So i got a message this morning from someone waiting on a helmet cast/paintup from me. He seems to be upset that i just showed this jetpack to offer and he doesnt have his helmet yet. he said [partial quote] "... i must admit I'm regretting this situation. I understand 'life stuff' but dude a little courtesy to those who in good faith have layed down their dollars and have shown a consideration for your needs, and wait patiently then bam new project thread..I feel like a sucker "
So i though perhaps some members here felt the same way but didnt want to say anything, so here is my semi-edited reply, without personalization or anything that was specific to his questions/situation.
If your waiting on ANYTHING from me, you should realize your project is not the only thing im doing. I have been working on the jetpack on the weekends since March while i work on commissions all week. (i could have done this jetpack in around 2-3 months, give or take a little bit, had i not been doing other commissions/anything else) I am not putting aside ANY commissions to do anything else, and am almost insulted anyone would think i would do that. Also as some of you may have seen, when its humid here the masking fluid causes issues with painting, so when i have super humid days i dont/cant paint. When i cant paint, i work on other stuff. This time of year we get alot of humid days. As a matter of a fact, this week is rain all week with humidity well above 70%. So, all week i cant paint. Im not running the risk. I also will occasionally run out of a paint color and have to order more which will take a few days to arrive. There are lots of factors involved here as to why something doesn't get done on an exact schedule.
As far as courtesy, there is NO reason to hold off showing something i FINALLY was able to finish and make available. Like i said, i work on more than one thing at a time depending on weather which sometimes alters the schedule somewhat. Im not just going to rush or risk working on something in humid weather that can potentially come out bad and need to be redone. Its a waste of time and supplies. ...and then do nothing when there is something i could do in the crappy weather like bondo and sand and fabricate things.
Maybe this general outline of what i do just about every day will help everyone understand how things work here, in my "shop", which is basically a tarped off corner in my inlaws garage. This is pretty much every day here when i dont have a honey-do list. Because i am married and have a wife to attend to. this would be a typical day if i had these things to do, and the weather was good.....
Before bed, i stencil and mask helmets. In the morning i get up around 8-8:30 i have some coffee and answer e-mails/PMs, check facebook page etc...i get into the shop about 10am (i cant run the compressor before that ill wake up the neighborhood) i bring the helmets into the shop, and lay down a color. I bring the helmets back into the house to cure up. The paint needs to cure for a good 10hrs at least before removing the mask, so i will then do something else, like prime or put on a layer of color on another members set of armor etc. Then i put that aside to cure up and cast a helmet or jetpack. if im casting something, i put the gelcoat layer in and put it aside. Then i will say..cast something simple like some bikerscout pistols. , then move onto something else. then i will go back to the jetpack or helmet and fiberglass it. etc etc. I pretty much do this all day. then when im in from the shop that night, i go online and answer my e- mails/PMs again...maybe cut a few sets of stencils on my vinyl cutter at the same time...then i take a shower and then i sit at my kitchen table and remove the masking from the helmets, stencil and mask the next layer and go to bed. Then i do the same thing the next day. Also consider i have a small work-space so i have to rearrange the shop all day to do whatever it is im doing. Fiberglassing makes a mess and takes time to clean up. So switching from fiberglassing to painting for example, may take me 30 minutes. This is all on a good nice day. Weather, screw ups, honey-do's, scheduled troops, and you know, eating...all also factor in. Plus hey id like to have SOME time to myself once in a while. All these things factor into how fast something gets done. If you cant appreciate all of this that i do every day, i dont know what to tell you.
Again, like i said, i work on more than one thing at a time, and i do all my commissions at least 5 days a week, and work on fabrication and/or my personal stuff on the weekends generally speaking. Once i get close to completing some commissions i will finish them off on the weekends as long as weather permits. I am not a machine, and i cannot control the weather. There is no reason for anyone to feel like a sucker just because i posted something i finally got done.
I hope this puts some perspective on what i personally do every day and helps anyone waiting for something from me understand what i do every day and that im not sitting on the beach with a drink in my hand laughing at all the TDH suckers waiting on stuff from me lol.
So because i got this message first thing this morning, i had to reply to it and have not had my coffee yet and am obviously not in the shop and its already 11:37AM...see, you cant predict or control what happens every day. Anyway im going to have my coffee now and get into the shop and assemble some scout blasters and maybe cast some stuff because the humidity is too high to paint...and its really pushing it to cast as well, but i need to get something done!
Have a great day TDHers!