New Year’s Resolution
In my earlier article about the 2014 IPMS Silverwings show (http://imodeler.com/2014/12/great-show-by-ipms-silverwings/) I didn’t point out my discouraging realization that I had only completed 2 projects in 2014. Both picked up 2d place trophies in their respective categories. One was the F-16 I shared earlier (http://imodeler.com/2014/10/a-great-new-f-16/) and the other was the new Airfix 1/72 Bf-109E-4. Unfortunately, in 2014 life matters had conspired with “Perfection Is The Enemy Of Progress” to limit my output and enjoyment.
Now I am inspired by my good friend Scott Nelson (http://imodeler.com/2014/12/a-productive-2014/) to make 2015 more productive. A tip of the hat also goes to Danny Attree (http://imodeler.com/2014/12/23-completed-for-2014-most-crazy-year-to-date/).
I hereby resolve to complete 7 projects this year. My strategy is based on my past experience with long distance running training and 5 principles of success in sticking to resolutions that I read recently.
1. You need a goal.
Seven projects: Meng 1:35 FT-17, Tamiya 1:48 JS-2, Bronco 1:350 S-100 Schnellboot, Revell 1:72 Corsair, Minicraft 1:144 B-25, Airfix 1:72 Blenheim, HobbyBoss 1:72 UH-34D
2. Be realistic.
Seven seems more doable than Scott’s 12, and certainly Danny’s 23, especially since two are already in progress (FT-17 and JS-2). A couple–Schnellboot and B-25–could qualify as weekend projects.
If something goes astray or I really get pressed for time at the end of the year, I also have few contingency projects: Eduard 1:144 Mig-21, Revell 1:144 UBoot (also in-progress), Minicraft 1:144 B-29
3. Get social.
In addition to checking in with Scott and our friend Mike regularly, I’ll try to post updates throughout the year.
A dab of glue, a lick of paint: done.
5. If you commit, you won’t quit
I’m storing the kits on a shelf in the garage that I walk past several times every day.
To stay on track I need to avoid starting new projects. So I need to resist picking up new kits on impulse—sorry Squadron.
2 additional images. Click to enlarge.