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Hello Everyone - Back at it Again

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  • Member since
    August, 2017
Hello Everyone - Back at it Again
Posted by Carpathia on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 12:30 PM

Hi all. My name is Jason. I live in the Central Illinois area. I've had subscriptions to FSM in the past, but only learned about the forums today! Glad I found them.

A bit about me: I'm former Navy; I spent 6 years in, 4-1/2 of which were aboard the Spruance class destroyer Paul F Foster, as an electronics technician. After that I went to college to earn my Master of Architecture degree and have been striving toward licensure since.

I've been an extremely amature modeler for most of my life. In the past, I'd often start a model, but rarely follow through or really go all out; rarely ever produced anything worth keeping. I have been pretty much out of the hobby for quite some time, only producing a kit every few years or so for the better part of 10 years. As it happens, life has directed me back into it and this time I'm hitting the ground running. My daughter got me a model kit for Christmas a few years ago, the AMT Ecto-1A from Ghostbusters 2, and she asked why I hadn't started it yet. So, I started with that and found it much more addicting that I can remember. While out on a family grocery run, she came across the Polar Lights Ecto-1 from the first movie, and I couldn't resist (both pictured below). Since then I've also completed a USS Voyager model I had partially completed (minus the base) that was started probably 10 years ago (also pictured below). The other day, my daughter and I together assmebled a Revell AT-ACT from Rogue One.

In my stash, I mostly have a variety of older Star Trek and Star Wars models (collected during my time in the Navy, and mostly from Ebay). Lately, I've added a 1:350 scale model of a Spruance class destroyer, which I intend on modeling after the Foster in the condition she was in while I was aboard. But, most immediately, I have plans on starting a model I've been wanting to start for some time; an AMT USS Excelsior model. So you can tell I gravitate toward the sci-fi genre, but I'm really open to most genres.

Anyway, that's prett much all I can think of now. I'm glad to have found the forums and look forward to seeing more of what they, and you all, have to offer.

Thanks for reading!


Ecto-1 and Ecto-1A

USS Voyager


  • Member since
    March, 2017
  • From: Mid Michigan
Posted by shamoo on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 8:32 AM
Welcome! Your progress so far looks great. You've completed more lately than I have!

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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 10:17 AM

Welcome aboard.

''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
    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 10:20 AM

Welcome to the Forums Jason! Glad to have you aboard. Thank you for your service.

You've come to the right place. The members here are very knowledgeable and ready to help out with any questions/problems that you may have. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. From your experience, you will probably be able to help out some of the guys in the ship section. Wink 

I've been building for 70 of my 76 years and build whatever strikes my fancy and my wallet says OK. My favorites are WWI & WWII fighters and Sailing ships, as you can see by my avatar.

Sit back and enjoy.

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
    May, 2017
  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by MrStecks on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 11:38 AM

Welcome Jason!  Those are some good looking builds.  Looking forward to seeing more of your work.  Smile

Cheers, Mark

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

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

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 12:07 PM
Welcome aboard,some nice work indeed.

  • Member since
    September, 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 3:25 PM

Welcome to the Forums!  Very nice work; particularly I like the Voyager.  Well-done!

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina




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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, August 03, 2017 9:09 AM


 And Welcome Aboard . Glad to have you ! T.B.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: NYC, USA
Posted by waikong on Thursday, August 03, 2017 11:22 AM
welcome, always good to see more sci fi builders.
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    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Thursday, August 03, 2017 3:56 PM

Welcome to FSM Forums!



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



  • Member since
    January, 2003
  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Thursday, August 03, 2017 4:29 PM

Hey!  Jason!!!  Welcome to the Forums, Brother!  Go Navy!  My wife's father was a 23 year Navy veteran, a nuclear weapons tech (did HE have some awesome stories!)....and she was (to his disgust...good naturedly) a Captain in The Army.  HOOOAH!  My grampa, my dad and my sis were Seabees, too.  Thanks for your service, mate. 

I gotta say - there's a whole lotta great people here - ALWAYS willing to help with tips, hints, advice, and just about anything else you might need.  ALl the people here are super helpful.  You need any info, just ask.

I want to say one thing....remember....there is NO SUCH THING as a stupid question!!  EVER!  I've never been refused advice - not even from a trophy winner at an IPMS contest where you ask "how did you do THAT!??".  In my experience - nobody EVER "hides" their techniques - it's a wonderful Forum for sharing.

Again....welcome!  And don't forget - got a question?  Ask!

Cheers, LeeTree Remember, Safety Fast!!!
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    July, 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, August 03, 2017 7:56 PM

Welcome to the club !!!

I cant view your pictures but thats not your fault.....

It probably because my "compootor" is a rewired Atari 2600 so somtimes when I'm posting it switches to Astroids !

Anyways.... feel free to ask any and all questions you may have. Somebodys bound to have the right answer.


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





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