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Old 10-08-2011, 12:44 PM
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Default Motivation lost...

Have you ever had a lot of money invested into a project and it just doesn't seem to come together right? After a while, do you lose motivation to finish it, but you have to because of the investment already put into it?

I am now stuck in such a project.

Ugh.

Brian
Old 10-08-2011, 01:53 PM
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Default RE: Motivation lost...

I actually have 3 or 4 of those stuck in the corners of my office. 

It's funny how my wife always seems to find ways to remind me of them too!!!! 

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Old 10-08-2011, 02:48 PM
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Wives are like that. Mine was gone all last week!! Ya know, I didn't do one thing wrong!!!! OR, get critisized at all!!
Old 10-08-2011, 05:12 PM
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I'm too cheap to spend a lot of money on one but there are a few time monsters lurking in the corners of my shop.

ODH, I experience the same phenomenon of not making any mistakes when I'm alone.
Old 10-08-2011, 08:46 PM
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Heck, i have walked away from the hobby for years at a time.. abandoned projects? thats just part of dreaming big ! hahahah

like the ole saying "How do you eat an elephant?, one bite at a time"

If its in your blood, some day you will be aching to work on it again.
Old 10-09-2011, 04:45 AM
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Yep, Ihave a TF 1/5 scale mustang, an ARF bash, ZDZ 60 with scale exhaust, Sierra gear (including tailwheel), all the fiberglass scale options from (I can't remember), Cockpit kit, inner gear dooors, the whole 9 yards.

I lost motivation and tried to sell it, The lowball offers I got were downright insulting ( I can't say here what I told one guy) . So I decided to keep it, maybe my motivation will come back some day.
Old 10-09-2011, 04:57 AM
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this is a little reminder I keep in the shop,, can't say I always live by it
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:05 AM
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ORIGINAL: scale only 4 me

this is a little reminder I keep in the shop,, can't say I always live by it


I have too much money into this particular project. I will never get anything close to what I put into it. I WANT the airplane... just disappointed in how it is ending up. Once it is finished, no one will know all the mistakes that I have had to correct, but I will.

Bugs me that for such a simple airplane, I turned it into something so annoyingly complex!

Brian
Old 10-09-2011, 06:09 AM
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Try switching to a different adult beverage for when you are or want build and find a good'ol fashion rock & roll station that plays Led Zepplin, Foghat, Stones, or even some acid devil worship tunes,etc,,, and let the Saw Dust Fly-LOL


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Old 10-09-2011, 07:23 AM
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Like the used Black Horse Models T28 I bought at a swap meet for $40
a year and a half ago?

Happens to all of us.
Some last longer than others.

Good Luck,
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:21 AM
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I seldom ever finish a project before it has been "put-away" a few times. When you come back to it, you find new ways to get over the hurdles that slowed you down. You tend do a better job on your work, because the tedium has been left behind. When you do come back to it, it's like e new project, that won't take as long to finish.
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TLH101,
 What GeeBee R2 is that in the first picture?? Is it a kit, or is it a plans built???

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Old 10-09-2011, 11:26 AM
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It's the Adrian Page 1/5, butlt from a kit.
Old 10-09-2011, 05:04 PM
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Yup. I know the feeling. Got a few of them stuffed in the corners myself. They sit for a few months and then I get back to them. Kinda a cycle of sorts I suppose. Good Luck, Dave
Old 10-10-2011, 09:30 AM
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Its part of the hobby, start something with big dreams, do some bonehead thing such as measured once, cut, then regretted it and put the whole project in the corner under a bedsheet. A year or two later, find find the projct, rekindle the spark, and fix the bonehead mistake and move to finish it.

Or runout of money, which I have done a lot.
Old 10-11-2011, 06:36 AM
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Mine is not a big money investment. I started a GP Rapture 40 about 3 years ago. I framed one wing panel and have totally lost interest in the kit. I have no idea if I will ever finish it.
Old 10-11-2011, 06:59 AM
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OK Brian, what's the project?

I have a a couple Top Flite Warbirds 1/2 assembled in my shed. At this point in my life, I'd give them away just so they don't stare at me anymore!
Old 10-11-2011, 07:44 AM
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I think it's part of the hobby, especially with bigger projects. You have to realize also that mistakes will be made along the way, it's part of being human. Forgive yourself and move on.

I can't build just one project at a time, have to keep 3 or 4 going to maintain interest. They're 40-size and under, so space isn't too much of a problem. If it's taking all the fun out though, time to set it aside and do something else until the fire returns. I wish you good luck! What is it, BTW?
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OK Brian, what's the project?

My Super Kaos...

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Old 10-11-2011, 05:24 PM
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Have you ever had a lot of money invested into a project and it just doesn't seem to come together right? After a while, do you lose motivation to finish it, but you have to because of the investment already put into it?

I am now stuck in such a project.

Ugh.

Brian
I hate it when that happens... I know what its like... looks like we're not alone either. I just put it away for a little while... I try not to have to many things going.. usually only building/working on one plane at a time.. with other projects/hobby stuff going on in another part of the house.. that kind of breaks it up. I know though... I can get so fired up about a plane/project I go to sleep and dream about it... then it gets to a point sometimes I just feel like I'm spinning wheels and getting nowhere fast. Hang in there. You're definately not alone.
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Thanks.

Funny thing is that the SK is a VERY simple airplane so long as you don't add the retracts and try "new" ideas or techniques on every aspect of the build.

Doesn't help when I have an Escape calling my name, with a ST .61 SERIE X RE w/tuned pipe and Eflite retracts.... etc. and a J-Bipe to boot.

[8D]

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I haven't had the balsa go BAD on any old projects pushed to the side yet !

Its got to be fun, or it doesn't feel like a hobby
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ORIGINAL: Ilikebipes

Have you ever had a lot of money invested into a project and it just doesn't seem to come together right? After a while, do you lose motivation to finish it, but you have to because of the investment already put into it?

I am now stuck in such a project.

Ugh.

Brian
This probably happens to almost everyone here, in some form. All I have to do is figure out how to run some rigging, and dope/paint two wings and I'll have a functioning bipe. I have a 5' long battleship that needs restoration, and MULTIPLE planes that need repairs. A couple of years ago I literally gave away an IROC Camaro to a local high school auto shop because the body work was just too much. Everything is just too big a hassle to deal with anymore I guess.
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After 20 years I finely cut down that leaning tree next to my house. Does that count ?
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ORIGINAL: BUDMAN27

After 20 years I finely cut down that leaning tree next to my house. Does that count ?
Depends on how much of it you use to build an airplane out of it

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