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Newbie from Colorado
Posted by richiev on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:16 PM

Been wanting to start building for a long while and jumped in a couple months ago.  WOW alot has changed since i built models as a kid many moons ago.  Airbrushing skills will take time.  Still learning and first model came out meh - but i wasnt expecting it to come out like all you experts out here :)  Definitely learned that thinner is my friend, lower air pressure is best when possible and the importance of keeping your airbrush clean.  Still figuring out how to strategize model instructions and when to paint parts and when to assemble.  Does it get easier with practice?  It was a  great learning exercise and i am certain my next will be better from my mistakes and successes.  

 

I'm really looking forward to meeting you all and learning from you .  And please have patience with me and my newbie questions.  

 

RichieV

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:25 PM

Welcome!

Yes it absolutely gets "better", which for most of us here means self-satisfaction.

I hope you like it here; we are a friendly group and there's a lot of experience to share.

Try a variety of subjects before you get too hung up on any more focused details.

What was your new model?

 

Bill

 

 

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Posted by mississippivol on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:27 PM
Welcome to the gang!
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Posted by Motley on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:16 PM

Welcome. I am also a newbie, and I am also from Colorado too (Broomfield area).

One thing I have learned, is for armor models tanks there are a lot of kit manufacturers that are not newbie friendly and have up to a thousand parts. And photo etch too.

Stay away from Dragon, Rye Field Models, Tumpeter. Good kits for newbies are Tamiya, Academy, some Takom.

Do research on reviews of kits you are interested in. Also go to scalemates.com for info on what dates the kits are manufactured from.

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Posted by Nikola on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:34 AM

Welcome Richie,

 

The first and the most important thing to remember in modelling is the following:

HAVE FUN! :)

Focus on the process rather than the end result and enjoy the journey of learning new things. You will enjoy the hobby much more. :) Good results will come, guaranteed. 

And ask away, that's how we all learn. :)

 

Best,

Nikola

Nikola Topalov,

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 11:00 AM

RichieV;

 Hi and welcome. Hope you enjoy being part of the best bunch of modelers I know of.

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Posted by richiev on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 2:58 PM

Bill,

 

I started with a Revell 1/48 Messerschmit.  It was a great learning exercise.  But many many mistakes.  Right now im working on a Tamiya P-47D Razorback 1/48.  Already some things are looking much better like my cockpit is a massive improvement.  Still trying to strategize painting vs assemebly.  Seems that some stuff is better painted first and others assembled.  Forthis model i really just want to get a basic build cleanly built before worrying about weathering and other details.  Just want to get some good basic skills to grow on.  

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Posted by richiev on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:04 PM

Motley,  

Nice to meet a neighbor.  Im just down the road in Aurora.  Maybe someday you can show me your models.  Thanks for the advice.  I started with a Revell Messerschmit as my 1st model and the next 2 models will be Tamiya.  Right now its a P47D and after that a Tamiya P51.  It seems so far thath the fit and details are better on this model than my 1st one.  Love the scalemates site.  I did buy a Wingnuts model here too - it looks incredible but i wont jump over to that one til i get through enough to develop strtong basic skills.

 

RichieV

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Posted by richiev on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:07 PM

Thanks Nikola,  Great advice.  Right now its a long learning curve.  But i believe that once i get a couple models under my belt it will start getting a bit easier.  RichieV

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:34 PM

Welcome to the Forums!

 

 

 

 

fox
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Posted by fox on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:54 PM

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

Lots of great guys and gals here to help out (if and when you need it).

Enjoy and Stay Safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

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

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

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 4:29 PM

Welcome - I have a son up in Fort Collins.  Beautiful state.

You nailed it for airbrushing - you're a quick study!  And the Tamiya p47 kit is a really nice kit with great fit and lots of detail.

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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Posted by DiscoStu on Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:09 PM

richiev

Motley,  

Nice to meet a neighbor.  Im just down the road in Aurora.  Maybe someday you can show me your models.  Thanks for the advice.  I started with a Revell Messerschmit as my 1st model and the next 2 models will be Tamiya.  Right now its a P47D and after that a Tamiya P51.  It seems so far thath the fit and details are better on this model than my 1st one.  Love the scalemates site.  I did buy a Wingnuts model here too - it looks incredible but i wont jump over to that one til i get through enough to develop strtong basic skills.

 

RichieV

 

Since you're down the road in Aurora, have you checked out Colpar off of Iliff and Havana?  It's a pretty good LHS for a Hobbytown USA.  Their kit prices suck, but they have all the paints and tools you'd need.

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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Posted by richiev on Friday, March 27, 2020 5:45 AM

Motley,  I live actually only a couple miles away from that hobby store.  Will need to check them out again once this carziness settles down.  For now USPS is keeping my supplies coming.  RichieV

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Posted by richiev on Friday, March 27, 2020 5:49 AM

"The Fort" is very nice!  JUst installed the wings on my P47 Kit.  This is my 1st Tamiya kit.  Im really impressed with not only the fit but also just how it is engineered to be put together.  What other kits might you recommend taking a look at.  As i said earlier - i have one Wingnut Wings kit here.  It is really impressive looking and the directions are a novel.  Have you built one of those kits before?  RichieV

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Posted by DiscoStu on Friday, March 27, 2020 12:03 PM

richiev

Motley,  I live actually only a couple miles away from that hobby store.  Will need to check them out again once this carziness settles down.  For now USPS is keeping my supplies coming.  RichieV

 

Amen to that! 

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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Posted by Bobstamp on Friday, March 27, 2020 6:22 PM

richiev
Still figuring out how to strategize model instructions and when to paint parts and when to assemble. Does it get easier with practice?

 

You will never stop "figuring out how to strategize model instructions…." I myself have returned to modelling after a "break of some 60 years, and so far I've only completed one model, with a second nearly complete, and a third on the bench. Does it get easier? It does, but it never "gets easy," nor would you want it to. If you wanted it to be easy, you'd buy pre-painted, snap-together models and be done with it.

 

Every model's instructions seem to be incomplete and confusing. So far, every set of instructions for my three models have proved to be confusing and downright incorrect. You will probably enjoy several "What the heck?" moments with every model you build. They’ll be offset, hopefully, by the same number of “Ah ha!” moments.

 

Each of the three models I have worked on (as an adult) came with parts that aren't mentioned in the instructions or are shown incorrectly placed. The model I started a couple of weeks ago (an Academy F-86F Sabrejet) doesn't some include cockpit parts that are shown in the instructions; instead, those parts are moulded in to the "cockpit tub,” which is not correctly illustrated. My Airfix HP.52 Hampden bomber came with a pilot who couldn’t sit in his seat because his right leg was too long and flexed too much. I briefly reverted to my Navy medical training and amputated his leg above the knee.

 

Every model I've built has included parts that are impossibly small and fragile. While I was working on my first model (a Beech T-34B Mentor trainer), I accidentally launched a transparent landing light cover at high velocity from my tweezers. The cover disappeared into a Modellers' Twilight Zone, never to be seen again. I had to ask the company (Minicraft) for a replacement, which they readily supplied. I have yet to figure out how to hold and attach tiny parts without losing them.

 

I've broken small parts and decided to make my own, more-robust replacements from sprue material. I've used Testor's Clear Parts Cement & Window Maker to make perfectly acceptable navigation and landing lights.

 

Then there are details that you decide to add to make a particular model. I've used brass tubes and wire to make antennae, black sewing thread to make static wicks, and my own ink jet decals to simulate markings on actual aircraft, like the T-34 I crashed in when I was 19.

 

In addition, you might decide to “weather” your models to make them appear more realistic with make-believe mud spatters, nicks, scrapes, cracks, dust, rust, combat damage, exhaust stains, etc. Weathering is no walk in the park for beginners, but I managed to “spruce down” my Hampden bomber to make it look like it’s perhaps had a few missions over Nazi Germany. At least it doesn’t look it just rolled off the assembly line.

 

May there be many happy model-building hours in your future.

 

Bob Ingraham

Vancouver 

 

On the bench: 1/500 Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962 (I'm using Minicraft's 1/48 model of the Mentor). 

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Posted by waynec on Friday, March 27, 2020 9:59 PM

richiev

Motley,  I live actually only a couple miles away from that hobby store.  Will need to check them out again once this carziness settles down.  For now USPS is keeping my supplies coming.  RichieV

.

Welcome Richie. The main Denver IPMS club is Rob Wolf. We meet the 1st WED at, 1900, at John Elway Chevolet Belleview and Broadway. Colpar offers 15% discounts on models for IPMS members. As I am the newsletter editor PM me and i will send you he last couple. We have a bunch of target guys (ie plane builders) and armor guys.

Никто не Забыт    (No one is Forgotten)
Ничто не Забыто  (Nothing is Forgotten)

 

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Posted by the Baron on Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:35 AM

Welcome to the forum, Richie!

richiev

Been wanting to start building for a long while and jumped in a couple months ago.  WOW alot has changed since i built models as a kid many moons ago.  Airbrushing skills will take time.  Still learning and first model came out meh - but i wasnt expecting it to come out like all you experts out here :)  Definitely learned that thinner is my friend, lower air pressure is best when possible and the importance of keeping your airbrush clean.  Still figuring out how to strategize model instructions and when to paint parts and when to assemble.  Does it get easier with practice?  It was a  great learning exercise and i am certain my next will be better from my mistakes and successes.  

I'm really looking forward to meeting you all and learning from you .  And please have patience with me and my newbie questions.  

RichieV

 
Does it get easier with practice?  Yes, but that's true of anything.  You don't get better without practice.  You'll always learn something new, though, too.
 
As far as deciding when to paint and when to assemble, my rule of thumb is to paint things before I assemble them, if I can't paint them afterward.  So, a cockpit, a car interior, or the inner pieces of clothing on a figure, get painted first, because once the fuselage is closed up, once I put the upper hull on a tank, I won't be able to paint the interior.  But it's a guideline-there are always exceptions.
 
I look forward to seeing your builds!
 
Best regards,
Brad

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by Rick Sr on Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:52 AM

When you check to make sure all the parts are present, and have gone over the directions, then check to see where the parts will actually be glued together and try to keep paint off those areas. Glues and paints do not mix well. You will save yourself a lot of frustration and scraping paint off if you do so.

Prefit parts to make sure they will fit. Don't force parts together. make sure all sprue residue is gone, and don't worry about marring the finish, the paint will cover a multitude of errors.

Just relax and have fun, don't worry about any bloopers, they are a part od modeling.

Always wait 24 hours for paint and glue to dry before handling the parts. It halps to break your endeavors up into sections. For example, it you are doing an auto engine and are waiting for the paint to dry, but are impatient, just go and do the interior.

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Posted by richiev on Sunday, March 29, 2020 3:59 PM

Thanks forthe advice.  Im on my second aircraft model  Its coming out much better than my 11st but im still learning.  Tried the pre-shading and it actually came out pretty decent IMHO.  Stil trying to figure out the best way to weather this one.  Need a 'wethareing for dummies' intro i guess.  But dividing it into logical sections is making tghis one go much smoother.

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Posted by richiev on Sunday, March 29, 2020 4:03 PM

waynec
Welcome Richie. The main Denver IPMS club is Rob Wolf. We meet the 1st WED at, 1900, at John Elway Chevolet Belleview and Broadway. Colpar offers 15% discounts on models for IPMS members. As I am the newsletter editor PM me and i will send you he last couple. We have a bunch of target guys (ie plane builders) and armor guys.

 

Wayne,

 

Thank you fo the reply.  I plan on joining the IPMS>  Would love to meet some people and see their models and just really need to hear and learn different techniques now (weathering, perfecting my airbrush skills, photo etch installation etc.) Ill PM you in a few.  Thanks for the offer.  RichieV

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Posted by fright on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:18 AM

RichieV - Welcome to Finescale! 

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