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  • Member since
    November, 2017
Posted by normonster on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 12:09 PM

    Hello to all. I've been off and on modeling thru the years. Nothing serious. My biggest achievement was probably having a complete collection of the old "Weird-ohs" models.  (wish I had them now)  I began a few during the VN fiasco but it all came to an abrupt halt when they stopped us from purchasing or storing the glue.

   My interest was rekindled when my grandsons wondered if we could construct a few cars in my woodshop. I was building kaleidoscopes and custom furniture at the time and the idea sounded promising. Over the next few years we made some pretty nice cars. Most of these early projects wound up on the shelves inthe spare bedroom at my daughters' house. Visits are rare due to the miles involved but when we do stay there I get to look at all my mistakes from 20 years ago.

   My health went downhill about 15 years ago. Before they replaced my right hip I built a 20' by 40' shop. My wife then took the garage where my shop had been and turned it into a quilting shop while I pondered what I would need when my hip-op healed. I had some $$$ in my shop account so I bought a new tablesaw, lathe and house vac system. The two grandsons helped me place it all in the center of the floor after promising to help me post-hip. Unfortunately the hip didn't cooperate. It's a looong story but suffice it to say I am now on the fourth (and last) hip. My new shop collected junk for a few years.

  I finally got it useable with the help of a teenage son of a friend. We wired it and then installed the new and old tools. I began again with furniture but the heavy stuff caused me problems. I tried making custom boxes and some odd toys. One day I found a plan for a few cars. They looked pretty easy so I looked at their layouts and then made my own using guidelines from magazines and catalogs.

  Over the last four or five years I've done over twenty from a 32' Ford to an old 30ish style Marquette. I give them to relatives and friends. I've been told they could sell for a fair amount but $$$ always messes things up. I've been retired from my day job since the last month of the 1900's. I use domestic and exotic hardwoods to create these. The only manufactured parts I use are the toothpicks used for spokes.                  

  I really look forward to learning from this site. I have a few things I wanted to focus on, the main being how to accurately construct plans using photos, proportional dividers, a micrometer and a few other tools. 

  I will attempt to put a pic or two here but I'm fairly computer illiterate so be patient with me. I hate these blasted things. I'm not on Facebook, Twitter or any of the social raves of the younger set. I've been known to use the same mail box I've employed for the last forty+ years to communicate. Don't even get me started on the GPS units used by every one including my wife.

       Don't want to run too long here so I will try to post a pic before heading to my shop. 

                          Take care-




    couldn't figure out how to post image from my computer. I'm not on a photo



  • Member since
    July, 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, November 09, 2017 6:16 PM

Howdy !!

We love to help. If you have a question, somebody here will have the answer.

             Exept maybe me...... sometimes my advise can be worse than trying to give a cat a bath!


Please take a moment to fill out your Profile page. It's a great way to get to know you, and if you click on anybody's Avatar ( the little picture at the upper left of any post ) you can learn a bit about that person.

WHEW!  Now that you have done your homework, pull up a chair and start gluing stuff!


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




  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, November 09, 2017 8:35 PM

Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you aboard.

You've come to the right place. The members here are very knowledgeable and ready to help out with any question/problem that you might have. I've been building models for 71 of my 77 years. You name it, I've built it if my wallet said OK.Wink It's a great hobby.

Take care. Build away and post pics of your work.

Jim  Captain

 P.S.  Faves are WWI & WWII planes and sailing ships bring up a close second.

 Main WIP: 

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

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

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, November 10, 2017 1:54 AM

Welcome aboard. I am afraid like most forums, if you want to post pics, you will need some form of hosting site.

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

  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Friday, November 10, 2017 1:57 AM

Welcome to FSM Forums!


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


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



  • Member since
    September, 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, November 11, 2017 9:57 AM

Welcome to the Forums!


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  • Member since
    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:47 PM

Welcome to the forums!


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!  

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, November 13, 2017 8:26 AM

Hi There !

 Aha ! a man of the past . Wooden cars ! Who woulda thunk ? They can be a lot of fun though can't they ? I still love the smell of cedar , oak and mahogany when I do my old speed-boats from the roaring 30s .  Welcome aboard !  T.B.



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