2016: Year In Review

Well, I am certainly a little late here with this post but I kind of wanted to go over last years builds and changes here at Amateur Airplanes. I also want to go over what we can hopefully expect out of 2017. Given the fact that this post comes as January is almost concluding, it’s safe to say that this year has started off slow for me. Nevertheless, I have some pretty different ideas for some future builds. Now I won’t reveal them just yet but I am truly giddy to get them started.

So 2016…Not my best year in terms of builds. On the plus side, it wasn’t my worst either. Twenty-five completed builds is what I was able to achieve here in 2016. A lot went on here that swayed that number last year. The new house sucked plenty of time away. The move and getting settled in really took a toll and forced me into a hiatus of sorts. Those things aren’t terrible in my opinion, just life happpening. Coming back was slow going and I am just now starting to find my way again. 

This is such a great hobby and I think I make it come off as a chore in my writing. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. Aviation in general is a passion of mine that I truly enjoy. Any frustration is from me wanting to have more time to devote to building aircraft. I think a lot of my posts came off that way last year and I am really trying to change that by explaining myself in a more positive light for the hobby. Parts break, paint gets ruined, and decals fail. They ALWAYS will. That is part of the fun right? Maybe not fun but it’s what we do and I love it. 

When I am not at my workbench attending to whatever current airplane that I am working on, I am preparing for the future of my workbench and Amateur Airplanes. My inventory is forever changing and I really try to pick builds that will appeal to all of you and obviously me. That’s not as easy as it sounds when you have hundreds of kits that you want to get to. There is no easy way to choose what’s next. 

The selection aspect is something that I want to take a look at and tinker with this year. I want to step out of the box at times and travel some different angles. The Helicopter Project is a prime example of what we can expect this year. I think I may have gone a little over the top with the amount to work on but why not? Baptism by fire, right? But seriously, putting out the same build over and over is great, but I want to be greater this year with my ideas. Whether it’s a boarding ladder added or an aircraft carrier built, I want to see some variation in how and what I build. There are a few ideas that I am very excited about. One involves my beloved A-10 that I almost shut the workbench down so I could get started. That’s how excited I am to get going. It’s something that I have never seen before and I will be forced to drastically change up my methods and techniques. Good stuff. 

2017 started off slow but I have cleared my thoughts and now I know what I want from this year. The numbers don’t matter much. I want to stay involved in this wonderful hobby and I invite everyone to give it a try. They take time and I need to start understanding that more clearly. This will be a very interesting year. Let’s build!

2016 Builds

  1. MiG-29 UB Fulcrum
  2. RF-101C Voodoo
  3. A-1H Skyraider
  4. Ov-10D Bronco
  5. B-26B Marauder
  6. Lancaster Mk.I
  7. Blohm & Voss Bv141B
  8. BAe Sea Harrier FRS Mk.I
  9. Focke Wulf Fw-190A8
  10. Polikarpov I-153
  11. Macchi MC.205 Veltro
  12. F4F-4 Wildcat
  13. B-25B Mitchell
  14. Canberra PR.9
  15. Mitsubishi F-2A
  16. F9F-8 Cougar
  17. B-57G Canberra
  18. Spitfire Mk.III
  19. TBF-1 Avenger
  20. Mitsubishi Ki-15-I Babs
  21. Ju-87 G-2 Stuka
  22. Bf-109E-3
  23. Hs-129 B-3
  24. P-40N Warhawk
  25. Ju-86 D-1

23 thoughts on “2016: Year In Review

  1. I certainly don’t think you make it sound like a chore. In fact, I think the tone of your posts comes off as almost giddy about some of your builds.
    I am impressed with not only the quantity but the quality of your builds. I would love to see what kind of diorama you could put together–knowing full well that with airplanes, a runway/takeoff scene is more of just a base rather than tell a story.
    At IPMS Toronto one year I saw an overturned plane with the pilots fishing off of it…..
    Have a great year of builds.

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