I have a confession to make. I build slowly. REALLY slowly. I read build logs from some of you guys and you pump out 4-5 ships before I finish copper plating a hull. This is mainly because I am very pedantic, if I see someone has done a better job at anything on the model, I will redo my own work...thus I progress very slowly. I cannot bear to see something I have made knowing it is inferior to something else I have seen.
One of the main problems I find with building quickly is painting. I make a part, prime it, then paint it, often taking 2-3 coats and having to wait for each coat to dry. I try to parallelise my work, working on different parts while the paint dries...but it doesn't seem to help a huge amount.
So, what tips,tricks and black voodoo does everyone have to increase build rate, whilst maintaining top notch quality?
I have anther hobby, which is growing coral reef aquariums. They have a saying in the reefing hobby - nothing good ever happens fast. Do you think this applies to model ship building?
I also have been maintaining a reef for the past 25+ years. The two hobbies are very similar. If there is one thing to be learned there is that slow and steady produces a "wow factor" and keeps it for a long time. Something that's quick and easy may produce a "wow" but it will probably only be for a fleeting moment in comparison. I would love to be able to crank out models but if they are just slapped together what is the point? Slow... enjoy the journey, that is what any hobby is all about. On the lighter side, it also makes a great excuse on why something is taking so long.