I finished 8 kits in 2019.
That’s less than 2018 and again falling short of my target of 12. I actually had the 9th kit on the finishing stages but a last minute disaster means I’ll only be able to finish it in 2020.
My favorite build of 2019 was definitely the VF-1S Super Strike Valkyrie because I’m a sucker for heavily armed mecha and I think the result is very striking (heh).
The most trouble-free build was definitely the A-36 Apache. Even the usually problematic sharkmouth decal went on without a hitch.
For 2020 I’ve decided to be less ambitious and target 10 completed kits.
OK, some stats about my site:
- I made 55 posts totaling 25,232 words. So I’m writing more but at a smaller frequency than in 2019. Quality over quantity? Heh.
- 2019 saw 22,725 views from 9,983 visitors. That’s an improvement of 8% and 9% over 2018.
- The most viewed 2019 work is the Italeri 1/72 Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-37B Ferret E. This is a big surprise for me but I guess my visitors like more esoteric subjects.
- The most viewed post is Scale model shopping in Akihabara, Tokyo. Modelers are shopaholics too!
- The most viewed WIP post was WIP : AFV Club 1/48 F-5E Tiger II Pt. 1 – Construction. An old post from 2017.
Curiously, there were visitors to the Shelf Queens page which really only lists my shelf of shame. 😀
Overall I get less interest from my non-Macross mecha kits compared to my aircraft builds. I think it might be because I share more of my aircraft builds in Facebook Groups than the other subjects.
So what’s in store for 2020? More of the same I think, with hopefully just as detailed WIPs that I’ve started doing in 2019. They take some effort to do since they can break the building momentum but I like seeing WIPs of people’s builds so it’s my way to ‘pay it back’.
Finished, not perfect. Finished, not perfect. Onwards to 10 builds for 2020.
I finished 9 kits in 2018.
That’s 1 more than 2017, but I was short 3 kits from my target of 12. Ah well… life beckoned.
Among these 9 kits, I was most happy with my ‘Cover Fire’ vignette since it has quite a few firsts for me including figure painting, making ruins, heavy weathering and actually completing a vignette. The Shiden kit itself shows my poor workmanship quite starkly but all in all, the whole thing came together quite nicely.
The most trouble-free build was unsurprisingly the Y-wing starfighter from Fine Molds. This kit was as shake and bake as they will ever come.
For the new year, I will again try to hit 12 completed kits giving me an average of 1 a month. To facilitate that I think I should have a better strategy by sprinkling a few easier builds in between the more time-consuming ones. I will also keep going with the eclectic mix of subjects for sure.
Anyway, some stats from the site itself:
- I made 58 posts totaling 20,343 words
- 2018 saw 20,868 views from 8,813 visitors
- The most viewed 2018 work is the Kinetic 1/48 Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet A ‘Top Aces’
- The most viewed post is the Hobbyboss 1/72 Grumman F-14B Tomcat ‘VF-102 Diamondbacks’ (which is from 2016)
- The most viewed WIP post is WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14B Tomcat Pt.1
I made a similar number of posts in 2017 with a similar number of views. This year, I did more work but I had less posts because I consolidated my work into longer entries per post. I only published the post after each major stage was done. I’m still debating if I should continue with this as it meant I can go almost 2 weeks without any updates on the site. Anyway, I want to balance time between posts and actual content more. Maybe I’ll add more non-build content? But that will definitely eat into my building time. Definitely something to look into.
OK. Now onwards to more builds and a dwindling stash.
So I completed 8 kits in 2017:
This is 1/3 less than what I completed in 2016. I took a short trip in June and ended up not doing any building till September. Although I finished less kits, I think my work has improved with construction being neater that resulted in less seamline fixing. I also worked on adding some tonal variations to my painting. However, I still find my weathering ‘off’ somewhat, being unable to make them appear random enough.
For the upcoming year, I hope to get into some armor and perhaps a car. And I also want to further improve my weathering. Who knew that it’ll be hard to make things look random? Lastly, I hope to be able to finish at least an even dozen kits again.
Site-wise, here’s a quick look at what happened in 2017:
- I made a total of 56 posts.
- There were 1,993 visitors totaling 4,614 views from August to December.
- My most viewed post and work was Completed : AFV Club 1/48 Northrop F-5E Tiger II ’26th TFTS’.
- The next 2 most viewed work were Completed : Italeri 1/72 BAe Sea Harrier FRS.1 and Completed : Italeri 1/72 Grumman EF-111A Raven.
- My most viewed work log was WIP : 1/72 Hobbyboss F-14B Tomcat Pt.1.
The stats are not accurate for 2017 because I moved servers in August so I lost all the previous tracked results. I also had less posts because starting this year, I consolidated my work logs so each post was longer and more detailed.
Since I’m building more, I’ve been spending less time writing for the blog, hence I only did 1 preview and 2 reviews in the last year. While it’s a compromise I’m willing to make, I think I’ll try to find some time to add more articles and post my thoughts on the state of the hobby. Let’s see how it goes.
I decided to move servers and hosts earlier this month and it wasn’t… smooth. Not that it’s ever been smooth for me when it comes to moving domains.
Anyway, the most important thing is that the website is now back up. Next is slowly putting back all my content. I have stuff going all the way back to 2009 so this will take a while. I’m also taking the opportunity to streamline the site and do housekeeaping though.
So I was a lot more active in updating the site in 2016. But it’s for one obvious reasons I just built more models. Still, it’s interesting to see the growth the site has seen. Some facts from 2016:
- There were a total of 90 posts.
- There were a total of 10,994 visitors.
- They totaled 20,860 views.
- The top 5 visitors were from United States, Singapore, United Kingdom, Indonesia and France.
- The most viewed post was ‘Upcoming : 1/48 Kinetic F/A-18C Hornet’.
- The most viewed preview was ‘Preview : 1/48 Hobby Boss F-14B Tomcat’.
- The most viewed work of mine was (surprisingly) ‘Completed : Grumman F-14A Tomcat ‘VF-84 Jolly Rogers”.
- The next 2 most viewed works were the ‘Hasegawa 1/72 VF-1A Valkyrie’ and the ‘Bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper’ which shows how diverse my audience is I guess.
- More of interest is that those top 3 posts are probably the 3 least shared builds of mine since I always share my builds on Aircraft Resource Center which brings in a lot of visitors.
Towards the end of 2016, I debated adding a RocketPunch Facebook page to run parallel with this site. For one thing I think it would drive more traffic to this site and since it’s a lot easier to update, I’d have more content up. I ended up scuttling that idea because I didn’t really want to have to add more sites to update. Also, I think I’ll end up updating the Facebook page and start to ignore this one (I’ve seen it happen often). Lastly, the plan is never to start monetizing this site anyway and I’m happy the way it is.
So looking at ahead at 2017, I hope the updates continue in a more or less consistent basis but this will of course, depend on whether I can keep up with building like I did last year.