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GMorrison's Third Law of Modeling

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GMorrison's Third Law of Modeling
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:32 PM

"No matter how large your bench, the available work space will always be exactly 2 square feet."

I was recently looking through old family photographs and found this one of my late Paternal Grandfather, George L. Morrison Jr. He passed away in 1947 at the age of 43, this would have been taken at about that time.

Like Grandfather, like Grandson.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:51 PM

I now build on a TV tray, when I move, I will be back to a 3x8 workbench. I guarantee I will have just as much room then as I have now.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:03 PM

I was pleased to see that Gramps also had a "shelf of doom".

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Posted by mississippivol on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 6:19 PM

He had the apron thing going as well. Not such a bad idea!

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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 7:26 PM

Nice stuff to see,good memories.

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Posted by Sprue-ce Goose on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 7:46 PM

For some reason, my first thought when I read the title of this thread was that it dealt with quartering Imrie / Risley soldiers in your house without your wife's consent ...just kidding.Whistling

Looks like your grandfather did nice work as well Big Smile

Sorry to hear he did not live past 43.

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Posted by Greg on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 8:06 PM

GMorrison

"No matter how large your bench, the available work space will always be exactly 2 square feet."

Oh my goodness, does that ring true with me. I think I'm down to about 12"x10". So need a cleanup.

Those are neat nostagic pics, and I too am sorry that grandpa passed so young. How cool to have modeling pass to your generation, though. That's really something.

-Greg

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Posted by allan on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 8:38 PM

"No matter how large your bench, the available work space will always be exactly 2 square feet."

Uncanny.

Freaky, really.  My L-shaped desk is about 4 feet long, give or take.  But for some reason the work space has remained around 2 square feet.  

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 8:48 PM

Some things run in the family!

  

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 9:06 PM

Thanks and well, seat belts hadn't been invented yet I guess.

He was a very active modeler, and President of the National Model Railroad Association at one time. I have the locomotive that's back there on the "shelf of doom". Yep, he finished it and nicely. In fact I have about half a dozen, cars, buildings and some scenery.

Real treasures.

It kind of skipped dad, except that he really indulged me in a layout, and a lot of plastic models.

He built real airplanes for a living.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 10:57 PM

One grandfather build houses and furniture, the other repaired TV's. My dad was and electronics tech, model railroader, and RC flyer. I guess I take after all 3 as I was a home builder, electronics tech, RC flyer and modeler. It must be in the genes.

Steve

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 11:57 PM

modelcrazy

One grandfather build houses and furniture, the other repaired TV's. My dad was and electronics tech, model railroader, and RC flyer. I guess I take after all 3 as I was a home builder, electronics tech, RC flyer and modeler. It must be in the genes.

Steve

Quantifying moment: did you go down with dad to the store to "put the tubes on the tester"?

Then over to Charlie's for the usual weekly haircut. (funny now seeing the genetics) he had but in the industry no hair was good hair.

Put me in the chair for a quarter, Charlie shaped me up.

A story. My Great Grandfather Morrison, was West Point Class of 1903. His illustrious classmate was Douglas MacArthur. Did he sign George Morrison's yearbook? I don't know. I have the rings but not the book.

So Geo. married a society woman out of Detroit, an Heiress to the Ferry Seed Company. Posted to the Arizona Territories. They produced my grandfather.  Divorced. Then sent to the Philippines where he contracted infirmities in the service and later died.

Great Grandma remarried, to the State Senator William Comstock, later Governor of Michigan.

That's my name, but forever a Morrison.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 12:42 AM

Are Morrison's Laws of Modeling anything like Asimov's Laws of Robotics?

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 1:06 AM

Quite the opposite- they make no sense.

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Posted by Cdn Colin on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 7:15 AM

I'm down to closer to 2x2 inches.

I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.

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Posted by Jon_a_its on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 8:18 AM

Does the 1st or 2nd law state that if you try to catch a 'sharp scalpel' you will catch it 'IN' your hand!

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 8:58 AM

Yeah i hear ya!i start  a project withe bench cleared off and the work space slowly shrinks as paint jars and sub assemblies accumulate.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 9:48 AM

GMorrison
Quantifying moment: did you go down with dad to the store to "put the tubes on the tester"?

Yes I did. I still remember those tube testers. Funny thing, I understand vacuum tubes better than I understand transistors.

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Posted by Silver on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 9:54 AM
That is great history for me. I am going to hang that photo in my main work shop .It actually boost my modeling ego.
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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 10:02 AM

I just had a thought. My modeling space tends to end up being about the size of my cutting mat. So maybe buy a bigger mat?? Surprise

Interesting family history, GM.

-Greg

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Posted by Sprue-ce Goose on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 11:22 AM

Hmmm.......................seems to be a definite market for Tardis'  sold to modelers as the ideal "Man Cave" ................

My work area is enclosed in a roll top desk; handy as I can close the lid during inactive times.

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Posted by Sprue-ce Goose on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 1:37 PM

modelcrazy

GMorrison
Quantifying moment: did you go down with dad to the store to "put the tubes on the tester"?

Yes I did. I still remember those tube testers. Funny thing, I understand vacuum tubes better than I understand transistors.

Of course.
Used to visit one electronics hobby shop on Milwaukee Ave in Chicago for that reason.
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Posted by waynec on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 5:41 PM

i was in IKEA with friends and i saw some of the compact apartment setups. a friend asked if i could live in one of those and i said "XSure, as long as i have a 1000 sq ft garage attached to it.

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Posted by allan on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 8:19 PM

Greg, as Spock would say, your logic is unassailable.

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Posted by Chrisk-k on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 11:40 PM

Greg

I just had a thought. My modeling space tends to end up being about the size of my cutting mat. So maybe buy a bigger mat?? Surprise

When I got back to this hobby, I bought a nice 170 cm x 80 cm IKEA desk as a workbench.  But my modeling space is about the size of my 50 cm x 30 cm cutting mat. 

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Posted by CN Spots on Thursday, July 16, 2015 8:35 AM

I was probably 20 years old before I saw another modelers bench and was amazed at how similar it (and every one since) was to what I had.  

Since we plop ourselves down in a chair and work on a subject directly in front of our mugs I guess workspace design has as much to do with how long our arms are as much as anything.

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Posted by philo426 on Thursday, July 16, 2015 9:14 AM

Yes i put my coffee mug on the flat area of my bench vise.Just wide enough to hold the mug securely.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, July 16, 2015 9:58 AM

Those are great photos GM, thanks for sharing with us. Alas, no modeler in my family but me...

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Posted by tankerbuilder on Thursday, July 16, 2015 1:47 PM

Now , G.M.

That is touching and funny .  My workspace  was at one time , every modelers dream . A 40' bench and a 15 ft.swivel table in the center with lighting . Plus a 48" x 60 " paint booth  ! Power tools galore . You know what ? My best work has always been produced on a space and in a space like I have now , 24"x 24" no matter the size of the model !    T.B.

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Posted by the doog on Thursday, July 16, 2015 4:33 PM

THat's great, G...always cool to find evidence of a love for someting tha has been passed down. My own grandfather played guitar....

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