What do you do when you aren't making any hobby progress? Most people would preach patience. That would be fantastic, if I had any. When I get stuck, I tend to switch my focus. That is how I became jack of all hobbies, after all. I don't box things up and walk away (though that might be the wiser thing to do) but just sort of amble onto other things. Presently, I have so many projects on the go that it shouldn't have been a problem. Unfortunately, I really wasn't feeling inspired.
|Ziploc package of nanoblocks|
Nanoblocks to the rescue.
I decided to poke around Toys R Us (if there is a way to make that R like they do at the store on this computer, I don't know what it is) in search of inspiration. I probably should have gone to a hobby shop, but the toy store was much easier--it's in the same building I take the subway home from work in.
I came across some fantastic Lego train sets that I had not seen before. I was painfully tempted to buy them, but I have an N scale train that needs building, and working on a Lego train set would be like having an affair. I should remain faithful (at least for now).
|When you open the package|
While browsing I came across some Nanoblocks. I love Nanoblocks, but had no idea they were now being sold at Toys R Us. I had to go to Scholar's choice, or Amazon to get them before. They didn't have too many sets left, but I managed to find a couple of projects for me.
For those of you who don't know (and haven't ready my previous posts on the subject) Nanoblocks are a locking brick toy from Japan that is similar to Lego, but much smaller (I guess Japan has a reputation for miniaturizing things, don't they). They have quite a few architectural sets, animal sets. and all purpose sets. They aren't cheap, but they won't break the bank. They are a little challenging for small children (and they are certainly a choking hazard for little ones) those they require nimble fingers. They usually turn out quite well.
|Everything sorted out and ready to go|
This morning, after my morning coffee, and before I have to rake the leaves, I tackled the drum set. This was the first time I purchased a set that didn't come in a box. This one came packaged in a zip lock bag. It wasn't too difficult, but my fingers are a little large, and not particularly nimble. I needed tweezers, and some restraint. I only dropped the pieces onto the carpet 10 or 11 times. Fortunately, I was able to find them before frustration set in.
|the remaining pieces|
I managed to put it together in the length of time it took me to listen to Rod Stewart's Every Picture Tells A Story. It turned out quite well, and I have a bunch of parts leftover for some future project or some abstract art if I can't figure out what to do with them. And to answer your questions, before you ask them, the leftover parts were intended--There are always leftover parts.
I have included a few extra pictures, so that you can get a better idea of what comes in the package and what you have left at the end.