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Old 06-13-2004, 08:34 AM
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Hello Members, especially kit builders. I havent done anything with my kit for almost 8 months now, my table has gatthered dust, and I cant seem to get motivated to finish, anyone relate to that?..and how did you get out of it. I didnt have much time the last few months, but now I do..any advice?.. thanks
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This is not really an uncommon problem Janet. It usually happens to me in the summer... building tends to take a back seat to flying.

My cure for it is pretty easy - Just sit yourself down next to your building table, and do something mindless. I smoke, so for me, it's sit in the workshop and have a cigarette (It's the only place in the house that the boss lets me smoke).

Maybe (If you don't smoke) you could just sit there and listen to music.

But you would be surprised at how easy it is to look at the table and say, "Hmmm, that 'so and so' is ready for glueing" or "Gee, there's a burr on the edge of that wingtip that needs sanding"

Next thing you know, you're up to your elbows in sawdust.
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Old 06-13-2004, 09:08 AM
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Janet,
First you have to decide if you want to finish the project. If so, then commit to it and set your mind at peace. Go back to your instruction book and find the last stopping point. Then study what is next. Look at your schedule and if say at x:00 o'clock on Tuesday you have 90 minutes lock that construction task in. DO IT. If you can keep up this sequence and are able to say to 3-4 hours per week then you will punch it out to completion over a couple of months. As you near the end you will become more excited when anticipating the finished project. You can also say to your self "this week I WILL install those push rods", etc .

Been there, doing that as we speak.
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For me its easy, clean the shop. I don't mean just move stuff around but really put everything in its place, clean off the building board completely, shop vac everything and throw away all the trash. A spic and span shop with everything in its place is a big motivator for me to build something, anything!
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Old 06-13-2004, 09:33 AM
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I'm beginning to get that way too. I keep having to do minor work on other planes, so I'm at the bench almost every day. I need to get up the steam to plow thru the parts of building that I don't like best.

What are you building and what stage are you at?
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Old 06-13-2004, 09:46 AM
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I got that problem too. Sometimes......

I'm one of those that has a few flying planes, and double that in ARTFP "almost ready to finish projects" languishing in my shop. Most need only an hour or two to finish.

The AADD doesn't help, I'm here, I'm there, I got to go work on the ??? hey wanna go ride bikes? Oh wait I was in the middle of something important, then started something else.....now I'm out on my boat. Oh yeah didn't I have something IMPORTANT to do???!!??
Seriously though it's not as much fun as it sounds.[&:]

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Old 06-13-2004, 11:08 AM
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One problem I've had is getting to a "sticky" point in the building sequence and putting off doing it. Then the momentum is lost and it's hard to come back and deal with whatever put me off in the first place. Sometimes I'll switch to an easier area of the project to get going again, then come back to the problem. Another is losing interest in the whole project. I've let one sit as long as 2 years until finally it looked interesting again and got finished. It sounds like a lot of us end up with unfinished projects cluttering up the place. Another good motivator is cutting off your kit buying funds until the current one(s) are finished! Sometimes it's so much easier to buy them than to finish them!
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Old 06-13-2004, 12:58 PM
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Every kit I build results in my being stuck when it comes time to cover it. I will build like a daemon till then. I HATE covering. I have a Super Sports 20 that is at that stage and has been so for almost two months now.
Going out to the field and watching some people fly usually gets me outta the funk and back in gear.
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Hello Members, especially kit builders. I havent done anything with my kit for almost 8 months now, my table has gatthered dust, and I cant seem to get motivated to finish, anyone relate to that?..and how did you get out of it. I didnt have much time the last few months, but now I do..any advice?.. thanks
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Old 06-13-2004, 05:30 PM
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Janet I feel your pain. I fix cars for a living. I work with my hands all day. I get home cook my wife and me supper ( I love to cook but hate dishes, she doesn't mind dishes and hates to cook, good arraingement all the way round). I clean up and take a shower. It is now 7:30 and I am beat. The last thing on my mind is airplane building.

The way I get around it is to just peck away at it. A little here a little there. Sooner or later the project is done. Just do a little at a time. No more than 1/2 hour or so. This will keep you from burning out. Good luck with your project. And my congratulations on joining this hobby. And for summoning up the courage to build a plane. I only wish more women would take up the hobby. I enjoy the different point of view women have. Congratulations and good luck.

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Old 06-13-2004, 06:15 PM
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I feel your anguish Janet. I built for others for a very long time and I got so burned out that I didn't even want to see my shop, more or less build something.[&o] It has taken a long time for it to come around but it slowly is, but having some health problems sure doesn't help. I started one plane that turned into a royal POS and finally stuck it at the end of the workbench and maybe somewhere down the road it will get done. I'm doing an Ultimate now and I'm having a real good time, taking my time because I have no time frame to get it done like when I was building for others. I have 72 cap strips to put on and I'm 1/2 way there, no hurry and then the last thing to build will be the fuz! I do like Minnflyer and go down and have a smoke even though I'm not suppose to[&o] and just look at what I'm working on and plan ahead, sometimes I will glue something and then just look. I plan on cleaning my shop this week as it's really bad and there's a lot of it and once cleaned it will be easier to work on the plane. It will come back and you just need a break for the time being, good luck and hang in there.
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Old 06-13-2004, 06:26 PM
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yup just recently too, got motivated when i went out and flew my Nexstar and was like BAM, building time (guess also cause i lost my easy sport over spring break too lol) needed my own plane to fly off the ground cause i have a seamaster and the nexstar is my dads

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Old 06-13-2004, 10:00 PM
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sounds familiar, we all go thru the mood swings. for some of us its years inbetwen. all it takes is the desire to start in again. just don't try to make up for lost time-- little bit at a time and soon its complete ready to fly, and another one is on the board. dick
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Old 06-14-2004, 05:53 AM
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One more tidbit janetC- remember that each time you work on "the project", it gets a little closer to being finished, even if it's one step every couple of days/weeks/months/years. A project never unbuilds itself. (well, not until you fly it into a tree, or the good old terra firma)
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Old 06-14-2004, 02:11 PM
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Boy can I relate to this. My first Kit was/is a Something Extra. By all accounts this plane is a straight forward build. I started in February of last year and am "almost" finished. When I lost interest, I would hang it up and sooner or later I would come around to wanting to build. In the interim, I build several ARF's just to keep me in the air. This had a big affect on my progress. I was building, just not the kit. Well, about a month or two ago, I said, this WILL get finished, and over the last several weeks I have progressed to where I have just the aeleron servos to install (will do that today), finish up painting the wheel pants (also today), balancing and radio programming. For my first kit I am pleased on how it came out, and I really learned alot along the way. I have a SIG Hog Bipe kit in the wings, and will probably start this Fall. Also to build/assemble, a U-Can-Do 46, an Ultra Stick lite, and a Tower Voyager (just because). I know the bipe will go the same way as the SE, but in some areas, doing it once will certainly speed up the process. Basically I build when I want and don't when I run out of steam.
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Old 06-14-2004, 03:13 PM
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Hasn't happened to me, but like someone else pointed out. You don't have to try and finish the whole thing in a week or two.

I make it a point to spend a minimum of 10 minutes in the shop every day. Sometimes its in the morning before I go to work. Somedays I just throw a little spackle filler on and I'm done in 10 minutes, and others I look up at the clock and 3 hours slipped by. I have a tv in the shop, and if I'm sick of building, I just cruise through the channels until a commercial and then look back at the plane.

Nibble away at the project and it will be done before you know it.
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Old 06-14-2004, 04:15 PM
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You obviously know by now that you're not alone, and I'll add my voice to the masses. I haven't worked on a kit in about 3 months now, and I have at least 4 that are in various stages of completion.

Don't fret over it, leave it be for now. If it's really bothering you, then find another kit that you're interested in building (maybe something easier), and start that. I've found that I quite often will finish a different kit, then wind up going back to the one that was set aside.

By the way, here's a potential motivator for you; on June 26th and 27th is the Regional Scalemasters Qualifier at the Gardner, MA. airport. (Gardner is north west of Worcester.) Flying generally starts about 9:30 or 10:00 each morning, and there's usually some very nice aircraft competing. Maybe seeing some of them will help.

One of the clubs I belong to sponsors it, and I'll be there as a static judge again this year. We have a food tent, and if you come you might want to try "Jim's Surprise". (Or maybe NOT. )

I'm guessing it would be an hour and a half to two hours drive for you. Assuming you still live where you did when we last wrote. If you're interested, PM me and I'll give you decent directions.
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I got stuck on one for 5yrs... I came back eventually. It kind of sucks looking at it though for that long. I'd put it away...then get it out... finally it clicked one day, and I finished it. I haven't looked back since...that was probably 2dozen kits ago. It happens.
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Old 06-14-2004, 04:23 PM
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It's easier for me when I'm flying competition. There's always the hope that the new one
will be "THE ONE".

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Old 06-14-2004, 10:06 PM
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I got stuck on one when I couldn't turn up a bolt in the size I wanted. It really upset me that the designer of the kit would say buy such and such part number and it'll work, then it's not even close. So, I hung it up for 3 years and as I was learning how to weld so I could build a full scale plane I thought, ya know, I can weld 2 bolts together and make the size I need. I did and it didn't take me a week to have it in the air.

It's funny how you can get stuck, then while working on something else you learn a new trick that suddenly is exactly what you needed to finish that stuck one, then they just go together. Of course I have another Cap to finish up and a P38, but what's the rush, I'm flying the one I finished and all is well.
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Hi Janet, good to see you back again. Its been a while.

I get burned out at times too. Usually I set the project aside and build on another and then usually end up finishing both together. Depends on how much room you have. Right now I have 3 going. That gets to be too much at times but I had a huge one come in that I just had to finish, and when I had carple surgery, I could only do some things so I got one plane to the point of needing sanding, then started another. Gotta work on the parts that interest you and then build momentum to finish the other.
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ORIGINAL: CCRC1

For me its easy, clean the shop. I don't mean just move stuff around but really put everything in its place, clean off the building board completely, shop vac everything and throw away all the trash. A spic and span shop with everything in its place is a big motivator for me to build something, anything!
Bingo! Nothing is more depressing that 3-4 projects sitting around in the way of each other not getting finished! Put all the tools away, pack away the projects that will take the longest and voila!, one easily digestible project with plenty of room to work on it.
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Janet, we all get 'bunt out' after a while. It's not that we're bored, but we jsut need a little motivation, something different, or we need soemthing else to occupy our time.

I have many hobbies, and recently have been 'in your boat'. Despite having a few kits to do, I have reverted to an old hobby of mine.. (see the pics below)

And since it is now finished, I'm a little more inclined to get back to building.. (but model rockets are this month's flavour!!)

Stats: 3/8" ID, 14 awg Anodized & etched aluminum rings, standard '4 in 1' Eropean chain mail weave, consisting of probably a few thousand rings!
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yeap.. work on one project at a time
set short term goals so it dosen't seem overwhelming.
or you'll just get tired of looking at it.[X(]
make a list and check them off
set deadlines for task.
keep building area clean and tools orginized.
orginzed and mark parts for building sequence.
wear mask or keep building area well vented....
saw dust and glue fumes makes me tired and then some.lol

go to flying field, hangout and watch other flies
to get the flying bug back . renew your ama or club's fee...
if spent money, that might help motivate also.

maybe you can get to meet newer memebers.
by helping others you'll get back into flying again.
thereby, you'll helping yourself.
sum'in like.. " i can only keep what i have by giving it away"
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Nice mail!
I have made 1 14 gauge hauberk weighs about 30lbs, a coif/bishop's mantle, 2 14 gauge vests for friends and a 16 gauge vest thingie for a female friend. The last was one of the more difficult projects.
Got pictures someplace but dont know where right now. LOT of work! Been stuck on shirt #2 for about 3 years now...
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Janet, we all get 'bunt out' after a while. It's not that we're bored, but we jsut need a little motivation, something different, or we need soemthing else to occupy our time.

I have many hobbies, and recently have been 'in your boat'. Despite having a few kits to do, I have reverted to an old hobby of mine.. (see the pics below)

And since it is now finished, I'm a little more inclined to get back to building.. (but model rockets are this month's flavour!!)

Stats: 3/8" ID, 14 awg Anodized & etched aluminum rings, standard '4 in 1' Eropean chain mail weave, consisting of probably a few thousand rings!
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It helps to remember that this is a hobby, not a job, and therefore not something you have to do. If you are "away" from a kit for a time, it probably means you are pre-occupied with other more important priorities.

All builders get stuck now and then. Recently I had 5 unfinished planes, kits and scratch built, cluttering up my shop. Last week a friend stopped by and I gave them all to him. I have an LT-40 on the way from Sig, and at the moment I am greatly motivated.

My favorite plane, a Super Sportster 40, took over 7 years to build. Since it is highly modified, there were times when I would spend several evenings just contemplating a detail. One time I woke up at 2 in the morning with a brainstorm, went to my shop and worked out the problem. If you are stuck at a particular phase of building, you will probably work it out. If, however, you simply don't like the kit you are building, my advice is to sell it or give it away, and get another. We've all been there.

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