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How many projects at once?
Posted by Airborne_Trooper11B on Monday, October 08, 2018 2:13 PM

Hey friends, so I was curious how you guys go about this. Generally I stick to one build at a time, but if I hit a snag, waiting on a product before I can continue, I'll futz with something from another project. Add in a 4 year old, who I hand off a lot of my builds to, to destroy within 36 hours of finishing; it changes the tide a bit lol. Right now, I have a P-40, Mitusbishi Zero, Refueling tanker, B-25 and Corsair; I hop between. Hectic for sure, but it definitely keeps that "bordem period turned, let's rush a few things" in check. What say you? Assuming more than one, what's the highest number of builds you had going at once? Happy Monday guys! 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, October 08, 2018 2:26 PM

Funny that you ask this question as I am pondering it as well right now. Normally I place all my efforts into one kit at a time. Now I have tossed my hat into several group builds within this forum. That has taken me to a different level that I am not use to being at; working multiple kits at once. 

One involves a large amount of scratch building, another with a large amount of after market detailing, and one being built straight from the box. I do not have a real answer for your question, but I am eager to see the other responses that follow.

v/r,

Ben

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, October 08, 2018 2:37 PM

Currently I've got a bit more than usual.  I usually have 3 or 4 projects going.

Tamiya Ducati panigale - at the decal stage 

Hasegawa 1/48 f-14 - solving fuselage fit issues

Minicraft 1/144 ec-121r - filling and sanding

Roden 1/48 t-28b trojan - ready to close up the fuselage

Tamiya 1/48 wildcat - interior parts base painted. 

Like others, I get to a stage on a kit that needs to dry/set etc so I'll set that asside and move on to another one.  Sometimes, like with the f-14, I just get frustrated and dont want to think about it for a bit. 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, October 08, 2018 3:07 PM

I typically stick with one kit at a time.  I have puilt two P-39's at the same time, it was a double aircraft kit.  I assume if I ever go to build two of the same type of aircraft again I could do them both at once.

I do plan on building a 1/72 C-130 as "Fat Albert" in the future, and to keep me from screwing up the paint like I did the last time I'll have a 1/72 F/A-18 Blue Angels Hornet to work on while I'm waiting for paint to dry.  I don't see myself building more than two kits at a time.  I just don't have the space on my desk for anymore than that.  Really don't have space for more than one, lol. 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, October 08, 2018 3:28 PM

 101st ?

 If so , you are da man ! 82nd too ! that's where my Brothers proudly served . Now , as to multiple projects . I do this ALL the time . Why ? Well , being the Vice - President of Modeling at the new braunfels Train Museum breaks up my bench time for my projects .Not thinking I'll start something different and then realize I already have a project going . T.B.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, October 08, 2018 3:29 PM

1/72 Maquette B 307 about 25% done.

1/144 Revell Flower class corvette about 25% done

1/64 Revell Yacht America about 50% done

1/9 Italeri Norton 750 Commando a week or two left on it.

1/350 Trumpeter CV-2 USS Lexington long term SOD

1/350 Trumpeter CV-8 Hornet long term SOD

 

Not too bad for me. 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Monday, October 08, 2018 7:16 PM

I work on one kit at a time. I don't like to work on multiple kits otherwise, I'll lose interest.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, October 08, 2018 7:31 PM
One at a time.A couple of times I had two,I started something while waiting for an AM part,but thats it.

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Posted by littletimmy on Monday, October 08, 2018 7:41 PM

Life has gotten in the way..... These are the "Currently stalled " project's piled up on, and around my workbench.

Revell 1/72 scale Type VII sub. 75% complete

Revell / Monogram P-61 Black Widow 10% complete.

AMT 65 Chevell station wagon 90% complete

AMT 66 Galixy 90% complete

AMT 1925 Fruit T ( two almost complete kit's ) both 50% complete.

Monogram Slinster dragster 75% complete

!/87 scale caboose/combine 50% complete ( I'v been working on this, off and on, ...for the past 10 year's or so.)

Glenco U.S.S. Oregon 10% complete ( this is my own personel hell ! been trying to get this mess fixed since 1997 .)

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

  

 

    

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, October 08, 2018 8:25 PM

Oooh, let's se the chevelle wagon!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by littletimmy on Monday, October 08, 2018 8:55 PM

OK. 

Give me a minute .....

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

  

 

    

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Posted by littletimmy on Monday, October 08, 2018 9:59 PM

My "digital photography" skill's are not the greatist ( read "Crappy" )

 

You can view the rest of the "Out of Focus" ," Too much Flash" picture's here...

https://imgur.com/a/BUVxFzF

Somebody , let me know if this link work's. ( first time I have tried this. )

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

  

 

    

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, October 08, 2018 10:38 PM

That's cool.  Best looking wagon Imho.  Coming out nice too.  Link works BTW.  Thanks for posting  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 6:35 AM
I usually have at least 2. While something is drying on one can work on other. I might consider doing more if they were the same kit. i.e I have quite a few A-7 kits that would all have the same paint scheme.

 

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Posted by Rotorhead13 on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 12:06 PM

I currently have 8 going at once in 1/48 scale. 4 P-47D's - 2 of which are Razorbacks, a P-47M, 2 P51B's - one with a vacu-form Malcolm hood, and the Tamiya fuel truck. The P-47's are all being done in different paint scemes from the 56th and will be displayed together. The fuel truck is going to be displayed with one of the P-51's.

At the moment, I have a wide variety of underwing and belly fuel tanks done for all of them, all the cockpits and a couple pilots done, 5 red P-47 nose cowlings with engines and props done, 4 of the P-47's wings have been modified with brass gun barrels, some fuselage modifications have been completed on the P-51's for resin replacement engine exhausts, and the fuel truck is in the final stages of completion. Pretty close to buttoning up the planes and performing a long paint session. They all have different paint schemes, but many of the colors are the same, so I'll have to spend some time figuring out the best order for spraying.

I'm building Monogram, Tamiya and Hasegawa kits, and it's interesting to see the differences between manufactures. They all have errors, and, for all the extra money the Hasegawa kit cost, it is barely more complicated than the Monogram ones.  

In the past I used to just focus on one kit at a time, but every now and then I would build two at once. In this case there's a theme for the displays, and it just made sense to do them all at once. 

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 12:15 PM

And I like that approach as well, Rotor.

I tend to model as an excuse to buy books, or at least I model to physically encounter what I read about. So once you start to model P-47s. the 56th, or other wise F4U's, Fletcher Class DD's and the Pacific ETO, there's a lot of value in the library that can be built on the shelf or online.

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Posted by Rotorhead13 on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 12:27 PM

GMorrison

I agree. Reading and doing research on each project is my favorite part. In fact, the research usually leads to other projects I'd like to do. I have quite a library, but the internet has been a great boon for additional pictures and information.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 12:44 PM

Ay ! 

 It's a Chebby Mon ! My fave wagon for a modern car !

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 12:48 PM

Hey " G " 

 Guess what ,? Besides my Naval design time and ship duty I rely heavily on Jane's for a lot . Now as to plans  ,well , I use multiple sources including my own library . Most plans I have done myself and rescued after these many moves over the years .

 My exposure to Fincantierri and their techniques let me inject some modernity to some . There are many paper What Ifs?   T.B.  Many are partial hull designs and mentally designed deckhouses go there . Sorry no hard copies .

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Posted by tankboy51 on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 12:48 PM

I have 3 going now, the most is 5.  I do finish projects all the time.  Before, I had every thing done. That was odd, to have models done at once.  I always have kits in various stages.  I never like have nothing going on.  

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Posted by MunchMunch on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 2:21 PM
It seems that I usually have several going. Recently (like last week) finally finished two. Funny thing is that there were the two newest. Seems I kinda lost interest. Here is what is going in order of start times: 1/20 Ma.K Gans 1/32 Revell F4 1/48 VF-1A Macross fighter with weapons 2 different Gundams 1/8 Resin Alien Zenomorph 1/20 AMC Toyota Hilux - Finished (Project Top Gear Toyota) Games Workshop Imperial Knight - Finished
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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 3:12 PM

Are you the author of this same post over at Hyperscale, Trooper? Smile

I've got over a dozen kits started, maybe more.  A couple are assembled and in the painting and decaling stage, others are partially assembled.
 
I usually get started on a kit, with enthusiasm, and build until I hit some technical snag, like a tricky masking job, for example, or PE and rigging on a 1/700 ship.  Then I wind up looking to some other kit to start in the meantime, and another build is consigned to the Shelf of Doom.
 
Years ago, as a New Year's modeling resolution, I picked out 12 stalled builds, and resolved to work only on those kits till I had them finished, not starting any new builds.  I also resolved not to buy any more kits in that year.  Making a resolution of it helped me a little bit; I finished half of them, and I made it till July of that year, before I broke my resolution to join a group build on some forum or another.  I also held out buying any kits till that time.
 
Since then, I've also gotten some help with this, when our club chose "Shelf of Doom" as our annual build theme.  At the beginning of the year, everyone picked a stalled build from his SoD, and we showed them at our February meeting.  The goal was to finish the build by December.  I finished my original selection, then I worked through three more.  It really helped having that theme, to stay motivated.
 
I've done other builds, completely, and in short time, but I've also stopped joining group builds, and I don't participate in our club's monthly theme builds.  I just can't build fast enough to make the deadline.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 3:13 PM
I think I can tell them off from memory, too:
 
1.  Monogram's old Lockheed Constellation.  This one is active, but I'm stalled at the point of doing the two-toned color scheme
2.  Otaki's P-51D in 1/48.  Basic NMF is on, need to do decals
3.  Wave's 1/20 AFS kit.  Basic suit is assembled, I'm redoing the limb joints with epoxy putty.  That one will go in a diorama with another suit kit.
4.  Minicraft's XF5F, to be finished as a what-if USMC ground attack plane.  Major assemblies done.  I got stuck because I decided to open the nose and show off the guns.
5.  Nichimo's copy of Monogram's old 1/48 SB2C, started for a group build.  It is a terrible copy of a kit that already has problems.  The outer wings are thinner in chord than the inner wings.
6.  Monogram's P-80 kit.  Painted and awaiting decals, but the ones I have for it have me daunted, especially a marking that runs from the nose to the waist and has to be cut over the weapons bay hatch.
7.  Monogram's Tom Daniel Red Baron Hot Rod, started years ago for a car group build.  Mostly assembled, but there were some short-shot pieces, and I had to go ahead and strip the chrome like an idiot.
8.  HobbyBoss' 1/700 USS Arizona 1941, which I converted to the USS Pennsylvania circa 1935.  Assembled and basic colors laid on, awaiting PE.  But it's my first time working with PE, so it has sat now since the original ship group build from 2010.
9.  Hasegawa's 1/700 USS Essex.  Adding the hangar deck, and correcting the kit to depict the Essex herself, not a generic version of an Essex (stern AA position needs to be corrected, which requires some surgery).
10.  Lindberg's F11C Goshawk (started, cockpit detailed, but incorrectly, before I had good references)
11.  Aurora's old Boeing F4B-4 (started, fuselage and lower wings assembled).
 
Those are just the scale models.  I have many figures going at any time, 54mm metal, and some larger-scale anime and sci-fi figures.

 

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by tankboy51 on Tuesday, October 09, 2018 4:36 PM

OK, now I have 4, in order, the 1/48 TriMaster Me 163, just finishing the Pitot tube and antennae, the finishing is done.  A Trumpter Marder 1, a Hochkiss captured tank with a 75 mm AT gun on it.  Only have to decal and dull coat it.  A 1/32 Hasegawa Me-163 I started for fun as I just finished the 1/48 one.  I had extra stuff around, so what the heck.  It is under assembly now.  The lest one is a ICM 1/48 Spitfire Mark 9, also put together, ready for paint.  I have the new Meng Panther Aust A and a Takom BergePanther  in the lineup.  

I have bunches in the stash,  a thousand or more.  Really I have only a couple on the so called "shelf o doom".     I just build them, l never get very hung up on things.  Been doing this for decades.  It is still fun.

I'm retired now, my wife keeps me busy enough, my daughter and her family are great.  The one thing that fouls me up is dialysis three times a week.  Could be worse.  In a few years i could get a transplant.

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Posted by Airborne_Trooper11B on Thursday, October 11, 2018 1:34 AM

@ The Baron Nope not me! Toast and thanks for all the replies guys. It's always interesting to see the thoughts with like minded people. 

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Posted by Silver on Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:31 PM

It depends on how much time you have.I am retired and have thirty projects at once.Twenty of them are super detail and ten w/ metal finish.All aircraft.Also I have a few rotary wing aircraft in 1:35  and 1/32 scale super detailed.( open-up) .I have a wall shelf w/ individual shelf space for my projects.I just pull one project down to work on.I have a holding area shelf on the back side area for the completion phase of the build.Airbrush area included .

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, October 12, 2018 7:03 AM

Lol, I’m retired too and find I don’t have enough bench time due to other life things that need tending to. Now with cooler weather approaching I will be spending more time outdoors doing yard work/gardening and bike riding for phisical activity.

I usually have at least 2 builds going on and rotate between them as one has parts drying then the other one gets work done. I’ve had as many as 5 going on at the same time.

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by Sandbox on Friday, October 12, 2018 10:20 AM

I don't have any projects going at this time as 'going' would imply that I am actively working on something.  I do have nine kits/subjects started with only progress on two of them so far in 2018.  Thats just me - I am a slow modeler and would probably be considered more of a kit collector than modeler.  That can change. 

I do like reading about the subjects I am interested and even have a backlog of reference material waiting to be reviewed/read dating back to the AMPS national show in 2017.

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Posted by chango on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 4:23 PM

Hmmmm...  you'd think the question of building lots of models or 1 at a time would have a more cut and dry answer! 

 

As for myself, I'm currently working on I don't even know how many little model kits that will eventually go together on this neat 1/200 battleship diorama I've got going. Stick out tongue

 

 

 

Please don't tell me it's just 1 model or my head will literally explode. Boo Hoo

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Posted by littletimmy on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:58 PM

chango
Please don't tell me it's just 1 model or my head will literally explode.

Ah .... Ahem......

( It's only one model. )

But, It's a really COOL model !

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

  

 

    

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