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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #1785 on: April 20, 2018, 03:48:25 am »
It's not so much what you find that you forgot you had, but what you find that you don't want.
Find anything to sell?

I was in my shed yesterday standing at the bench.  I was standing back from it so there was a gap between my belly and the front of the bench.  I was concentrating on whatever I was doing when in my peripheral vision I saw something run in front of my feet along the foot of the cabinet that I have under the bench.
This was either a big mouse, a rat or a really big spider.
I'm hoping it was a bush rat (rattus fuscipes) [1] because they don't breed as fast as brown rats (rattus norvegicus) [2] or black rats (rattus rattus) [3], nest underground and keep the other species of rats away (and lets face it, you are going to have rats so you might as well have the sort that do least damage).
However, because it could have been one of the bad rats or a mouse i'm going to have to pull out all of the model boxes to check that there isn't a nest in the back of any of the boxes made from chewed up box and instructions.

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« Reply #1786 on: April 20, 2018, 06:04:59 am »
That does look very tidy, but how will you ever know what the kits on the bottom row up against the wall are?  :o

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« Reply #1787 on: April 20, 2018, 07:17:28 am »
That does look very tidy, but how will you ever know what the kits on the bottom row up against the wall are?  :o
;D  Good question. Answer is, I will vaguely know what's there based upon what's on top. They don't look organized but each of those stacks toward the back have a "theme" that ties them together. All the ones out front were the left-overs that didn't fit anywhere else and they'll be easier to look through. But anyway.... knowing what's on top will tell me what else is down below (within reason). I'll still have to move piles around to fish things out and actually get a closer look at something but at least this way I know where it's all at and don't have to dig through my entire kit stash to find something. It's still a bit of "work" but a large amount less than what I used to have to do to find something.

In a perfect world, I'd have a lot more space, for one, and shelves, for two. That's a long-off goal of mine anyway is to build some shelving  to hold things. I could just hit the lumba' sto' and buy a bunch of wood and make the things myself but this still costs money and more importantly it's WORK.

It's easy to just say, "oh, yeah, build a shelf."

But no one thinks of the logistics. Gotta FIND all the proper tools. Got to dig said tools out. Got to tote tools inside. Got to re-arrange half the damn house just to have a place to stand and work and kiss your wall hangins goodbye. May have to move a bunch of furniture. *Snap* damn, 100 pound TV is in the way... gotta move that... oh, but wait, gotta move the TV stand, too. Oh but wait the entertainment megaplex having 50 trillion miles of wires and they're all crossed up, knotted, and matted like a 3 year old child's hair after candy melted in it. Oh yeah, it'll take half a damn morning just messing with wires. Ain't even cut a slice of wood yet! Oh but wait, gotta make lunch and take care of the animals real quick. Ok.. nice! Time to cut wood. Oh damn, the power cord doesn't work any more. Gotta go find another one only to burn two hours to find another one that doesn't work. Time to go buy one so there's another $50 down the crapper unless you want some Taiwanese fire hazard. OK... good to go.... RRRRR RRR Oh damn, the saw blade is no good!!! Burn another half hour looking for one then back to the store to buy one. Go home then you realize you had better make sure to find the studs. Stud finder where is it??? Oh man.. I saw it laying around a year or two ago..... burn two more hours trying to find the stud finder but at least I found some old bombs from an A-10 Attacker while I was not finding the stud finder. Ok, back to the stupid store to re-buy something I already own. Now all of a sudden these cheap shelves are quite costly and it's midnight.

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But yeah.....   Even if I just bought a couple hunks of wood and just did a a shelf here and there it would go a long ways for making the stash better and I'd build a couple to hold finished projects, too!  :wub: :wub:   Hell, that might be a good idea to contemplate on NOW while this place is in a stately order.
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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #1788 on: April 20, 2018, 07:24:56 am »
It's not so much what you find that you forgot you had, but what you find that you don't want.
Find anything to sell?

I was in my shed yesterday standing at the bench.  I was standing back from it so there was a gap between my belly and the front of the bench.  I was concentrating on whatever I was doing when in my peripheral vision I saw something run in front of my feet along the foot of the cabinet that I have under the bench.
This was either a big mouse, a rat or a really big spider.
I'm hoping it was a bush rat (rattus fuscipes) [1] because they don't breed as fast as brown rats (rattus norvegicus) [2] or black rats (rattus rattus) [3], nest underground and keep the other species of rats away (and lets face it, you are going to have rats so you might as well have the sort that do least damage).
However, because it could have been one of the bad rats or a mouse i'm going to have to pull out all of the model boxes to check that there isn't a nest in the back of any of the boxes made from chewed up box and instructions.



Surprisingly, no! I'm still with the same pile of 1/48 kits I have and the 1/72 Boeing 707 that I have almost convinced myself to get rid of but I didn't find anything I had totally forgotten about or anything that I once liked and now do not. I think this may be because some odd months ago I did kind-of go through things just to pick out the stuff I didn't want so I got to skip that round of "eureka, but...eww" this time.

Nothing worse than a little vermin that just straight up EATS YOUR STUFF. Squirrels do it here....  Tore up all kinds of stuff in the out buildings. Get on that fast. And hey whadda ya know.. you can do a wee bit of the clean up and organize yourself since you have to pull out a bunch of stuff anyway!
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« Reply #1789 on: April 20, 2018, 07:26:11 am »
That does look very tidy, but how will you ever know what the kits on the bottom row up against the wall are?  :o

You keep notes. Yes I know it's sad, but that's what 40 years of office work teaches you  :mellow:

That's what I could do! Just put a sticky note on one of the top kits with a list of everything underneath it. Simple but effective.
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« Reply #1790 on: April 20, 2018, 07:29:27 am »
Sticky notes become "unsticky" very quickly.

Jot it down on a bit of A4 and put that inside a clear plastic folder. Or simply get a cheap note book/pad from a $ Store or whatever. Don't trust the sticky, believe me I speak from experience  :banghead:
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« Reply #1791 on: April 20, 2018, 08:02:46 am »
That does look very tidy, but how will you ever know what the kits on the bottom row up against the wall are?  :o

You keep notes. Yes I know it's sad, but that's what 40 years of office work teaches you  :mellow:

I was taught "If you didn't write it down it never happened"  A cheap notebook and pencil can get you out of a great many elephant traps if you use them sensibly!
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« Reply #1792 on: April 20, 2018, 09:19:25 am »
That does look very tidy, but how will you ever know what the kits on the bottom row up against the wall are?  :o

You keep notes. Yes I know it's sad, but that's what 40 years of office work teaches you  :mellow:

I was taught "If you didn't write it down it never happened"  A cheap notebook and pencil can get you out of a great many elephant traps if you use them sensibly!

Yup.  Same thing applies in EMS.  If you did it, but didn't document it, it didn't happen.
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« Reply #1793 on: April 20, 2018, 09:51:39 am »
For now simply moving a couple piles to see what is behind them is going to be less time consuming and labor intensive than writing/typing out a bunch of things (lots of kits, lots of writing/typing) so I'm just going to let it ride until the day my collection is so obese that I once again can't even get to parts of.  I'll move to a higher plane of model inventory once I "get my numbers up."   ;D ;D ;D

This  much smaller sheer size was one nice feature of the re-organization. The way it was before I couldn't even get to piles of things because of other piles of things. That way it is now, I can easily reach and snag a pile and they are all within arms reach so the whole mystery of wondering where things are at and having to move 100 kits is gone.

The exception to this, for now, are all my bagged kits. I definitely do already have all of that stuff written down. No way in hell I'm trying to fight that beast.  ;D  I know when to choose my battles and that ain't gonna be it.  :wacko:
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« Reply #1794 on: April 20, 2018, 12:26:12 pm »
All that organisation stuff is NO fun.  :banghead:

Fun is when you're ploughing through a pile of kits looking for one particular one and you come across a Holy Grail kit that couldn't remember even buying!  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #1795 on: April 20, 2018, 06:23:06 pm »
I know it's satisfying building your own shelves but you can buy a plain pine flatpack bookcase for under $30 (which is prolly tax deductible as it is for the business paperwork isn't it).

That does look very tidy, but how will you ever know what the kits on the bottom row up against the wall are?  :o

You keep notes. Yes I know it's sad, but that's what 40 years of office work teaches you  :mellow:

I was taught "If you didn't write it down it never happened"  A cheap notebook and pencil can get you out of a great many elephant traps if you use them sensibly!

Yup.  Same thing applies in EMS.  If you did it, but didn't document it, it didn't happen.

I used to be secretary at System Review Panel meetings.  There were times when I was specifically told NOT to write it down (Which I ignored - I just didn't put it in the official version.  You don't catch me that way).
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Re: Chronic's Research and Aeronautics Project (C.R.A.P.)
« Reply #1796 on: April 21, 2018, 02:34:58 am »
All that organisation stuff is NO fun.  :banghead:



Strangely I do sometimes enjoy sorting things out.  Weird I know, but true


I used to be secretary at System Review Panel meetings.  There were times when I was specifically told NOT to write it down (Which I ignored - I just didn't put it in the official version.  You don't catch me that way).

Attended a fair few meetings where there were "off the record" sessions, but only one where we were actually forbidden to even take personal notes and had to leave bags etc outside of the room. At the end of this session none of the attendees had any idea why this had been necessary as nothing contentious was discussed. And yes it did involve a EEC committee  ;)


I was taught "If you didn't write it down it never happened"  A cheap notebook and pencil can get you out of a great many elephant traps if you use them sensibly!

Nearly always have one on me, cargo trousers are very useful  :thumbsup:

I've also found over time that if I write something down, I remember it. Came in very useful when I was sitting at exams.
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« Reply #1797 on: April 21, 2018, 04:34:46 am »

I've also found over time that if I write something down, I remember it. Came in very useful when I was sitting at exams.

That's why I took all my college notes longhand while my classmates were tapping away on their laptops.  It was annoying when the Profs would shift the slide halfway through
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« Reply #1798 on: April 21, 2018, 09:31:50 am »
Organizing stuff can be enjoyable. But can also be a pain sometimes. I think it all depends on the motivation (forced to do it versus voluntarily) and at what point of the process you're in. There for awhile in the beginning after it was all tore up and I barely had room to even exist in here I was a bit put-off by it all but at that point where things start clicking together like playing Tetris it started to be more fun.

Now I'm at the point where I'm just doing the final bits of refinement and organization on the kit stash itself. Currently I'm trying to cram 2.5 Galaxies into one box and if that is successful I'm going to take a look at this last little pile that is behind me here where I sit.

Here's that stuff with a lot of the Thunderbird stuff. I also have a little 1/72 T-bird car kit and the big Hasegawa multi-kit box "History of Set" and the C-54 to add to that stuff.... and a bunch of transfers sheets:



The last couple of little piles behind me:




It's a bit sloppy but not too bad at all and won't take much effort to get whipped into shape. All the kits will be placed elsewhere then the open space remaining is where I will stack all the boxes of my current projects and a couple boxes of most used supplies.

All the stuff for my huge USAF Thunderbirds project up there I'm going to try to cram into my Hasegawa "History of" Box (not pictured). I don't think this is going work, at all, maybe just sheets of transfers...........buuuuuut, I'm going to at least investigate the possibility. If I could get a couple of the smaller kits stuffed in there, though, that would be nice. I done goofed and crammed the C-54 kit under my bed already so I guess I'll fish that back out to go with the rest. At current I'm only missing 3 items for the project (aside from any whif things I can dream up):  The sheet of transfers for the aforementioned C-54, another for the C-123..... and lastly, the 1/72 scale C-123 kit itself which is taking forever to locate for less than $50. I will NOT be paying that. If I have to sit around and wait for 2 or 3 years then so be it.

I'll be done with this today, certainly! Probably could be done within an hour but I find it prudent to vacuum, dust, organize, and clean up everything not model related I come across as I go because it would be stupid and lazy not to....  so... it's taking awhile. Furniture and surfaces, etc. Two birds with one stone and all that..


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« Reply #1799 on: April 21, 2018, 01:34:40 pm »
All done!! This whole shooting match has been gone through and organized. When I started I had to tear it all apart and put it back together again but in doing so I didn't skip anything. I've laid eyes on every kit I own during this (aside from 10-12 1/48 ones in the storage room that I have earmarked for trade or sale) and opened up a ton of room and it all looks 100% better.


Not pictured are the ones I crammed under the bed, the two Trumpeter behemoths (1/72 Tu-160 and Tu 95) I have on "display", and the airliner collection which sits at the head of my bed behind the headboard. Also not pictured is the little area behind me. I went and ahead and left my Albatros/Delfin collection there and the 1/72 civil birds but the rest of the kits were integrated with the two "main piles." All the boxes and various things that go with current ongoing projects are now snugly secured there.   

Here're the two piles together, framed up the best I could without accidentally throwing myself down the flight of stairs:  :o ;D ;D ;D


Still messy but it's quite decent and being a "living" space that changes all the time I can't expect perfection anyway.



Baby Pile.


Big Bertha Pile.

This concludes the model kit and supplies re-organization project 2018. Hopefully I won't get lazy and let it get all out of whack again. I kept telling myself over and over that I would organize it all and simply never did until it was a massive problem. Baaaaaad habit.



NOW WHAT?!  ;D    I think I'll start painting on the Raptor. I was going to glue things into the weapons bay but if I HAVE to glue onto already painted surfaces I'd rather do so after the first gloss coat instead of onto flat acrylic craft paint. The CA works better this way.......    don't ax me how I know. ( ;D ;D ;D ) So anyway since I can't do that I think all I CAN do right now is paint. I can paint on the plane body itself, the landing gear, and I think weapons bay doors. I think what I'll do is just start with the plane itself and get the belly painted in blue then I can shoot a spot shot of clear gloss into the weapons bays so that can start drying then later I can glue in the stuff I want to put in the bays. I'm trying to get some of the fiddly stuff out of the way rather than have a giant pile of it to do at the end.  ;)




EDIT:  Tacking this on to this post so I don't have to keep digging for it.  :rolleyes: :rolleyes:   
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