Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Hello from a Chicago retiree...

12 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    December, 2017
  • From: Chicago, Illinois
Hello from a Chicago retiree...
Posted by Phil1947 on Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:59 PM

Greetings from Phil. Being retired for some years and at the age of 70 I decided to get myself occupied with doing some scale modeling aside from the everyday tedium of keeping up a house.  I’m not at all new to forum sites as I once owned and ran one for some years (not hobby related).  Anyway, I’m sure to have a crap load of questions and I’m currently working on my first one which is an Eduard 1:48 Hellcat F6F-3. As far as I can remember the last model I built was when I was around 14 and then we mostly just slapped them together with Testors glue and threw on some spray paint and things have obviously come a long way since then. I also, for what it’s worth, did some R/C flying back in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
I started working on the Hellcat back in October but I’m going slowly as I’m considering this as a learning project and of course still in the process aquiring various essentials. I’m interested in doing planes, but eventually I’d like to take on a tank, but one step at a time. I somewhat jumped in head first as I currently already have two airbrushes (Iwata Eclipse HP-CS –used, but mint condition and a H&S Evolution – new), spray booth and various other things, paints, craft tools, etc.
I was going to save a question I had on the Hellcat for later, but as long as I’m here:  I’m at the point of doing pre-shading (which I’ve never done before, and not looking forward to), but seeing that the under belly of the Hellcat is white should I stay with black, or perhaps use a dark grey? I’m not at all too concerned with doing any pre-shading on the top as it will be Navy Blue which is very dark and any pre-shading would not show through anyway. Who knows, perhaps someone who is reading this post has already built this very same plane. Like I previously mentioned, this is a learning project but at the same time I’d rather not screw it all up at this point in time and stage of progress.
Thanks for your anticipated help, and once again… Greetings!

~I started out with nothing, and still have most of it.~

  • Member since
    July, 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Friday, December 15, 2017 7:21 PM

 Howdy !

You will find "LOT'S " of folk's here with any answer you need.

I'm not one of them...... truth be told ..... my advice usually result's in "BOTCHED" paint and part's cut in half for no reason.

But I am good for a laugh or two........ I think ?

Anyway's, Welcom to FSM!

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




  • Member since
    December, 2017
  • From: Chicago, Illinois
Posted by Phil1947 on Friday, December 15, 2017 7:53 PM

Thabk you for the kind welcome and I'll more likely than not post my question in a more appropiate forum. I've got a lot of catching up to do!

To quote Oscar Wilde: "With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone"


~I started out with nothing, and still have most of it.~

  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, December 15, 2017 7:56 PM

Welcome to the Forums Phil! Glad to have you aboard!

You've come to the right place. You'll get all the help you need here. A lot of us got here the same way. I've been building for 71 of my 77 years plus the other usual hobbies of R/C planes,cars and sailboats, trains, indoor microfilm planes, 1/1 drag racing. Learned a lot on these forums. These are the best guys around. 

Have 1 tip for you. Post your question in the aircraft section of the forums. You should get all the help you need there. If you need additional help, post it in the painting section. Lots of great help there too.

Hope that this helps.

Jim  Captain

 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 Saturday, December 16, 2017 3:30 AM

Welcome aboard.

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

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Saturday, December 16, 2017 6:25 AM

Welcome to FSM Forums.

your friend,Toshi

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
    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:02 AM
Hello and welcome aboard,never too late to get started

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:54 AM

Hi ;

 Although I don't shade much I do on occassion shade with a very light grey pre shade .I put it on then wipe a goodly amount off .This way it's just barely noticeable . Oh ! Welcome to the forum , T.B.

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, December 17, 2017 10:26 AM

Welcome Sign, Phil.

I'm your neighbor, sort of, over in the So Bend area.


  • Member since
    September, 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, December 18, 2017 3:51 PM

Welcome to the Forums!


Alifero tollitur axe ceres




  • Member since
    December, 2017
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, December 18, 2017 4:58 PM

Welcome Sign Looking forward to seeing your work.

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    December, 2017
  • From: Chicago, Illinois
Posted by Phil1947 on Monday, December 18, 2017 8:11 PM


 Looking forward to seeing your work.



So am I, and me more than anyone else! lol

Thanks for all the welcomes. ;)

~I started out with nothing, and still have most of it.~


Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.


By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.