than Trump has in Schwarzenneger! AND she wants to argue about every point as well as beginning to be forgetful. So as you can imagine my stress meter malfunctioned about a week ago. I owe the emergency room $875. Not for treatment but for the replacement of two sphygmomanometers (google it, I had to!) and a stethoscope!

My blood pressure was so high, the poor student nurse who stuck me was just trying to get a blood sample. She has a small concussion now but they tell me she'll be fine.

Anyway, I finally sat down this afternoon with some time to myself... and a model. I stared at the model and within seconds I was transported to a magical world (It's a car model fellas, not a girl... sadly) filled with candy colors and chrome coated dreams. It calmed me down immediately and by the time I was done I had spent over an hour just staring at the kit mocked up before me and daydreaming about all the possibilities.

So ya'all do that or what?

"I'm just here for the entertainment."- George Carlin

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:57 AM

Of course I do that!!!  Especially during times when I really don't want to actually build.  I can, in my mind, put the model together how I want it to be.  Imagining the wheels and tires I want, the stance, the engine modifications, the color...  This is a hobby that takes us away from the stresses of daily life and we can devise the way we want our model project to be.  This is a way to relax and calm ourselves...to bring down our blood pressure and relieve stress.  Unless you are one of those who stresses out over the progress of your model project, then you need to find something else to calm yourself down!  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

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The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by TarheelRick on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 9:13 AM

Unfortunately, lately I have been doing more thinking than building.  Whenever I buy a new kit, I will sit in my corner and imagineer the build I want it to be.  At other times I may just take a kit off the shelf, open the box and let that sweet styrene smell fill my brain with ideas of what I want that particular kit to look like when (IF) I ever get it on the bench.  Yep, thinking is a very important part of the hobby, at least for me it is.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:03 AM

ABSOLUTELY Thumbs Up Day dreaming is like building a road map. It gives you plans and directions. Wonderful idea's come to mind that are exciting and fun, and get the "Juices Flowing" Smile, Wink & Grin, and move you on to a new project, or can reignite your passion if you've been burned out for a while - haven't we all?? Laugh.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions.

I bought all the model stuff I wanted for Christmas because no one else would spend that much on me Laugh Laugh

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by mini man on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:51 AM

Most of my ieas come to me at night - in bed that is.So you might call it dreamwork!

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

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Posted by JohnDB on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 3:18 PM

I'm like miniman I think about what I'm going to do while laying in bed trying to fall asleep.

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Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 3:39 PM

Yes I get a kit off the shelf in my cabin in the garden. I have no music, no phone, nothing but the birds sounds outside to distract me. I look at the box art colours, think of what it would be like in reality, and paint it the colours I want, the wheels/tyres I want, the suspension height I want, the decals I want, the seats/seatbelts I want.

I don't particularly like anything in cars/bikes/trucks, box stock or production out of the factory, because most vehicles off of the production line are bland and boring, soulless. I like to use matt finishes, masking tape changing the paint directions/colours/camo. Beach/Dune Buggies in sand, with big paddle tyres that grip, spread the sand. 

I'm trying to do more/learn more about weathering, rust. I search for images of metal/rust/logo's/ to print my own decals.

As I'm retired I build a kit in a week or so, sometimes waking around 4am to write down thoughts/ideas, because when I wake at 7 or 8am I may have forgotten those facts of how to modify/change/improve things.

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Posted by 195X on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:48 PM

 

WOW! I didn't realize how alike we really all are! I too will mull models at bed time. It does absolutely nothing for my modeling skills (at least on a conscious level) but it helps me get to sleep.

Then there's the flipside, when I'm in that place between sleep and awake and a killer idea or paint job hits. I gotta jump up and jot it down or look it up. Then I might as well stay up and get the model out because I'm NOT getting back to sleep!Tongue Tied

"I'm just here for the entertainment."- George Carlin

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Posted by High octane on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 1:28 PM

Thinking??? I've known this one guy since 1965 and he was a model car builder. Served his time for Uncle Sam, has lots of model car kits in his stash, and hasn't finished one in almost five DECADES. However he's been thnking about it though.

There's a big difference between thinking and building.

High octane

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Posted by nottheband on Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:45 PM

This is a very good topic, 195X, and it was interesting to read the posts in reply.  I admit I do more thinking & planning than building.  Sometimes I might have a few minutes available, and I'll read through an instruction sheet, or study the body and imagine what parts box wheels would suit it.  It's all part of the fun of our hobby.  Cheers.

Steve

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Posted by rodnic47 on Saturday, March 04, 2017 12:24 PM
Great topic and I love the replies! Now I feel a little more normal!
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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, March 05, 2017 10:26 AM

Treehugger Dave

ABSOLUTELY Thumbs Up Day dreaming is like building a road map. 

 
And, a nightmare is trying to fold that road map!  Laugh

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1962 Chevrolet Sinkhole Corvette; 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster; 1973 Ford Bronco

Classic Plastic Model Club 

The name is Mike...mrmike!

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Posted by carnut5767 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:14 AM

195X

 

WOW! I didn't realize how alike we really all are! I too will mull models at bed time. It does absolutely nothing for my modeling skills (at least on a conscious level) but it helps me get to sleep.

Then there's the flipside, when I'm in that place between sleep and awake and a killer idea or paint job hits. I gotta jump up and jot it down or look it up. Then I might as well stay up and get the model out because I'm NOT getting back to sleep!Tongue Tied

 

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Posted by carnut5767 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:20 AM

I do lots of planning for my builds in bed before I drift off to sleep, it generally relaxes me.  However if I get a great new idea it occasionally has the opposite effect and wont let me sleep until I get up and make some notes so I wont forget it.  So it's a catch 22.  I definitely do lots of planning though.  I like to open the box, lay out all the great pieces and plan by carefully going over it all, sometimes checking fitment, sometimes gathering other parts I might add that are not in the kit, getting ideas for paint by looking into my paint supplies, etc.  Planning is a huge part of the process for me.

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