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It’s official. I’m a modeler.

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  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
It’s official. I’m a modeler.
Posted by wpwar11 on Friday, October 8, 2021 10:22 PM

Hello all,

So it's been about two years since I started this lovely hobby.  Like you guys I have many dollars invested in paints, tools, and reference materials.  I have enough kits in the stash to last years.  I'm constantly watching videos, reading advice here, and practicing my craft to become a better modeler.  I look back and the results today are much better than two years ago.      

None of this makes me a modeler.  Tonight I became a modeler.

You see, tonight I pitched my first model.  It went right in the trash.  Just like a goodfella who has to get pinched before he's a gangster I now feel initiated in the hobby.  Here's the funny thing.  I'm ok with it.  I knew this day was coming and I know there will be other days where a build doesn't go my way.  The kit is Tamiya's Toyota GT One racer. It's a great kit.  I just failed on to many areas and I couldn't get the results I wanted.  I couldn't get the body to fit, the windscreen wouldn't align, a few decals got away from me, and I had problems with the exhaust.  After weeks of trying to correct my mistakes I grew tired and had to say goodbye to something that was more headache than an enjoyable experience.

Its all good.  We move on.  Maybe down the road I'll try this kit again.                                                                                                    







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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, October 8, 2021 10:33 PM

Sorry to hear that, but we've all done it.  For me it's usually a violet decision Angry

I was following your build as I had built the same kit some time ago.  Shake that one off and on to the next!



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    August 2021
Posted by goldhammer88 on Friday, October 8, 2021 10:43 PM

I've had more than one go sliding down the wall into file 13.

You'll keep getting better as time goes on

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    March 2007
  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Friday, October 8, 2021 11:27 PM

Yeup. Welcome homeEmbarrassed. Forrest Gump said it best " It happens".

we're modelers it's what we do

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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Friday, October 8, 2021 11:59 PM

Yup, it happenes. My Land Rover hit the wall so hard my wife thought something has broken the sound barrier. But, by golly, it felt darn good Devil

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, October 9, 2021 12:19 AM

OK. Model kind of beat you, right?

It's a stupid box of plastic and you have opposible thumbs.

Crawl back into the ring and solve the issues.




 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.


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    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Saturday, October 9, 2021 4:02 AM

All of the above mate. There is still panzer gray on a wall where a model connected after I had had enough.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, October 9, 2021 5:57 AM
I had an Italeri Tornado that was not being pleasant. So I accidentally dropped it on the floor and stepped on it.....5 or 6 times


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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, October 9, 2021 6:38 AM
It's all good,when it happens, try to salvage some parts for your spares box,and perhaps the model itself for practice painting and techniques.

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    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Saturday, October 9, 2021 6:48 AM

Thanks all.  Some hysterical responses.  Reading some of those made me laugh.  It happens.  As my skills are improving so are my standards.   On the bright side there is room on my bench to start another.

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    May 2020
  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Saturday, October 9, 2021 6:49 AM

salvage some parts for your spares box,and perhaps the model itself for practice painting and techniques.

Yeah - make it pay!Big Smile

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?




  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, October 9, 2021 8:13 AM

Yep. Found out static plastic model helicopters don't fly, lol and once threw a 59 Ford against the wall. We've all done it. Welcome!

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, October 9, 2021 8:42 AM

Binning it is too easy...and not nearly therapeutic enough.

I used to dispatch mine with a pellet gun. Very satisfying, to see the miscreant leap helplessly while bits fly off a few at a time.

For those with less patience, might I suggest what we Midwesterners refer to as "the Ghoulardi effect"...a small firecracker...or an M80...which offer an equally satisfying (and rather more theatrical) end.

And welcome to the Club....Big Smile


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