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What is wrong withe me
Posted by armor 2.0 on Sunday, April 01, 2018 11:24 AM

For about the last month I start a kit get about half way throug it get bored put it up and start another kit different subject get about half way through it get bored and put it up. Done this three times what' wrong with me.never done this before.

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, April 01, 2018 1:15 PM

Well,you could put your mind to it and determine to finish one of those projects,granted it may seem too much like work,but it might put you over the hump.

Or,maybe it's time for a modeling break.

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, April 01, 2018 3:41 PM

You are not alone. Many of us have the affliction. Its called MADD, modelers attention deficit disorder. I have well over 100 projects tarted, one of them started in 1994!

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, April 01, 2018 4:10 PM

I have done that myself .... from time to time.

It usually happens after I have been building a bunch of the same type of kit's ( I do 6 or 7 car's , and then it start's to feel like i'm "Forcing " the creative jucie's to flow. )

When it happen's to me, I switch to a "Totally" different kind of kit .... usually a Harder one. Car's only have so many part's to them .... so I switch to a ship.

Or It coulld be "Burnout" ... so I switch to a kit with fewer part's. ( usually a Dungeon's & Dragon's figure kit..... only two or four part's to them.) 

Sometime's I just need something I "Know" I can finish in a few hour's...... so I break out the !/87 scale Train stuff, and "BAM" !  One 1922 Ford Pick - up "Magically" appear's ! 

If all else fail's, ... Get out of the house..... take in a concert, or spend a couple of hour's wandering around a part of town you never go to.... (Try to locate a "new" hobby store)

Hanging around some friend's at the local "watering hole": for an evening could be the answer..... just stepping away from the kit's for a while might be "just what the Doctor ordered" .

 

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".

  

 

    

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Posted by Greg on Sunday, April 01, 2018 4:48 PM

midnightprowler
Its called MADD, modelers attention deficit disorder

That's funny!

Or maybe, being as I live in pretty much the same crappy climate as you do, it could be spring fever. UmbrellaLightningParadise

Hey look, Timmy is back. Yes

-Greg

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, April 01, 2018 6:04 PM

Practically anyone can finish a project; it takes courage and imagination to start one (or more).

Mike

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, April 01, 2018 8:40 PM

Welcome to the club! I've been there, done that, got the Tee-shirt several times over!

1). Parts vanish from the kit I'm working on so I start another when I can't find them hoping they'll reappear in the fullness of time.

2). Start another while paint is drying or decaling (I only decal one side at a time so I don't stick my fingers in uncured decals), or something like that that stalls me out on the first one.

3). Something goes wrong on the first one and I get honked off and lose interest. So I start another knowing I'll use what I learned on the first one and this one will be perfect! Somehow it never works out that way...

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, April 01, 2018 10:53 PM

armor 2.0

For about the last month I start a kit get about half way throug it get bored put it up and start another kit different subject get about half way through it get bored and put it up. Done this three times what' wrong with me.never done this before.

 

That's why I've been building kits outside of my normal genre. While I have an intensive armor project ongoing (stalled), I also have a quick car kit (Jeep Rubicon), aircraft (Monogram B-25) and a quick OOB nostalgia Sherman going on.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, April 02, 2018 7:25 AM

Armor 2.0 I feel your pain for me isnt my first and its sure not my last time Ive gone though that. But what helps me is joining a group build lots of good stuff good people and lots of interesting GB's seeing what other builders do it helps me.

  

 Nick.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, April 02, 2018 8:39 AM

I find that happens when I read too much- about full size planes, cars, etc.  I get two aviation mags a month, and am always look for books on any historical vehicles.  At least I have dropped by last car mag.  However, I found a bargain DVD online- Pan Am, the Golden Age of Aviation.  Now I want to drop every thing else on my bench and start a Pan Am Clipper flying boat!  I have two in my stash.

If I want to finish anything, I guess I'll have to stop reading, or watching any history of technology stuff on TV!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, April 02, 2018 8:51 AM

Ah ;

 I feel your pain . I started a group of planes ( The Century Series ) and got two thirds of the way through . Hmmm . Well I think I'll break from that and work on the Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier .

 Oh fiddlesticks , i think I get my mind off this stuff and read . Nope , that doesn't work either . So you see we all have been there .. Well , The museum needs a building . Not finished yet .They keep changing the size ! 

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Posted by armor 2.0 on Monday, April 02, 2018 9:05 AM

THanks for all the reply guys .One of my many problems is I get all these bright ideas about how I want to do a build and when it don' pan out the way I want it i lose interest and put it up and go to the next one I think my exceptation are out weighing my ability.

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Monday, April 02, 2018 1:56 PM

Lowering expectations is a difficult thing to do, Armor, particularly if you haunt places like this, where most of the participants have been regularly building models for decades. It can be very easy to look at the photos or watch the videos people post all over the web and be deceived into believing that it all comes easy. You see it all the time here. 

Some of us give stock to the belief that all of the answers to the challenges are found in the aftermarket and all of those talented builders on the web make it all seem so easy. Why, you just need this kit, those parts, and a special line of paints and effects to build just like a Spanish master, right? 

The hard truth is that this hobby requires skill packages that are only learned the hard way - by actual hands-on work. Experience is never necessarily a kind teacher, but she is the most effective teacher of all. The paradox is that the grander the vision, the more essential she becomes in achieving the goal.

It's easy to bin a project when something goes wrong and you feel frustrated, but you learn so much more when you begin to solve problems and work past them. Like any skill set, it requires practice to improve and progress. Resigning a half-complete project to the shelf of doom is a bit of a missed opportunity to pay your dues, isn't it? 

Even if they wind up packed with fireworks for a Fourth of July the neighbor kids will be talking about for years, the models give you lessons along the way. Just go for it - build it, paint it, weather it, everything you've ever wanted to try; but just do every step with purpose. Try everything out - every technique where you believe the hours in front of YouTube or reading here will get the results you want, safe in the notion that you can screw it up six ways from Sunday anywhere along the way, safe in the knowledge that no one is judging you and the fireworks show is going to be memorable. The work served a purpose and you gained something you can't buy in the aftermarket or learn from YouTube - experience.

Like HST warned, "You buy the ticket, you take the ride."  Once you break open the shrink wrap on the next project, drop your expectations and go where the trip takes you, no questions asked, to its conclusion. You'll find some nugget of wisdom out there in Bat Country, but you have to reach the end to know the difference. 

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, April 02, 2018 4:57 PM

Well said KT. Despite my tongue-in-cheek comment above, which is what I tell my wife about household projects, I agree that what we learn is what we earn.

I've been having a good experience taking kits off the SoD and working through them. I find that what shelved them is me hitting an obstacle that was at the time very frustrating. Tackling them again, I realize that while my skills are still not where I might hope to be, I have improved enough to at least see beyond the problems that stalled the builds. More important, I've come to the point you describe - I'm really enjoying the journey and the satisfaction of small successes.

Mike

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Posted by oldsalty on Monday, April 02, 2018 6:59 PM

Nothing!!

I do it too! Here's the thing for me..I have hundreds of models of all kinds, Im older and I feel a need to finish them which will never happen. So I ask myself what part of a build to I really like. Putting together and gluing. So I thought what models of the different types I have: SciFi, Tanks, Planes, Ships etc. Minus cars cause they are to involved. Airliners no interiors, Tanks, armoured AVs anything where painting and building dont clash. I built 22 models in one month. Not painting or detailed but I felt like I mostly finished something and I felt good. I have to admit most are Tanks and AVs, even have the Enterprise in there but it felt good.Just a thought. Wait till I get that airbrush cranked up..lol This technique is good for people who cant paint in the winter also.

OldSalty

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 9:50 PM

To the OP, you've got to watch this.

I like to make myself have no more than three or four going, otherwise I don't get a new one.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, April 05, 2018 12:44 PM

I usually stall at the masking phase. What keeps me going is I usually like to try something new during painting but in spite of this I still have 2 or 3 unfinished, usually do to a missing part or 2 or waiting to get enough money to get some after market items.

Steve

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