FW190 build update / Being a perfectionist

I had already saved a draft to write about perfectionism, and yesterday it finally struck..

I am a perfectionist, and a relative noob at model building. I am also pretty ambitious when it comes to this hobby, although I don’t take trying a new thing lightely. Unfortunatly being a noob means you will also trying new things is inevitable, and so is not executing them flawlessly no matter how much YouTuber vids you check out.

To be absolutely clear: I am not even sure I did something irreparable. But that’s not all that perfectionism is about really.. it’s about the insecurity when trying something new: will this make things better or will I destroy the end result?

Let me go through my progress of yesterday and today:

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I redid the placement of the landing gear bay. Less light is showing through. Although there is a lot of glue residue I don’t mind too much as most of it is out of sight. I do have to repaint some areas inside the landing gear bay though.
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I probably should have let this dry a little longer before fitting the fuselage on the wing but there was what felt like an emergency..
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I was very happy with how the glueing of the upper wing turned out.. there were no seams, and I did the glueing the way Spencer Pollard has shown in his latest video on YouTube. The result was nice and neat! And then, looking for more details I might have missed, it struck me that I was doing things in the wrong order!!! The fuselage needs to go on first.
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So after carefully removing the upper wing I just glued on, I fitted the fuselage and I felt in a hurry to do so.. as I’ve said, it felt like an emergency. Even so I did take very good care in fitting the fuselage, a lesson learned from the Spit where I left some big gaps. The motormount was a bit fiddly to get into place, and in the end I glued it on the places on which it was connected to the fuselage and then reattached the bars behind it that came loose during the struggle.. it looks good.

Really there was no reason the be in a hurry here.. but making an unforced error like that makes you feel like you need to restore something quickly I guess.

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So at the end of the day it was time to re-attach those upper wings. The portside upper wing is not a perfect fit, but hopefully I can get that done with sanding.
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Hopefully visible because of the somewhat poor lighting, but the gap on the rightside between wingpart and fuselage is still quite big even after sanding. I’ll have to fill that. The seams on the side I sanded where appropriate, and possibly too much..
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This morning I sanded the wings.. and I hope I didn’t go too far here as well.
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And did my first proper thing with Plasto.. I really hope this comes out well after sanding it down. This was the stuff I ruined the Spit with! Don’t use it on stuff that is detailed unless you have the skills and tools to fix it again was the lesson for me..

I guess what is really gnawing at me at this point is the sanding.. It’s so easy to ruin details with it, and I sometimes find it so hard to know if you’re still on track or if you’re going to far with it. The wings are perhaps a bit flat on the front and I will have to do some very light sanding to hopefully restore that. What also has me worried (You might be able to see that in the last picture) is the scratches the sanding makes.

But from what I understand this is the reason people use primer! Another thing I haven’t done yet, and I keep thinking my shopping spree will be at an end at some point. What I likely will need at this point:

  • Primer (what colour? White? Gray? Silver? Can I use acryilic primer when using acrylic paint?)
  • A little tool to get some of the line detail back since I surfaced some of it off

I did get something else in the mail though that I will first try on the Spit-wreck:

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I can’t wait to try this out!

I didn’t sleep too good the last 2 days, and ofcourse this does not help. I make more mistakes and moving on after a mistake becomes much harder.

But I am still having a lot of fun with all this.. for every perfectionist there comes a time that feeling of a perfect streak will come to an end and the insecurity will drip in about the end result.. But I have to let that go and have fun like I was doing. This model will not be perfect, and neither will the next one be.

And is there ever such thing as perfect anyway?

 

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