Status Update

I had a few minutes, so I thought I’d make a couple of quick comments that likely interest no one…

I have been working fast, and I hope this will continue for quite some time. Since I retired I have treated building models and managing this site as sort of “my job”. I try to make 2-4 hours a day for modeling, often less on days that I post.

I have been known to burn out on occasion, and take months or even years where I do much less work, but for now I don’t foresee that happening anytime soon.

My unbuilt inventory of kits is embarrassingly huge! Close to four digits. At my current speed I’m finishing about a kit a week, so at that pace I have a 20 year supply of subject matter. It may be a race to the finish line! I’m a little arthritic, but so far nothing I can’t work around.

My stash is mostly aircraft. The three “On My Workbench” subjects have been a simple aircraft (mostly single engine fighters), a complex aircraft, and a “miscellaneous” (mostly from my vehicle stash). But my vehicle stash is much smaller, at my current rate I would exhaust it in 2-3 years. I’ve got 6 more AFVs I want to get to soon, but expect after that I may start throwing in more odd sorts of aircraft… or Mustangs (I seriously have a lot of Mustangs!)

And I have a couple of theme builds in mind (often based on themed boxings), at least one diorama…. So at some point the “On My Workbench” may look very unusual. But probably not anytime too soon.

I had hoped to have more other types of posts this year, stuff on air shows, museums, reenactments… but you all can guess what happened to those plans. Thunder Over Michigan was officially canceled three days ago. But you know, that leaves more time for building….

About atcDave

I'm 5o-something years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I was an air traffic controller for 33 years and recently retired; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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10 Responses to Status Update

  1. Pierre Lagacé says:

    I am not putting anymore pressure with building what I have for now. I just enjoy what I have been buying and adding to my collection.

    I am waiting for my Profipack Eduard Hawker Tempest Mk V that I should have bought years ago when it was readily avaiblable.

    I was lucky to find one at a UK model hobby online store last month. It is been late in arriving, but I should have it this week.

    I have ordered another Hawker Tempest, the weekend edition version, with some of Eduard model pads to display my model kits. I always wanted to display my U.S. Navy models (Corsair, Wildcat…) on a carrier deck base. He hesitated a bit then I remember that when they are out of stock you may never find them again. So I bought three and one for a Japanese carrier, plus on PSP base. I have featured those on My Forgotten Hobby III.

    • atcDave says:

      Yeah I didn’t mention that the stash does still occasionally grow! But at least we’re past the point of new thing coming out that I’d have to have a lot of of! Of course, as you mention, so often new kits come along and you really have to act fast. But in most cases they are things I would only want one or two of.

      I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve gradually switched over to using those sort of bases. They often look better than what I could do myself, and they enhance the look of a display. I would buy more, especially a variety of wartime airfield surfaces, If I saw them.

  2. Ernie Davis says:

    Well, I envy you. Except on the rare occasion around a birthday or Christmas I never had a stash of unbuilt kits. If you count 3 as a stash. Though admittedly I never did get back in to building when I would have the means to do so, let alone over the course of years. Who knows, retirement looms…

    • atcDave says:

      I can attest, it is an excellent retirement hobby!
      I had a grandfather who retired and promptly bought a home on a golf course. I think he was pretty happy too.

  3. That’s one big stash! There’s certainly lots to look forward to, both building them and writing about them. Enjoy.

  4. coolrich59 says:

    “I had a few minutes, so I thought I’d make a couple of quick comments that likely interest no one…”
    Au contraire! I don’t comment much, but always enjoy your posts.

    On an unrelated note. Someone recently recommended a book I have not heard of, “A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight” by Robert J. Mrazek. Dave, do you or any of your readers know this book?

    • atcDave says:

      It pleases me if you like what I write! I try to make it fun for all of us.

      I have read that book, and even reviewed it here. It is definitely an interesting read. Although, no surprise, the first half is brutal. It doesn’t end well for most of those guys! But lots of attention to the rebuilt squadron after Midway, its a good read.

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