How long do you spend on a build until you're completely happy with it?

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I spend waaaay too much time on builds. Much more time than I should be spending in front of a PC in general.

This means that I have a hangar full of vehicles that were designed to grandiose phantasies of the surely phantastic missions they were meant to be able to accomplish. Missions that then never actually take place, because the time left to fly them is a negative number, and also, because..... I *just* saw someone else's build on this forum and thought "wait a second - you can do THAT?? Let me try this idea for a moment".

Turns out, I have a really interesting definition of "moment".

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I'm with @Capt. Hunt on this one, I will stick with a build until if flies or obviously won't. 

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Until it gets the job done with some efficiency and doesn't look too strange.

So somewhere between 1m and several hours (the latter mainly for 'standard' lifters/crafts).

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Really depends. The more complex the mission, the more time I spend designing the vessels. Just discovered that I am working since March 1on a design that will take a few Kerbals to Jool....

If it is a space plane on the other hand, I usually spend no more than a day, until I just reinvented the already existing design ...

If it is a rocket. Just a few minutes. Since you throw it away anyways, it doesn't deserve so much time.

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Stopping by the VAB on a Snowy Evening

by Kebert Frost

Whose builds these are I think I know.   
Jeb’s ship is on the launch pad though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his engines blast and glow.   

His little ship must think it queer   
To launch without a firetruck near   
Between the atmosphere and frozen space   
The darkest evening of the year.   

Jeb gives his harness belts a shake   
To see if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the beeps   
Pray easy lift and downy wake.   

The ship is lovely, dark and sleek,
Still I have design ideas to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep...


...in other words, it sometimes takes me days to finish a design, test, retool and eventually launch Mr. Jebs and friends.  I always think of this Robert Frost poem which I have modified for all yers enjoyment. :)

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