Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Building Tucker & Cook by South River Modelworks Pt.2

A number years ago I used to build models step by step following the instructions. If glue had to dry I waited before proceeding further. However, many times I would run out of patience and move one before it had a chance to dry properly. Because of that many times I would get in a mess and the end result would not be what I hoped for. The progress was very slow as well. Then I came up with the idea of building several sub-assemblies at the same time. The way it works is that if I can't continue one sub-assembly because glue needs to dry then I work on another one. Things got much smoother since then and I move forward much faster. I work the same way on the Tucker kit. The kit is big with nearly endless count of possible parallel tasks thus creating a challenge of timing them right. For the most part I have been doing fine so far but once in a while I miscalculate. For example, I could have had roof shell finished last night but glue oozed out while gluing two pre-painted parts. I cleaned the glue off. However, the color changed and the parts needed to be repainted and re-weathered. It was easy and quick task but had 24 hour drying time. That meant I couldn't continue working on the roof. Had I done this task day or two ago I would have been able to proceed. Thanks to my building style though I simply continued working on another part instead of watching some dumb show on TV for the rest of the night.

1 comment:

  1. Your build is coming along great.

    One thing to consider when trying to save time is how much detail is actually required for each subassembly. For example, all that rock work on the brick building's foundation will be hidden later once you attach the loading docks.

    Looking forward to your next update.