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Posted by Robert Apfelzweig on August 31, 2018, 10:35:40, in reply to "Frustration
All of these responses ring a familiar bell in my mind. I have had numerous setbacks during model builds, but I cannot recall a situation that did not eventually resolve itself, and sometimes a solution actually came to me in my sleep! In rare cases, I have simply re-ordered broken parts or replacement PE, or scratch-built what I could not repair (and I have amassed a huge collection of spare parts, in plastic, resin and brass). In some cases, I have upgraded my models with new parts (e.g., from ModelMonkey or new PE); in some of those cases, the improved parts were not yet commercially available when I built the original kit (and I have never tried to install a new wood deck on a completed model). For the past six months or so I have been consumed with packaging my 60-odd 1:350 ship models in their display cases for shipment to a new home 400 miles from my previous location (the San Francisco Bay Area). I figured out how to attach, via wood screws, the ships to their display bases and then the bases to their display case platforms, wrap them all in heavy paper and place them in suitably sized boxes, insulated with styrofoam or bubble wrap, for the movers. When my wife and I finally completed the move, and all the models were uncovered, only about a half dozen had any visible damage (mostly broken rigging lines or disattached whaleboats), though a couple of models were apparently transported upside down (despite the box labels stating clearly which side was up). All this caused was a a few gun turrets not otherwise fastened down to fall out, and those were easily reinstalled. Now that I can finally get back to new builds, I look forward to adding newer and even better models to my personal "navy", and all the challenges and satisfaction that these portend.
You know the kit you want to start. You buy the aftermarket parts. You gather your supplies. You get started on your project. You then have these ideas and grand visions of the outcome in your mind. Then it seems like all hell starts. You loose one of only two parts (and both have to be used on the model), paint peels, PE bends the wrong way or mutilates and will not correct, and fit issues. You get frustrated and think about trashing everything until the cost of everything you have bought rolls through your head so that is out of the question. You try to overcome by taking a bit of a break, but when you see it again all of those frustration flood back in. Has anyone else had this happen to them and what was your cure? Thanks.
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