I wouldn’t mind driving this bad boy in rush hour traffic with a good gunner in the bed!
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As for keeping the building MoJo percolating personally, I discovered that “medium” or smaller projects are best that can be completed in ~100 hours or less from start to finish. That means avoiding some of the overly complicated super kits with 1,000 to 2,000+ parts counts as they are typically slow time consuming builds.
Started building WWII armor back in Junior High inspired by the Shep Paine Monogram Kits. Mostly German but a fair number of US and Russian subjects as well. Almost all tracked vehicles with a few soft skins here and there. Then, about 8-10 years ago I quite suddenly got tired of the same old routine. God know how many Tigers, Panthers, Stugs, I had built. Switched over to Cold, War, IDF, Nam, modern stuff and have had no regrets. Still mostly tracked vehicles but a few more soft skins.
What you are describing sounds a bit like burnout (which can take many shapes and forms and not all of them are purely stress related)
That big diorama and all the mental energy that went into it may have “exhausted” you even if the work went fine and you got a lot of encouragement.
Maybe try a straight forward, no frills, no AMS, OOB-build. Make sure it isn’t anything that you might feel tempted to include in your big masterpiece.
Maybe something easy to assemble from Tamiya without a gazillion parts.
I dabble in armor (all nationalities), aircraft (all types), ships (again all types - sailing ships to modern) and figures (fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and military) in all scales from 1/2000 - 1/24. My stash is very varied. When I get tired of one topic I have several others to choose from…or just read a book for inspiration.
Needless to say, I have several unfinished projects on shelves!
OK, here is a “be careful what you wish for” warning:
I used to wish for greater underbody and engine detail on my softskin armor kits. (and took great pleasure in scratch building what I felt was missing.)
But now-a-days a kit may have 300+ parts to assemble on the engine & chassis BEFORE you even get to the body!
Years ago I scratch built/converted a Mercedes Field Car. I recently tried building the currently available model. The suspension had so many parts and was rather poorly aligned that with the chassis almost complete I just gave up and closed the box. (It became a chore rather than a pleasure!)
As I say “be careful what you wish for.” Because I got my wish and now I have to live with it!
(That sort of reminds me of a old Twilight Zone episode about a gambler who died and thought he had gone to heaven because everything he had ever wanted was laid at his feet . . . . )*
To avoid the doldrums I keep a verity of kits in my stash. For me, about 70% are armor. The rest are ships, planes and cars. I think most of us get on a topic and after building x number of kits just need a break.
And when someone releases a kit of that Waco YMF I’ll be right there with $ in hand - the most beautiful aircraft ever . If lusty images offend then look away because that is airplane centerfold material…
Well, having all the replies for which i thank you.
I have found The 1/24 EMHAR Bedford collection. I have purchased the Tanker to start with. It’ll be totally new for me not to be doing military camouflage.
Thanks again for the ideas and suggestions
Im not bored of modelling, as such. I’m a veteran with a long standing debilitating spinal problem. I think my original post was a case of needing a kick up the back side an you guys kicked with your replies an ideas.
Which i thank you all for.
I normally paint with brushes. I think I’m going to have to buy some acrylic spray cans? Thoughts.
I mentioned the “Convoy!” group build earlier in this thread, it kicks off on the 1st of March and lasts for a year. That’s might appear a relaxed time frame but I’ve missed completing a few campaigns, so don’t feel you have to join in because any form of scheduling can impair the fun you should be having and that’s the important part of the Bedford build for you. But if you want to give it a look, her it is: