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Back into modeling - after a 35 year hiatus

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    April 2020
Back into modeling - after a 35 year hiatus
Posted by RickS on Friday, April 3, 2020 5:16 PM

Just getting back into plastic models after a 35 or so year hiatus. As so many of us, life got in the way of a hobby I've enjoyed ever since I was allowed to use an Xacto knife!  I've built a couple of kits in the last couple of months, but have some nicer ones I want to tackle once my skills get sharpened back up.  Now with the advantage of you tube, there is a ton of helpful info out there.

My main interest is airplane models, 1/32 and 1/48.  Military and civilian, if it's got wings, I like it.  Lookinf forward to making my way through this forum and meeting some folks, (even if only virtually) and learning and relearning new and old techniques.

Rick

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:06 AM

Welcome aboard.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

On the bench: Italeri 1/72nd Bell 212/MPM 1/72nd Bf 109G-12

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by RickS on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:19 AM

Thank you Bish!  I see your location is Bury St. Edmunds.  A coworker frequently talks about that place... he visited often while he was stationed at Lakenheath.

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:23 AM

Ye, Bury is not far away. I did work at Lakenheath for a year back in 2015 for one of the civilian contractors there. Bury is a nice little market town.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

On the bench: Italeri 1/72nd Bell 212/MPM 1/72nd Bf 109G-12

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:42 AM

Welcome back to the fold. Larger scale aircraft have had a pretty good surge in recent years. Wingnut Wings (a company started by the Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson), has produced some very awesome aircraft kits.

There are many new manufacturers that you may have never heard of. Do some online research because many of them are very good, better than traditional model company names you might remember from 35 years ago.

Bottom line, do not discount some company you've never heard of and don't think the company that used to be "the best" in 1990 is still the best today.

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 11:53 AM

The internet has completely changed this hobby. Online reviews and youtube how-tos are so helpful. Also historic research, starting with Wiki. Veteran groups and unit organization websites.

 

 

 

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:07 PM

Welcome to the forum!  I look forward to seeing your builds.  I prefer 1/48 for my airplane models, too, though I do have some in 1/72 and 1/32.

When I came back after my modeling hiatus, I didn't notice the impact of the Internet as much as I noticed the change in expectations on the part of customer.  The Internet had the same impact on everything-instant communications.  I was struck more by the rise of aftermarket supplies, and how so many modelers came to expect to take a kit and add a bunch of aftermarket details to it.  Those were things that we added ourselves through scratchbuilding, when I was a kid. 

Aftermarket products, and the virtual disappearance of figures from most makers' kits.  I grew up on Monogram and Revell, and I just expected that an airplane kit, or an armor kit, would have at least one figure.  But again, if you want figures, now there are aftermarket makers, or separate makers, for the guys who want them.

One thing hasn't changed, though-it's still a hobby, and you should enjoy what you do.  As an old modeler said, "Build what you want, the way you want!"

Best regards,

Brad

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by AmpLighter on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:15 PM

Same here, though my issues was a bit different than yours. I was hit head on by a car back in the early 90's. Suffering with a nervous condition later in life which means my hands & arms simply go numb or limp. I feared using the knife or other tools of the trade would be too dangerous for me.

I've since got rid of all my leftovers and tools so it's going to be hard returning to this after having to start from scratch once again.

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by RickS on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 4:27 PM

Thank you all for the warm welcome.  I've been trying to get some assistance in the airbrushing forum, and wanted to add some pics in my post, but can't figure out how to do it.  I click on the add/edit image button, but it does not allow me to go into my pictures folder on my computer....  how the heck does this work?

Mods, if this question/post should be elsewhere, please move as needed.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 5:26 PM

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

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

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

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

  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 7:02 PM

Welcome to the Forums!

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:07 PM

RickS

Thank you all for the warm welcome.  I've been trying to get some assistance in the airbrushing forum, and wanted to add some pics in my post, but can't figure out how to do it.  I click on the add/edit image button, but it does not allow me to go into my pictures folder on my computer....  how the heck does this work?

Mods, if this question/post should be elsewhere, please move as needed. 

You'll need to use a 3rd-party hosting site to get links to add images.   " alt="" />  For example, I use a free site called Postimage.  I copied a link from there and used the Insert feature to add it to this reply (Click Insert>Insert Image>paste the link in the Source box).

I usually just paste the link into the body of my text, like this one:

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 2:43 PM

Well;

 Hi there! Welcome Back to the Hobby and to our forums!

  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 6:38 PM

Hello and welcome into the forum....

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB-Pending)

 

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by RickS on Thursday, April 9, 2020 8:39 AM

Thank you Baron!  I'll take a look at Postimage.

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    July 2008
  • From: Co.Kerry, Ireland.
Posted by Est.1961 on Friday, April 10, 2020 10:40 AM

Welcome to the forum RickYes

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