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How Many Do You Currently Have on the Bench?
GulfWarrior
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 01:28 AM UTC
I'm just curious. How many kits do you currently have under way? I don't mean ones that have been relegated to the Shelf of Shame.

Personally, I've only got one under the knife at the moment. I love the campaigns here on Armorama. They help keep me motivated to actually finish something. Otherwise, I get the "SQUIRREL!!" syndrome about 2/3 of the way through one.

Happy Modelling!



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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 02:02 AM UTC
One. Always. I don't like leaving things unfinished. I usually only build one at a time, from start to end.

I do have one "shelf queen" though. I built the Trumpeter M1078 LMTV Armored Cab for a review here in June, 2013 and never painted it. It is 95% done, sitting in a box waiting for the motivation to paint and finish it. I even have a Tank Workshop resin tarp for the rear to add to it. Sometime soon...

I did finish up two other trucks (M1074 PLS and Mk23 MTVR) that were in boxes this year so far. Maybe the LMTV will be next after my M2 Reforger build.
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 03:09 AM UTC
I've got the Tamiya Bradley kit you are talking about in another message thread on my Shelf of Shame. I've even gone as far as canabalizing parts off of it. I lost a taillight on my M9 ACE and stole one off the Bradley to replace it.
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 03:17 AM UTC
I got the two in my sig chilling on my bench. The AZ is probably 80% done but I ran into some snags with the fitment and the Vette is maybe 40% done and I am just lazy.

I want to move on to other projects but I REFUSE to have a Shelf of Shame™
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 03:18 AM UTC
"0" because I am currently building a new house and have no work bench 😭

But normally,its only one build at a time,thats all I can handle.
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 03:36 AM UTC
Richard, I ashamed to admit it but there is a bunch in a large box I refer it as "The Mañana Box" ( sorry, I don't know how to do a tilde). Filled with kits that have indy links, need paint and/or weathering, or like you, the 2/3's Squirrel Syndrome.
But ! I am currently working on Tamiya's new Stuart for the SWAMPS group build (it was due last month) but my goal is to have it ready by the next meeting! And I'm cleaning up indy track links for Mengs Jagdpanther. 3 parts per link an 5 attachment points to cut & clean up X 200.

Long term goal is to empty the box of shame first and then work on my 3 dioramas I've bought most of the stuff for.

Good question !!
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 04:29 AM UTC

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Richard, I ashamed to admit it but there is a bunch in a large box I refer it as "The Mañana Box" ( sorry, I don't know how to do a tilde). Filled with kits that have indy links, need paint and/or weathering, or like you, the 2/3's Squirrel Syndrome.
But ! I am currently working on Tamiya's new Stuart for the SWAMPS group build (it was due last month) but my goal is to have it ready by the next meeting! And I'm cleaning up indy track links for Mengs Jagdpanther. 3 parts per link an 5 attachment points to cut & clean up X 200.

Long term goal is to empty the box of shame first and then work on my 3 dioramas I've bought most of the stuff for.

Good question !!



But I do
doing the ñ that is

My workbench is hidden beneath a pile of other stuff that I haven't had time to take care of (things from the family needing small repairs, useful bits and pieces to be sorted, small electronics to be scrapped to recover useful bits and pieces).
I REALLY need to get that bench sorted ... sigh ....

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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 04:33 AM UTC
Too many.
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 04:34 AM UTC
I've got shelves I need to put up in our designated "hobby room". Half of my side is dedicated to my ham radio stuff and the other half is for my model stuff. My stash has gotten too big to just be housed on the shelves in the closet.



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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 05:48 AM UTC
My answer--too many. But, in my opinion, too many is better than none at all!
VR, Russ
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 02:02 PM UTC
Four destroyers, one cruiser and a carrier, all Royal Navy
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 02:21 PM UTC

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Four destroyers, one cruiser and a carrier, all Royal Navy



Sounds like a formidable task force forming.
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 03:50 PM UTC

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My answer--too many. But, in my opinion, too many is better than none at all!
VR, Russ



Preach it brother!!
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 07:51 PM UTC
Four. Working on multiple kits in a round Robin fashion is how I try to avoid the "squirrel!" Syndrome.


That said I have a box that is really more of a "how the hex do I finish this?" As opposed to shelf of shame. And there are a bunch on the shelves waiting for crews and for me to decide on how to weather them.
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 09:38 PM UTC

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My answer--too many. But, in my opinion, too many is better than none at all!
VR, Russ




words to live by
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 09:58 PM UTC
Let's see:

6 identical planes for one project: does that count for one or six?

A single B-52 vac form 148 scale, this definitively counts for six

Then a MH-53J project stalled by lack of decals

A demon from AZ models, the subjects name is very relevant for this kit

A MIG-29, again decal troubles

A Hasegawa Draken, marvellous kit but I just lost interest

A Black hawk, needs some serious repair after a fall from a shelf

and so on, and so on

But yes, too many is much better than none at all
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Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2019 - 10:34 PM UTC
A lot depends on defining "on the bench", as I build at the table! Usually there's only one actively getting built at a time, but there are many part-built kits waiting for inspiration to finish them. That often strikes when I get to the panting stage of a build...
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Posted: Friday, August 09, 2019 - 03:52 AM UTC

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A lot depends on defining "on the bench", as I build at the table! Usually there's only one actively getting built at a time, but there are many part-built kits waiting for inspiration to finish them. That often strikes when I get to the panting stage of a build...



As to my answer about "too many is better than none at all", I can also relate somewhat to Tom's comment above, since I usually have a main workbench in my garage. But during the winter, it's often too cold to work in the garage, so I also have a "hobby desk" I share with my wife, saving the garage for painting only (in the presence of a good space heater). And during the summer, when the weather is often really nice for stretches of a week at a time here in the Pacific Northwest, I also have a table outside under a covered deck (building outdoors is very relaxing and enjoyable under the right conditions). So sometimes, I'm nuts enough to have two or three builds ongoing, or I might be building components of one model in three different areas. Yes, "too many is better than none at all". And the inventive can always find space for another place to work (a few years ago, Fine Scale Modeler ran a feature on a guy who built a folding bench in a coat closet!). So, defining the "bench" might just depend on what time of year it is or the space available. When I was in the Army, I didn't have a lot of time to relax and build, but, on the occasions when I did, I pulled out my portable 2'x3' work table built to fit over a laundry room sink and kept my tools and paints in two large fishing tackle boxes.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Friday, August 09, 2019 - 11:52 PM UTC
Hey Robin, thanks for adding the tilde for me ! It looks a heck of a lot better.

So, this thread has inspired me (don't know for how long) but I've pulled out some kits with indy links and started to trim & clean them. The Meng Jagdpanther's tracks are ready for assembly. Now I'm on to Meng's Leopard I A5. These are fiddley & fragile. But it's nice to sit outside and trim & sand listening to old Blues music.

Thanks Richard for the inspiration to empty the box of shame !
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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 12:24 AM UTC
or … "embrace the box of hope". either way - half empty or half full - as you wish.
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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 04:16 AM UTC
I have so many I dedicated an Ikea display case for just the "work in progress".

Cheers
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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 07:01 AM UTC
Four JB Land Rovers, with new fronts to backdate them from late Rover 11 to early vehicles; one ambo, two GS, one undecided. Need resin doors, rear seats (backs and empty bases, one at least 'upholstered' with a couple of sleeping bags!), and rear end. In preparation.
One Matador Models Austin K9 Radio van; interior problems, that provided is fantasy.
One Armoured Car Troop of two ferrets (Matador) and a brace of Saladins (JB)
One BW Models Ferret Mk 4, awaiting casting of new parts.
A pair of Ratio Nissen Huts. Were awaiting te arrival of a new knife to trim the roof, which turned up this morning. So possibly this evening...
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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 07:19 AM UTC
I have a system and it's working for me. My score, since I joined Armorama one year and three months ago is 21 finished, 0 unfinished models. They are all in campaigns section and I totally agree with Richard - campaigns are great motivation. So much so that I plan my future purchases by upcoming campaigns.
So, to answer the question
3 × Dragon Flak 38
Dragon Opel Blitz
Icm Horch 108 type 40 converting to type 1a
Dragon Sd.Kfz.10
Dragon Flak 88
Dragon Sd.Ah. 51
Dragon Panzerjager I
and they all have to be finished until 1. of November.
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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 11:49 AM UTC
Howdy Y'all
This thread is motivating me to drop some of my campaigns. Plus, my wife has been playing "minimalism" and "get rid of the stuff" Ted talks and videos all day. The campaigns are great motivators to "build and finish" models and I appreciate all the work the Campaign Administrators do for the site. My problem is I enlist in too many and finish too few. My workbench is covered with the detritus of life and family but it's only used for airbrushing. All my model building is done on the kitchen table.
To answer the question: Three. I try to keep a rotation going so I don't get bored with one build. I also have a couple of dozen shelf queens. My three current builds:
-D&D Phase Spider for the Sci-Fi V campaign,
-U-Wing Fighter for the Bandai campaign, and
-Tamiya WWI British Infantry for the Great War campaign.
I might not finish the U-Wing fighter but may get the Tie Striker and Battle Tanks finished. The kit comes with a 1/144 U-Wing fighter, Tie Striker and two battle tanks; quite a collection.
I'm going to drop all my other campaigns except the Unfinished Business, Hangar Queen and Dry Docked campaigns. That will give me 6 models to try and finish for the year. I may also enlist in the 8th AAF campaign but haven't made up my mind yet but that goes into next year so there is less stress.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
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