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Hello! Newbie in NW Arkansas

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  • Member since
    December 2019
Hello! Newbie in NW Arkansas
Posted by oldline1 on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 9:09 PM

Hi, Everyone.

I'm an old guy and have been a model railroader for 64 years or so. I dabbled in plastic car and plane models as a young one but have pretty much stayed with the model railroading area of modeling. I have a large interest in WWII warships and recently went over the edge and purchased a Tamiya WWII USS Missouri and an Academy USS Indianapolis, both in 1/350 scale. I'm confident I can build these kits with little or no trouble but I prefer to model things in better detail than stock kits provide. I signed on here to garner some hints from folks more fluent in ship building as there are always those special tricks and treatments acquired by years of doing something. I plan to listen and ask many rookie questions with the hope of getting some assistance in these projects. I'm sure I'll provide some good chuckles, if not laughs, from you more experienced guys!

I'm impressed with these 2 manufacturers so far and I'm sure there is a range of quality and detail among the various companies. Hopefully I can stay clear of the ones that lean more toward major rebuilds of the kits to produce a decent ship.



  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, December 26, 2019 12:53 PM


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

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat

  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, December 26, 2019 12:58 PM

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

Don't be afraid to ask for help with questions or problems. The members here are very friendly and don't bite (at least most of them). They are very knowledgeable and ready to help. Like you, I'm an oldtimer. Been building models for 73 of my 79 years and loved every minute of it. Well, there was that one time back in.................  My favorites are WWI and WWII planes followed by sailing ships. Look forward to seeing your work.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

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

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

  • Member since
    February 2004
Posted by dhenning on Thursday, December 26, 2019 10:06 PM

Greetings from SE Arkansas!

This forum is a great source for ship modelers.  In addition, check out as well.   Lots of info for the detail hungry folks and several of us participate in the forum there as well.

If you haven't discovered it yet, check out  Probably the best on-line photo source for most all US Navy vessels.

Go Hogs (it's finally basketball season)!

Dave in Redfield

  • Member since
    December 2019
Posted by oldline1 on Monday, December 30, 2019 12:23 AM


Thanks for those links. Know of any good shops in Arkansas?



  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: Dayton, Ohio USA
Posted by minitanker on Monday, December 30, 2019 8:59 AM

Welcome, I'm an old RR guy myself, along w/military modeling in 1/87 scale. Just started back into RR lately. Forgot how tiresome wiring can be. PaulE

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, December 30, 2019 10:56 AM

Oho! More from My Home state.

Whoooo! PIG , Sooooie! B.Ball season yup. Oh you were writing about ships. Well you certainly came to the right place! I have built ships most of my life so anything I can help with just ask.  Tanker-Builder

  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, December 30, 2019 3:22 PM

Welcome to the Forums!





  • Member since
    February 2004
Posted by dhenning on Monday, December 30, 2019 10:08 PM

There is a great shop in Jacksonville, Rail and Sprue Hobbies. Great selection of paint, but ship kits are limited. Daryl is a great guy and will special order anything you need. he usually gets most new releases from most of the major manufactures and sends out almost daily e-mails on new arrivals. Mostly a model RR shop, but lots of misc. parts that can be used on larger scale builds.

Also a Hobbytown USA in North Little Rock in Lakewood Village. Pretty good plastic selection and good tools and paint selection as well.

There are a couple of model shows in Arkansas. There is a smaller show in Clarksville in April or so that is hosted by a local businessman who happens to be a great ship builder. There is also a show in the LR/NLR area by the Central Arkansas Modelers Society (Spru-doo). Usually the last weekend of September or so. Usually some good vendors to purchase items from as well.

Tanker-Builder-I knew that you had Arkansas connections, but didn't know that you were from here originally. I recall that you posted about one of your steamboat models in the lounge at the Excelsior Hotel in downtown LR. I remember taking a young lady out to see Jay Leno at Robinson Auditorium right down the street and then going up to the lounge in the hotel for a few drinks. Maybe the fact that I found the steamboat model to be more interesting than conversation with her might have led to a rather limited relationship!! Oh well, found a keeper later that supports my hobbies!

Happy New Year and Go Hogs!


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