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I have 7-8 cars that have not been painted yet.  And I just ordered an extra.  It all started with "Maybe I should buy Lunchbox body for Midnight Pumpkin..."  18 years later, I'm afraid it's getting out of hand.  Anybody else feeling the pressure from unfinished shells?  

1) MP + LB 

2) Subaru brat comes with 2 bodies. Maybe the Lexan body will go to TL01B?

3) Grasshopper w/ extra body  

4) Ford Bronco body for... TLT-1, I think.

5) Fox w/ extra shell

6) Hotshot with w/ 2 extra bodies

7) Lexan Blackfoot (maybe go for F150 Ranger livery?) 

8) Bolink Rough Rider Lexan clone.  I don't have SRB, maybe for DT02?

9) Sand Scorcher body for... ORV?

10) Blazing Star body for Manta ray. 

11) I'm still keeping an eye out for DB01 shell.  

Non-extra original shells to be painted: Sand Rover, Zahhak, Boomerang, Frog, Konghead, Alfa Romeo Giulia, NSU Prinz. 

[Edit: I forgot Fiat Abarth 1000]

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Yes! Very much so! I despise super-magic-mystery-wish-pray aspect of painting (plus god and planetary alignment) required for a good job. I have a back log of shells to paint and buy to finish my collection.

1.Bruiser body

2.Blackfoot body

3.Super Champ body

4.Boomerang shell

5.Hot Shot 2 shell

6.Super Sabre shell

7.Grasshopper 2 Super G body

8. yet unknown shell for my Bennett Clod Buster

9.Clod Buster body

10.Custom painted Clod Buster body for my Sassy Chassis Clod

11.Super Shot shell

12.Midnight Pumpkin body

13.Original boxart RC10 shell

14. RC10 Champ shell in some neon 80's/90's scheme

15. Madcap shell

16. Super Astute runner shell

I've probably got to throw $300 into shells, bodies, repro decals and correct paint for all this. I just remind myself, when its done, it will all be over (until the next project springs to mind).

 

 

 

 

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The list of what I need to paint is:

1. 40th 934 in Jager livery

2. 40th 934 in Vailant livery

3. CR01 Bronco because that truck is wearing a Blackfoot

4. Vintage Chevy Clod needs redoing

5. Grasshopper

6. Grasshopper Black

7. Grasshopper II

8. Bruiser Clone w/ 1.1 scale monster Hilux decals. Might go on a monster truck. This or number 11 for another TXT-2

9. 88 Chevy  w/ Excalibur decals in Clod size

10. 88 Chevy snoop nose w/ Thunder Chicken for another monster truck

11. Proline Hilux might w/ 1.1 scale monster racer Hilux decals. Might go on a monster truck

12. New Bright Raptor body for re re Blackfoot

13. OE Dynahead

14. Bruder re-body on Dynahead

15. Finish clear coating Super Clod

16. Finish decals on M05 RA Alpine 110

17. Calsonic R32 Skyline, no chassis picked out

18. An R34 Skyline, no chassis picked out

19. Fiat 1000tcr, waiting for an M08

Ferrari 313 came with 2 bodies, haven't even opened it.

That's the short list. Somehow I keep buying stuff though. 3 more show up this week too, An SMT10 who's original body will get sold, Lancia 037 and Wild One.

Hope I can help you feel better about the never ending list😁

20. Forgot about the box art gold pan RC10 too

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my empty head HA!

just finished a M410 waiting on some BMW stickers,

just popped in out of a box Mcallister Ford Racing NASCAR Truck, doing Mobil1 livery, i would of done ZEST but couldn't find stickers that size like my 1/24th PARMA

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I got a couple of kits to paint before building, that’s the new method - paint then build. There’s a couple of others where I either need a new shell or the body needs fitting worked out but that’s it.

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Painting before building sounds like a very good idea.  Reminds me of "zip-up-your-flies-before-the-belt-buckle" method.  I forgot to zip up a couple of times. So I simply switched the order.  I suppose that's along the same line of J@mes's method. 

41 minutes ago, geniusanthony said:

1. 40th 934 in Jager livery

NSU Prinze TT has "Jägermeister" too.  Has anybody tried it?  The alcoholic beverage?  What is it like? 

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Black Liquorice after taste. It's really quite awful but some people really enjoy it as a shot. It is right up there with Tequila, an aquired taste. 

 

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1 hour ago, geniusanthony said:

Black Liquorice after taste. It's really quite awful but some people really enjoy it as a shot. It is right up there with Tequila, an aquired taste. 

 

Meh, it's really more of a liqueur with all of the added sugar... and it's a rather low 70 proof, whereas most tequilas are around 80 or more. I enjoy the anise (licorice) flavor, but Jäger has way too much sugar for my personal liking.

Fun fact: Jägermeister literally means "hunter master" in German, which is why we got all of the fun orange-colored race cars -- Because the "safety orange" color is synonymous with hunting apparel. B)

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just googled all to know about Jägermeister it would make a great movie, right up the there with The Deer Hunter.

always enjoyed the Livery have a few slots of them, never did like the liquid. every one i've ever known couldn't hold it down. some drinks are for taste and enjoy but not to get plastered by,

oh forgot about my MAN Shell (race truck).

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Coming from the real car world, where cars and parts require lots of space and are very hard and time consuming to move around I've learned to:

- never start a new project while still working on one

- always start with the body

- never ever stop in the middle of a build unless you're waiting for parts... 

- ...which, of course, you ordered immediately when you found that you needed them... 

- ...and of course, from the supplier most likely to deliver immediately, regardless of price, location or shipping costs

- keep runners separate from builds, but treat them the same, if they break, fix them immediately before breaking another one

- aim for 100% fleet operational readiness, all the time. If it doesn't run, fix it. Don't t park it unless it's completely ready to go again. Never ever put it aside to "sort out later", or that kind of stuff will start to pile up on you. 

- break down every sub-assembly or job into steps that can be finished on the same day you started them. Human minds work better that way. 

- never buy stuff that can't be operational on its own, like extra bodies or cars with major parts missing, unless you have a clear idea of what of what you already have you're going to junk in exchange or how you're going to complete them. 

- throw stuff out, do not hoard random parts

- keep everything unbuilt that you've failed not to hoard in the box, sealed, out of sight, until its time comes

It's a bit of an "empty your mind"  thing I guess, and I've found there are lots of people who can handle doing 30 projects in different stages all at once, but I for one certainly can't. 

Especially the "throw stuff away" part seems to work very differently for different people. Some people get inspired by piles of stuff, and come up with amazing ideas by just looking at what they have laying around, but I need a "clean sheet" approach, an empty table. If I don't know exactly what I'm going to do with something, then it has to go. 

All my cars are ready to be run. Put a battery in and go. Every single one of them. All my unbuilt kits are sealed, stacked up and stored out of sight. My workbench is empty. My tools are in their drawers. 

Yes, there are three boxes slowly filling up with parts for three upcoming builds, but I'm not even thinking of starting any of those until everything is ready, and today I'm not starting anything else either, because I'm going racing today, so I'll need the space and time later to fix whatever I'll inevitably break. 

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Unpainted extra bodyshells awaiting inspiration:

Ford Escort Mk.II without decals - Retroracing x 2, Rally Legends x 1

Hyundai i20 WRC with decals - Tamiya x 1

Fiat 131 Abarth without decals - Rally Legends x 3

BMW E21 320i Turbo Gr.5 with Sachs decals - Carson x 1

Toyota Celica LB Turbo Gr.5 with decals - Tamiya x 1

DN-01 Zahhak without decals - Tamiya x 2

DF-03 Avante Mk.II with decals - Tamiya x 1

DF-03 MS with decals - Tamiya x 1

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Bodies trimmed but not painted, in the order i bought them (some have a chassis chosen for them, other’s don’t) -

1. Skoda Fabia WRC

2. BMW M3 Schnitzer

3. Porsche 996 Turbo

4. HPI Grave Robber

5. Dodge Status

6. Dodge Status 3.0

7. HPI Mondeo BTCC

8. BMW 320is

9. Zakspeed Capri

10. VW Golf mk1

11. VW Golf mk2

still to be trimmed & painted -

12. Ford RS200

13. Ford RS200 Evo

14. Lancia Delta S4

15. Lancia Delta S4 Stradale

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One or two...

1    Proline F250
2    Subaru Legacy TRF
3    Durga
4    GT86 1
5    GT86 2
6    Avante 2001 1
7    Avante 2001 2
8    Peugeot 306 Maxi NIB
9    Fighting Buggy 1
10    Fighting Buggy 2
11    Toms Exiv
12    Impreza 2008 Arai
13    Porsche GT2
14    306 Maxi 3
15    Avante 2011
16    TamTechGear 934 Jäger 
17    Sand Scorcher 2
18    Golf24 2
19    Porsche GT2 3 (49387)
20    Porsche GT2 4 (49387)
21    Avante 2001 3
22    Sand Scorcher 3 (body only)
23    Bush Devil
24    BMW M3 Jäger 3
25    Peugeot 406 ST
26    Porsche GT2 6
27    Mercedes 190E undrilled 1 (Diebels (1))
28    Alfa 155 (ltd re-re, no stickers)
29    Amarok 2
30    BMW 320 WTCC
31    Silvia Coppermix
32    Porsche GT2 8
33    Porsche 934 49400 10
34    Porsche 934 49400 11
35    Porsche 934 49400 12
36    Focus WRC 1999
37    Alfa 155 Ltd original
38    Escort Cosworth Repsol
39    Agrios 2
40    Ford Mondeo
41    Twin Detonator 2
42    911 GT1
43    Porsche 934 49400 13
44    Porsche 934 49400 14
45    Zakspeed Capri Wurth
46    Calibra DTM
47    Impreza 1997/1999
48    Escort Cosworth Tiger Stripe
49    Lancer Evo V 2
50    Vectra JTCC
51    Accord Aero Custom
52    Alfa 155 DTM Martini
53    Lancer Evo VI
54    Audi R8 LMS
55    Motul Autech GT-R
56    Subaru BR-Z R&D Sport
57    Alfa 155 Ltd original 2
58    BMW M3 GT2 2
59    Porsche 911 Carrera
60    Skyline R34 2
61    Lancia Delta Integrale 2
62    Impreza WRC 07
63    BMW M3 GT2 3
64    BMW M3 Jäger 4
65    Nissan GTR Sumo Power
66    Ford F-150 Baja
67    Skyline R34 body only 1
68    Skyline R34 body only 2
69    Porsche 911 GT1 boxed
70    TamTech Porsche 935
71    Suzuki SX4 WRC
72    Escort Cosworth Pilot
73    Subaru Legacy V2 TRF
74    Alfa 156 Selenia
75    Honda Accord Racing ‘96
76    Subaru WRX STI Nurburgring
77    Hi-Lux Monster Racer
78    Escort WRC
79    Focus WRC 2002
80    Lancer Evo V WRC
81    Escort Cosworth Repsol 2 (kit box)
82    Focus WRC 2003 2
83    Volvo 850 BTCC
84    BMW M3 Jäger (5)
85    Escort WRC (kit box)
86    Porsche GT2 (5) (49387)
87    Taisan Porsche 911 GT2
88    Castrol Celica
89    BMW M3 Jäger (6)
90    BMW M3 Jäger (7)
91    Toms Exiv (2)
92    Mercedes 190E undrilled (4)
93    Lancer Evo IV
94    Lancer Evo V (original boxed)
95    Toms Levin
96    Toms Supra GT
97    BMW M3 Jäger (8)
98    BMW M3 Jäger (9)
99    Lancer Evo IV body only
100    Peugeot 306 Maxi undrilled
101    Opel Vectra (2) (kit pull)
102    Escort WRC (boxed) cut
103    Renault Clio
104    Juggernaut 2 (1)
105    Nissan R91CP & Group C Cockpit set
106    Peugeot 306 Maxi undrilled (2)
107    Nissan R91CP (2)
108    Mazda 787B
109    Audi A4 STW
110    Jaguar XJR-12
111    Mercedes C11
112    Citroen Xsara (drilled rear only)
113    Porsche 934 Vaillant Tamico special
114    Citroen Xsara (drilled rear only 2)
115    Focus WRC 2002 (2)
116    Porsche GT2 show special (PIAA wing)
117    Hi-Lux Monster Racer (boxed)
118    Skyline R32
119    Focus WRC 2003 (boxed) (2)
120    Escort WRC (kit box) (2)
121    Mercedes C-Class Promarkt
122    Porsche GT2 show special (PIAA wing) (cut)
123    Focus WRC 2003 (boxed) (3)
124    Honda Accord Racing ’96 with JACCS stickers
125    Ford Mondeo (Boxed)
126    Toyota Celica WRC DF-03 RA
127    Hyundai i20 WRC
128    Toyota Celica WRC undrilled
129    Citroen Xsara WRC (boxed)
130    Audi A4 STW (2)
131    Focus WRC 2003 (undrilled) (plain box)
132    Toyota Yaris WRC
133    Mercedes AMG GT3
134    Toms Levin (2)
135    Mercedes 190E undrilled (5)
136    Calibra DTM (body only)
137    BMW M3 Auto Tech
138    Citroen Xsara WRC (boxed) (2)
139    Renault Clio (2)
140    Impreza WRC 2008 (2)
141    Volvo 850 BTCC (3)
142    Focus WRC 2001 (2)

I use an average of £15 in paint per shell, so that's £2130 in paint costs. It takes me about three months of RC time to do them to my standards, so another 142 will take me until I'm 75. Better get cracking!

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Every time I see you aquire more shells @Truck Norris I couldn’t help thinking about the amount of paint you will need 🙃

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I like this thread it is a nice reminder of what my queue looks like, also I now feel better about my list. 

Feel better as in I am not alone or too over the top.

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Love the warning that you shouldn’t attempt to surf in a pickup. 

142! 😨

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This thread has helped reduce my spending on RC this month, last night I took a sand scorcher body kit out my basket before completing an order, it had been sitting in there a while with the idea of putting it on a monster beetle type of thing. Thank you @Juggular :D

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On April 7, 2019 at 1:51 AM, S-PCS said:

Coming from the real car world, where cars and parts require lots of space and are very hard and time consuming to move around I've learned to:

- never start a new project while still working on one

- always start with the body

- never ever stop in the middle of a build unless you're waiting for parts... 

- ...which, of course, you ordered immediately when you found that you needed them... 

- ...and of course, from the supplier most likely to deliver immediately, regardless of price, location or shipping costs

- keep runners separate from builds, but treat them the same, if they break, fix them immediately before breaking another one

- aim for 100% fleet operational readiness, all the time. If it doesn't run, fix it. Don't t park it unless it's completely ready to go again. Never ever put it aside to "sort out later", or that kind of stuff will start to pile up on you. 

- break down every sub-assembly or job into steps that can be finished on the same day you started them. Human minds work better that way. 

- never buy stuff that can't be operational on its own, like extra bodies or cars with major parts missing, unless you have a clear idea of what of what you already have you're going to junk in exchange or how you're going to complete them. 

- throw stuff out, do not hoard random parts

- keep everything unbuilt that you've failed not to hoard in the box, sealed, out of sight, until its time comes

It's a bit of an "empty your mind"  thing I guess, and I've found there are lots of people who can handle doing 30 projects in different stages all at once, but I for one certainly can't. 

Especially the "throw stuff away" part seems to work very differently for different people. Some people get inspired by piles of stuff, and come up with amazing ideas by just looking at what they have laying around, but I need a "clean sheet" approach, an empty table. If I don't know exactly what I'm going to do with something, then it has to go. 

All my cars are ready to be run. Put a battery in and go. Every single one of them. All my unbuilt kits are sealed, stacked up and stored out of sight. My workbench is empty. My tools are in their drawers. 

Yes, there are three boxes slowly filling up with parts for three upcoming builds, but I'm not even thinking of starting any of those until everything is ready, and today I'm not starting anything else either, because I'm going racing today, so I'll need the space and time later to fix whatever I'll inevitably break. 

All good advice, most of which I seem doomed to ignore... I'm especially bad about  not throwing things out, particularly the leftover parts form a build or the "dregs" leftover from a lot buy (all the little orphan parts that don't fit any vehicle I have, but are "too good" to throw away). It's time for a harsh cleanout of things like that, but I'm too busy starting new projects or puttering with half-finished ones to get around to it...

As for the original question, I believe I only have 4 unpainted body shells at the moment: an M-chassis VW Golf, an M-chassis Mazda MX-5 Miata, a Lunchbox, and a Subaru Brat hard body (part of an unbuilt Brat kit). And I have some sort of plan (or at least inkling) of what I want to do with them.

I wish I could start a project, see it through, and no move onto the next one until it's finished, but my mind simply doesn't work that way. If I'm deep into a project, focused, and enjoying myself, that's one thing, but if I lose interest or I can see the project drifting off or going badly, I can't "push through" just for the sake of finishing it. It goes from "I want to" to "I have to," and there are enough things I have to do. Hobbies should be something I want to do.

That doesn't mean that I won't go back to something, sometimes even years later. I also have gotten better about writing down a project idea instead of jumping into it. I have pages and pages of notes about things I may or may not ever get around to building, but getting them down on paper at least gets them out of my head so I have a chance at focusing on the thing in front of me.

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1 hour ago, markbt73 said:

It goes from "I want to" to "I have to,"

So true.  Hobby should be fun.  I should remember that there is no duty to "finish."  

I figured if I stopped getting new ones, I'd complete the projects.  Like a recovering alcoholic, as soon as I said that, I get M05 NSU Prinz--because it was cheap.  I might as well accept the fact that I'm an RC addict.  

I thought about keeping it in the box like S-PCS.  But that's like asking a cat to resist catnip.  Try as I might... Resistance is futile!  

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On 4/7/2019 at 10:46 PM, Truck Norris said:

One or two...

1    Proline F250
2    Subaru Legacy TRF
3    Durga

[...]

142    Focus WRC 2001 (2)

I use an average of £15 in paint per shell, so that's £2130 in paint costs. It takes me about three months of RC time to do them to my standards, so another 142 will take me until I'm 75. Better get cracking!

Yikes. That's like 120 cubic feet or 3.55 cubic meters of shells, roughly equal to the volume of water in 24 average-sized bathtubs. You'd need 10 Tesla Model 3's to have enough trunk space to fit them all. If you managed to stack them 6' high, at average storage space rental rates in my area, you'd spend roughly $250 per year in storage fees, totalling $9000 (if you manage to not let the total number of shells exceed around 180, ever) by the time you're 75, and that's not adjusted for inflation or price increases. Storage costs will add roughly $63 to your $20 paint expenses for a total of $83 finishing cost per shell, excluding labor. That's almost $12000 just to finish what you have, without figuring in anything you'll doubtlessly buy in the 36 years to come.

That's roughly 1/3 of the cost of a new Tesla Model 3, and then you'd only need 9.66 more just to transport all those shells. You could, however, buy one brand new Chevrolet Spark for that kind of money, and... you know what, forget it. Having 142 RC shells is actually by far not the worst way to spend $12000.

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42 minutes ago, S-PCS said:

Yikes. That's like 120 cubic feet or 3.55 cubic meters of shells, roughly equal to the volume of water in 24 average-sized bathtubs. You'd need 10 Tesla Model 3's to have enough trunk space to fit them all. If you managed to stack them 6' high, at average storage space rental rates in my area, you'd spend roughly $250 per year in storage fees, totalling $9000 (if you manage to not let the total number of shells exceed around 180, ever) by the time you're 75, and that's not adjusted for inflation or price increases. Storage costs will add roughly $63 to your $20 paint expenses for a total of $83 finishing cost per shell, excluding labor. That's almost $12000 just to finish what you have, without figuring in anything you'll doubtlessly buy in the 36 years to come.

That's roughly 1/3 of the cost of a new Tesla Model 3, and then you'd only need 9.66 more just to transport all those shells. You could, however, buy one brand new Chevrolet Spark for that kind of money, and... you know what, forget it. Having 142 RC shells is actually by far not the worst way to spend $12000.

You left one very important rule off your list earlier: Never, ever, ever do the math. You don't want to know.

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30 minutes ago, markbt73 said:

You left one very important rule off your list earlier: Never, ever, ever do the math. You don't want to know.

lol...  However, "no math" applies to mere mortals like me.  

Since TruckNorris has top notch skills, I'm sure he doesn't have any problem selling completed shells.  If he gets $120 each (and subtracts $20 for paint), I'd say Truck Norris is sitting on $142,000.  I have a feeling that he might enjoy doing the math. 

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5 minutes ago, Juggular said:

lol...  However, "no math" applies to mere mortals like me.  

Since TruckNorris has top notch skills, I'm sure he doesn't have any problem selling completed shells.  If he gets $120 each (and subtracts $20 for paint), I'd say Truck Norris is sitting on $142,000.  I have a feeling that he might enjoy doing the math. 

 

Um, that's true "no math" right there, or shouldn't that come out to more like $14200? :D

Then again, $120 for one of those shells? There's commercially available mass produced 1:18 die-cast stuff out there that's not nearly half as detailed, nowhere near as unique and doesn't even move under its own power that easily costs more than $120. I don't know if there's a market or a price for these handbuilt miracles, but personally, if I wanted one of these, I'd be prepared to spend way, way, way more than $120.

I have to agree, if I had those skills and 142 shells, I wouldn't worry about math or no math either. 

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