I put the HK B-25 back in its box tonight. The Hasegawa P-40, too.
I know, I know. What the hell?
The P-40 is pretty straightforward. I started it up expecting a resin conversion to a very good kit. Instead I encountered a warped fuselage, terrible wingroot gaps, and so on. And I just don’t have the fire to take that on right now.
The B-25 is more complicated.
First…summer has truly arrived here in Austin. And with it hot and gross nights in the garage where I’m literally sweating as I sit at the bench. These past few weeks, the bugs have been just awful, too. Not only the usual moths, but spiders. Big ass ones popping out from under cabinets, little ones building webs in the bomb bay, and over sprue trees awaiting painting. And then there are the crickets. A plague of the damned hoppers. Tonight alone I’ve killed nearly thirty of the bastards. And dealing out insect holocaust is hella distracting, which doesn’t jive well with a kit as complex as the HK B-25.
Second, there’s the mental thing. The past two months have played absolute havoc on my mental state. Landing a new job, leaving an old one, all that goes along with that transition…I’ve had a ton of stuff on my mind. Last summer’s bout with unemployment pushed my mental buttons, too, but I was able to channel into the Spitfire VIII. This time around, no go. Honestly, for the past few weeks I feel like I’ve just bee spinning wheels.
Third, there’s the aftermarket thing. I desperately want resin wheels. And Eduard’s mask set. At a minimum. I also want better markings – right now nobody offers stencils for the B-25, which is absolutely retarded considering the scale of the kit. Perhaps giving it a few months off until the cooler weather will allow the aftermarket players to make some headway.
So what’s going on the bench next?
I have no idea…