Happier Weekend 

My goal for the weekend was to have the wings attached on all four builds. Goal achieved! At a time when the progress is hard to gain, this is huge for my morale. I’m always afraid my builds will become the forgotten half finished kits sitting in their dark boxes. That’s why I’m so adamant about my status on each build. It’s my personal moral to finish every kit that I begin. So to attain this goal leaves me feeling recharged in knowing that the progression is continuing in the desired direction. 

Not one of them is perfect by any means. More filling and sanded will be needed of course. Having the wings on is a huge boost that gives me more motivation to get my butt into action. I’m back at work for the next four days so I don’t foresee a whole lot of activity swirling about. I’ll take it when I can I guess. Regardless, they’re coming along and I’m happy with that. 

A bonus to the builds is that my model room is getting sorted out a little. All of my finished and unfinished kits are officially home. The last load arrived Saturday afternoon and I am literally swimming in models. The amount of built kits is quite overwhelming with lots of shelf space needed to accommodate the masses. It’s slowly starting to come around and soon I will be back in full force packing my shelves again. 

Setting Up

As I limp my way through the current four builds, I had a brief victory today. Between the ongoing settling in, I managed to devote a small amount of time to the model building side of life. There are two parts to my “workbench” here at Amateur Airplanes. The first section is where the bulk of the work is completed. The actual area where I build the kits is well used and obviously my most frequented spot. The other, equally important, zone is where I perform all my painting. I spent a little time today setting up a nice spot in the garage for my spray area. I used the top portion from a Tamiya paint rack for all my rattle cans to be conveniently stored and easily accessible. The next part will be the airbrush set up. I already have my air compressor up and running so all I need to do now is run the air line and install my regulator. Every little victory counts!

To keep the momentum going, I grabbed the Stuka, Babs, Avenger, and Spitfire to prime them. The nice difference from my previous five years of building is that I am now able to paint my builds and leave them to dry in a finished garage. This means that I can’t put off airbrushing in the freezing months of winter. Another bonus is that I don’t have to smell the fumes anymore from the paint. I can leave the kit where it sits and bring it in when it’s dry. All good things. 

Depending on how well I sanded the seams, I will handle any gaps or additional sanding tomorrow. Ideally, I would like to have the wings attached on all four kits this weekend. That’s quite a tall order given my circumstances lately but I am certainly going to try.

Harder Than I Thought

This move had officially hit the one week mark this past Friday and I am still left a little shell shocked from the busy week that ensued. It’s been days since I even touched any of my four current builds and I’m getting a little nervous that they will end up sitting for way longer than expected. 

Now I will say that the house is somewhat operating under normal circumstances. We are in a completely new town of about 2,000 total residents. To us, that’s not a lot by any means. We are moving from a city with about 37,000 residents and only a thirty minute drive from Chicago. Needless to say, we are in a quiet town. That was a main part of the attraction. So we really have a lot to get used to on top of setting up the house. 

My honey-do list is shrinking and I’m hoping to get the model situation sorted out immediately. My genius plan this afternoon was to throw another kit in the fray to hopefully spark a workbench movement of sorts. Maybe Hasegawa’s 1/72 F/A-18C Hornet can flip the switch. It’s been over two years since my last F-18 build and I’ve been considering this build for a few months now.The final goal for this kit will be a current load-out with no fancy paint job. The “Chippy Ho” scheme is okay but I’m looking for a down and dirty Hornet. I may even pull out Italeri’s flight deck that I couldn’t use with the Skywarrior build a few months ago. I’ll build it ready to go handle some terrorists. 

I’m excited again to get building and that’s a great sign. It’s not that I didn’t want to build before, I was just flat out exhausted. Quite a bit of work remains as far as my model room goes but I’ve never had a dedicated work area before so that won’t stop me. What will stop me eventually is not having my airbrush set up. I’m halfway there and after a little clean up in the garage, I’ll be back in business. Build on!

Finding Normalcy 

When your life gets shaken and your entire routine gets tossed in a blender, it’s how you handle the aftermath that determines the recovery. My move has chopped me up and left me with aches and pains. Today was the first day since Friday that I have actually felt pretty good. That recovery part seems to be healing itself. 

Moving sucks. Plain and simple. If you are a professional mover then hats off to you. I’ve learned that the little victories are the fuel to keep at it. It’s just too overwhelming to think that you can manage an entire move in a matter of a few days. Not likely.

My small victory today was a combination of things. The first was setting up my paint rack. A few years ago, my local hobby shop closed its doors and I was lucky enough to get a Tamiya and a Model Masters paint rack. They’ve been in storage until now. The Tamiya rack will be set up in the garage to hold all my rattle cans. I figure that will be where I use them so logic wins.

The second part of the victory was getting some sanding addressed on the Stuka, Spitfire, Avenger, and Babs. I closed off the cockpits and I’ll hit them with some primer in the morning. There are a few areas that I know for sure will need some filler but for the most part, all four kits look good. 

The unpacking will continue tomorrow as planned but I feel good that I’m starting to bring my models back into my daily routine. I can’t go too fast though. My airbrush isn’t even close to being set up! 

Under Construction 

Since 8:00am Friday morning, I have been moving into my new home resulting in zero build time. That’s quite alright given that I now have a dedicated space for my finished builds. 

It’s been quite a journey getting to this point and I’m not quite finished yet. Many more boxes still remain full awaiting my attention. There will be lots of sorting and resorting to accomplish but I’m actually excited to work on all that. So here’s my progress so far. Keep in mind that I still have about three boxes of un-started kits to unpack and put away. I certainly underestimated my inventory!

Canberra PR.9, B-57G Canberra, & B-57B Canberra 

Well here’s the comparison photos of the two Canberras. I think it’s great to see the differences as well as the similarities between each country’s version. Both great looking aircraft. The third model is a B-57B that I built a few years ago. This version shows the nose without the FLIR and LLTV. A little more similar to the British variant. 

Preparing For The Move

With the workbench flushed of any final assembly, it’s back to another starting point on the Avenger, Stuka, Spitfire, and Babs. I sat down briefly a few nights ago to get the interiors painted and parts sorted out. The closing on my house is Friday so between all the packing, my one goal is to have the fuselage halves together. Not a lofty goal but I’ve put off smaller ones in the past. The fewer parts to chance losing the better.  I’m halfway there after today at least. 

All four kits have the cockpits installed on one side of the fuselage. I’ll give them overnight to set up and begin wrapping up all interior parts to get the fuselage halves together tomorrow. After that I may pause until I get moved in at my new home. We’ll see.