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.
12 is definitely a huge milestone for me as I’ve never ever completed more than 4 in a year. I hope I can build on this and perhaps get more builds done. Then perhaps the mountain that is my stash will finally start to lower? 😀
That being said, I could have probably finished more since my last build was the F-14B in October. But a few things happened: 2 of my airbrushes started going wonky, I did some traveling with the family, work piled up, I fell sick a few times and most importantly, my son has started building model kits and my focus went there.
This year was a year of a few firsts:
- First figure
- First weathering with salt and sponge chipping and filtering with oil paint
- First groundwork
- First helicopter kit
- First custom decal work
- First bare metal finishing
In the new year, I hope to:
- Finish at least a dozen builds again
- Hoard less (which I think would be a lot more doable in 2017)
- Expand further into other genres
So which one is my favorite build of 2016? I’d have to say the VF-102 F-14B but the Snowspeeder was the most problem-free and for the first kit I’ve ever severely weathered, it didn’t turn out half bad.
And that’s it! To more finished kits and less last minute disasters, bring on 2017!