How long does it take you?

Have you ever been asked that before?  Was it your girlfriend/wife or both?  Was it from a friend who liked your models?  OK let’s keep this on the modeling aspect.  It is easier and cleaner that way.  LOL

Do you take into account the research time?  How about the time at the hobby shop?  Do you only count the time on the bench?  When people ask me I typically tell them about a month or two.  I never take into account the other times.  Let’s face it most people don’t appreciate the level of research and dedication that goes into making our three dimensional art. 

I’m lucky that my job allows me to have a couple of weeks without my wife to work on my models.  Ok that doesn’t do well for the marriage, although that doesn’t mean there is trouble there, it just means that I have plenty of time to work on my passion.  Truth be told I hate working nights but as a cop that is when things happen.  Ok so it takes about a month if the model is out of the box.  Really though the only thing that matters to me is that I’ve had fun during the building process and finished product.

Does your life get in the way of your modeling?  Really who cares?  The model will be there when you get to it.  It is always waiting.  After about a month though I want my model to be off the bench.  Not for any other reason than I want to move on.  Sometimes my attention span wanes and sometimes my motivation to start something else drives it.  I have to guard against all of it if I’m ever going to finish a model.  I’ve had some models sit on the bench for quite some time.  That doesn’t mean that there haven’t been times that I’ve shelved a project, the Panda UH-1H in particular comes to mind.  Eventually I’ll get around to finishing it.  I have to know what my model is going to look like when it is done.  You know the markings and everything.  My minds eye has to have a goal of what I hope to accomplish.

A good super detail job will definitely take time.  I’ve frequently start two projects one super detail and one that is fairly simple.  That way when I get tired of the super detail one I can put it aside and still accomplish something.  Try it sometime.  Remember just enjoy it.  Enjoy the process and don’t rush it.  If you can only put in a few minutes just do that.  I personally don’t like to start something unless I can devote some time to it, though this normally means the painting stage.  That is something I never rush.  I enjoy it but I have to psych myself up for it.   This is the biggest thing for me.  You can have a well built model but put on a crappy finish and you won’t be happy.  Put a great paint scheme on a descent build model and you’ll be happier.

Near the end of the build process I tend to get in a hurry to finish the model.  I make a list to slow things down and keep me focused on what has to be done.  Sometimes I should do this early in the build to prevent me from screwing up like putting the canopy on before I put the gunsight or stick in.  Been there, done that. 

Take your time and enjoy the build.  After all you don’t get a chance to go back and do it again.  Do it right the first time.  Remember: Modeling is fun…even if it takes six months to finish. 


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