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I hate being "That guy"
Posted by RickS on Sunday, May 31, 2020 6:42 PM

You know the one. That guy who starts a model and then doesn't finish it.  Well, alas, that's me. I started the Doyshua 1/200 JAL DC-8, and the easy part, i.e. gluing, filling, sanding is all done. Actually, it was a very simple kit with not very many parts.

But now the hard part which made me give up.... temporarily.  Just getting back into the hobby as I am, I'm still trying to figure out all the different paints available these days.  I want the DC-8 to look good, so I don''t want it to be a guinea pig, so to speak.  So I shelved it in favor of a 1/48 Piper Cherokee 140 which I have 3 of, and some pretty sharp aftermarket decals. Plus, I have a Cherokee 140, so naturally I have a soft spot for it.  So I'm gonna practice painting with new (to me) kinds of paint on the Cherokees, and return to the DC-8 at a later time when my skills and knowledge are sufficient to do it justice.  Yes.... I am that guy.

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, May 31, 2020 6:47 PM

Me too.  You are not alone.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by armornut on Sunday, May 31, 2020 7:22 PM

    Yep, same here. Smart thing to do, I'm trying new things on my "Buk" right now....however I'm practicing new techniques and paint system on the left over sprue, or box bottom.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, May 31, 2020 8:42 PM

Sounds like good judgement to me.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.html

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, June 1, 2020 1:45 PM

Any time I start to use a new type of paint, I practice first on something really cheap.  In this area folks use plastic spoons.  The surfaces take paint very well, and you get lots of practice spoons for a dollar or two.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, June 1, 2020 3:33 PM

We all have partially built kits on the shelves for various reasons.  Spoons is a great idea.  I always have a paint mule out in my spray booth.  Currently a 1/200 b52  that is now about 20 colors lol

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 6:27 AM

If I start them I finish them. Tried stopping once over crappy decals that mucked one up. It lasted in the box mostly built for about a week before I took it out and finished it. It ended up turning out okay and as a matter of fact I somehow did the best masking job I've ever managed to do on a canopy. Go figure. 

 

 

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Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:19 AM

I set a hard threshold for putting models on "hold".  If it doesn't make me happy to work with them, or look at them, I remove them completely (i.e. throw or give them away).  Otherwise they sit there and make me unhappy/guilty/whatever.  If I need to upgrade my skills but still look forward to doing the kit, that's a different thing.

I model for pleasure.  Haven't got time for the pain.  :D

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Posted by Greg on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:55 AM

Mark Lookabaugh
I set a hard threshold for putting models on "hold". If it doesn't make me happy to work with them, or look at them, I remove them completely (i.e. throw or give them away). Otherwise they sit there and make me unhappy/guilty/whatever.

Hmmm. That has me thinking, Mark. I think I like it.

But do I have what it takes to really do it?

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:03 AM

RickS

You know the one. That guy who starts a model and then doesn't finish it.  

 

 

Hey thanks for reminding me!!! I started an old Testors 1/35 Puma armored car several years ago and it still is about 1/2 done cuz I got sidetracked with comissions.  I'm airplaned out at the moment  and will switch to armor for a change of pace. No planes  for a while.

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12:10 PM

I've got at least a dozen builds on my Shelf of Doom, maybe more; there are probably some that I've forgotten.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12:37 PM

I just have three on hold. One plane and two ships.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:14 PM

UhOh! You found me out didn't you?

 I have about forty started. Health shut down modeling to a finish a lot. Now slowly I am catching up.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:22 PM

AHHH found another 2 !! Surprise

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 3:52 PM

I, too, am "that guy"!  During my long absence from the hobby I made a couple of half-hearted attempts to get back into it & I still have those kits, in various stages of completion (1/48 Tamiya Mosquito, knock-off copy of Tamiya's 1/350 HMS King George V, and a couple of others).  One day...

Now I am properly returned to the path of righteousness, I use spare bits from multi-variant kits as paint mules, most usefully the spare wings from the Airfix 1/48 Seafire FR 46/47, although these are now noticeably thicker than they were!  Like you, I had to learn about the new kinds of paint, and the only way is to try them (reading others' experiences on fora such as this one is a big help).

I'm still very much a learner myself, but my advice is - try just a few paints, don't spend a lot of money, and use the appropriate thinners - you'll soon start to pick it up.

Happy modelling,

                          Hutch.

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

   

TakkaTakkaTakkaTakkaTakkaTakka

 

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