it's what we do right?
I started modelling as a tween in the 80's. Initially on Matchbox's tri-colour 1/72 kits then moving onto Revellogram, AMT, DML (later became Dragon), a few Hasegawa and possibly even a Tamiya. When I got back into modelling about 10 years ago there were a few new manufacturer's on the scene with even more coming since.
30 years ago gaps, seams, poor fitting and occasionally chunky out of scale parts etc were considered part of modelling and considering how kit moulds were designed and made it would be a surprise if their wasn't at least a few issues here and there. Modern kits are now usually done in CAD programs which usually minimises fit and other design issues. We modellers as a group are becoming spoiled for quality not seen even on kits produced 15-20 years ago, and it's producing what in my eye's a scarily growing trend of modellers just giving up and tossing kits into the garbage because they require a little more work, skill, time or combination of all three. Personally I've never chucked a kit because of its quality, and when presented with a challenging kit I either A: persevere and feel great at achieving an end result the was challenging and skill building or B: if I feel I do not currently have the skills/equipment to do the subject justice it gets temporarily added to the shelf of doom.
So why do some builders bin a kit? These are some of the reasons I have seen posted on FB groups and model forums
-They that they feel they are to time poor to add extra time to the build.
-They just like relaxing builds and are happy maintaining X Level of skill.
-After spending X amount of dollars they are disgusted at having to spend extra time or more dollars at fixing an imperfect kit.
A few points here, in the internet heavy modern society its quite easy to spend even just 5 minutes researching a kit for it flaws or a spending 10-15 minutes to find out a recommended kit for a particular subject and skill level. My personal first stop is Scalemates.com. Scalemates in an excellent database with links to reviews to most kits available to todays market.
So what to do if you find yourself with a kit you don't want anymore? Unless it has been heavily damaged (and even then maybe) someone local (or maybe not local) may want it, hell if its still in relatively early build stages you might be able to get a few bucks back for it, even its 90% built someone may still want it for parts to replace their own damaged bits or for a scratch build. So before binning it please ask on forums, local FB groups or local model clubs if someone wants its, at the very least you might make someone happy with it and you might just be able to get a few bucks back.
Some quick progress shots on my redo of the first kit I built after getting back into modelling. Inbox shots now on original page here. Actual build updates and article rewriting will be started in a the next few days.
Looking over both my "Work in Progress" kits and my Shelf Queens the other day I realized a good half of them are there because of a fear of failure. I have this image in my head how I want the finished build to look, I get to painting or near painting and I stall, I make excuses, start a new kit or just do other non productive things. This probably isn't helped by the fact that I have LOTs of model groups in my Facebook feed. So many great looking finished builds, some by professional builders most by Joe next door.
Over the course of time I have realized two things. First- whether it's a professional build or a model that looks like it been built in 20 minutes with thick brush marks left in the paint work, they are all better than mine. Why? Because they are completed and mine isn't. Second- No matter how good these builds may look while I'm scrolling through Facebook if I stop and actually look, maybe enlarge the image I see something. An imperfection not noticeable at first glance, now I'm not judging the original creator on this flaw, if anything I should thank them as I've come realize recently (I know but better late than never right ;) ) that my builds (or at least my more recently completed ones) are as good and in my opinion sometimes better than many of the kits I see and mark my milestone against. When I see the flaws on my kits, I'm seeing them up very close, sometimes images from macro setting on 20 megapixal then displayed on a 27inch monitor showing faults that the naked eye can't see.
So as a personal challenge I have given myself that for every new kit started I have to finish my most recently started build and at least one of my shelf queens. Do I expect to finish every kit on my shelf of shame? No, some of those kits have just been there to long, taken to much damage or lost to many parts. realistically I do hope to shrink the shelf of doom eventually by at least two thirds maybe even more.
at some of your earlier builds and think my god how did I ever think that was good? I have a few builds like that on here and as such I'll be presenting a few "do-overs" here and there as time, money or motivation allows. Some will be pure OTB builds like the first one I'll be doing, Hasegawas Harrier Gr Mk.3 others will be with a little extra as I recently purchased another Skunkmodels HH-60J Jayhawk with Black Dog's resin upgrade kit. Basic do-overs like the Harrier will entail just rewriting the page, updated photos etc. More in-depth like the Skunkmodels version will probably have their own page.
… about 18 months for both, yay me. And yes many kits were added to the shelf of doom in this period (to be added to the newly created Shelf Queens section).
On a more serious note as part of all the changes the will be happening around here some pages have been deleted like the on the bench section, while these kits will still be accessible from the home page there is no dedicated section, instead updates will be blogged through here and Facebook once or twice a week with twitter and Instagram getting more regular updates via quick phone shots.
Upcoming will also be Patreon linked initially to some pieces in the articles sections with possibly video or in-depth build articles later.
After having this kit on order for over a month then nearly another month for it to get here (thanks Australia Post) my build desk has just been cleared and made ready for this monster.
Just before Christmas I was working an old shelf queen (Hasegawa's VF-0S from the anime Macross Zero) and I dropped one of the main wheels. Long story short, 4 hours later study completely cleaned and wonderfully swept (floorboards, no actual carpet monster to fight) including moving desks, room turned upside down twice and still no wheel. I've spent less time looking for (and finding) 3mm photo-etch parts in shagpile carpeting.
Option 1: Finish kit with wheels up or 2: Buy some moulding and casting material. I'm going with option 2 and trying a newish item on the scene called Oyumaru.
Oyumaru is a reusable thermo-plastic like material. The reusable part here is the handy bit. While it may not be as useful as silicone for moulds of very fine detail, its great if you just want to make one or two casts of some equipment or say an ammo box and then reuse your Oyumaru for another project. I'll include a post in the coming weeks with photo's on its use.
Review for MENG's T-72B3 is now up in the In Box Reviews, with another couple of In Box Reviews in the next day or two.
After much discussion with my partner a decision, that for better or worse has been made that means much more action and a few changes will be happening here. The decision? Since modelling is more than just hobby and therapy to me why not try and make it more, i.e. make it an income. As such I have been planning a few magazine articles to submit and will be starting a patreon page in the near future plus I have been looking at a few other options as well for the future. Todays meme, isn't a meme, it's a small comic by Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) originally done for a Tumblr page "Zen Pencils", I happened across it right around the time I made this decision. The Universe telling me something?