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Time spent on one model?
Posted by klem on Thursday, May 8, 2003 1:33 AM
Just a silly inquiry. What was the longest amount of time you ever spent working on one model? Hours? Weeks? Months? Yrs.? My personal best is 2 yrs. on the 1/48 scale Monogram B-24D. Complete scratchbuilt bombadier section( bombsight, seat, ribbing, electronics) scratchbuilt cockpit,seats , control panels, throttles, motorized engines, formation lights, cockpit light, bombadiers light, floodlights for the diorama and so on and so on. When I get the scanner running I'll post pictures.Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 8, 2003 6:34 AM
Since you asked about models and not aircraft in particular, I'd have to say six or seven months. That was on my second PT-109. I had a month invested in the M151A1 I was working on before it went back in the box in favor of a JU-87. Hey an airplane!

Of course, there's a lot of down time in these builds. One of these days I'd like to be able to build a kit from start to finish without any interruptions like I did when I was a kid. It seems that much of the time now is spent in research. Which was the reason for two PT boats.

As I finish with each kit, I'll be posting photos here:
http://community.webshots.com/user/exnavytm1

There are already shots of the PT boats and some of my early armor models done back in the mid-seventies while I was in the Navy. Plus some of my work (?) area.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 8, 2003 6:44 AM
Wow Klem! I would love to see a pic of that project. Sounds like a lot of work.
I'm an out of box guy myself but it still takes me about three months to compleate a model.
Please lets see thouse pics!
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Posted by Fabio Moretti on Thursday, May 8, 2003 7:27 AM
I´ve spent a month on a P-26 Peashooter, it´s very difficult made and fixing the supports of wire..

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 8, 2003 7:35 AM
The longest amout of time I spent on one model was about 8 months ... about 20 years ago when i was a teen. It was a larger scal model of a Rolls Royce PIII. The body in the kit was a copy of a Freestone & Webb that was very close to a body be H.J. Mullner that I was trying to replicate ... so I was doing a fair bit of putty work to change some of the lines. I also had to scratch build the interior panels as on the origional car they were matching burrled walnut. Then there was trying to detail that v-12. As I had an origional to compair to it drove me nuts... I could never seem to get it the way I thought it should look. And of course there was the paint... 3 coates of prime ... wet sanded betwen coats and 12 coats of RR regal red and RR deep black that I got from a restoration shop ( actual RR colours) in the end I was proud of the paint finish in the Model. It was a present to my dad on his 50th and sat in his office for years ... when he passed away I could not find it ... not sure if my mom had tossed it or it had broke over the years.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 8, 2003 9:03 AM
Without getting into workbench queens, the longest that I've been actively working on a model is my current project, the Trumpeter 1/32 A-10A N/AW. I've been spending probably way too much time on making sure it's historically accurate, plus using the Verlinden cockpit and external detail kit, as well as the Eduard Armament kit. As it stands, the clock sits at about 3 months with the model on my desk, but part of that time has been waiting for parts, reference books, and the like. Ifigure that it will be another 2-3 months before I consider it finished. I'll be sure to post shots of it on the site, if it comes out right...

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Posted by paulnchamp on Thursday, May 8, 2003 7:39 PM
Nearly two years on and off (lots of busy times at work when not much modeling got done!) on my Tamiya Bismarck. There was also a Hasegawa Spitfire competing for my time, but nothing else. It paid off though 'cause she was a prize winner.
Paul "A man's GOT to know his limitations."
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Posted by caine on Thursday, May 8, 2003 9:03 PM
Well, I hate to admit it, but I have a 1/48 B-17 kit that I have been working on (on and off again) for about 8 years! Nothing to do witht he compexity of it all, but I only get around to working on it once everty few months. I don't even want to think about how many kits I have finished while that one sits on my shelf. And to make things worse... I think I lost the mount for the right main gear... so I either have to make a replacement or just give up. But who would give up after all of that, right?
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, May 8, 2003 9:25 PM
Well, it'd prolly be my Revell AG F/A-18E Super Hornet, been working on it since I got it for Christmas! Of course, I've finished a Crown B-52H, a Mercurius Gundam(in Desert Camouflage with Confederate States Army markings!), and Shenlong Gundam(in woodland camouflage), and a Mitsubishi Zero while working on it!
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Posted by Keyworth on Thursday, May 8, 2003 10:16 PM
Try a Hasegawa P-26 Peashooter kit I originally started in 1978,m then shelved for the next millenium......and here we are! I got the kit out again and have it at about the 75% complete level now.
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Posted by Butz on Friday, May 9, 2003 5:34 PM
Whaz up,
For me not including research, I'd say about 3 to 4 months. If I include the research involved, its close to about 6months +Tongue [:P].
Flaps up, Mike

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 9, 2003 6:02 PM
1 day lol. no really it is almost 18 months on my ta 152
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 9, 2003 7:50 PM
longest of me is Ju-88 1/48 I use 1 mounth
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 10, 2003 8:34 AM
20 months on a 1/72 scale helicopter diaroma of a MH-53M Pavelow IV landing in a dryed out river bed retreaving a USAF Special Tactics Team.The Helo has a complete scratchbuilt interior with 2 red leds for lighting and the aircrew and armerment was also scratchbuilt/scavanged. Reason for the delay was it was constantly worked on but 4 months into I was hit in the right eye by a paintball so I lost depth perception and colortoo. But after two complete lense replacement surgery and anothere eye surgery to get the pressure down and I got the color back now and OTHER problems.... I finished the diaroma in just 3 weeks after I could really see again. I am just glad I had a VERY patient customer but now its 1000 times more than he could of ever expected.
Tally ho
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Posted by gregers on Saturday, May 10, 2003 9:32 AM
Total time on one kit start to finish and not working on anything else?. six months on an airfix 1/24 P51 Mustang. total time on and off?. this is a frog shackleton that i started when i was 18 years old. I am now 37 and it is still not finished. the main airframe is complete and painted but it still needs props u/c arials e.c.t . keep bashing those kits gregers
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