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  • Member since
    May, 2017
  • From: Central Illinois
New to the Hobby
Posted by buriedinbits82 on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 9:55 AM

Hello everyone,  Been lurking on the forums now for a few weeks browsing through various build threads and finally decided to subscribe and join up. 

I'm a rather experienced wargamer, and in the past (20 years ago) I used to build model airplanes and ships as a past time.  I'm finding that I prefer the building and painting these days to the gaming side of things so I've decided that its time to make the switch. 

I currently have a few model kits that I've been tinkering with, nothing that I consider to be that amazing.  Right now I have the Revell's 1/535 Missouri and Revell's 1/48 F6F Hellcat that I'm going to be tackling.  I do prefer models with lots of detail, I find it satisfies my lust for painting.  Sadly, I discovered all to late that the Hellcat model I purchased was lacking in just that. 

I unfortunately don't have a local hobby shop that sells models, but... I do Co-Own a comic and game shop, so supplies tend to be something I can get rather easily.  I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for good WW2 aircraft?  I've found that there are a few places that sell aftermarket upgrades to some kits, and there is so much information I'm having a difficult time sorting it out as to what can be used with what kits.  I'd really like to build up some USN aircraft from WW2 - I have a great interest in that subject.  My grandfather was at Pearl Harbor during the attack, and I can remember all the stories he used to tell of the aircraft he worked on. 

Anyways, I'm glad to be part of the community and look forward to getting a build thread started soon!



  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, May 08, 2017 12:01 PM

Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you aboard!

You've come to the right place. Lots of very knowledgeable guys and gals here that are ready to help out with any questions/problems that you may have. 

My 2 cents. I would suggest Squadron or Sprue Bros. mail order sites to get your kits and equipment. Their sites are easy to use and they have, in my opinion, good prices and the quickest delivery. They have very good selections of kits, aftermarket detail sets and decals. If there is a problem with anything you buy, they are quick to resolve it. Flyers come in the mail every month keeping you up to date on new items. You'll probably get a lot more suggestions from the members. 

I've been building for 70 of my 76 years ever since my uncles, one a submariner and the other in the Merchant Marines, both in WWII, got me started. Whatever strikes my fancy, and the wallet says OK, I build. Enjoyed every minute of it, well, there was that one time back in...............Wink. My advice is to sit back, relax, have a sip or two of your favorite brew wether it be CoffeeBeerDrinks, or my favorite Toast and build away.


Jim  Captain


Photobucket Main WIP: Rebuild of Monogram 1/8 "Big Deuce" with 1/8 Pocher V-12 in rear - 10%

   On the Bench:   Revell 1/48 Ju 52/3m - 50%;  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 20% 

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

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, May 08, 2017 4:29 PM

Welcome aboard.

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

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  • Member since
    March, 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, May 08, 2017 4:51 PM

I'm glad to be part of the community and look forward to getting a build thread started soon!

Glad to have you aboard BiB82!! If there's one thing I could suggest to you just starting out again is to go slow and stay basic for a while. Don't worry about the details just yet as those will come. Instead try to concentrate on glue and fit as well as decaling and painting. I dove head first into detailing (because that's what I like the most about scale modeling too) and skipped over stuff like sanding seams flat (like leading edges of wings and such) and paint/ weathering. I ended up with a couple of builds that were good on detail but sorely lacking in the mere basics. The idea is to jump in , start a thread like you're talking about, post plenty of pics (whether you like the way your work looks or not....been there ....done that) and ask LOTS of questions. Looking forward to seeing you around, Joe


Being really stupid IS "the new smart"!!

  • Member since
    September, 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, May 08, 2017 6:42 PM

Welcome to the Forums!

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    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Monday, May 08, 2017 7:54 PM

Welcome to FSM Forums



Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi


On the Bench: Revell 1/48 F-102A Delta Dagger (A kit Mrs. Toshi purchased for me at Hobby Lobby)

  • Member since
    April, 2004
Posted by Jon_a_its on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 3:35 AM


For sheer buildability & enough detail, the new Airfix and Tamiya 1/48th planes, plenty of '39 era choices as well.

google (eg) Airfix P40 review for lots of err opinions


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  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Northern New Jersey
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 5:20 AM
Welcome aboard.

  • Member since
    May, 2017
  • From: Central Illinois
Posted by buriedinbits82 on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 7:51 AM

Thanks for the warm welcome!  I got antsy and decided to go and pick up a model at my local hobby lobby last week, Revell's F6F hellcat.  Wow...  there is absolutely NO detail to this guy, no cockpit, just a pilot molded in a sitting position.  Very disapointed.  BUT i'm going to build it none the less, will be good practice for when I get my next one. 

I've been eyeballing Airfix and Tamiya kits, but the wife wants me to finish what I have first - I can't blame her.  I'll start a build thread later tonight when I get home. 

  • Member since
    March, 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 8:24 AM

but the wife wants me to finish what I have first

........and that's how it all starts. My wife kept finding models everywhere. Under the bed , in the spare bedroom closet, in my closet and a few in the shelves of my work bench. I'll never forget her response........."There's friggin' models everywhere in this house!" . lol


Being really stupid IS "the new smart"!!

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    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 1:02 PM




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Posted by B_one fixer on Tuesday, May 09, 2017 11:01 PM



  there are many people here that can help you along the way. As far as a source for purchasing kits as mentioned before Squadron and Sprue brothers are good sources. Ebay can also be a good place. There is a website that has a good variety of stuff for really great prices. If you do the facebook thing, there are numerous scale model auction/for sale groups there too that can have some pretty good deals.

  • Member since
    November, 2010
  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 5:38 AM

Welcome to the forums!


  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 7:00 AM

Hey ;

 Another Newbie ! Welcome aboard . T.B.


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