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  • Member since
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Why I build.
Posted by helipilot16 on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:19 AM

This will be noted as a subject that has been discussed Ad Infinidum.  True, but there is a reason for my writing on the subject.  I have what I call a lack of desire to finish my builds.  I have right at 25 builds in various stages of completion.

That doesn't bother me at all. I'm intrigued with the processes involved.  I love to paint and modify kits, but don't relish the final assembly.  I have over 150 kits, but will attempt to build only a small number of them.  I start a build of certain models when they catch my imagination. For instance, I will find a a car in one of my 1000 or so automotive periodicals and books.  When it catches my eye, I will go to my stash of kits and pick out what is needed.

I kitbash with impunity.  No kit is sacred. For instance, I'm planning  to build a Ferrari F40 with many modifications.  It's about the process.

Marcus A. Pryor

Most people are as happy as they choose to be

 

 

 

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Posted by nottheband on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:26 PM

To each his own, Marcus.  We are in this hobby because we enjoy it, regardless of which process we may be doing.  I don't much like the sanding and mould line cleaning up, but I sure have fun painting, detailing, weathering, choosing wheels/tyres, etc, and sitting the finished car in my cabinet.  It's never perfect, but I build for me.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:57 AM

I agree with you both Thumbs Up.

Model building is both stimulating and relaxing. It stimulates new idea's and keeps my thinking fresh, while I am relaxing , working on a current project at whatever level I choose Cool.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Jim G on Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:17 PM

I build for multiple reasons! They include:

- I am an engineer by both education and temperment, and love to build things

- I love vehicles, especially ones that are notably quick, gorgeous, ahead of their time, classic, have just the right stance or flavor, or otherwise distinguished from other vehicles

- I love history, so cars and trucks from particular time periods, and military aircratf from World War 2, are particularly appealing to me. I can imagine their operators and crews in the environments of the time period

- I am not wealthy, so can't afford most of the vehicles that intrigue me, but I can afford even the more costly models of those vehicles, and so I can experience some of the thrills of building and owning some of the vehicles that would otherwise be just something I couldnever afford to buy or to build in 1-1 scale

- Once my collection of models has been suitably populated, I'llbe able to compare and differentially appreciate, asoften as I like, right in my own display cases, the different apporaches, solutions, and technologies available to, and used by, engineers and dreamers of the past and present

- I love to develop new skills that I have appreciated in the past but never acquired. Hence, for example, the current initiative to learn how to properly spray paint using a fine quality mini spray gun that's sized just right for painting 1/25 or 1/16 scale vehicles

- I love the ability to inexpensively try something in 1/25 or 1/16 scale that I wouldnever dare do in 1-1 scale, because a failure in 1-1 scale would create a consumed financial and time catastrophe, but a failure in 1/16 or 1/25 scale is merely a financial and brief hiccup that I can gladly absorb as a necessary price for doing something different or daring

- I feel so relaxed and fully absorbed in the moment everytime I am conceiving, planning, designing, or actually building. It's what I love to do.

Jim G

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Posted by nottheband on Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:29 PM

Well said, Jim G, there are so many reasons we love playing with plastic.  Cheers

Steve

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, February 24, 2017 12:12 AM

For me, the absolute best part is the home stretch!

There are certain aspects of building that I really dislike, & others that I love, but the best part is adding those final small details, getting it in a display case & on the shelf.

Besides, it's a lot of fun sharing those finished builds with you're fellow modelers through forums like this.

Nobody really wants to see your unfinished projects.

 

Steve

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Posted by helipilot16 on Friday, February 24, 2017 1:39 AM

I really want to finish at least one of my in progress models so I can show it to my great friends on this forum. I really have no other outlet.

Maybe I'll fish my two '54 Mercuries I have under construction.  One is factory stock; the other a chopped example.  Pictures tomorrow.

Marcus A. Pryor

Most people are as happy as they choose to be

 

 

 

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  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, February 24, 2017 9:36 AM

Goofy62

For me, the absolute best part is the home stretch!

There are certain aspects of building that I really dislike, & others that I love, but the best part is adding those final small details, getting it in a display case & on the shelf.

Besides, it's a lot of fun sharing those finished builds with you're fellow modelers through forums like this.

Nobody really wants to see your unfinished projects.

 

Steve

 

Goofy62

For me, the absolute best part is the home stretch!

There are certain aspects of building that I really dislike, & others that I love, but the best part is adding those final small details, getting it in a display case & on the shelf.

Besides, it's a lot of fun sharing those finished builds with you're fellow modelers through forums like this.

ConfusedNobody really wants to see your unfinished projectsConfused.

 

Steve

 

Actually Steve, your very last comment is not necessarily true here on this forum. WIP's are extremely popular hear, and when you go to contest (If you do), the "In progress" table of unfinished builds always has a crowd around it.

When I post a finished build, I usually get 25 to 50 hits, but when i do a WIP, I get 100's of hits, especially on a scratch-build.

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, February 24, 2017 1:20 PM

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Actually Steve, your very last comment is not necessarily true here on this forum. WIP's are extremely popular hear, and when you go to contest (If you do), the "In progress" table of unfinished builds always has a crowd around it.

When I post a finished build, I usually get 25 to 50 hits, but when i do a WIP, I get 100's of hits, especially on a scratch-build.

 

 

 

 

Well Dave, in my opinion, a "work in progress" and an "unfinished build" are two different things.

People are generally interested in a work in progress on the forum because they expect to see the finished project at some point & are interested in how the project progresses along.

The number of hits you're seeing are proportional to the number of people who want to see the end point.

I'll bet that if you took a count of comments on that WIP post, you would find that the great majority will end with a "can't wait to see it finished".

Plus the fact that a WIP post is generally drawn out over a much longer period of time & will inevitably draw more traffic than a one shot "finished" post.

At the last show that I attended, (the NNL North show) there was very little traffic around the project table.

If you started your WIP heading with the statement, "I'm starting this model, but will never finish it" I'll bet the interest in it would wane very quickly.

If you would like to see some of my unfinished projects, I have dozens of them that I could post. Smile

Even "I'm" not interested in them.

 

Steve

 

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, February 24, 2017 1:35 PM

helipilot16

I really want to finish at least one of my in progress models so I can show it to my great friends on this forum. I really have no other outlet.

Maybe I'll fish my two '54 Mercuries I have under construction.  One is factory stock; the other a chopped example.  Pictures tomorrow.

 

I would love to see a finished '54 Mercury!!

Better yet, I would love to have one! Big Smile

 

Steve

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  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Posted by smhardesty on Friday, February 24, 2017 2:35 PM

 

I have to agree with Goofy62 here. I know I’m just back into the hobby after a LOT of years, but for me a WIP is VERY interesting. I definitely see a WIP and an unfinished build as two, totally different critters. I already have several WIP threads that I have either “Added to Favorites” or “Subscribed to”. Other than maybe “Tips” or “Tutorials”, WIPs are probably my favorite threads to see, especially if the thread happens to be a kit I have in my stash. I’ll follow along with a WIP thread and make comments, or ask questions as the build progresses. That is what Goofy62 referred to also. I make one comment on just photos of a completed project, but might make 3 or 4 on a WIP. I try not to hijack a fellow’s thread asking too many questions, and so far have managed NOT to make anybody mad with my questions.

As for having a lot of “unfinished kits”, what a fellow does is his own business. No doubt about that. I didn’t see anything particularly “wrong” with Goofy62’s statement that, “Nobody really wants to see your unfinished projects”. I would be one of those people that wasn’t interested in your “unfinished projects”. If I knew in advance that I was going to be viewing say, the engine halves glued together and an unfinished chassis that had been painted, and that was going to be the end of the project/thread, I would have very little, if any, interest.

Just another opinion.

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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Posted by smhardesty on Friday, February 24, 2017 2:55 PM

helipilot16

I really want to finish at least one of my in progress models so I can show it to my great friends on this forum. I really have no other outlet.

Hey, Marcus. I’d say you and I have something in common. I live in very rural Southeastern Illinois and have no clubs anywhere near me and I’ll have to drive at least 2 ½ to 3 hours to attend any shows or contests. So I also don’t have any real outlet for showing my builds. I pretty much knew this going back into the hobby. I didn’t see it as a problem because the one thing that was true, is true, and will remain true is that I’m building kits FOR ME. Sure, I’ll show the finished builds to family and close friends, but this is all for me. Little did I know that I was going to manage to get my grandson involved in the hobby, but he has jumped right in. So now I have him as an “outlet” and I would say his approval of my work is much more important than any others.

So my point here is that I’ll bet you take real satisfaction in your work, regardless of what anyone else says. This is a hobby. It’s for fun. If taken too seriously it suddenly becomes either a job or a burden of some sorts. Do whatever it takes to be happy and take the rest with a grain of salt. If you decide to share photos of your projects, great. I’m sure they will be appreciated.

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, February 24, 2017 4:54 PM

I also want to clarify, I was not trying to be nasty with my "Nobody wants to see your unfinished projects" statement.

It was only meant as a tongue in cheek "contrast" between not finishing & finishing a build.

 

Steve

 

 

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Posted by tbone on Friday, March 03, 2017 2:47 AM

Yes I totally agree with you Marcus about it being the "process" - that's where the "fun" is. Building a good model is sorta like "therapy" for me. I get in my "zone" and forget about all of my problems. But for me, I can't work on multiple models at the same time. I am focused on the one at hand and completing it. Completing it, as perfectly as I can, is important to me. When its done, I move on to the next one. Completion of a good model gives me great satisfaction. One at a time - one at a time.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Friday, March 03, 2017 8:01 AM

tbone

Yes I totally agree with you Marcus about it being the "process" - that's where the "fun" is. Building a good model is sorta like "therapy" for me. I get in my "zone" and forget about all of my problems. But for me, I can't work on multiple models at the same time. I am focused on the one at hand and completing it. Completing it, as perfectly as I can, is important to me. When its done, I move on to the next one. Completion of a good model gives me great satisfaction. One at a time - one at a time.

 

Very well stated!

I agree 100%.

 

Steve

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Posted by smhardesty on Saturday, March 04, 2017 2:10 PM

tbone

But for me, I can't work on multiple models at the same time. I am focused on the one at hand and completing it. Completing it, as perfectly as I can, is important to me. When its done, I move on to the next one. Completion of a good model gives me great satisfaction. One at a time - one at a time.

I am just now starting on my first build after 50 plus years. I had made a mental decision to have 2 kits on the bench at any given time. My reasoning was that if parts on one kit were "drying" I'd still have the other kit to work on. It took no time at all for that idea to become nothing more than a “mental” thing. I had 2 problems with the idea. First, it was taking way to much real estate to keep the two kits laid out on the bench. My office/man cave is actually the 3rd bedroom in our new house. It’s a smaller room and I have my computer equipment, my photography equipment, and my modeling in that room. Space is precious. My second problem was that I found I wasn’t really “committed” to either of the builds. While working on one, I had thoughts of the other. It just wasn’t allowing me to concentrate and apply my best ideas and work on either of them. So I am in complete agreement with what you say.

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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