To pivot or persevere…

Mark Dance made a great observation on the previous post:

Pivot towards something that looks more promising when your existing path is not successful and your rate of learning on it is slowing down.

Of course, you don’t know if your rate of learning is decreasing until you have three attempts.  As my mother used to say, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

It all serves to remind me that by the time I had finished #10, I had discarded a version of almost every part. Model-making is a process of continuously challenging yourself to improve.

So, I fired up the old Cricut again, cut some slightly different versions of the frame parts, and MEKed them all together last night. I’ve decided MEK is really not my cup of tea, yet I pushed through the miasma and produced something that resembles an unsuccessful hybrid of a chassis and a corkscrew.

Despite its obvious lack of squareness, straightness or any other sort of precision, this second POC appears to work! The equalizing beam moves freely in its slot, giving me the confidence to go ahead and cut the parts in metal.


2 thoughts on “To pivot or persevere…

  1. re styrene glue – I find the Tamiya styrene solvent doesn’t have the same impact on me as some other varieties, but gets the job done.

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