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When a model fights back

Q: Any suggestions when a model simply fights you the whole way?  

I’m 55 years old and have been building since I was 10. I’m in the process of building a model, and although the kit is engineered well, it just seems to be fighting me like it doesn’t want to be completed.

I’m winning the battle, but the steam and excitement is rapidly leaving my tank. I’ve walked away from it for a while, only to come back to the same plastic devil ready to start the fight again.

Nick Dragone
via E-mail


Ken: In previous issues, we’ve touched on overcoming Modeler’s Block, but this is a little different: the spirit is there, but the model is fighting back.

Through no fault of our own, there are times when we just can’t connect with a model. The kit may be well engineered and the pieces might fit together perfectly, but for whatever reason, the magic just isn’t there.  

When the “steam and excitement” begins to fade and building a model becomes a chore, in my opinion it’s time to move on to something else.  

There’s nothing more satisfying than working on a project that’s going well, but there’s nothing worse than spending time on a project that continually drains our enthusiasm.  

One option is to tough it out, hoping you’ll have a breakthrough (and the satisfaction that goes with it), but as modeling time invariably seems to diminish, I feel there’s a point where we have to look at the bigger picture.  

In modeling (as in life), some relationships aren’t meant to be.

Model building is supposed to be fun, and if one kit threatens to sap our strength and affect our enjoyment of the hobby, it’s time to put that one away, with no regrets, and open another box.   

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