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  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
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Posted by wpwar11 on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 9:22 PM

Hello,

Like several threads I have read on this site I am coming back to modeling.  The last completed model was decades ago when I was a kid.  I just turned 50 and have rediscovered this wonderful hobby.  3 months ago I purchased Revell‘s kit 5850 F18E Super Hornet.  It has been a challenge learning new skills like filling gaps, proper sanding, brush painting details, and decal placement with Micro Set and Sol.  It has also been enormous fun.

I can’t begin to tell all the readers the dozens of helpful  tips and techniques I have read on these forums.  I‘m driving myself crazy absorbing all this information but I know it’s a vast subject and it’s all part of the learning process.  As a newbie I’m using Tamiya spray cans for the Hornets exterior paint.  I know an airbrush is the way to go and that will be purchased in the very near future (how long will it take to master?).

As the jet is almost complete Tamiya‘s ACM2 1/48 Zero or Tamiya’s Ferrari F1 Portuguese Grand Prix car are next.  If anyone has built these kits and can share with me anything that will make it easier/more enjoyable please respond.

Cheers and Thanks,

PW 

Maryland

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:11 PM

Welcome back!  Post up pics of your builds - love to see them.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    April 2019
  • From: Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:54 PM

Welcome Sign

 

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

  • Member since
    May 2006
  • From: Batesville, IN
Posted by ggatt_2 on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:59 PM

Welcome! Remember - whatever feels best for you is best. I have an airbrush and I've used it hundreds of times but I'm also a big fan of Tamiya's spray cans. Whatever works!

-Greg

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:26 AM

Welcome to the forum, PW!

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:30 AM

Welcome Sign

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:15 PM

Welcome aboard.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Fujim 1/72nd Ju 87R-2/AMT STAP/ Youngs Miniatures 1/10th Templar Bust/Accurate Armour 1/35th SNATCH

  • Member since
    March 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:21 PM

Welcome, PW - Nice to have you join us, as you said, so much to learn and you'll find lots of information from the talented builders that will be so helpful.

As to how long for mastering an airbrush??? I've been airbrushing for over 50 years, still learning new techniques from other members. I suggest you have a look at a website dedicated to airbrushing, "Don's airbrushing tips," a really excellent place to learn about the subject. I credit Don Wheeler as the major source of advancements I've made in ability and proficiency, while using and caring for an airbrush.

Best of luck while pursuing your renewed interest in this great hobby. Hope to see some of your work when you get around to posting.

Patrick

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Co.Kerry, Ireland.
Posted by Est.1961 on Thursday, February 13, 2020 2:39 PM

Welcome Beer

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, February 13, 2020 2:42 PM

Welcome to the Forums PW! Glad to have you aboard.

Welcome back to the hobby.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:16 PM

I have been really impressed with the results from Tamiya spray cans.  Being winter here in the east and keeping them in the basement I submerge the bottom 3 inches or so in warm tap water.  That warms the paint and it coats beautifully.  2 light misting coats and a heavier 3 one seems to be the way to work it.

I find it funny that my first kit back retails at $17.  After paint, primer, putty, various sanding grits, brushes, masking tape, blah, blah, blah, I’m in like $300.  I’t would be a total waste of money to not build more.  I owe it to myself to continue.

ill post work as I get more comfortable

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:23 PM

Thanks.  I‘ll check it out.  I didn’t know airbrushing has been around 50 years.  I bet you are really good.

  • Member since
    March 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Friday, February 14, 2020 1:51 AM

wpwar11

Thanks.  I‘ll check it out.  I didn’t know airbrushing has been around 50 years.  I bet you are really good.

 

Actually airbrushing has been around for much more than that. I can do pretty decent work, but so many modelers here at FSM really excel, some have the talent, I wish I did. 

Patrick

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, February 14, 2020 8:46 AM

P.W.

 Welcome aboard!

I too use the Tamiya and other Rattle can Paints. I have found warming them in warm water will help after a vugours shaking to disperse the paint and you'll have continued success. As to the kits, I have done and given away the Ferrari F-1 car. If you pay close attention to the instructions you'll have a car you can be proud of.

     Airbrushes are great for a lot of stuff. I first started using them back in the seventies in my Auto Body shop on Vans. Well, actually the Hobby Style in fact, Is easy to use!

  • Member since
    January 2020
  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Friday, February 14, 2020 7:22 PM

The bit about the airbrush is reassuring.  I ordered the F1 car a few days ago and received it today!  As a huge F1 fan I’m looking forward to that build.  I picked that project because the paint scheme doesn’t appear complicated.  Just Ferrari red a little black.  Tamiya has a few 1/20 scale F1 cars.  The more complicated liveries like the Benetton and Williams probably should wait until I’m more experienced.  Is that the right assumption?

Sadly (fortunately) my wife is under the weather this evening and went to bed.  There will be no dopey Valentines day going out dinner.  I can get a modeling session in. 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: Edgware, London
Posted by osher on Saturday, February 15, 2020 4:20 AM
Welcome to the forum!
  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, February 15, 2020 9:59 AM

Welcome to the Forums!

  

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  • Member since
    February 2020
Posted by johnmorganhere on Monday, February 17, 2020 8:33 AM

Hello everyone. I am new to this forum too. Nice to be here Wink

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