The need or desire to superdetail every model, often at the expense of completing any.

From Fine Scale Modeler magazine's "Scale Modeling Glossary" (Nov. 2011)

Bell X-1
EB-29 Mother Ship

   This would eventually be a vignette depicting the launching of the Bell X-1 rocket plane from the B-29 "Mother Ship." Academy-Minicraft's 1/144 scale B-29A Superfortress kit is being converted to the carrier ship with a scratch-built X-1 in the same scale.

The project was started in 1999. The X-1 was completed one year later and can be seen HERE. It has a pair of tiny ceramic magnets built into it to hold it in the B-29 launch bay. (It works!) The B-29 has a completed launch bay and new engine exhausts were cast out of resin. I also received really nice Alps-printed decals for the Mother Ship nose art from Mark Fergel, who used to host the website

The B-29 may one day be finished. My motivation is that I already made a really nice display stand for the pair, seen in the image below.

   As is the case with many scratch-building projects, there is now a molded plastic kit of the X-1 in 1/144 scale. Also available is a cast-resin conversion kit for the B-29 Launch Bay in the same scale.

   This resin kit of the little robot from the 1972 film Silent Running is by Posigrade Creations. This model was started in 2001 and is very close to completion.

   This is Lindberg's kit of the sleek X-Plane, started in 2008, also close to being completed. Instead of using the kit's decal sheet, markings were created using basic drawing and word processing software and were laser-printed onto clear decal film.

The Flying Sub
from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
   Moebius Models originally produced this 3 inch long kit to be boxed with their big Seaview and later released it as a stand-alone kit. This model needs just a little clean-up to be finished.

   Polar Light's 11 inch Enterprise kit is being built into a 1/12 scale model of the 11 foot long Enterprise studio model. Detail will be removed from the left side of the model and one warp drive dome will be removed, showing the workings within.

This is Round2 Polar Lights' kit of the famed Bat-Car. It is currently and slowly being worked on.

This isn't even a complete list! Other projects that have been started and I keep promising myself will eventually be completed include:
  • "Sir Bors and the Rabbit" or "What's 'e Do, Nibble Yer Bum?" (60mm metal figure conversion)
  • Kitbash Mashup: SFSM's "DY-100 Colony Ship" (Botany Bay) and Glencoe's Retriever Rocket
  • The Visible Horse (1/6 scale kit by Skilcraft)
  • Ed White, America's First Space Walker (1/24 scale resin figure by New Ware)
  • F4U-1D Corsair (1/72 scale kit by Hasegawa)
  • Aries 1B Moon Shuttle from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1/144 scale resin kit by Stargazer Models)
  • Aston Martin DB5 (1/32 scale kit by Airfix)

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