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Are you building more than one model at a time?
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 07, 2003 11:21 AM
I find that since I started back into modeling, I have been more of a collector. Everytime I go to the hobby store, I find another plane for my collection(of boxes). I am currently finishing a P38 diorama, and I find myself wanting to start on another plane that has been sitting on the model shelf. Are you guys building more than one model at time? Are there any drawbacks to this practice? Sorry for the long post.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 07, 2003 11:38 AM
I usually have 2-3 models going at a time. Presently I have a 1/35 UH-60, Commando Hummer and a 1/48 F-16. This way when one is drying from painting or glueing, I can work on the other. Or I can just work on one. I plan on slinging the Hummer underneath the UH-60.

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 07, 2003 11:38 AM
I have a P-40 and a Typhoon on the bench, being real careful not to mix parts but i might still end up with a merlin powered typhoon.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 07, 2003 11:45 AM
Yep,
I mix'em up a bit too. I just finished a '57 chev, but I've got a 1/72 Corsair and a 1/48 F-18 on the go as well. I rarely have to 'wait' for pieces to dry because I don't often get more than about 20-30 minutes at the bench, so my reason for multiples is primarily just for variety. Sometimes I get in a 'prep' mood and will work for 2 or 3 days (various session) just prepping parts. Other times, for a few days of painting. It's nice to have several kits on the go when your in one of those 'moods'.

M.
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Posted by Ashley on Friday, March 07, 2003 12:29 PM
I usually have severa projects underway at once. I work on assembly while paint jobs are curing and cement is setting up. I figured that was perfectly normal behavior!

Have you flown a Ford lately?

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Posted by Butz on Friday, March 07, 2003 12:47 PM
I cant lie, I too have several pieces on the bench. Lets see now a 1/48th Tamiya Me 262(almost done), Tamiya F4U-1/2 Corsair and a Black Box inter for a F-16CG(in my cousins markings).
But one of these days I'm gonna mix all the parts together by mistake and get one hellofa strange looking a/c LOL.....!!!!!!!! Flaps up, Mike

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 07, 2003 1:19 PM
I've been building models for 22 years. For the last 21 of them I've always had 5-6 projects going. Not any more!!! For the last couple of months I have focused on only one at a time. This has allowed me to complete some projects that were long overdue. Now I only have 3 half built kits left. Then I will move on to all the unbuilt kits I have waiting. I'm trying not to purchase any more until I make a dent in the pileSmile [:)].

Darren


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Posted by wayne baker on Friday, March 07, 2003 1:19 PM
I have 10 or 12 going at any one time. When I get tired of it or have a problem I move on to another one. I have also turned into a collector. I have between 100 and 150 kits, some 30 years old, waithing to see the light of day. Seems more fun to imagine what they will look like than face reality.

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Posted by John P on Friday, March 07, 2003 1:28 PM
Besides the 82 that I started and put back in the box, and the dozen-ish I have handy to the workbench that are either ALMOST finished or somewhat in-progress that I put away for a while, I usually have several in the works at the same time. Last week I finished Hasegawa's kate and Nichimo's Nick a few days apart, while Tamiya's Skyray's primer coat dried and I started ProModeler's P-38 and DML's Ta-152C. Both those kits turned out to have fit issues that I don't feel like tackling now, so I shelved the 38 for a while and threw away the 152. Now I'm concentrating on ProModeler's Ar-234C. The Skyray is still languishing. Warp's Babylon 5 Whitestar and Agemmemnon are both started and sitting in their boxes next to the workbench, a Verlinden diorama of a B-17 waist gunner is sitting handy to start. Yet another Star Trek kitbash has been started and sidelined for a bit ..... etc, etc...
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Posted by nzgunnie on Friday, March 07, 2003 1:39 PM
I find that when I was younger, I had plenty of time to build models, but not the money to buy them, so I made them one at a time, however now I have the money but not the time. I too have become more of a collector and have so many unbuilt kits in boxes I have lost count. I find that I have several on the go at any one time.
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Posted by paulnchamp on Friday, March 07, 2003 3:01 PM
I agree with nzgunnie. When I was younger, I had all the time in the world to work on models, but didn't have two dimes to rub together. Sad [:(] Now, 20 or 30 years later, I can afford just about any kit I want but I may have to wait 5 years before I can get to it!
Sad [:(] Ironic, isn't it?
Paul "A man's GOT to know his limitations."
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Posted by markuz226 on Friday, March 07, 2003 3:48 PM
I think i have 10-12 a/c's half finished at the bench right now. I usually build at the same time. painting and finishing, if possible (especially those interiors in WW2 a/c, engines and tire color). I also make seatbelts (out of masking tape, of course) for at the same time. I think this has a down-side too though. I think its harder to finish a model if you dont concentrate on finishing it.

~~~MarkY
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 07, 2003 3:52 PM
Thanks guys, I think I am going to start on that Tamiya P51-D now. My biggest concern was that I would never finish anything and I would have a bunch of half built planes that never left the workbench. Another plus the model shelf would have room for that Accurate Miniature B25B Mitchell I want. And the obsession goes on. LOL.
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Posted by Melgyver on Friday, March 07, 2003 7:40 PM
I haven't finished anything in years, but have about 20 in various stages of collecting dust! I have a scratch built set of 1/48th scale afterburner cans without the "feathers" consisting of 162 pieces each from around 1985 that still needs a whole F-15 to hang on. Then there is the 1/48 "cutaway" B-29 and numerous others. The latest is the 1/35 MRC UH-1C Shark of the 174th AHC, my Unit in Vietnam. Too bad Panda's UH-1D is a "dog". Makes Revell's almost 40 yrs old Huey kit seem like a ProModeler. Last week I was painting the bedroom and trying to fix the dishwasher. But that didn't stop me from buying 4 more kits at Hobby Lobby's 1/2 of sale!

Clear Left!

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 07, 2003 9:02 PM
i have a 1/72 ta 152 c dragon 1/32 mig 15 trumpeter 1/32 mig 19 trumpeter 1/32 a6m5 revell 1/72 coursair scratchbuild/kitbash with a f6 (yes it looks like a real good coursair) 1/144 scratchbuilt su 27 1/480 tbf
1/700 fulmer
1/700 ark royal(airfix)

and many more
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 07, 2003 9:58 PM
Always more than one. I basically run an "assembly line". What I do is to build several airplanes that use the same colors. This way I spend a day or two airbrushing many planes and mixing paint only once. Years ago when I built 1/48 airplanes I had over 80 nicely done models on display in my living room.

Regards,

Pat
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Posted by toadwbg on Friday, March 07, 2003 11:02 PM
My answer, YES

Sometimes it's more efficient to paint 2 projects at once. Also sometimes my interest waivers in and out of a particular subject.
"I love modeling- it keeps me in the cool, dark, and damp basement where I belong" Current Projects: 1/48th Hasegawa F-14D- 25% 1/48th Tamiya Spitfire- 25%
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 07, 2003 11:06 PM
I find that building more than one at a times keeps my interst up. But as a tip, I usually keep the models on plastic tupperware bins. Also put your decals and directions in plastic page protectors. Have fun.
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Posted by LusiferSam on Friday, March 07, 2003 11:48 PM
I have three planes going right now. Every time I knock that number I find a few new ones to start. The most I've ever had at one was six (to which I said never again). Advantages are, as others have said, you can paint them at the same time, which is what I'm doing with my two german planes now. Also you can work on one while the other dries. Disadvantages for me are sometimes it takes longer to get stuff done this way. I had a number of Navy planes I was going to paint all the same, but it took me four and half years to get all of them to that point. And I can have wavering interest and may not work on a plane for months.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 08, 2003 12:10 AM
I got so many under construction, I can't count them all! I started running out of room for my models and also built a lot for Air Force types who flew F-15E Strike Eagles. I also rebuilt and added to the 4th Wing Commanders collection on Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. So I put a lot of models on hold that I had started. That was 4 or 5 years ago! I've since retired and begun a new job. So I've just recently started to finish all the models that I put aside from lack of space. A Hobby Town here that closed gave me all the glass shelving I could put in my P/U truck. I still have lots of it left, only used two shelves so far! I have 4 1/32 scale F-4's under construction. 3 1/32 F-15's, A 1/48 Tigercat, a 1/35 MH-60G, 1/48 F-105D and F-106. Now they've come out with a 1/35 MH-60K AND a 1/32 F-105D!!! I still have yet to get the 1/32 A-10A that I'm about to die for!!! I love large scale aircraft. at my age(45), anything large and easy to see is good! !!LOL

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 08, 2003 1:46 AM
Isn't everybody? I've been working on a large 1:35 scale armor diorama for a year and a half. When I get burned out on it I switch to something else. Did a 48th PBY and Me262 some cars and a 350 scale Missouri I've got another small diorama going with a 70's jeep on manuevers in Germany and a 48th FW 190and lastly a 72 scale Vosper PT boat. Variety is the spice of life, besides you don't mix up the pieces that way.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 08, 2003 3:15 AM
I have to admit that I too have at least 3-4 models going at the same time. Presently I am 1) putting the finishing touches on a 1/72nd K-5E Leopold German railway gun diorama, 2) painting a 1/48th F-14A Tomcat Black Bunny, 3) preparing a 1/144 Frontier Airline 737 for the first coat of primer, and 4) beginning a 1/32nd Spitfire Mk. I. I have found that by having a variety of subjects all going at the same time I avoid developing "burnout". Plus as a number of other individuals have noted, I can paint the parts of several planes at the same time thus saving paint and time. The only trick is keeping things separated and not having a F-16 end up with a ball turret on the belly!
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Posted by Cobrahistorian on Saturday, March 08, 2003 8:41 AM
My god....

Well, I've got seven building right now. Five Cobras and two Loaches. The Cobras and one Loach are all 32nd Scale. (DON'T GET THE HOBBYCRAFT LOACH, IT SUCKS) The last Loach is the Italeri/DML kit and its great! MY latest Cobra is being converted to a J model SeaCobra.... scratchbuilding the tin-pac engine now. Too many helos too little time!

Rolling in Hot!

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Posted by Keyworth on Saturday, March 08, 2003 10:24 AM
I don't know anyone that only has one kit going at a time. I have 6 1/72 P-47's in various stages of assembly/painting for a 56th FG diorama. There's also a B-17G, a Tiger Moth, Curtiss F11C Goshawk, the Polar Lights Godzilla kit (the BIG one!) two or three cars, and a Revell-Germany kit os a WWII period German locomotive (hey, it was different, guys!). I also find myself with less time to build and more kits on hand than I care to admit. But hey, the fun factor is still there. - Ed
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 08, 2003 2:55 PM
I usually have anywhere from 3 to 7 going at one time. Usually 2 of them are getting the brunt of the attention. I like to have mutiple kits going in different stages so I can work on something say while some is drying or setting up.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 16, 2003 1:56 PM
I have 3 kits on the workbench right now. First is a 32 scale hasegawa Bf 109 G-6, then a 72 scale Hasegawa F/A-18 C "Chippy Ho" Hornet, and last is a 24 scale Revell/Monogram 1970 Chevelle. Shy [8)] I also have a few kits in th wings waiting to be started....Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by BlackWolf3945 on Sunday, March 16, 2003 4:20 PM
Lessee....

Usually there are several going at once because I always have to wait for paint/glue/putty to dry, or I'm stuck with a problem, or I'm waiting for a special order of resin or brass, or I just plain get bored with sumthin' and need to do sumthin' different. This is all of what I've got started at the moment:

Aircraft:

Tamiya 48th P-51B
Tamiya 48th P-51D
Tamiya 48th MiG-15
Eduard 48th Albatros D.V
Fujimi 48th Bf 110C/D
Fujimi 48th Bf 109G-6
Williams Bros 48th Pitcairn Autogyro
Hobbycrap 48th La-5
Hobbycrap 48th I-16
Hobbycrap 48th MS.406
Hasegagme 48th Bf 109E-4/7
2x Hasegagme 48th P-47D Razorback
Minicraft 144th DC-3
Several Revellogram 48th Bf 109G-10's (I'm slapping these together for a demo I'm doing at a show)

Automotive:

Testors 24th Ferrari 512S
Hasegagme 24th Jaguar XJR-8 Sprint
AMT 24th 1940 Ford

Military/Armor:

CMK 35th Volkswagon Typ 82E
Tamiya 35th PzKfw 222
Academy 35th M18 Hellcat
DML 35th Panzer III Ausf J

The main projects are the Tamiya Bubbletop Mustang, MInicraft DC-3 & Eduard Albatros. Also, the Revellogram 109's are for a demo I'm doing at a show and have to be done by May. (This is like, work, or something! Tongue [:P])

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Posted by Butz on Sunday, March 16, 2003 6:04 PM
Blackwolf,
Like WOW man, that is a lot of work ahead of yaTongue [:P]. Just remember "I THINK I CAN I THINK I CAN" LOL. Flaps up, Mike

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, March 16, 2003 7:04 PM
I have at least a dozen or more on the work bench at any one time. I get to a place where I need a break from sanding, I push it back and pull out one that needs painting. While waiting for the paint to dry, I pull out another one. I am lucky that my workbench is a 5' by 4' L shaped bar. There are 3 modeling stations at the bar with a back counter to hold some of the in work models.
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Posted by garyfo on Monday, March 17, 2003 11:51 AM
I too find I'm more of a collector. I just can't go into a shop and NOT buy a kit. I'm working on 3 1/144 Mig's right now, so my desk looks like an assembly line...which is kinda cool....
Gary

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