I can't seem to get myself back into the groove. I went to a regional IPMS show on Saturday, drove 3 hours each way, and I was sorely disappointed. I did see a few nice models on display, but I was really hoping the vendors would have a full array of stuff I could drool over and look at in person, not just admire online. I wanted inspiration and ideas, instead I saw basically a garage sale - a bunch of old kits in battered boxes, parts missing, or just junk. It was advertised as 80 vendor tables, but in reality I think it was maybe 7 or 8 vendors, and only 3 or 4 of those actually selling kits. I actually had a better time at a local show weeks ago that was 1/4 the size and got a couple of deals there that got my juices flowing.
I left really dejected, and it has lingered. I could have spent Saturday working on my own stuff, but I wanted to catch some excitement. Instead I got home not wanting to look at a kit and since then I haven't really wanted to bother. Between my commute and other responsibilities, I have very little time for my hobby, and I look at the thing and think "I need to do x,y, and z before I can proceed, and for that I'll need to dirty up the airbrush, clean it, paint that by hand... eh, screw it.
I usually do some kind of modeling work almost every single day.
It might only be organizing my paints, cleaning up, etc., but I am usually doing something with this stuff all the time.
Every now and again I lose my mojo too. The idea of working on anything just doesn't excite me enough to actually do it!
I am just coming out of such a period now. I have a ton of interesting and diverse kits in my stash. I was looking it over asking which kit I would work on, and I just couldn't find anything to make me happy.
So how did I break myself out of the funk? I grabbed a model (in this case, a Dragon 1/35 Jagdpanzer IV Lang) that has been sitting in my stash for a couple of years and told myself I was going to build it.
Once I got the first 3 steps or so under my belt, I found myself psychologically becoming interested in the build and getting immersed in all the details. From there, the build sort of took care of itself.
Now the kit is pretty much all assembled, waiting for paint.
Long story short: grab something and WORK on it. The "appetite comes from the eating" if you see what I mean.
As an aside: there are a ton of good model show videos on Youtube. The camera will slowly move around over the various display tables, showing you dozens and dozens of kits in a few minutes. I look at those FREQUENTLY for inspiration.
Many of my builds have come from seeing interesting paint schemes/subjects on those show tables, with me asking "What is that?! That's cool! I want to build that"!
These videos can be a good source of inspiration.