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    November 2020
All aboard the skylark
Posted by Also known as Rob on Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:13 PM

Hi,

As a lad built a lot of models. In my teenage years I worked in a model shop in Bristol (UK) on Saturdays so had access to a lot of kits. I started with aircraft, but mostly built tanks as I found the build process more interesting.

Since lock down started I've started making model tanks again. Started with Churchill, then Centaur, Matilda II and Crusade III. All Tamiya 1/35. Recently started a Miniart Valentine which I'm enjoying.

The biggest change from my youth is how much I'm enjoying painting the models. I'm crap at it, but I'm enjoying that at least as much as the construction.

My main problem is where to keep my growing collection. The old "use them for airgun targets" doesn't seem appropriate now. 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:39 PM

Welcome aboard.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, November 21, 2020 6:37 PM
Hello and welcome

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:03 AM

Hi Rob, welcome to the forums. I am mostly a figure modeler, but after many years have come back to the hobby and once again trying my hand at armour, ships and aircraft. I would call myself a pretty average modeler, but I love it all the same. I'm sure you will get lots of enjoyment here and I look forward to seeing some of your work.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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Posted by Also known as Rob on Sunday, November 22, 2020 11:54 AM

Thank you dodgy. I'll get some photos of my latest project up in the not to distance future.

Over the last couple of days I've been getting to grips with photo-etch for the first time. I think my main lesson so far is that the right choice of glue is essential. I started with slow super glue, but I'm finding PVA easier for the very small parts. It feels like each has it's benefits and I've got to learn where each would be best.

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  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:07 PM

I always use CA for PE parts. one of the main things with it is knowing what bits not to use.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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Posted by Also known as Rob on Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:49 PM

Bish

I always use CA for PE parts. one of the main things with it is knowing what bits not to use.

Actually, what I've called "Super glue" is CA. I've been using VMS Flex. It's great for many of the parts. The problem I've been having is with the very small parts - like individual rivets and wing nuts. I've found it impossible to apply pressure to the smaller parts to fix them without them getting stuck to the item I'm using to press them (knife, bit of wire, or tweezers). PVA seems to give me the time to move it into place and doesn't seem to require the item being held in place the way CA seems to.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:19 PM

Ye, sorry, on here the term CA is more widely used, i have got into that habit.

I have not heard of that stuff. I used to use zap-a-gap but have switched to my local hobby shops own brand which works just the same but cheaper. It can be tricky applieing those small parts, i built 72nd aircraft and applying PE cockpit control levers in that scale is interesting. Have you got a pair of very fine nose tweezers, they really do help, but have to be kept clean. The problem i find with white glue is that its quite thick and tends to show up on those small parts.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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Posted by Also known as Rob on Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:51 PM

I bought a pick and place tool in the hope that it would help with placing the smaller parts. It was fine initially but seem to get bunged up and loose it's stickiness very quickly.

Pick and place tool

I've since found a wax pencil that I'm going to try when it arrives (it's taken me a while to find one as most suppliers seemed to be out of stock).

fox
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    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, November 22, 2020 3:37 PM

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

Been building models since 1946 (6 years old). Never stopped. I build whatever strikes my fancy at the time and my wallet says OK Wink. Lots of great guys on these forums that are very knowledgeable and ready to help you with any questions/problems. Favorites are WWI & WWII planes followed by sailing ships (plastic or wood).

Enjoy and don't be afraid to ask for help. Look forward to seeing your work.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

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

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

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, November 23, 2020 8:13 PM

Welcome to the Forums! 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Also known as Rob on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 3:16 AM

fox
Enjoy and don't be afraid to ask for help. Look forward to seeing your work.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

Thank you Jim.

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Posted by Also known as Rob on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 3:17 AM

checkmateking02

Welcome to the Forums! 

Thank you

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 6:03 AM

Hi Rob:

 Welcome to the Forums. My son says the best part of building a piece of Armor is he has middling painting skills and on Armor it doesn't seem to matter. He calls it " Unintentional Weathering"

  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 6:04 AM

Hey Bish!

 Did you change your Avatar? I like the Lion.

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