By in Humor

Unfinished Business

I was watching TV the other night and an advert appeared for one of those magazines that are published weekly and allow you to build a scale model of some warship, plane or whatever. In this case it was the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars.

At the exact split-second the small-print appeared (the visual equivalent of the end of radio adverts. You know, the bit that appears to be read by a horse-racing commentator on acid!) I happened to glance up and notice that each issue of the magazine was £8.99 and there were 100 issues.

So for the cost of a week in Cyprus for two and over the next two years you could build you very own fictional space-craft. With working hatch no less!!

Does anybody really have the staying power required to see these things through? And I'm not just talking Joe Public, I include the magazine publishers in that question. I'm very tempted to start buying this magazine just to test out their stamina.

I expect that by about 25 issues in they will have stopped including interesting, fun facts about the Millennium Falcon. It's a space-ship! From a film! It's not real! How much do you need to know about it? I strongly suspect it won't be much longer before, instead of including bits of plastic tat err... I mean finely crafted miniature space-craft components, they are just throwing in a few paper-clips, some buttons and the odd chewing gum wrapper they found down the back of their coffee-room sofa!

So no doubt I'll end up with a half-finished Millennium Falcon to go with the incomplete Eiffel Tower, the one-winged World War II Spitfire and the three-legged model of Lord Lucan (1 leg) riding Shergar (2 legs).

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Koalemos wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:31 PM

These type of magazines have been around since I was a child, but you are right it will probably cease before the completion time.

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:32 PM

I never yet managed to get a full set of these part work things. I tried two or three over the years, but there were CDs missing, issues withdrawn thanks to copyright queries and so on. Now I have better things to spend my money on. Like a house, a husband and holidays. Seeing as you mentioned Cyprus...

Ambermol wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:46 PM

Oh I expect they could spin it out, it's not real after all - they could even incorporate a dream sequence to keep readers interested.

DDS1 wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:49 PM

I used to love making model kits when I was a kid! Mostly 1;42 scale airplanes.

kat123456 wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:30 PM

Who'd pay £8.99 for a magazine and own 100 issues? That is quite some commitment isn't it!

WorDazza wrote on January 16, 2015, 4:49 PM

I've known people with smaller and shorter mortgages emoticon :smile:

Oceanblue wrote on January 16, 2015, 5:12 PM

There are so many project magazines out there and I guess it gives you something to look forward to each week although very sad if they discontinue early.

Feisty56 wrote on January 16, 2015, 9:22 PM

Lol, don't do that! Take the vacation in Cypress and come back and tell us all about it. : )

ison1 wrote on January 17, 2015, 3:14 PM

hahaha, I have often wondered if anyone has ever completed any of those models in magazines

Dragonfairy1 wrote on January 17, 2015, 5:34 PM

Haha, I noticed how much this is, but if you want to make your own 3d printer I think that's only about £500 if I remember it right.

Quinbe wrote on January 18, 2015, 12:35 AM

They let boys be dreamers, just imagine if you could build one in two years?

chrisandmark wrote on January 18, 2015, 4:43 AM

I remember subscribing my daughter to an animal collection years ago - it started off well but then halfway through they increased the price and made it a weekly purchase instead of a fortnightly one. Not happy...

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 18, 2015, 1:13 PM

I want to hear more about that horse-race commentator on acid. I think you've got the germ of a very wonderful sketch in that.

Kasman wrote on January 18, 2015, 1:19 PM

Believe it or not I have actually done this! A long time ago there was a magazine called 'Warplane' which dealt with modern military aircraft from around the world. I can't remember the price (it may have been £4.99 per issue) but plus 12 binders it cost me an absolute fortune! If i remember correctly there were 120 issues - two per month. Never again!

WorDazza wrote on January 18, 2015, 1:21 PM

Trust you to pick up on that one. I did once write a chapter of a book based around the escapades of a cricket player who, during the tea interval, accidentally ate some cakes laced with an hallucinogenic drug!

WorDazza wrote on January 18, 2015, 1:23 PM

Blimey! That would be five years of your life and about £600.

trufflehunter wrote on January 19, 2015, 4:50 AM

Ah left to me I'd go to Cypress in a thrice!

melon1234 wrote on January 19, 2015, 4:32 PM

I've always wondered that too, so much money you'd be spending then if you miss one that's it ruined I guess!

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 23, 2015, 8:21 PM

I am curious as to what scale the model is made considering it would take nearly two years to build and cost 899 pounds.