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    April 2020
Hello Fine Scale Modelers!
Posted by Dogface67 on Monday, April 13, 2020 7:01 PM

Greetings from Washington State!

Recently returning to the world of scale models after a 35+ years hiatus! What I would have given back then to have access to this forum and all the great advice and tutorials.  God love the internet...

I'd been kicking the idea around of a return to scale modeling for some time, thinking it would be a great relaxing hobby that I could work on in my meager spare time. I really enjoyed building models as a youngster, and now with a better budget (and patience) in hand than my teenage self, I could go big time!  The only thing I was currenly lacking was spare time, with a demanding work / commute schedule.  Who knew that I would have more spare time at home than I could handle with the current world situation? Ironic. 

All kidding aside, I am extremely grateful that my family remains in good health, and that I am fortunate to have a job that allows me to work from home.  I know many are not as fortunate.

So about three months ago (pre-COVID19), I picked up some basic supplies and a Revell 68 Charger RT Kit at Hobby Town, figuring it could be my "practice" kit before tackling something more challenging.  I quickly learned that although my patience and attention to detail had improved, my eyesight and steady hand certainly hadn't. But I'm having fun with the process, glaring mistakes and all.

In my younger years, I spent some time in the US Army as a Cavalry Scout and later on re-enlisted as an Infantryman (I'm a glutton for punishment).  I spent some time crewing an M113 APC, and later the M3 Bradley, as well as short stints driving the M151 Jeep and the M998 HMMWV.

Some of my best memories of this time were spent in Germany from 1985-87.  I was stationed with 3rd Squadron, 8th Cavalry in Mannheim (Later the unit designation transitioned to 3/7 CAV).  At the height of the cold war, and with a seemingly unlimited military budget, I spent two years rotating through gunnery training in Graffenwoer, then manuever in Hohenfels, and then rotations in the Fulda Gap on border patrols, relieving the 11th ACR guys so they could go to gunnery and manuevers.  Pretty much an endless cycle with not much time in Garrison. Probably a good thing, as guys got into trouble with too much free time..ha

Great memories of driving and then being a TC of a M113. They were alot of fun to drive.  As Armored Cavalry, we also had M60A3s which transitioned to M1s about the time I was leaving.  Had a number of senior NCOs still in at that time that had crewed one or the other in Vietnam.

So with all that, my goal is to spend some quality time building those great vehicles of my wonder years.  First go will be the Tamiya M113 which just arrived in the mail a few days ago.  I feel confident that I can do a fair job given the great advice and examples seen in the forums here. There are alot of extremely talented folks here!



p.s. Also spent some time in the 3rd Infantry Division, hence the screen name..

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 4:45 PM

Welcome to the Forums!

And thanks for your service.





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  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 4:49 PM
Welcome to the gang!
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 5:06 PM

Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you aboard.

Thank you for your service.

Jim  Captain

Stay Safe.


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Posted by RickS on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 11:37 PM

Welcome!  There are a number of new members, myself included, returning to the hobby after a break of several decades.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 11:43 PM

Dogface, thank you for your service and welcome!

Look for stikpusher, he's a close friend of mine here and I would expect you'd learn from his FMC gunner days as a modeler.




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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:13 AM


Dogface, thank you for your service and welcome!

Look for stikpusher, he's a close friend of mine here and I would expect you'd learn from his FMC gunner days as a modeler.



With Stupid


Just playing Bill. But I’m not sure what you mean by FMC gunner... 

Welcome Dogface! 


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  • Member since
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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:20 AM

Food Machinery Corp builder of the M113.

TOW weapon mounted on same.

I also have to ask because it keeps me up. What's the worst side door jump?





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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:05 AM

Welcome!  I look forward to your builds and first hand experience kit reviews/modifications. 



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

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  • From: Co.Kerry, Ireland.
Posted by Est.1961 on Thursday, April 16, 2020 4:15 AM

Welcome to the forums Yes

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:25 AM

Oh; Gotta Ask.

      What took ya so long,Grunt? Hey, Man Welcome Aboard. Also, I have built and given away a few of those tamiya M-113s You'll enjoy building that. But if you really wanna have fun , get some aftermarket tracks for it. The "RubberBand"Tracks are terrible! 

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Posted by Dogface67 on Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:31 PM


Food Machinery Corp builder of the M113.

TOW weapon mounted on same.

I also have to ask because it keeps me up. What's the worst side door jump?




  We actually had the ITVs while stationed in Germany, while I considered my self fortunate NOT to serve on one.  Those guys seemed to spend alot more time maintaining the ITVs, then we did with the regular "Dragon" tracks.  Never got to launch a live TOW missle, but did get to fire a live warhead Dragon once from ground mount.  Had played with the simulator a bunch, but wasn't really preapred for the ominous sound of the wind-up of the stabilizing gyros, or the actual toxic backblast once fired! We had it drilled into our heads to NOT track the back of the missle in flight, but didn't realize how tempting it was until I fired that live round.  Fortunately, I got my wits about me and got back on target for a hit.  Good times!


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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:01 PM

Welcome from another 1980's Graf participant. My last assignment in then West Germany was with the 2/83rd Field Artillery (M110 8" unit-nuclear capable). It was around 30 K's south of Frankfurt in Babenhausen as part of the 41st FA Brigade. During the same time as yourself, our FEBA was in the Fulda Gap as well. While the town is still there, the units are long gone. 

In my 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment days we started with steel pots, BDU's, 1911 Colt 45's, Jeeps, M60 A3, M113, etc. Before I PCS'ed they had kevlar helments, Berettas, Hummers, M1's, Bradley CFV, etc. More on this some other time.

Be careful when going from scale autos to armored fighting vehicles and aircraft, it is a slippery slope (just kidding). Actually, I find it fun participating in some of the Group Builds (GB's) which are out of my normal build subjects. They are for certian themes and if you join them you can often expand your skills, friends, and interests. You may want to look into one sometime....

Welcome my veteran friend, glad to have you here....



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


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- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

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




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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Friday, April 17, 2020 12:07 PM

Welcome, Dogface!  I thought maybe it was a WW II reference Wink  I look forward to seeing your builds.

Best regards,


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