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What's real relaxation Where Models are concerned ?

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  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, February 17, 2019 3:09 PM

Spot on TB, and almost poetic.  I read some of it to my wife, particularly that finishing a model should be rewarded with a new model Stick out tongue

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    March, 2005
  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Sunday, February 17, 2019 2:12 PM

I build to take my mind off of eveything else, especially work. I usually have music in the background, but it's not always quiet, though. I turn up the contemporary Christian music. And bluegrass. And country. And Southern rock. I put all my music on "shuffle" on my IPod, and let it go.

I also build to keep my stash from getting too big. NOT!!

Gary

 

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: Tamiya 1/32nd Mitsubishi A6M5 Model 52 Zeke For Japanese Group Build

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, February 17, 2019 11:50 AM

Tanker - Builder

Here's one for you :

      Why do we seem to be more relaxed when we can build models ? Good question, right ? Well , I think it comes down to many things starting with safety .Safety you say ? Huh ? Well think about it . You are in your home which you are working to keep up for your family and yourself .Your family members are around and the world is shut out for a time .Your Missus is doing her thing and you yours . What's wrong with that ? That is the Safety of a man's castle and those within .

     Sanity :Well this is open to conjecture .Many folks think model builders , both male and female are nuttier than fruitcakes .Why ? Well , look at us, We quibble about paint , parts , accuracy, authenticity etc .The last two are NOT the same either . How many of us quibble about price ? Everyone . I think I can safely say a few hours a week at the bench on my own projects gives me satisfaction that I can still create sanely and sufficient to my emotional needs .And what are those you ask ?

    They are quiet , gentle music in the background and a furry critter sitting or laying between my feet , purring , and just the me time . I get my thoughts in a line instead the day's jumble and actually solve problems not of a modeling nature while putting , say those w/t doors on a scratch-built ship . I am not dealing with taxes , groceries , laundry , roofs or car problems or health matters .I am just sitting making this item come alive with detail . Just like I planned !

 There are those of us who worked hard till a few years ago and we had High Burn-out jobs .Did we cave , Nope ? Why ? The sanctuary we could go to in our homes and create whatever to get our minds calm and secure that we did the right thing this day .How do we end it ? Calmly saying G'Night to our spouse if we have one and cuddling our way to dreamland . 

   If we can go to sleep not worried about things we will sleep better and sounder . Sleep also gives the mind time to do two things .Prioritize the days problems and then to solve them and also to allow new ideas or old ones in a new jacket to pop in and help solve those mental dilemna's we faced in the day and in our modeling .

      What can satisfy a model builder more .? this is up for grabs , But I should think it is completing another miniature of what we like , to our expectations and then putting it out on display for everyone to admire .C'mon now , don't tell me you don't like praise ! everyone does. Maybe your praise is inner .This is allowing you to go to your LHS and by the new one you have had your eye on .After all doesn't a well built model deserve a reward .Like say a new one to build or add to the stash ?

     Me , now : what do I build them for ? Sanity , Heck No ! I ain't got any of that left ! I just build and scratch - build because I don't know any better ! Really as the days get shorter in number I feel driven to create just about anything . Just to leave my mark on the world .

    Why ? have you seen a grave yard ? Not one stone says " I Lived well as I could and enjoyed life " See there is a unique thing about creating .Whether it is from a box of parts or a pile of raw materials .I do believe modeling one's favorite subject says it all .

 I would soar in the heavens .I would take this heavy machine and make the world safer .I would drive this car if I could and I would captain my own ship on the high seas proudly .  Models enable us to let our mind travel those places we haven't yet .So let's do it ! Happy Modeling !!  .T.B.

 

We should call your post, A Modelers Prayer. Very nice, and I agree with all of it.

Amen.

fox
  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, February 17, 2019 11:48 AM

Hey T.B.! Are you a long lost brother that I don't know about. That's about the only way that you could know me so well. You nailed me dead on.

The only thing that is off slightly is that I was going to have "I being of sound mind (debatable) and body spent all my money" put on the box holding my ashes. But I really like yours better.

"Live long and prosper". Toast

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
What's real relaxation Where Models are concerned ?
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, February 17, 2019 9:23 AM

Here's one for you :

      Why do we seem to be more relaxed when we can build models ? Good question, right ? Well , I think it comes down to many things starting with safety .Safety you say ? Huh ? Well think about it . You are in your home which you are working to keep up for your family and yourself .Your family members are around and the world is shut out for a time .Your Missus is doing her thing and you yours . What's wrong with that ? That is the Safety of a man's castle and those within .

     Sanity :Well this is open to conjecture .Many folks think model builders , both male and female are nuttier than fruitcakes .Why ? Well , look at us, We quibble about paint , parts , accuracy, authenticity etc .The last two are NOT the same either . How many of us quibble about price ? Everyone . I think I can safely say a few hours a week at the bench on my own projects gives me satisfaction that I can still create sanely and sufficient to my emotional needs .And what are those you ask ?

    They are quiet , gentle music in the background and a furry critter sitting or laying between my feet , purring , and just the me time . I get my thoughts in a line instead the day's jumble and actually solve problems not of a modeling nature while putting , say those w/t doors on a scratch-built ship . I am not dealing with taxes , groceries , laundry , roofs or car problems or health matters .I am just sitting making this item come alive with detail . Just like I planned !

 There are those of us who worked hard till a few years ago and we had High Burn-out jobs .Did we cave , Nope ? Why ? The sanctuary we could go to in our homes and create whatever to get our minds calm and secure that we did the right thing this day .How do we end it ? Calmly saying G'Night to our spouse if we have one and cuddling our way to dreamland . 

   If we can go to sleep not worried about things we will sleep better and sounder . Sleep also gives the mind time to do two things .Prioritize the days problems and then to solve them and also to allow new ideas or old ones in a new jacket to pop in and help solve those mental dilemna's we faced in the day and in our modeling .

      What can satisfy a model builder more .? this is up for grabs , But I should think it is completing another miniature of what we like , to our expectations and then putting it out on display for everyone to admire .C'mon now , don't tell me you don't like praise ! everyone does. Maybe your praise is inner .This is allowing you to go to your LHS and by the new one you have had your eye on .After all doesn't a well built model deserve a reward .Like say a new one to build or add to the stash ?

     Me , now : what do I build them for ? Sanity , Heck No ! I ain't got any of that left ! I just build and scratch - build because I don't know any better ! Really as the days get shorter in number I feel driven to create just about anything . Just to leave my mark on the world .

    Why ? have you seen a grave yard ? Not one stone says " I Lived well as I could and enjoyed life " See there is a unique thing about creating .Whether it is from a box of parts or a pile of raw materials .I do believe modeling one's favorite subject says it all .

 I would soar in the heavens .I would take this heavy machine and make the world safer .I would drive this car if I could and I would captain my own ship on the high seas proudly .  Models enable us to let our mind travel those places we haven't yet .So let's do it ! Happy Modeling !!  .T.B.

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