I can certainly understand where you're coming from Joel! I myself have never binned a kit (must be the Scots in me I guess). I have shelved a few for a number of months while I mull over the problem. But I keep worrying at the problem till I solve it. I'll be the first to admit that sometimes the solving of the problem is just sheer brute force but I'm finding as I mature as a modeller finesse is starting to set in. (I must be getting frail LOL) And I have the likes of your goodself and this community to offer another set of eyes to look at the problem and perhaps offer me a solution I might not have thought of myself.
Keep up the sterling work buddy I look forward to your taming of this particular kit!
I hear ya buddy. As I've matured as a modeler (God only know I can't get much more mature in chronological age )
I tend to take the same path as you. Last year was the 1st year of zero trashed kits. The year before just one, so I'm trending in the right direction. Of course last year I only built two models: each took more then 5 months, so there is something to be said for long builds, and kits that go together rather well.
Oh course the "Gods" have now decided that it's payback time, and the old Trumpy F4F-3 is certainly a handful.