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Murphy's Laws of model building.
Posted by ManCityFan on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 12:31 PM

After the PhotoBucket fiasco, I thought it might me nice to have a fun thread.

So....what are your Murphy's Laws of model building.  Here are three right off the top of my head.  I am sure working with PE will have some entries.  I have not had that pleasure yet.

1) Masking tape will adhere to anything and everything (like your fingers and tweezers) before reluctantly adhering to your model. 

2) A piece of lint will travel 2 miles in order to happily land on your freshly painted or clear coated model.

3) No matter how many paints you have on your rack, you will not have the "right" colors for your current project.

D

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Posted by littletimmy on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 1:07 PM

No matter how "organized" you are, building three or four kits at the same time will ultimatly lead to you accidentally gluing that ships mast into a 65 galaxy.... because you thought it was an exaust pipe!!!

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Posted by Chemteacher on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 1:25 PM
Paint will find its way under your best masking job.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 1:54 PM

No matter how much you do to prevent it, dust will always find a way to get stuck on the inside of your clear parts. A minute, a day, a week, or a month. It will always find a way.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by ManCityFan on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 2:13 PM
Within an hour of hitting submit for an online purchase, you will remember that "other thing" you absolutely need to finish your current project.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 2:26 PM

CA glue never sets while joining heavy, alignment- critical parts.  To make the glue set, just misalign the pieces and get glue to ooze under your finger.  Bang!  The glue will fire off, cementing your finger to the misaligned parts!  Or it just sets under your finger, leaving a CA fingerprint, while the pieces slide, then fall apart, causing more glue to flow outside the mating surfaces.  Now the parts have CA glue all over the place, and the mating surfaces no longer fit due to a layer of partially cured glue.  But the rest of the glue is still not set, so you have to wipe off the gunk, then chisel off the stuff that set.  Rinse and repeat.

Sorry, just ranting about last night.... 

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Posted by GlennH on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 3:05 PM

ManCityFan
Within an hour of hitting submit for an online purchase, you will remember that "other thing" you absolutely need to finish your current project.
 

Or that "other thing" that would have bumped you to free shipping.

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 3:40 PM

No matter how far your fingurs are from the joint your gluing, plastic weld will always find its way between your thumb and plastic.

Does make a nice cresant shapped indentation though.

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 4:17 PM

Or this one: when you trim a part (rod, wire, pipe, plank and so on) to exactly the right size, it will be too short.

Good luck with your modelling projects!

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Posted by Justsomerandommodeller on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 4:41 PM
( For those of us who paint the parts on the sprue) You will always miss painting one part , find you missed one side of that part or find that you painted the wrong side of a part that didn't need paint.
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Posted by ecotec83 on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 6:06 PM

No matter how careful you are one tiny part always seems to go missing.

Decals never seem to stick unless they are in a spot you dont want them in.

That tiny part that flew away should not be that hard to find on the floor.

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Posted by fermis on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 6:24 PM

Pawel

Or this one: when you trim a part (rode, wire, pipe, plank and so on) to exactly the right size, it will be too short.

 

...and if you cut it again...it will still be too short!!!

 

True story....right out of my father-in-law's mouth...

"Durrrrnnn....I've cut this thing twice and it's still too short". He was not joking either!!!Dunce

 

Another...

As soon as you complete some crazy modification/scratchbuild/conversion to an unavaliable version of a particular subject...it will become avaliable in kit form.

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Posted by MrStecks on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 8:32 PM

Speaking from my PE experiences over the last three days...  No matter how far away on the bench I place my little puddle of super glue (for dabbing an applicator into), I will eventually rest my elbow on it.  Angry


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Posted by mississippivol on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 8:43 PM

No one ever needs anything until I start working at the desk.

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Posted by ManCityFan on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 9:04 PM

When the Xacto knife slips off a part, it will make a beeline for your thumb like a laser guided missile.

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Posted by ikar01 on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 9:20 PM

The X-Acto knife will always fall toward your foot.  The chance of its comming down blade  increases with the least amount of material covering your foot.

In case of a major diaster with your project, the greater the diaster, the more likely your kit has been discontinued and you have no back up kit or spare parts.

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Posted by gobobbie on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 9:48 PM
The tool you need vanishes into the x dimension the minute its use is vital to the construction. Rubber bands will always allow glue to ooze directly underneath them so that they leave a mark on the surface Bob Gregory Ruining one kit at a time
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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 10:04 PM

It's been mentioned earlier but no matter how much care I take in handling clear parts, dust inevitably finds its way under a canopy!

Chad

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Posted by fox on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 10:37 PM

You pick up a bag of rubber bands at the store because you need them. When you get them home and start using them you find that they must have been on the shelves for a few years. Every one breaks when you stretch it to hold that fuselage together. Those darn things are getting a little costly too. Oh well, back to blue painters tape. 

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Posted by Phil_H on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 11:27 PM

The more unique the decal, the more prone it is to fold/tear as you apply it.

Common markings like national insignia will always go down without problems, but nose/tail art, kill markings & pilot's names will attempt to fold up on themselves as you apply them.

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Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 1:24 AM

Phil_H
The more unique the decal, the more prone it is to fold/tear as you apply it.

That's why you should always copy your sheet or at least scan it, then the first one goes down without problems!

Good luck with your modelling

Paweł

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Posted by Wirraway on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 2:32 AM

Your "bargain" second hand model kit will seem less so the instant the decals hit water and disintegrate.

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Posted by Justsomerandommodeller on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 7:02 AM

I can definately think of a WAY worse place than a foot that X-Acto knifes always seem to fall towards.

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Posted by Murphy's Law on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 7:17 AM

Well as you can see by my name I have many but the one that comes to mind is no matter how secure that tiny part seems in the tweezers it goes flying the second you hit it with the airbrush, then you spend the next 15 mins searching for it, after you finally find it your paint has dried in the tip of the nozzleBang Head 

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Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 7:46 AM

Murphy's Law

Well as you can see by my name I have many but the one that comes to mind is no matter how secure that tiny part seems in the tweezers it goes flying the second you hit it with the airbrush, then you spend the next 15 mins searching for it, after you finally find it your paint has dried in the tip of the nozzleBang Head 

 

Wait a minute....you actually FIND those parts?

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 8:27 AM

My correlary is, within two weeks of finishing a model with homemade decals, because I wanted a different livery or markings, they will release a version of that kit with that livery.  Happened to me at least twice.

 

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Posted by Murphy's Law on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 8:48 AM

ManCityFan

 

 
Murphy's Law

Well as you can see by my name I have many but the one that comes to mind is no matter how secure that tiny part seems in the tweezers it goes flying the second you hit it with the airbrush, then you spend the next 15 mins searching for it, after you finally find it your paint has dried in the tip of the nozzleBang Head 

 

 

 

Wait a minute....you actually FIND those parts?

 

I think I have about a 60% success rate Cool

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 9:07 AM

Real G

CA glue never sets while joining heavy, alignment- critical parts.  To make the glue set, just misalign the pieces and get glue to ooze under your finger.  Bang!  The glue will fire off, cementing your finger to the misaligned parts!  Or it just sets under your finger, leaving a CA fingerprint, while the pieces slide, then fall apart, causing more glue to flow outside the mating surfaces.  Now the parts have CA glue all over the place, and the mating surfaces no longer fit due to a layer of partially cured glue.  But the rest of the glue is still not set, so you have to wipe off the gunk, then chisel off the stuff that set.  Rinse and repeat.

Sorry, just ranting about last night.... 

 

And when you do get it assembled, it will disappear into never-never land, causing you to have to order out another set of PE for the project.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 9:24 AM

That lost tiny part will never be found until your Wife walks in the room in her bare feet.

It's always the third special tool you've bought for the job that works  for you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by route62 on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 11:30 AM

Long airbrush session,

in the zone,

laying down the last coat,

you feel it, this is going to be the best paint job yet...

Airbrush decides to stick and spits a wonderful little pattern of paint blobs right where it will be most noticeable.

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