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Oh yeah.. this might be fun.
Posted by Overcast451 on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 9:07 PM

So yeah - that's just what I said. I was getting some new glasses and there's a bargin shop near, so while I was waiting on my glasses, I thought I'd go poke around.

I had actually been thinking that maybe modeling would be fun to 'try' again.. last time I did any sort of model, it was probably the early 80's and I was much younger without any solid resources outside of what mom/dad would be willing to buy. Had some victories, but mostly failures - to various degrees. I still have a single model from back then - a late 60's GTO with most pieces still there!

But I had never really done a boat - and that was one type I always wanted to do. The bargin store only had a couple of boats; I ended up picking a Shrimp Boat by Lindberg. It seemed pretty straightforward and simplistic enough for my skill level. I plan on doing a number of boats for sure - when I was young there was a craft store my mom frequented that had an awesome Titanic model.. that fasinated me, but it was pretty pricey. Thus, a Titanic is most certainly on my list!

Heck, it was only like $12.00 - so why not?

Now.. $100.00 later, I think I have enough to get started, lol. Huh?

Of course, as I poke around on this forum and check YouTube, etc for information on painting, etc.. I'm finding I'll need more. I got a decent set of Acrylic paints, magnifier glass stand, brushes, X-acto knife, nail file, sandpaper, etc.. 

I've gotten the jist that I'll need to get some oil paints also as I want to try weathering/washing - and at least I've read here and seen some videos that seem to indicate using the oil on top of acrylic can produce some really good results. Luckily, there's a few craft, hobby, and miniature/gaming stores in my area so I'll just pick up the oils when I get to the point where I need them. Considering the overall quality of model, it'll take a little bit to just get it ready to paint. I've seen some videos about using Gesso as a primer and am going to give that a try on this to see how it turns out. I know in my home painting experience - primer makes a significant differance. I know with exterior paints, that 'needs no primer' stuff still really needs primer. Guess it might be overkill? But I'm going to try it anyway. Few guys on YouTube had some good results using it on pewter/plastic.

It also helps that a co-worker of mine is an avid miniature painter who does some really good work. He's given me lot of good pointers already. 

Over the years I've managed to become a pretty patient person and really enjoy modeling - so I plan on doing the best I can on this one. All the same, I expect this to be more of a 'learning' project than anything.

Thanks already for the information many of you have posted here. I'm glad to find an active community! 


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Posted by fox on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 7:03 PM

Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you with us.

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Posted by littletimmy on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:25 PM

Howdy !

Heck, it was only like $12.00 - so why not? Now.. $100.00 later, I think I have enough to get started, lol

Yea .... it's funny how project's can "Snowball" into a Cash eating hobby.

( I have never had this happen to me ........ Ahem .... no ... really .....)

Welcome to FSM.

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Posted by DesertRat on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 1:09 AM

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 2:04 AM

Welcome aboard, fun is one word for it Big Smile

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Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:44 AM

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 3:04 PM

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Posted by Toshi on Saturday, September 22, 2018 11:27 AM

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