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Greetings all.  I am a brand new member.  I am looking forward to reading and learning much more from the group.  I have been modelling off and on my whole life, but would still say I am a novice.  Particularly when I look with awe and no small measure of envy at the stunning work shared by members.  My principal limitation (my story and I'm sticking to it) is time.  A job I love that occupies ever growing portions of my life and a wife with whom I adore spending time with seem to limit my ability to progress with anything resembling rapidity.  Nonetheless, the effort I expend on my modelling bring me great pleasure and sanity. 



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Welcome to MSW.


Believe it or not, you can work around the time problem.  When I was much younger with a challenging job, considerable business travel, and a young family I built several good models.  I learned to work in short time periods- 1/2 to two hours.  This also helped my workmanship as each time I restarted work I could assess my past efforts and make corrections as necessary.  Unlike remodeling a bathroom nobody else is affected if the model sits unfinished on your workbench for a while.


The main problem with this approach is losing interest over time, so pick a topic that will hold your interest.  



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Welcome to MSW.  I quite agree with what Roger says, but I'll add.... this isn't a race or a contest.  One should work at one's own pace.  Doing that keeps the family happy and you happy.  It is after all, a hobby.  

"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

Current Build:                                                                                             
Past Builds:
 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans                             Triton Cross-Section   

                                                                                                                       USS Constellaton (kit bashed to 1854 Sloop of War  _(Gallery) Build Log

                                                                                Wasa (Gallery)

                                                                                                                        HMS Sphinx 1775 - Vanguard Models - 1:64               


Non-Ship Model:                                                                                         On hold, maybe forever:           

CH-53 Sikorsky - 1:48 - Revell - Completed                                                   Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0 (Abandoned)         



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Gidday Chris and a warm welcome from the Land Downunder.

I envy you having a job you love and so obviously being in love.

Time constraints affect us all. Family, work , play and life in general get in the way.

Then again if all we did was modelling this too would become a chore. 

I look at modelling as providing a challenging respite from everyday life and while I don't relish every minute I do find satisfaction in setting and meeting my own goals.

Wishing you all the best with your build.


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Some people say :

"a drink a day, keeps the doctor away"


But for me

An hour of modeling per day, keeps the doctor away ;)



Regards, Patrick


Finished :  Soleil Royal Heller 1/100   Wasa Billing Boats   Bounty Revell 1/110 plastic (semi scratch)   Pelican / Golden Hind  1/45 scratch

Current build :  Mary Rose 1/50 scratch

Gallery Revell Bounty  Pelican/Golden hind 1/45 scratch

To do Prins Willem Corel, Le Tonnant Corel, Yacht d'Oro Corel


Shore leave,  non ship models build logs :  

ADGZ M35 funkwagen 1/72    Einhets Pkw. Kfz.2 and 4 1/72   Autoblinda AB40 1/72   122mm A-19 & 152mm ML-20 & 12.8cm Pak.44 {K8 1/2} 1/72   10.5cm Howitzer 16 on Mark. VI(e)  Centurion Mk.1 conversion   M29 Weasel 1/72     SAM6 1/72    T26 Finland  T26 TN 1/72  Autoprotetto S37 1/72     Opel Blitz buses 1/72  Boxer and MAN trucks 1/72

Shore leave,  time consuming projects :

a new bathroom


Si vis pacem, para bellum

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