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Final Details: Tell us the where, when, what and why of your modeling

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Final Details: Tell us the where, when, what and why of your modeling
Posted by Mark Hembree on Friday, August 1, 2014 10:50 AM

Journalists are taught that good reporting provides the “five Ws” — who, what, where, when, and sometimes why, or how.

What story do your models tell? World War II? In Europe? The Pacific? The Eastern Front? If not WWII, what war or period? Napoleonic? Civil War? WWI, Korea, Vietnam, or somewhere in the Middle East?

If you don’t build military models, what are your favorite subjects and eras?

Contact me by private message, reply here, or you can e-mail me at In 150 words or less, let me know when, where, what and why. If your comments are selected, they will appear in the December 2014 FSM on our new “Final Details” page at the back of the magazine.

Please provide your answer by Aug. 8. For proper attribution (who), be sure to let me know your name and where you’re from.

I’ll look forward to hearing from you! 

Mark Hembree Associate editor, FSM
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  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Friday, August 1, 2014 4:06 PM

Howdy Mark, I try to model in my man cave but it usaully ends up all over the house, most of my modeling is done mid day on weekends, seems for me to be the best time to be creative and sometimes it gets me outta yard work. Most of my stash is a split of aircraft and armor, the usual WWII sujects of both but I lean hard towards the European axis side, I do have several modern aircraft mostly F-16s and 18s, five or six modern armor subjects from Russia and U.S.. I love searching for those kits that are really new or way outta production  finding a rare kit is exciting to me. I aslo love to build because it allows my mind to consentrate and focus on one thing at a time but it also helps me prioritize not only the build but life as general, it keeps my hands busy and if I'm building I'm not spending ( keeps the Mrs. happy). The history of the subjects and how they work in the world I also find interesting.  Perry Stevens formally of Deer Park, Wa.

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Posted by tankerbuilder on Sunday, August 3, 2014 9:43 AM

Hi, Mark:

   As you know , I build mainly ,any kind of ship. Naval a specialty ( American Fleet Units WW - 2) Then there's the Civilian vessels from there to today. That's an all inclusive group from all over the world's oceans and rivers.

I specifically like the time period from 1930 to 2014. Many are scratch built or heavily modified ( especially the civilian ones .) The mostly scratch vessels are built of Evergreen plastic and H.O.model railroad detailing supplies .

   After much research,I generate a set of plans and then begin .Sometimes it's a matter of weeks ,sometimes a matter of months or even years( i/e) The KronPrinz of WW-1 in 1/200 scale. So there you have it .     G.J.Geracci -Tanker-Builder -New Braunfels ,Texas.

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  • From: Greenville, NC
Posted by jtilley on Sunday, August 3, 2014 2:11 PM

My primary interest is ship models, though I've done an aircraft now and then.

Every ship and boat has some sort of story to tell - and there's no better way to learn about it than by researching and building a model.

I especially like sailing ships.  I'm a semi-retired history professor who specialized in naval history; I got interested in that subject largely through model building.  (I built my first model at age five, and read my first book about ships shortly thereafter.)  Sailing ships tell the story of human history through the early twentieth century. To my eye, nothing beats the sight of a well-executed, accurate model of an eighteenth-century warship or a nineteenth-century clipper.  But I greatly enjoy modern warships and merchantmen as well.  I hope to spend the rest of my days working on ship models.

John Tilley

Greenville, North Carolina

Youth, talent, hard work, and enthusiasm are no match for old age and treachery.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, August 4, 2014 4:34 PM

it's a guy thing for me, kind of my inner Walter Mitty.

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Posted by Tarasdad on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 1:51 AM

I tend to build mostly WWII armor, primarily German. There were so many different variations and modifications of the various panzer designs that you can literally fill every shelf in the house and not repeat yourself. Add in scout cars, transports, service vehicles and such and you have a lifetime of modeling!

Barry Harmon

California City, California


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Posted by waynec on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 5:20 PM

retired former M60A2 cold war veteran, graphics artist, wargamer.

modern warwheels including military trucks, PLA, JGSDF, BUNDESWEHR, ADA,  fire trucks, railroads (1/35 and 1/72), all artillery tube and missile.odd stuff.some floaty thingies and helos 

usually afternoon but will start doing mornings schedule permitting

my bunker is my primary work area with 8 work stations.

it's relaxing and i have many  friends here and in clubs. i enjoy the research, and the sharing of information.

i like to build and weather. don't like to paint though i don't do it badly.

Никто не Забыт. Ничто не Забыт

"No one is forgotten. Nothing is forgotten."


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Posted by on Monday, August 25, 2014 7:17 PM

armor is my madness.recently a whole new family to build has shown up. no more panthers, tigers,shermans. The Buffalo and MaxxPro along with the mrap's. they are easyer to paint. these new kits come with some impressive extra's like radios and some figures. The old adage goes if you wait long enough someone will produce a kit you want. I have a hovercraft from my era that i've been procrastinateing about four years now .Someday it will be finished . time to hit the maxx pro in the basement.


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