How many "in progress" kits are sitting on your workbench?

Started by strobez, July 05, 2017, 11:45:14 PM

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I'm keen to get started on my kit bash idea for the Sci-Fi GB, but I made myself promise to clear out a few backlogged projects before I allow myself to start cutting any plastic.  I find a lot of my projects get side-tracked at the painting stage, but I'm curious who else has a bunch of semi-(in)active kits on the go.  I've heard the expression "shelf of doom" before, so I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who meanders his/her way through projects as the inspiration hits.

In terms of my list, from most active projects to least...

- 1/72 F4F-4 Wildcat (Academy) At the moment I'm mostly working on a pair of F4F-4 Wildcats.  They got pushed aside for the G.91 I built as my entry into the 1-week GB, but they're my most active project and nearing completion.

- 1/144 a small fleet of planes... "Oh, they're so small and cute... this'll be easy!" Famous last words... the biggest problem is I kept adding extras to the mix.  At first it was just supposed to be a F-5E Tiger II and and an F-14A Tomcat... but I found a MiG-21... and then a MiG-23... and... and... So now I'm working on these off the side of the bench when I need a mental break.

- 1/72 Yak-38 (Tskuda)... I lost the plot on this one after an epic masking/paint job went sideways.  Missed spots, overlaps... I dunno what I was thinking.  Regardless I needed a little time to work on other projects so the "do-over" didn't feel so onerous.  Got a new coat of paint started yesterday, so we're back in action.

- 1/72 F-8E (Academy)... This one got stalled because I couldn't quite decide what colour scheme I wanted to paint it for my Area 88 "Boris" project.
Something about the complex canopy on this kit intimidates me. It's such a well-put-together kit that I feel like I'm going to  screw it up somehow.  Now that my "sister project" F4F-4 Wildcat has caught up, I think it will get moving again though.

- 1/72 Chipmunk (Airfix)... another tiny kit at got sidetracked because I declared a do-over on the rivet removal for my Tintin Chipmunk project.  That one got completed, but initial attempt is still cluttering my workbench because I can't bear to throw anything in the bin (which in my case is still a drawer of failed projects that have been re-purposed as "test subjects").  I just got a neat idea to try out a chrome/red paint scheme, so I think this one's about to come back to life.

- 1/72 F7F Tigercat (Monogram)... this one got stalled because I wasn't happy with my work scratch building the complex under-wing-engine-wheel well areas.  I just got a more recent Revell boxing of the same kit, so that may spur me on a little as I'll be less worried about "screwing up" such an old kit.

- 1/72 Sopwith Camel (Academy)... this tiny kit ground to a halt at the primer stage because I was trying to figure out how/when to start the rigging... I'm still thinking about it.

- 1/72 F-8E (Academy)... This is one of my main Area 88 "Shin" projects... but I didn't want to screw it up, so I decided to give a practice go with the "Boris" version first... see above  :banghead:

- 1/72 VF-1A Battroid (Bandai)... My first foray into "mecha" was a Macross kit I came across cheap at the Hobby Fair Korea 2017.  I got excited, and started glueing bits together, but I'm pretty sure the 1/72 scale is a rough guess at best.  The simplicity of the kit design also makes it quite toy-like, which killed a lot of my enthusiasm and the kit itself has largely been replaced by a Hasegawa boxing of the VF-1S Super Valkyrie in my heart.



He he, when you switch from a vintage Bandai VF-1 kit to the Hasegawa alternative, you will get a shock just the opposite way, because no single part is bigger than a thumbnail. Totally uber-constructed, Germans have probably secretly built the moulds.

Besides... at the moment, I am in the rare condition that I have two kits on the table. One is the TIE Escort Fighter project for the GB (but just a heap of parts, no actual work yet) and a real world Nakajima A6M2-N for a contest. Normally, there's just one "hot" project at the time, which I pull through completely before starting anything else.


My unfinished projects overflowed my workbench DECADES ago and now occupy holding positions all over the house!

When we had a similar survey on here some years ago I'm afraid I thrashed everyone as my count was sixty two:o

That's gone down a bit in recent years as I've tended to finish off old ones rather than start new ones, but a few 'newbies' have crept in so I reckon my count must still be in the low fifties.

At my age they'll never all get done of course....
Kit's Rule 1 ) Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage
Kit's Rule 2) The backstory can always be changed to suit the model

...and I'm not a closeted 'Take That' fan, I'm a REAL fan! :)


The Wooksta!

I think mine outnumber Kit's unfinished list by a good hundred - there's at least 30 Spitfires that are at the primer stage that got "postponed" and I've yet to go back to them.  I have a load of Luftwaffe stuff in the loft at me Mam's that got abandoned in '99 when I made the switch to RAF and I know I'll never go back to them as I refuse to build anything with a swastika on it.
"It's basically a cure -  for not being an axe-wielding homicidal maniac. The potential market's enormous!"

"Visit Scarfolk today!"

"She's died?!?  Then how's she meant to get the shopping home?"

The Plan:


All hail The Wooksta, king of the WIPs.
:bow: :bow:

In the open boxes that surround my bench and into which I dip daily I have three aircraft, one boat, one van, four cars and a truck.  In the stash?  I don't want to think about it.  But not as many as Lee.


- Can't be bothered to do the proper research and get it right.

Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

zenrat industries:  We're everywhere...for your convenience..

Old Wombat

One! ;D

The rest are stashed away, elsewhere. ;)

Actually, if you consider that ALL of my builds are supposed to be on bases or in dioramas, I have exactly two completed builds. :banghead:
Has a life outside of What-If & wishes it would stop interfering!

"The purpose of all War is Peace" - St. Augustine

veritas ad mortus veritas est


Somehow... I KNEW this thread was going to make me feel better... ;)

(Leans over and starts dragging out the kits-n-bits for the Sci-Fi GB)  :wacko:



I'm fairly disciplined it appears  ;)

3 currently in progress on the bench (which is the number I like to have on the go for various reasons) and 6 on the "shelf of doom". I'm trying to clear the shelf and one of them is marked down to be one of my next trio which will be the "twins trio"  :thumbsup:
Decals my @r$e!


I am pretty proud to remain the king of unstarted projects...  ;D


Quote from: Dizzyfugu on July 06, 2017, 08:20:26 AM
I am pretty proud to remain the king of unstarted projects...  ;D

Ah, now I have a notebook full of ideas, which gains new entries every week  ;D
Decals my @r$e!


Me too - here it's actually a physically(!) growing list/poster. But it helps keeping track of ideas and planned donor part swaps, and it's always a good feeling to scrathc one out. While three new were added. Since yesterday.  :-\


Quote from: Dizzyfugu on July 06, 2017, 08:20:26 AM
I am pretty proud to remain the king of unstarted projects...  ;D

I must be the opposite  :-\  additional ideas don't help such as the Sabre engine kick I am on at the moment where I am attempting to re-engine everything with Sabres.

My Ability to Imagine is only exceeded by my Imagined Abilities

Gondor's Modelling Rule Number Three: Everything will fit perfectly untill you apply glue...

I know it's in a book I have around here somewhere....


How many on my workbench?
Actually on the workbench, physically, only two, the Firedrake and one of the Martin-Baker MB-5s.
How many started, and put aside for the moment? Far too many to count.

Alle kunst ist umsunst wenn ein engel auf das zundloch brunzt!!

Sic biscuitus disintegratum!

Cats are not real. 
They are just physical manifestations of collisions between enigma & conundrum particles.

Any aircraft can be improved by giving it a SHARKMOUTH!



Actually started  i.e. glued or attacked with a hairy stick: 2

A 1:1200 scale Revell Titanic that's going to be a dazzle painted troopship  His Majesty's Armed Transport  OCEANIC
B 1:72 scale Airfix Strikemaster that's destined to be a BAe Tern; a  carrier capable light attack aircraft

Boxes opened and definite plans made: 6

C Lindberg  Douglas Stiletto to become part of the UK Space Defence Force as an exo atmospheric interceptor
D Lindberg 1:48 Gladiator as a Royal Marine ground attack aircraft; Norway 1940.......If 3 Royal Marine pilots fought in the Battle of Britain, why not the Fleet Air Arm giving them planes to use?
E 1:72 Airfix Buccaneer S4a flying from HMS Queen Elizabeth after her 2025 refit.
F Dapol 00 gauge Evening Star loco in the full majesty of LMS express livery
G An Airfix  large kit of HMS Victory, straight out of the box, but rigged....I may be gone for some time....
H 1:72 Airfix Bofors and Morris.  Gun as per box, but the tow truck to be "annexed" by the LRDG and used appropriately.

Rest of stash, many with vague thoughts: lots

"If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you....."
It  means that you read  the instruction sheet