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    May, 2019
Stop It!
Posted by muttb0ne on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 11:48 PM

Ok, so another new fresh model to put together...only THIS time, I SWEAR I'm not going to sweat it.  It's not a competition.

Have you ever said this to yourself, only to give yourself a headache trying to make every little thing absolutely perfect, an to second-guess yourself?  I hate when I do this, everytime.

Enjoy  the hobby, an remember that it's just plastic.  If it isn't 100% absolutely perfect realistic, back off, take a breath, an just get in there an do it without thinking too much.  Not sure how to explain it, but I'm perpetually trying to NOT think about what I'm doing, but just to dive in an do it.  I am constantly making myself nervous about a task..."Should I have used a different brush?  Maybe a dedicated chipping medium would be better here than hairspray?  What if this decal won't lay into this recess?"

Know what I mean?

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:49 AM

Ha, ya.  Just talking about this on another thread.  AMS drives you crazy.   I like where I'm at modelwise.  Heck I'll circle and zoom in on the mistakes for you.  I ain't fixing them... so long as the overall look suits me.  Decent paint, good decals,  overall good assembly but if I forget or dont feel like cleaning the seem on an oleo strut...not doing it.  Gotta keep it fun.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, June 13, 2019 1:05 AM

Hello!

Yeah, it's true - sometimes you can start going crazy, like when you try to build a detail with not enough references. Guessing how to do it right -But sometimes that hurts.

As for cleaning up that oleo strut, or other parts - real AMS starts when you discover that it's sometimes easier and faster to build a detail from scratch rather than trying to clean it up. Then again - since modelling IS fun, some extra work only means more of fun, doesn' it?

But if you're agonizing over a decision like "close up the hull now or later" or "use this or that paint" I have a trick for you that helps. Take a 15 minute nap (set up an alarm clock, it helps!) and think about it again after waking up. I think you will be surprised with the results!

Hope it helps, have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:36 AM

Pawel

Hello!

Yeah, it's true - sometimes you can start going crazy, like when you try to build a detail with not enough references. Guessing how to do it right -But sometimes that hurts.

As for cleaning up that oleo strut, or other parts - real AMS starts when you discover that it's sometimes easier and faster to build a detail from scratch rather than trying to clean it up. Then again - since modelling IS fun, some extra work only means more of fun, doesn' it?

But if you're agonizing over a decision like "close up the hull now or later" or "use this or that paint" I have a trick for you that helps. Take a 15 minute nap (set up an alarm clock, it helps!) and think about it again after waking up. I think you will be surprised with the results!

Hope it helps, have a nice day

Paweł

 

Yes, sometimes I really do enjoy discarding a kit part and making my own better part.

And, yes, I have often taken a break when I start worrying about some problem, and find the answer comes later.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, June 13, 2019 9:43 AM

muttb0ne
Have you ever said this to yourself, only to give yourself a headache trying to make every little thing absolutely perfect, an to second-guess yourself? I hate when I do this, everytime.

You are not alone.

Perfectionism is a beach, and I still haven't figured out whether building models is good or bad therapy for it! Tongue Tied

I think your mindset is right, though. Just do it. That's what I keep telling myself, anyway.

Edit: Incidentally, your thread title made me think of the old Bob Newhart Saturday Night Live skit. I wonder did you have that in mind too?

 

-Greg

  • Member since
    July, 2018
  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Thursday, June 13, 2019 9:47 AM

It's all about fun and relaxation for me and if I start to stress over a piece of plastic it's time to stop. There are just to many other things in life that cause stress and this hobby is what I use to forget all that garbage for a while.

 

 

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