I have chosen to withdraw so that I can continue progress reports on these builds on this thread (may be moved to someplace like 1/2500 scale). While a lot of work has been done, there's still a quite a bit more to go which will be ongoing for me (hoping to get all TOS stuff done this calendar year). I do not need a prize (assuming my work would have merited it) - it has been more of incentive to complete some models. At this point, it might be a good opportunity to look back at the good & the bad.
Starting with the bad... Being an impulsive choice, this was done with little organization and preparation. Many of the kits and supplies were gathered after the start (some never acquired) of the build and managing this took time away from the modeling work. Also, the work area was not ready or organized -- most of the time with a big pile of haphazard stuff. I managed assembly reasonably well except I'm more of a "bull in a china shop", damaging kits already put together. I struggled with seam lines, especially on the D7 (one even popped open after painting). Painting was mostly done by brush and my skills are on the "amateurish" side -- no crisp edges, uneven surface, spilled 2 jars, etc. For rattlecans I sometimes saw "orange peel", little round dried droplets roughing up the sides of the kit and had little idea when it would run out. Mixing paints I often misjudged (blue plus green equals green, 2 light colors are darker when blended, light plus dark means almost the dark color, etc.). For the 3D printed kits, the FUD tended not to hold the paint very well (maybe I didn't clean them well enough) and the WSF was rough with both "stairstepping" and pock marks that would show up after initial painting. Decals came in 2 varieties -- AMT/Round 2 or other. The AMT/Round 2 decals I managed rather well except really large ones (looking at you BoP bird) creased/gapped and the clear areas showed up cloudy, especially on dark colors. The other decals were more delicate and often broke and were very hard to move after applying to the model, but they looked more "painted on" when finished. It was trial and error to get the timing right for when they were soggy enough for placement. I also had some move on me when applying other ones. As far as number of subjects, there were a lot of multiples (with variances) rather than unique classes.
Now for the good ... This was a grand challenge and I made a go of it (I think I picked up that expression from my wife's watching of "Downton Abbey" - yikes). I actually reduced my backlog while picking up new kits! Half are finished with the other half in closer to completion state (assembled / primed / painted) than just started. I was able to experiment with the multiples to try out variances/alternative ideas. I got my own area ready to produce models and display them, emptying out boxes from the closet! I now have "art" that "speaks to me" (not just that stuff from HGTV that my wife has put together). I have a complete set of usable supplies. My skills are improving. I made some small kits completely from scratch. I feel I've contributed some to this forum, maybe came up with some new ideas. I've gotten a sense of community with the forum members who volunteered kits & decals and provided support to me - thank you all! I overcame lack of motivation and paid my blood, glue, sawdust, paint, etc. sacrifices to the modeling gods! I went to Supercon in Miami, seeing William Shatner, Walter Koenig, Robert Picardo, Henry Winkler, Denise Crosby, Rene Auberjonois and Bruce Boxleitner. I also sat in the "Captain's Chair" and saw a number of creative costumes. I watched a lot of the TOS episodes (some recently as remastered on Netflix) and all of the TAS episodes. So I've felt I've paid homage to Star Trek to honor the 50th Anniversary. I've also had an escape from life's demands and stresses from work/family and was able to focus on my activities. Some of the bad was to be expected, but overall I am pleased with the effort and the results. I believe I will continue to improve and will hopefully someday complete prize-worthy models to be proud of. I am always amazed at the creative ideas and skills shown by the modeling gurus -- so keep it up (and post pictures and let us in on your secrets)!
I'm a modeler, not a doctor...
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