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Hello from a new/old modeler

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  • Member since
    April, 2018
Hello from a new/old modeler
Posted by BKSmith on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:46 AM

My short story is that my dad introduced me to plastic models when I was a boy (maybe 8-10). I loved cars, but also made a ship or two. They were all glue bombs painted with markers. I have 2 from those days and I think maybe I should rebuild them, but it is good to see what I started with.

I took a hiatus until my early adulthood and then started building race cars. I moved from spray paints to an old Aztek airbrush powered by cans of air. I knew nothing about orange peel, but I managed to make some decent models. I even customized one with aftermarket parts. Then everything went quiet for about 10 more years.

I'm now 42 and over the last few years I have really jumped back in with two feet. I started with some cars that I was familiar with and quickly expanded to WWII airplanes and even the USS Missouri. I upgraded my airbrush - I have 2, now use a compressor, and have a spray booth. My car finishes are rubbed out and waxed and I use a lot of aftermarket parts (but not too much). I even built a tank recently (my first). 

The magazine (and its sister Scale Auto) are like an addiction for me. They keep pushing me to try new things. I'm pretty intimidated by the weatheirng of armor but comfortable with the cars and early planes. I'm amazed at what others do and how quickly they do them. I build because it is a peaceful and fulfilling time where I produce something. 

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    November, 2003
  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:59 AM
Welcome to the gang!
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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 8:25 AM

Welcome aboard.

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

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast

                      AMT Trade Federation Tank

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    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 9:03 AM

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    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:23 PM

Welcome.  And yes, the folks here do tend to make one improve on their build skill, just to try and keep up.  You won't find a more helpful or knowlegable bunch of people anywhere, always ready to answer a question, give help or tips.

Look forward to seeing some pics of your work.  Just need to have an off site (3rd party) site to post pics, cant't do them straight from your computer files.

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    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 2:13 PM

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



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    September, 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 2:50 PM

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    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:38 PM

Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you aboard.

You've come to the right place. If you have any questions/problems just ask and you will get the help you need.

I've been building for 71 of my 77 years and build whatever strikes my fancy, and my wallet says OK Wink. Favorites are WWI & WWII planes closely followed by sailing ships. I build, as you do, for fun and relaxation but I do go and enter contests just for the fun of it and to make new friends, see old ones and get new ideas and techniques. 

Sooooooo, sit back, relax, have a sip or two of your favorite beverage whether it be CoffeeBeerDrinks, or my favorite Toast and build away. Don't forget to post pics of your builds so we can see how you're doing.


Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

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

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

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, April 19, 2018 6:18 AM

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    July, 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Friday, April 20, 2018 8:17 PM

Howdy !


The magazine (and its sister Scale Auto) are like an addiction for me.

Yea..... We all have that problem here..... you are not alone.

Welcome to FSM.

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





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