On increasing productivity

Glad to see I am not alone!

Jon's Models

At the time of writing this I have 155 unbuilt kits in my loft. I intend to build all of them. (Well, maybe 154 of them; sadly no one seems interested in making decals for the Sikorsky H-4 Hoverfly in 1/48.) Also at the time of writing I am 40 years old. My dad died at 68 and this is my rough benchmark: will I build everything by the time I’m 70 (if I get there)?

Here’s what my model-making productivity has looked like since I started my collection in 1994 (the red line tracks what I’ve built; the blue tracks what I’ve bought):

Stash graph

This year I am on track to complete 9 models. The trend was essentially high productivity when I was a student, had no family and low modelling standards, decreasing significantly from 2008 when I became a dad and became more demanding of my modelling, but now…

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Moving On…

I have completed my F-14 Tomcat restoration using leftover decals from my old Monogram F-18 Hornet I had restore in 2016. I was not going to spend money on aftermarket decals. I have repainted the F-14 with leftover gray paint, and stained the whole thing with a wash of diluted black acrylic paint. I also added a pitot tube…

While looking for old decals in my stash, I found I had started this model kit in the 1980s…

I got interested in helicopters, but that interest did not last very long.

I also found how impressive was this one gathering dust!

Sometimes I am overwhelmed by all the unbuilt model kits I have accumulated since the late 70s.

These are still gathering dust in the basement.

With this one…

Having turned 70 last December, I wonder if I could build everything especially since I went on a spending spree last year and this year.

All this being said…

Let’s build, it’s never to late.