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  • Member since
    February 2021
New to scale modeling
Posted by ScaleModeler_1973 on Sunday, February 7, 2021 10:34 AM

Hello there. I have been scale model building (and airbrushing) on and off for the last three years or so. I'm well into my forties, so I suppose I am a real late starter with this hobby. My area of interest for 1/35th scale building is World War Two armor (especially German and U.S.) - I've only built a few tank kits (four Tamiya and one Dragon-branded). Try as I do to improve, my finished products and paint jobs are really pretty crude and amateurish-looking. My biggest challenges are avoiding plastic cement overruns and splotches when gluing and being unable to sand the seam lines off plastic road wheels.

I've read through several times and frequently consult Fine Scale Modeling-branded Books (Shep Paine's Armor Guide and two books authored by the editor of Fine Scale Modeler, Aaron Skinner on airbrushing and scale model building). Ignorantly, I did not realize until recently that there exists an online hobby forum here affiliated with Fine Scale Modeler magazine (I started subscribing about one year ago).

I apologize in advance for any 'dumb' questions I ask (or ones that might already have been asked on this forum)- I'm eager and receptive to scale modeling advice, but admittedly not really the brightest bulb. For example, I have not had much success with using the search feature for these forums (I get a nearly 'overwhelming' number of 'hits' and haven't been able to narrow them down to topics that would likely be of the most help to me as a beginner (like how to glue more cleanly and sand road wheels so they look realistic). Thank you for letting me introduce myself and take part in this forum.  

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, February 8, 2021 1:08 PM

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

You got here the same way as a lot of the members. I'm one of the "different" ones. I started building in 1946 (6 years old) and never stopped. I build whatever strikes my fancy at the time and my wallet says OK. My favorites are WWI & WWII planes followed by sailing ships of all types as you can see by my avatar.

There is no such thing as a "dumb" question here. If you need help, just ask. That's what we're here for.

My 2 cents worth on your question about the glue problem is to start usingTamiya Extra Thin Cement. It is a clear liquid and comes in a small square bottle with a built-in applicator brush. You put the two pieces you want together and line them up where you want them to be and then just dip the brush in the bottle and run it down the seam that you want glued. It works by capillary action and wicks into the seam leaving no residue behind. It's great stuff and a lot of the members use it.

If you check the forums closely, you will notice that there are sections for questions about all different types of models and sections for planes, ships, armor, painting, decals etc. They help you to get your question/problem to the right people. I've asked lots of questions in my time and always got lots of help from the great people on here. 

Sooooooo, sit back, relax, have a sip or two of your favorite brew whether it be CoffeeBeerDrinks, or my favorite Toast and build away. Post photos of your builds so we can see your work. It makes it a lot easier to help out if we can see what you're working on .

Jim Captain

Stay Safe. 

 Main WIP: 

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

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

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, February 8, 2021 1:11 PM

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

You got here the same way as a lot of the members. I'm one of the "different" ones. I started building in 1946 (6 years old) and never stopped. I build whatever strikes my fancy at the time and my wallet says OK. My favorites are WWI & WWII planes followed by sailing ships of all types as you can see by my avatar.

There is no such thing as a "dumb" question here. If you need help, just ask. That's what we're here for.

My 2 cents worth on your question about the glue problem is to start usingTamiya Extra Thin Cement. It is a clear liquid and comes in a small square bottle with a built-in applicator brush. You put the two pieces you want together and line them up where you want them to be and then just dip the brush in the bottle and run it down the seam that you want glued. It works by capillary action and wicks into the seam leaving no residue behind. I let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. It's great stuff and a lot of the members use it.

If you check the forums closely, you will notice that there are sections for questions about all different types of models and sections for planes, ships, armor, painting, decals etc. They help you to get your question/problem to the right people. I've asked lots of questions in my time and always got lots of help from the great people on here. 

Sooooooo, sit back, relax, have a sip or two of your favorite brew whether it be CoffeeBeerDrinks, or my favorite Toast and build away. Post photos of your builds so we can see your work. It makes it a lot easier to help out if we can see what you're working on .

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
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, February 8, 2021 2:34 PM

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 Monday, February 8, 2021 3:16 PM

Welcome Sign

the search feature sucks, don't bother. Just ask in the proper and sit back and wait for the answer. There are a few YouTubes that are good in my opinion, all the others are just a waste of my time.

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
    February 2021
Posted by ScaleModeler_1973 on Monday, February 8, 2021 5:06 PM

Many thanks for the welcome, Jim and for the tip about using Tamiya Extra thin. Apologies, because I didn't fully explain about my experience with gluing thus far (I didn't want to write too in-depth of a 'story' in my intro post). I actually read similar advice to yours in an Aaron Skinner authored scale modeling book, and switched to using Tamiya Extra Thin plastic cement a little while back.  And let me tell you, it is so much neater than using  say Testor's or Model Master bottles where you squeeze and the cement comes out of the tip applicator. No comparison (much messier) That said, I still make (smaller) messes/mistakes with the Tamiya Extra Thin sometimes. I wish I had even more control - I never quite understood the part about letting capillary action draw the cement out. Do you mean you just hold the tip to the piece of plastic for a few seconds and the glue will 'flow' along the seam you are gluing? I think the mistake I am probably making is that I try to brush using the tip. For either motion, it would help more if I had a steadier hand. But unfortunately, I shake a lot. I just have to try my best. From reading some of the scale modeling reference books, I gather that making some glue stains visible on the outside of your model is not always avoidable. I guess that's what sanding is for:) 

 

Thanks for the tip about using the search feature on the forums, too. I'll have to 'drill down' further and also try to post my questions in the right locations on this forum (so people can respond to help). I have a specific question about properly sanding off/removing seeam lines from road wheels of a Tamiya Stug III Ausf. B 1/35th that I am building, but I should probably find the right thread/section to post my question (rather than place it here).

  • Member since
    February 2021
Posted by ScaleModeler_1973 on Monday, February 8, 2021 5:11 PM

Thanks for the welcome, Steve and Bish, too. Very friendly forum here. 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, February 8, 2021 5:50 PM

Hello!

 Before I say Welcome, Well, after I guess, I have to tell you on these forums there are No, and never have been any " Stupid" questions.

  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, February 8, 2021 8:37 PM

Welcome to the Forums!

 

 

 

 

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