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THE SHELF OF WOE

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All serious model builders have a Shelf of Woe. That shelf (or shelves) of unfinished models. I have about 50 uncompleted projects. How about the rest of you. Here are a few of mine.

Dak

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I think lots of people call theirs the “Shelf of Doom”.   I only have five on the SoD right now, and one of them may actually be coming off it soon....

At one point about 5 years ago, I had about 20 - mostly kits where something had gone wrong, or I found an error that would be too hard/no fun to fix.   I then decided it was time to do something about it-  so I decided to clean it out. Several were just finished as best I could, ignoring the errors. Several others were sold as a bundle (box full) for a couple of dollars over the cost of shipping. One or two were parted out and tossed.  It was refreshing to have that shelf empty!  

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I always called it the Shelf of Woe because the stuff is not dead, but because I stopped working on it for various reasons. Last year I revived several and finished them. 

They set there mocking me. 

Dak

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I guess I'm an exception that proves the rule.....I don't have one. I've only thrown out 2 models in my entire life. The first was a 1/32 Revell F-4J Phantom I was attempting to build as a teenager back in 1975.....and it was too warped and I was too inexperienced to overcome it. The second one was one of my first major vac attempts: the 1/32 Combat P-6E Hawk biplane. It was just so ill-fitting that I couldn't complete it either. Other than those two, I've completed every other model I've ever started.

There has only been 1 true "shelf-sitter" in my collection, and that was a 1/24 Combat vacuform P-51B Mustang. I made a "tactical" error in construction and let a small problem halt my progress. I set it aside fully intending to come back and solve that problem after a few days and it sat there for over 10yrs....BUT, about 3-4yrs ago, I dusted it off and finished it. I currently have one car model that is painted but not finished, and it's been that way for about a year. It'll get it done this year.

A "shelf-of-doom" seems to be the norm for most modelers; and I see nothing wrong with that. In fact, if you have one, I'd simply look at it as a project you have a HEAD START on when you get ready to try to get something done! It's not a shelf of potential failure, it's a shelf of potential time-savings!

Here's 3 pics of that 1/24th P-51B...2 of where I stopped its progress, and the other is after I got it done.

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GIL :cool:

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I see "Shelf of Woe", and all I can think of is the professional wrestler ("rassler") Kevin "The Prince of Darkness" Sullivan speak about the "Tree of Woe":

"I did go to the Tower of Torment, I did climb the Thirteen Steps, and I did strap myself to the Tree of Woe.  And the Sifu did come to me, and he did give to me the Beetle Nut, the Cosmic Cookie, for that I was to chew on as I did hang from the Tree of Woe.  And as I did chew on the Beetle Nut everything became clear in the Amazon river of my mind..."

Ahhh, professional wrestling in the late 1970's-early 1980's.  Kids today don't know what they missed...   :)

Ralph

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I've actually exceeded the capacity of my shelves in my closet and have been given permission by the lady of the manor to put up some shelves in our designated hobby room.  I'm thinking that if they are staring me in the face more it will shame me into building them, eventually.  😁  I have picked up the pace with my building though.  I've already completed as many in 2019 as I did in all of 2018!  😃

My problem is that some many cool ones are coming out that I keep buying more!  😃

 

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As far as the Shelf of Woe/Doom meaning kits I've started and not been able to finish, I'm over with Gil in that I only have one. 

It's a miniature garage kit that was created on the computer. The tolerances are so tight and it had to be assembled in a certain order. But they don't tell you the order - just give an exploded view. Being it's resin you glue it with CA. which is a bear to pull apart. All the parts were glued onto main part A, and all the other onto main part B. But doing that, A and B won't go together.  Took all my strength to not whip it across the room.

As far as stash I have about 5 piles of boxes that are nearly floor to ceiling... 🤩

Same as Richard I too am in desperate need of more shelves in my room.

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