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Novice Builder Picking Up an Old Hobby

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Novice Builder Picking Up an Old Hobby
Posted by markmartinNASCAR on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 1:36 AM


  I used to build models(not well) as a teenager.  I have always been an admirer of WW 2 aircraft.  Now at 39, I picked up this hobby again to relax after work(been a professional chef for 15 years).  I'm doing it with a lot of learning as I go, and I have no deadlines to complete a model.  Typically, I take 10-14 days.  Not investing in expensive items- paint by hand/can testors, use a combination of super glue/model cement to build, kind of just making it a thing to enjoy without making it too serious- although I strive to make these models as best as I can with my time.  I did build an A-10 Warthog first, because that is my favorite modern aircraft.  Any advice or critique is welcome.  I like to build in 1/72 scale and so far only order Academy or Tamiya models.  Sharing what I've built so far, working on a Ju-87 Stuka and after that a Messerschmitt Bf-109.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 9:51 AM

Welcome aboard. Its nice to start opf nice and simple, once it gets more serious, it get really series Big Smile

If that Ju 87 you have is the tamiya kit, be warned its actually an Italeri kit so don't expect tamiya level of fit. If its the Academy Ju 87G, its the best Stuka on the market in that scale, IMHO.

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                      AMT Trade Federation Tank

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  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 11:08 AM

Welcome to the forum.



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Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 11:13 AM

Welcome to the forums! Welcome Sign Beer



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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 11:20 AM

Welcome. I suggest you try a variety of subjects and scales. There is so much variety available online.

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 1:29 PM

Welcome to FSM Forums!

Your friend, Toshi

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Posted by fox on Friday, November 02, 2018 12:18 PM

Welcome to the Forums Mark! Glad to have you aboard.

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

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, November 02, 2018 1:00 PM
Welcome aboard,plenty of old returning modelers here.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, November 02, 2018 2:16 PM

Welcome to the Forums!


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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, November 03, 2018 4:40 AM

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Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, November 04, 2018 5:47 PM

Howdy !

I did build an A-10 Warthog first, because that is my favorite modern aircraft.

My favorite too, but I havent built one in year's.  ( My first A-10 was a Highschool project for Aviation class. I got a B. But I had modeling experience.... nobody else did..... man were their plane's crummy !)

My A-10 is still on display in the Aviation building.... so I must have done "Something" right.

Flying the Helicopter simulator..... That's why I didn't get an A in class.....  ( something about flying 400 feet BELOW SEA LEVEL , just didn't sit well with my Instructor. )


Welcome to FSM !

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, November 05, 2018 6:15 PM

Welcome to the forums!


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At the plate: 1/48 ICM Fw 126

On deck: 1/72 Airfix Lightning

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Posted by BrynnWryttur on Monday, November 05, 2018 6:29 PM
Welcome, good sir! The FSM forum is a great place for constructive criticism and encouragement. You've come to the right place!

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Posted by markmartinNASCAR on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:09 PM

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Posted by markmartinNASCAR on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:30 PM

Yes, it's the Academy Ju-87g Kanonenvogel.  I am trying to figure out how to post photos.  If you can enlighten me I'll add my photos.  My A-10 was Academy, the P-47 Razorback was Academy, the P-51d was Tamiya and the Messerschmitt bf 109 I am working on is Tamiya.  I also ordered a Spitfire from Tamiya for a future build.  I see pros and cons from both.  I like Academy for some aspects, Tamiya decals seem to bond better and are easier to apply.  My Christmas request from my family was to get me a Hasegawa B-24 Liberator in the 1/72 scale(that's my prefered size).  The B-24 is my favorite aircraft from WW2.  I actually met a pilot of the B-24 while having a conversation at my past job with a regular of my restaurant.  He was an old man and while we were discussing aircraft, he said what was your favorite plane from WW2 son?  I said the B-24.  He teared up and said, wow most people mention the P-51 and P-47.  The next day he brought me photos to see of his plane and crew, his flight records of bomb runs and his discharge papers late in the war after getting injured from a German plane hitting his cockpit on a strafing run that hit him in the shoulder.  He managed to fly the plane and land it back in England.  I come from a military family, my father worked in the Marine Corps as a drill instructor first then a flight coodinator with the Marine Corps Air Station.  My mother was also a Marine when she was young, my Grand-Father was a Marine and was wounded in the Korean War.  My other Grand-Father was a Filipino that escaped during the Japanese invasion and joined the US Navy during the war.  Building these aircraft is my way of honoring those who fought in the war and the beauty of the aircraft built at that time.

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Posted by markmartinNASCAR on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:36 PM

Thank you!

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Posted by markmartinNASCAR on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:42 PM

Thank you.  I am doing mainly WW2 aircraft so far, and the scale of 1/72 I'm kind of sticking to because of display purposes.  So far have done a P-47 Razorback, P-51d, Ju-87 of course, working on a Bf-109 and next a Spitfire MkI.  Soon, I want to do a B-24 Libertor as well.  In the future I can see maybe trying to build a few tanks from the WW2 era.  I am trying to figure out how to post my pictures so you all can see them.

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Posted by markmartinNASCAR on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:42 PM

Thank you for the welcome!

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Posted by markmartinNASCAR on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:59 PM

Thanks for the welcome!  My family was all Marine Corps, I had a fascination with the A-10 when I was young.  After High School and half way through college, I asked my family which branch to enter if I wanted to go into the military.  They all said go Air Force and use your brain.  I went to the recruiter and spoke with him about being a pilot and my interest in the A-10.  He was honest and told me what it took and said the A-10 was on the schedule to be eliminated from the arsenal.  I passed on joining and became a chef eventually.  I met this recruiter in 1999.  After the sad events of 9-11 the A-10 became vital and John McCain helped make it part of our arsenal moving forward.  Had to build one, it's the greatest ground support aircraft we have ever had.  

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Posted by markmartinNASCAR on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 11:01 PM

Thank you!  Asking all how to post photos so you guys can see my models.  


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