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The four phases of modeller's recovery

Mikkel

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I had a setback with my Dean Goods. I was spraying on some varnish in preparation for lining, when this happened:

 

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Orange peel - or something similar! 

 

There followed the usual process, so well described in Dr Mindbender’s insightful ”Coping with Failure in Railway Modelling: The Four Phases of Modeller’s Recovery” (Wild Swan, 2019):

 

Phase 1:  Despair (”Why me, Lord?”) 

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Phase 2:  Resentment (”Stupid model!”)

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Phase 3: Detachment (”It's only a model.”)

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Phase 4: Comeback (”Bring it on, orange peel!”)

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Moving from phase 1 to 4 can take hours or years, depending on circumstances. I have projects in the cupboard that seem permanently stuck at phase 2 (resentment)! 

 

In this case it went a bit faster. I was at stage 3 (detachment) and about to reach for a wagon kit when a sudden surge of inner strength (a.k.a whisky) prompted a search for "how to strip paint off a glued model".  The results suggested that a bath in IPA might do the trick. It did, with a little help from a tooth brush.

 

 

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Things are now more or less back on track. Due to the 'toothbrushing' and rubbing with Wet & Dry, the edges seem to have lost a little crispness in the process (this is styrene after all, not brass) but it's not too bad, and I'm just happy that the whole thing didn't fall apart. Re-painting is now underway. Phew!

 

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9 hours ago, Mikkel said:

 

Interesting Mark, I had a look and can see that they exist in all shapes and sizes. Below is one at 58£. It's one of those difficult purchases where you first have to convince yourself that you will fail again :)

 

My machine is not that large. Comes in handy for cleaning my glasses too. :sungum:

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Great recovery!  Painting stuff is a pain in the proverbial.  Loved the four stages video and you are, as per usual, brilliant at the technique of showing rather than telling the tale.  A great example of the trials of the modeling bench.   

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Hi Mikkel,

Sorry to hear of your problem but an excellent and well controlled fix. Ironically after reading this blog I primed a bottom draw find and only have this happen!

 

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This is primer from a spray can. I had previously cleaned the loco. The only thing I can think of that is different to my normal spraying conditions is slightly cooler, but not cold, weather and possibly spraying further than usual but again nothing of any great distance. Maybe I did not shake the can as much as I should have.

 

I am think about using some stripper for plastics on the effected areas and then respraying to see what happens. Great modelling as always.

 

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Sorry to see that, I hope I didn't jinx it!  Strange how it has only happened in a small confined area. Something in the nozzle maybe?  It seems there are so many factors that can cause this. I suppose the best we can do is try to minimize the number of things that can go wrong. Best of luck fixing it.

 

On a happier note, that's a very interesting drawer find.  If that's what you keep at the bottom of the drawer, I'd like to see what other stock is in there!  :) I hope we'll get to see more of it when you've overcome the problem.

 

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On 23/09/2019 at 19:22, Mikkel said:

 

Interesting Mark, I had a look and can see that they exist in all shapes and sizes. ......... It's one of those difficult purchases where you first have to convince yourself that you will fail again :)

 

I use an ultrasonic bath for all sorts of cleaning jobs but my favourite application is to use it for wine :)  If you have a bottle that's too young, perhaps with a slight 'fizz' on the tongue, give it a good dose of ultrasound and it come out tasting like a good vintage :) :)

 

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Thanks Mikkel have got it patch stripped back and hopefully the respray will work rather than having to take it all back like you had to. I'll pop the result on my thread so not to highjack your blog. 

I have had that loco for a number of years. Originally purchased as a 'to complete' project but only just started. Luckily (or not depends how you view things) the only other half finished project in the bottom drawer is a twin railcar set with the additional middle coach. The project is not so much the build but the incorporation on appropriately sized, directly lighting for the cabs. Another skill set to learn, lol. The hobby just keeps giving.

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On 17/09/2019 at 06:28, Mikkel said:

 

Interesting Mike, I didn't know that. But it was one of those situations where I just couldn't live with it. I knew I'd get annoyed every time I looked at the loco.

Next time this happens, you could use the result to model Brunel's atmospheric railway:

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Ha! Very good Mike. I'm sure that thought will lift my spirits if it should happen again. Or maybe not!  :D

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On 30/10/2019 at 21:00, Mikkel said:

Ha! Very good Mike. I'm sure that thought will lift my spirits if it should happen again. Or maybe not!  :D


By lift your spirits you mean.....’raise your glass of whisky’? :D
 

Good recovery Mikkel :good:

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12 hours ago, bcnPete said:


By lift your spirits you mean.....’raise your glass of whisky’? :D
 

Good recovery Mikkel :good:

 

Thanks Pete! Whisky certainly helps - or rather: whiskey, as the harvest this christmas was Irish :D

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6 hours ago, Mikkel said:

 

Thanks Pete! Whisky certainly helps - or rather: whiskey, as the harvest this christmas was Irish :D


oh good shout - yes I had forgotten that there is the Scottish and Irish spelling of it...

 

Whichever it is, cheers and all the best for the next decade :drink_mini:

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