Sunday, January 29, 2023

This model is kaput

Our hobby should bring us joy, but at the moment this Arii 1/72 Ki-46 Dinah is not.

I wrote about the model a couple of weeks ago, asking myself why I'm building it. I didn't have a compelling reason then, and that feeling of apathy has remained. I haven't looked forward to working on it much less finishing it, and even after getting a coat of paint on the underside (which for me is when the real fun begins), I'm just not feeling it. And so...

I'm done with it.

The canopy has terrible fit, and a seam on the underside of the fuselage has opened up. I could use my basic modeling skills to fix these things, but I don't have it in me to finish it. The time that I spend on this model is time that I could spend on another model, one that truly excites me.

And so, if a model isn't bringing you joy, it's time to move on.


  1. Life is too short to build bad kits.

  2. I don't think this is a bad kit by a long chalk - not like the AZ Model MB 5. That is a bad kit. See a 'Top 10' of bad kits on my blog

  3. I wholeheartedly agree. I'm relatively new to the hobby, started building only about a year ago. And I place a very high priority on joy and I am therefore particular about what kits I'll buy and build - good for you for moving on.

  4. Steve returns!

    Happens to the best of us. If I had a dollar for every kit I lost the desire to finish...

    As many people in the hobby say, we do this for enjoyment. If we don't enjoy it, why do it?

    Some people enjoy wrestling a tough kit into submission and making a silk purse out of a cows ear so to speak. Some see it as a badge of honor. And that is all well and good and I appreciate that effort and the results. I, however, am not one of those people.

  5. Some kits just don't want to be build. See e.g. the horrible Hawker Typhoon IB By Academy. AAAAHHGGGRR.