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Favorite and least favorite step of the build
Posted by Tickmagnet on Friday, August 23, 2019 12:34 PM

My favorite part of the build is painting. It's just relaxes me and I enjoy seeing the results.

Least favorite is decals that's why I have taken to painting the larger ones which leaves me with just the tiny stenciled decals and those can be a stressful adventure.

I'm taking a little stress break from those tiny things right now so I thought I'd put this out there and see what others love and dread with their builds.

 

 

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Posted by learmech on Friday, August 23, 2019 12:38 PM
I like all aspects of a build except sanding seams and installing canopies.
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Posted by tankboy51 on Friday, August 23, 2019 1:20 PM

I am not fond of painting canopies.  I love everything else.

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Posted by littletimmy on Friday, August 23, 2019 2:01 PM

For me, I find Decaling to be "Soothing" . Which is odd, because I'm usually doing one letter at a time. And, I absolutely L O V E  weathering stuff !!!!!

 

I HATE: 

Automotive, doing anything to the frame/suspention.

Ship's, rigging.

Plane's again rigging, and seam's.

 

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

  

 

    

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Posted by Bish on Friday, August 23, 2019 2:17 PM

Favorite is decalling. It gives the subject an identity. least is seams, especially on aircraft fuselages.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Fw 200C-8

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Posted by tomwatkins45 on Friday, August 23, 2019 2:37 PM

My least favorite is filling seams and correcting major fit problems. Favorites include detailing cockpits, painting (especially since I found out about using poster putty worms for soft edges - thanks to the folks here on the forum) and decalling.

Tom

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, August 23, 2019 2:52 PM

This reminds me of an idea that we talked about in our club, for a build night-Assembly Line Building.  We would all bring kits in various stages of completion, where we had stopped on some step we disliked.  Everyone would take that step in the process that he liked to do, and we could collaborate to knock out those builds.  We never did it, though, but it could be done.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Friday, August 23, 2019 3:07 PM

the Baron

This reminds me of an idea that we talked about in our club, for a build night-Assembly Line Building.  We would all bring kits in various stages of completion, where we had stopped on some step we disliked.  Everyone would take that step in the process that he liked to do, and we could collaborate to knock out those builds.  We never did it, though, but it could be done.

 

Interesting idea you should get that going.

 

 

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Friday, August 23, 2019 3:10 PM

@ Littletimmy

Man I'm glad someone get's something positive out of decals. Painting does for me what Decaling does for you, so I get it.

 

 

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Posted by jeffpez on Friday, August 23, 2019 4:11 PM

I love the assembly process more than anything else and dislike weathering, probably because I'm not good at it plus I'm impatient. 

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Posted by patrick206 on Friday, August 23, 2019 5:00 PM

Actually, I find enjoyment in all aspects of a build, especially the painting. I even like the time spent on making minor adjustments for parts that pose some difficulty, that require only some filing, sanding, shimming, etc, just some massaging really.

But what does present a genuine negative, is critical parts that are just so poorly made they cannot be corrected to at least an acceptable state. Mainly that is the canopy bits, one of the most important and visible components. Thankfully that rarely happens, especially over the past several years.

 

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Posted by lowfly on Friday, August 23, 2019 6:15 PM

I would say my least favorite part is masking the canopy.  Especially when building 1/72 scale. UGH.  Favorite part is everything else.  i dont mind sanding and filling seams especially since i discovered Mr. Surfacer.  What a game changer. The second worse part oabout building a model is finishing one.  I always hate to see em leave the bench

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Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, August 23, 2019 6:28 PM

What I dislike the most is painting  faces on figures . I can handle all else ok . I guess I’ll keep  practicing on them

Nick.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, August 23, 2019 7:00 PM
Building indie links is very tedious,not a big problem,just tedious.knowing when to call it quits with weathering,too little,too much ? My favorite is adding decals to an aircraft,bringing that blank canvas to life is a lot of fun.With armor,I enjoy laying on that 1st coat of paint.

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, August 23, 2019 7:25 PM

Favorite: opening the box.

Least favorite: paying for the box.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, August 23, 2019 10:46 PM

Favorite is taking the sprues out from the bag and examining them for the first time.  Least favorite is painting.

Chad

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:37 AM

I am not a fan of painting. I just hate it and would be satisfied to park unpainted kits on the shelf with just minor detail painting; like we did when we were kids.

I like just assembling the components, building the kit and watching it take shape.

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Posted by Tomcat on Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:41 AM

Best part definitely is taking the sprues out of the box and figuring out how this thing is going to look put together.

Worst part for me is masking. Especially multi colored paint jobs. But the reward is the end result.

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/48 F-5F Aggressor; AMT Enterprise 1701-A; Monogram 1/48 A6M Zero; Revell 1/72 B-24 Liberator;

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Posted by armornut on Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:11 AM

I'm with GMorrison, LOL. love to build and all involved however least favorite is NOT finishing something before I start something new......ooooooh SHINYEmbarrassed

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by Est.1961 on Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:44 AM

Favourite part is starting on a new build; ideas of ooh I'm going to do this and this and make this bit look really used. Least favourite hitting a snag scratching the head, then I start procrastinating time goes by until I have to catch the bull by the horns. 

Don't put off procrastinating until tomorrow. 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, August 24, 2019 5:24 AM
Least favourite for me is seams and canopy masking I like painting, especially intricate camouflage

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:54 AM

 

 

Favorites are decaling and weathering (with one exception on decaling).  Things I don't like are seam cleanup and weighting nose on trike gear planes.

Exception to decals is when I neglect to test sheet for shattering.  I usually scan sheet so in worst case I can try inkjet decal duplicates.  If I test and they break up I have a bottle of decal film.  If I forget to scan and test, however, I can lose a good decal.

I like weathering because I can stop at any point- it is optional.

I can do seam cleanup okay, but it takes patience.  Nose weight is a problem if kit does not tell you how much to use and you have to figure it out for yourself.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Jay Jay on Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:12 AM
My most favorite is the whole process of building the cockpit. Super detailing with PE , wires etc., painting ,washes and dry brushing to make it pop. I wish I could just do the office and call it done. Another fav of mine is all aspects of trying to figure out how to make the model look real and not a toy. My least favorite things are having to scrape the mold seam lines and flash off all those tiny little parts before you even start building the kit. In profile, round things like oleo struts etc. should be round not football shaped...sigh. I bought a cut away sub that I was excited to build until I opened the box to view the parts. There is more plastic used in the flash than makes up the actual parts. it's been sitting in my stash for years now. Having to re-do a paint job is not fun to me either.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:35 AM

@ armornut

I did that at first when I started back with modelling last year. It was mainly inexpensive Tamiya models I was practicing different skills on. I quickly learned when I started a more detailed model, I did not enjoy that. Now it's one at a time until I'm done. Slowed me down too which is a good thing for me.

 

 

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Posted by Nino on Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:22 AM

In the case of models that need fixing...

Favorite: Planning all the cool stuff I want to try and do to make this model better.

Least favorite: When finished, Thinking about all the things I could or

should have done.

 

In the middle of all that is the absolute enjoyment and satisfaction of 

"The Build".

 

        Nino

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Posted by E. Halibut on Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:32 PM

I generally like everything except sanding the road wheels, and cleaning up the individual track links. As I carefully manipulate the small 1/72 parts I can hear the carpet monsters baying.  

Wossamotta, hats off to you!
To thy colors, ochre and Alice blue,
We will ere be faithful and true!
Hail, Wossamotta, Hail!
Better we should be in jail,
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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:27 PM

Boy " G " ; 

       You sure hit that nail on the head ! T.B.

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Posted by armornut on Sunday, August 25, 2019 12:59 AM

Tick, yea slowing down is good, my problem though is actually finding those few moment between work, and other stuff to do. All in all, I'll get everything done......someday........

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by E. Halibut on Sunday, August 25, 2019 1:01 PM

armornut
slowing down is good

When I got back into modelling 10 years ago, I could only do little bits between work and family obligations. What I found was that this allowed paint and glue to dry properly before I went on to the next step, improving my modelling significantly. Impatience was always my biggest problem when I was a teenager in the 70s.

Ironic when I think about it: I was in too much of a hurry when I had all the time in the world.

Wossamotta, hats off to you!
To thy colors, ochre and Alice blue,
We will ere be faithful and true!
Hail, Wossamotta, Hail!
Better we should be in jail,
Hey! Wossamotta U!

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, August 25, 2019 3:05 PM

I hate the putty, sand, prime, repeat process.  But I love painting, and final assembely.  Decals can either be fun, or drive me nuts.  It all depends on how the decals behave.

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