The Combat Workshop asks an interesting question for the first Sprue Cutters’ Union of 2016:
At what point of the build do you tend to stall?
Well, shit. That’s not really an easy question for me to answer, since it tends to bounce around depending on what I’m building. So…I can potentially stall out at multiple points. Which is a huge part of why my completion rate was 25% last year.
Let’s walk through them:
Stall Point Alpha: Somewhere between opening the box and actually gluing anything. Sometimes this is due to a sudden evaporation of motivation. Other times, it’s a sinking feeling of realizing the kit isn’t actually all that great. This seems to strike me most often with aircraft whose manufacturer includes the letters K, I, N, E, T, I, and C.
Stall Point Bravo: Before closing the fuselage. This seems to mostly be a problem with jets, which have a lot more elements – intakes, engines and so on – that have to be tended to before I close things up. The work and the test-fitting becomes a grind, and I get distracted. Or resin doesn’t fit. Or spiders invade my workspace.
Stall Point Charlie: Filling and sanding. This one is just the worst. It’s where my 1/48 Intruder and 1/48 F-4G have stalled out. It tends to be the most tedious part of any aircraft build, but if I can get to this point and push through it, things seem to go alright.
Stall Point Delta: Mostly related to armor, this one involves that frustrating mix and match of which parts to install prior to painting, and which to paint separately. Sometimes I can overcome it. Sometimes, tanks just sit.
Typically, if I can get to a point where I’m actually throwing paint at the exterior surfaces of a kit, I’m in the clear.
This totally makes sense. Painting and weathering are my favorite parts of the hobby, so if I can get to them, there’s a good chance I’ll get through them.
The rest of the build is a huge means to that end.
I’ve long theorized this is at least, in part, why I tend to aim my sights toward “good” kits. They increase the odds I’ll get a build far enough to get it into paint.