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  • Member since
    May, 2017
Howdy All!!
Posted by Hawk on Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:03 PM

Started building plastic models at about 8, went strong until age 19 and was getting purdy good, the last couple of years gravitated toward WWll aircraft. Then life happened !!! Now about 38 years later I am returning to that which I really enjoyed so much. This time around I'm in a better place, both mentally and financially, both which were in short supply at age 8 !!!

I am, however quite taken aback by all the changes in the hobby since 1979, more glues than I remember and new and better ways of doing everything. It will be quite a learning process over the next year or so while getting back in the saddle!!! A trip I am truly looking forward to.

I live in a small town in Michigan, Beaverton, kinda on the east side of the state.

Let the learning begin.......

Chris Hawkins

Christopher Hawkins

I'm so slow it takes me an hour and a half to watch 60 minutes !!!!!

  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, May 26, 2017 10:44 AM

Hi Chris! Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you aboard!

You have certainly come to the right place. Many of the members got here through the same stages that you did. You are right about the changes in the hobby but most of them are not as difficult as they seem and the members here are ready to help you with any questions/problems that you might have. There are no dumb questions except the ones you don't ask. I've learned a lot since joining and continue to learn something new almost every day. 

I've been building for 70 of my 76 years. I build anything that strikes my fancy as long as my wallet says OK. Also done all the other hobbies along the way like R/C planes and boats, trains, stick & tissue planes, and hunting. 

Sit back, relax, have a sip or two of your favorite drink whether 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
    September, 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, May 26, 2017 11:44 AM

Welcome to the Forums!

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina




  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, May 26, 2017 1:03 PM

Welcome Chris Welcome Sign

Like you I went on a hiatus but left later (1999) and returned sooner (2014). In the 4 years I have been a member of this forum (has it really been that long?) I have learned more than in the previous 34 years. The techniques and and instruction the forum members have given me have been key in that improvement to the point where I see a spectacular build on the internet and I think "I know how they did that".

The folks on here are very good at not criticizing a build, but rather gently guiding you to a better way while encouraging your improvement. Very few other forms can boast this claim.

Anyway, enough of my rambling. Have fun.





1/35 Hobby Boss Fieseler Storch
1/72 Hasegawa Nell
1/48 Tamiya Swordfish

In Que

1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales
1/700 Tamiya King George V
1/72 Academy FW-190 A


  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, May 26, 2017 1:03 PM

O yes, lots of changes since 79. Thats the year i built my first model and its a whole differant world now.

Welcome aboard, dive in and enjoy.

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


On the bench: Rudel Stage 3

                     Academy 1/72nd Apache AH.1

  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Saturday, May 27, 2017 3:53 AM

Welcome to FSM Forum!



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



  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, May 27, 2017 3:59 PM

Hi Chris .;

  I am still surprised by the changes in the hobby . I have been going continously even with the few I built while in the service in the 50s and 60s . Welcome to the forums . T.B.

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, May 27, 2017 4:25 PM

Hey Chris;

 Sorry I already posted .Hit the wrong key . T.B.

  • Member since
    July, 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:59 PM

Yes, lots of changes throuout the years.

Just wait.... someday you will look back and say

A paint bottle on my bench with a 35 cent pricetag??? How long have I been here????



(Dont worry, the years just fly by. It's painless..... no really.)

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".




  • Member since
    May, 2017
  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by MrStecks on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 9:58 PM

This time around I'm in a better place, both mentally and financially, both which were in short supply at age 8 !!!

I think that's true for all of us... at least I hope so!   hahahaha....  Big Smile

Welcome aboard.  I too have returned to the hobby after many years.  It seems to be a common thread here.  So we will all learn and help each other get better.  That's awesome.

Cheers, Mark


On the bench: Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang

In the queue: Airfix 1/48 Junkers Ju87B-1 Stuka

  • Member since
    May, 2017
Posted by Fredthefoot`s Models on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 2:11 AM
welome mate :)



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