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  • Member since
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  • From: Conway, AR
A rusty return!
Posted by GarrisonHero on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 2:44 PM

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to poke my nose in here and say "Hello"! I'm GarrisonHero aka Chris. My 13 year old son recently kind of resparked my interest in the hobby, with a "Dad we should build a model tank together." OK! I've dabbled in scale models off and on for the last 30 ish years or so. Never been in a club or entered a show, just something I used to do to pass the time and learn a thing or two, bring some history to life.

Now I'm returning to the hobby with a partner, and we're starting anew together! In the past I've done a bit of everything (kit wise) though my mainstays were Navy aircraft, WWII aircraft, the odd car or truck. So here I (we) are. Man I have to say a lot certainly has changed since my last foray. 

When did acrylic paints become something other than a watery mess with poor coloring (other than Tamiya)? Surprise 

At any rate, we've both got our kit picked out (35th Italeri World of Tanks Tiger) we both play WoT together. Picked up some basic tools/brushes bought some paints, and we'll be kicking this kit off together in the next weekend or so. My first armor kit and his first kit! For now we've been having a blast reading various articles/posts/watching video's on youtube related to the hobby. Trying to make it fun for us both and not get overwhelmed by all the information and STUFF around the hobby. 

Any rate, cheers and thanks for reading! Big Smile

Happy Modelling!
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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 9:19 AM

Welcome to the forums!  Yes, acrylics have come a long way.  I pretty much use Vallejo acrylics exclusively nowadays.  Please post pics of your tiger, we'd like to see the progress! Beer


God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 GWH Fw 189 A-1 Nachtjager

On deck: 1/48 Bronco IF-17

In the hole: Who knows!  

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 9:28 AM
Welcome aboard,sounds like you have a good plan.Yes,todays acrylics require some getting used to.Peruse the Painting Forum below for old threads dealing with acrylics,also feel free to ask questions.

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  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 9:38 AM

Welcome Sign  I think it's great that you get to do this with your son.  These will be good memories you will both have when older.  Yes, the world of model building has changed pretty dramatically for the better.  If you can spend some time in the forum, there is a lot of good information that can help you sort it out.  As mentioned above, feel free to ask questions.  Folks here like to help out. 


Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 9:57 AM

Welcome aboard.

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  • From: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Posted by Hunter on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 4:38 PM

Welcome aboard Chris



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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 5:05 PM

Welcome to the Forums Chris. Glad to have you and your son with us.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. We've all been there at one time or another. I've been building for 71 of my 77 years and have learned a lot from the members here. My favs are WWI & WWII planes and also Sailing ships as you can tell from my avatar. I use mostly Vallejo Model Air paints (Acryllics). Easy to use, thin and clean-up with distilled water, and best of all extremely low odor to keep the Mrs. happy.

Sooooooo, sit back with your son and build away. Have any questions/problems just ask.


Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

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

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

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 5:21 PM

Welcome to the Forums!


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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 6:52 PM

Welcome to FSM Forums!


On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell


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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 9:31 PM

Howdy !

When did acrylic paints become something other than a watery mess with poor coloring (other than Tamiya)?  

I thought the same thing,but just recently ( about 2 week's ago) I decided to give them another try..... The jury is still out on this one. I must do some more "Experimenting"  BUAH HA HA HA....

Anyway's, welcome to the FSM forum. Ask any question you want..... you will get at least 10 different answer's. All of which will be correct....... sort of.

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




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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 10:37 PM

Welcome to the forums Chris and son.

I'm with Fox, the Vallejo Model Air is great to spray with, no thinning required, however they will dry at the tip after a little while of spraying. If you use a little retarder you won't have any problems though. The are several great paints out there. I here Mission Models make a great acrylic paint although I havn't tried them myself.




1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales
1/200 AMT Saturn V

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  • From: Conway, AR
Posted by GarrisonHero on Thursday, November 02, 2017 4:59 PM

I wanted to drop back in here and thank everyone for the welcome! It's been a busy week for me so I really haven't had much chance to peruse the forums until now. Thankfully it's my Friday, so after I post this I'll be heading over to the painting forum to take a look around there. Again thanks for the welcome for us, I'll be sure to post pictures of the Tiger project throughout the process. 
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Happy Modelling!
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Posted by vanman on Friday, November 03, 2017 10:56 PM

Hey Chris, 

Did the same thing with my sons and it was a great experience for all of us. My hats off to you. Happy modeling

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 11:55 AM

It won't take long to get back the skills, and improve on them.  Was a 40+ year layoff for me, and was amazed at the improvement over the last kit I did. 

An added plus are the members here, nothing but support and encouragement. As well as a very knowlegeable crowd to keep us on the straight and narrow.

Don't be afraid to ask any questions, like has been said above, we've all been there, and support each other because of that.


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