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.