Friday, February 22, 2008

Modeler’s ADD

Readers of this blog and my modeling friends are probably aware that I suffer from terminal Modeler’s Attention Deficit Disorder. I never finish anything and I’m always starting new projects and not following through. Add to this a demanding job and little time for modeling, and, well, as you can see from some of the posts here, I start things with the best intentions and they never get done. Some kits never make it past the cockpit stage, some get to the point where filling and sanding is needed, some get really close, only needing small parts, and still don’t get done. Right now on my bench I have three or four kits I could finish in a weekend if I put my mind to it, but I’ve lost interest in all of them, and I spend more time thinking and dreaming of what to start next. I always feel that the next started kit will be the one that will break through the haze and I’ll finish it. Sadly that doesn’t happen. On February 2, I started an Academy F-84E as a quick get it done build. Here we are almost at the end of the month and I’ve yet to finish the cockpit. In fact I haven’t sat down at the modeling bench in almost two weeks. Arg.

From here on out I will try to focus and only build one thing at a time. I wish I could get to the bench a little very day, but I’m afraid that isn’t realistic right now. I also wish to curb the amount of models I start. One friend has suggested I try to finish up the backlog of almost done models. That is a great idea, which I have mentioned before, but I’m not sure how to motivate myself to finish up kits that I have no interest in. My wife thinks I should stop talking about what I’m going to do and just do it. Harsh, but true.

So any other suggestions? Help? Should I just check myself into an institution or start taking Gunze Mr. Modeler’s Ritalin?

1 comment:

Matt Tauber said...

Jimmy - I know what you mean. I have files full of unfinished or barely started projects. I think you should take all of the unfinished models and dirty them up and make a airplane graveyard diorama!