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Why ask Why - completing kits

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Why ask Why - completing kits
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Sunday, June 13, 2021 6:38 PM

So, a few threads back there was the question about "your last three models". My answer was a 'sitting unfinished' or words to that effect. Now that brings up a question;

Why do we 'occasionally' not finish our models?

There are of course several hundred (or more) answers to that and the simple one for me is that life commonly gets in the way and sidetracks me. I'm suspecting that it's a residual ADD thing, but I could be wrong.

So, the question is posed; WHY?

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, June 13, 2021 7:11 PM
It's because I bit off more then I could chew,then I get frustrated and put it aside

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Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, June 13, 2021 7:28 PM

I tend to start one, then my attention gets diverted to another, then another.........and on down the sink hole

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Posted by fox on Sunday, June 13, 2021 7:35 PM

Broken or lost parts, bad decals or just wanted a change. Usually sits on the shelf of doom for a few months to a few years but it usually gets finished. Don't have any on the shelf more than 3 years now.

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Posted by armornut on Sunday, June 13, 2021 8:06 PM

    I get bogged down with some of the required dirty work, however the biggest reason I drag my feet is because what I want to do , what I'm capable of doing, and a very close friend who is a rivet counter but only for a couple particular WW2 german vehicles, takes the wind out of my sails.

     I remedy the last statement by building aircraft, modern US and Russian stuff, but the middle of my statement catches me. Practice practice practice.

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, June 13, 2021 8:50 PM


I tend to start one, then my attention gets diverted to another, then another.........and on down the sink hole


And sometimes I can't figure out how to do something.  I eventually find the answer, but it can take time.  My record so far is 33 years.  Surprise

A friend observed that I seem to like solving problems rather than completing a kit.  Embarrassed

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Posted by armornut on Sunday, June 13, 2021 9:14 PM

    Not a bad problem to have RealGBig Smile

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, June 13, 2021 9:39 PM

Pretty much what everyone else said.

I never put one aside, I just have to sleep on it for a while Whistling


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 ikar01 on Sunday, June 13, 2021 10:25 PM

Sleep on it?  Sometimes it's more of a hybernation kind of thing.  An example could be my wanting to build a box around that darn caps lock key, still working on that one.

I started working on a project some 25 years ago and it still sits here..and there ..somewhere in the vacinity of the workbench.  I can't seem to find the picture I was using for reference.

Sometimes it's a repair job that gets put on the shelf while I look for the missing parts and lack of interest takes over with a new project or problem shows up.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, June 14, 2021 8:50 AM

HooYah Deep Sea
Why do we 'occasionally' not finish our models?

Over the past 25 years, it's been way more than occasionally. Why? Probably because I overcommitted myself to various projects, especially Group Builds on here or in some of the clubs that I'm in. Next thing I know, I had too many going at once, bouncing back and forth between kits A, B, C, D and E, and few to none were getting finished before GB deadlines. So then they get sidelined and I move on to the next GB and add to the process. 
Sometimes I do just get bored with a long running project, or just lose my modeling moejoe for awhile. Then all projects come to a halt until the muse returns for a manic burst of renewed motivation.
 Occasionally I have started with ambitions greater than my skill set at the time for upgrades or changes to a model, or I need a particular item that is not easily obtained at that time, so that project is sidelined until that obstacle is overcome. Nowadays, I'm limiting the numbers of kits that I work on simultaneously to two or three at most, with one being an old sideliner being pushed through to completion to reduce that stockpile.


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Posted by the Baron on Monday, June 14, 2021 9:08 AM

HooYah Deep Sea

...Why do we 'occasionally' not finish our models?... 

Ultimately it boils down to this:  it's a hobby, not a job.  So if a build turns into an aggravation, or we just lose interest, there's no point continuing it.  We can always come back to any particular build-and many do-and there's always something more enjoyable in the queue.

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Posted by Dodgy on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 5:24 AM

For me its usually laziness, frustration, or life just gets in the way....... but bad shakes don't help.

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

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Posted by Deeve_ on Thursday, June 17, 2021 11:58 AM

Too much sanding and filling annoys me and will sometimes cause me to put something aside.


Also if I am at a stage where something requiring a deft touch is needed, I will sit on it till I get the courage/confidence to proceed. 


Lastly, If I mess something up, sometimes I will get frustrated and set it aside.


I started the 1/72 XB-70 in 2010. I havent touched it since around 2012. I made the mistake of rescribing the panel lines. That was the first time trying it and I messed up a lot and had to fill and smooth. Also there was a ton of filling and sanding gaps. Got me discouraged.


 In Progress.

1/72 Revell Arado AR-240-c2

1/72 Hasegawa Mitchell Mk.III RAAF

1/72 Italeri XB-70 Valkyrie



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