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  • Member since
    December 2020
  • From: Kansas
Back to modeling in Kansas
Posted by DM1975 on Saturday, December 12, 2020 10:47 AM

Hi, my name is Stephen and I currently live in Kansas. I grew up in Texas and built models for my whole youth. I quit building them when I went into the military and while I've made a couple brief returns over the years I've always just been too busy. 

I retired medically from the service a number of years ago but the only model building I have done since has been with model rocketry. now that I've settled into my retirement more I've dug out some of my old models that I've had since the early 80's and have bought a couple more. 

One reason I'm here is to learn what's out there now as in building materials, especially paints. I grew up using mainly Testors enamels and glues. Where I was raised there wasn't much for hobby shops. Tamiya paint were available if I could get my mom to drive me 70 miles to a hobby shop so those were a luxury. 

Anyway, I'm glad to be here and hope to learn a lot. Thanks. 

 

Life looks great at 1/48

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Monday, December 14, 2020 12:37 PM

Welcome to the forum, Stephen!

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, December 14, 2020 1:48 PM

Welcome!  I did rockets way back.  Super fun, but these days in southern California you can only launch in certain places at certain times.   Kinda kills the joy.  I built a D motor V2 and did an airbrush camo.  It was my finest rocket.  First launch the chute failed to deploy... sure looked cool coming down like a real V2 though lol

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Monday, December 14, 2020 2:12 PM

Welcome to the zoo.  Know that your time under the colors is well appreciated.

As you will see, most all of the testors/model master lines of paint are going/gone.  Lot of newer paints, and seems like more on a daily basis.

Lot of knowledge here, and everyone is more than willing to share.

Pics of builds are nice to see, just have to host them from a 3rd party site.  Can't post them direct from your system.

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, December 14, 2020 3:31 PM

Welcome Big Smile

 .Nick

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, December 14, 2020 3:36 PM
Welcome aboard

  • Member since
    December 2020
  • From: Kansas
Posted by DM1975 on Monday, December 14, 2020 7:38 PM

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. It's a shame about the Testors paint. I was starting this journey back with a model of Airwolf ame need the MM Anthracite Grey Metallic and it seems to be hard to find. I had a few bottles years ago when I build an Airwolf themed rocket but now I cant really find any, but then I don't know all the good retailers to check out yet. 

I did buy some Vallejo paint and a pack of testor paint. Turns out my old aztek is all clogged up and they don't make those any longer so I ordered a Master G233 on Amazon. I have a harbor Freight airbrush also but the cup isnt the best on it. Strange angle and whatnot. 
 
Again, thank you for the warm welcome. 

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fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, December 14, 2020 9:09 PM

Hi Stephen! Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you aboard.

Thank you for your service.

I use Vallejo paints all the time. Easy to use and the clean up is easy with Windex. i thin them with distilled water if needed. Look forward to seeing your builds.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 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 Monday, December 14, 2020 9:22 PM

Welcome to the Forums! 

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    October 2016
  • From: Louisiana Gulf South
Posted by Mrchntmarine on Monday, December 14, 2020 10:28 PM

welcome.  fairly new myself.  everyone is very helpful in sharing. 

 

Keep on building!

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    November 2020
Posted by Xraylizard on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 7:26 AM

Howdy. Also a rocket guy from Texas lol

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:04 AM

Welcome,

I too live in Kansas and am into rockets as well as anything radio controlled.  I like my models to move and go boom.

  • Member since
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  • From: Kansas
Posted by DM1975 on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:38 AM

Any of you rocket guys into high power? I'm level 2 

Life looks great at 1/48

  • Member since
    December 2020
  • From: Kansas
Posted by DM1975 on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:57 AM

Some of the models I had stashed away. 

Life looks great at 1/48

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 9:13 AM

Welcome aboard.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

On the bench: Italeri 1/72nd Bell 212/Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat/Trumpeter 1/32nd Me 262A-1a

  • Member since
    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 11:06 AM

Those kits have been around a while. Nice looking collection.

Welcome

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

http://www.spamodeler.com/forum/

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 1:54 PM

Howdy Stephen. From New Braunfels,Tx here.

 Mostly ships, either Plastic kits, Paper kits or Scratch-Built tanker Ships of all types. Welcome and those kits look like your going to have some fun. If you will contact me in messages I may have some good news about paint! I believe you said Anthracite?

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7:40 AM

Nice stash,

I really enjoy building the old Monogram kits.

Far as rocketry, I was really interested in getting Level certs and learning to build high power, especially after attending a high power event south of Wichita, but the cost was, and still is, way out of my budget.

  • Member since
    November 2020
Posted by Xraylizard on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7:54 AM

Level 1...

NAR 35502

but yeah the cost of high power is a bit much

rather watch others do it lol

might be awesome to retire to Kansas,

near the launch site Smile

  • Member since
    December 2020
  • From: Kansas
Posted by DM1975 on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 8:05 AM

The launches out at Argonia are wild. I've been going off and on for more than a dozen years and have seen some huge and spectacular launches out there. 

I did both of my level flights in Nebraska years ago. I started by level 3 build but then life got in the way. I was able to get my oldest boy his junior high power certification at Argonia but still haven't attempted my L3. 

Life looks great at 1/48

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 11:42 AM

DM1975

Some of the models I had stashed away...

Nice stash, Stephen!  I'm with Scott, I like the classic Monogram kits particularly.  I grew up on Monogram and Revell in the 70s.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

  • Member since
    December 2020
  • From: Kansas
Posted by DM1975 on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 12:12 PM

Thanks all. Yes the Monogram models were my favorite and most abundant. Back then in my home town we only had one store that had models. They mainly had 1/48 Momogram aircraft model, a couple ships, a submarine, all the "Rat Fink" models, and a couple 1/72 scale Revell aircraft models. Maybe some cars also, I don't know. Im not a car guy. I built several as a kid but I knew aircraf, I didn't know anything about cars. 

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