What Do You Do With Your Model Instructions?

posted Jun 5, 2011, 2:56 PM by Colford   [ updated Jun 5, 2011, 3:01 PM ]

Hey everybody,

Many members of CMSM are finishing up our current “Model in a Month Challenge” (truth be told we extended this challenge for another month. It was supposed to be done at the May meeting!) I for one can say that it has been challenging to me in a way that I did not expect.

Two months ago, we decided that our next “Model in a Month Challenge” would be where we all build the same model. To make things more interesting, we were not to find out what type of model we were going to get until we picked them up, and that we would build it “Out Of Box”, not using any aftermarket items or any modifications that deviated from the instructions.  So Mike ordered everybody a 1/72 scale Hawker Typhoon MK.1B produced by HobbyBoss. 

First opening up this model, it looked like it was a slam dunk build. It was a snap-fit type of model (which we all agreed upon for this challenge). When I first I looked at the instructions and began the construction, I did not get too far into it when I thought “well, I could add this or that to this build and it would look better.”  Then I thought, “it would look more authentic if I removed this one thing, add some spare styrene to this one area, cement It back in place, then it would look cool”! But I was not supposed to do any of these things, because it was supposed to be an “OOB” build.

I guess I never thought about it when I start a new project, but I rarely ever build a kit “OOB” or according to instructions. I always do some modifications or changes to it, usually in an effort to make it better.

So how do you build your projects?  Is your instruction sheet just a rough guide to look occasionally, or is it ‘step by step’ procedure that you rarely deviate from? E-mail us and let us know what you usually do.

Until next time.