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How did you find this Forum?
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:57 PM

How did you find the site?

I was web searching for  build reviews of the old classic Hasegawa "Mavis" way back in 2006.

My model as a result.

 

Dry transfers, painted markings and multi colored natural metal were all tips from members.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, October 27, 2017 3:21 AM

I have been subcribing to the Mag since the early 90's, so i would guess i came to the site through seeing it in the magazine.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

  

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Fw 190D-9    

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Friday, October 27, 2017 4:17 AM

As many of you know by now, I got into a work related accident and now have TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury.  I was sent to a rehabilitation center to live at a place called MENTIS in Stow Ohio.  

I learned to eat, read, and write again.  One day in therapy class I was presented with a Testors 1/72 F4U Corsair.  I refused and fought with the therapist as I didn’t want to build model kits.  I then thought of my childhood watching a TV show called “Black Sheep Squadron”.  

Having the Corsair being my favorite childhood aircraft of all time I decided to build this foolish and stupid thing that was a waste of my time!  I hated model kits.  

The therapists even had me on a computer (As I couldn’t even use one yet) looking for a modeling club so I could physically meet other modelers as the therapist felt the Corsair came out great.  I also fought with the therapist in that I would not join a modeling club to meet other modelers as I felt it was a waste of my time plus I hated the idea.  

After several days of my refusal, I compromised with the therapist and said I’ll join an on-line forum but will not participate in any of this!  This was the TBI messing up with my mood and personality changes.  We both finally went on-line and sought a forum.

To much to my chagrin and anger, I just chose the first thing that popped up on the screen.  FSM Forums.  I had to join so said the therapist as I made a compromise and promised her I would do this.  My avatar became my completed first model kit, the Corsair after a 40 year hiatus.  

I decided to join and do a WIP so the therapist would leave me alone.  My very first WIP on FSM Forums was a Revell 1/48 P-61 Black Widow of which I remember as a child building two of these.  I went to Hobby Lobby of which was next door from MENTIS and purchased the P-61 and all of the paraphenilia needed to complete this kit.  I really got into the shopping for this kit and started to do some research with my therapist on-line.

I even purchased something called Eduard Photo Etch, Vector Engines and Cowlings, and Metal Landing gears, all on eBay.  I was having a blast doing this even if I didn’t know what PE was for nor resin products.  I slowly started my thread and they let me go home to continue my WIP on FSM Forums and I was hooked!!!  I loved it!!!  

 Three years later, I’m building a original Monogram P-61 Black Widow and that’s how I got hooked on FSM Forum. 

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, October 27, 2017 4:56 AM
To tell you the truth I've been here so long I can't remember. But probably the same as Bish.

 

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Posted by Eagle90 on Friday, October 27, 2017 5:48 AM

Wow, had to think about it for a minute.  LOL!  During my 21 years in the Air Force, I stopped building models....due to TMO breaking most of what I had during my first PCS move.  I continued to BUY models, but never built them...they were for my retirement!  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  Whistling  After retiring and settling down in a home I wouldn't be leaving in 4 to 6 years, I set up a model room in the basement and jumped back in feet first.  Of course I had been continuing my FSM subscription and read about the Forums.....and the rest is history as they say.  Never regretted it for one moment!  The FSM Forum family rocks!  I have made so many friends, met some of them at shows, and have gotten a wealth of tips, tricks, and information that I can't thank everyone enough for! 

Bobby

P.S.  Toshi....I love your story man!  Bow Down

 

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Posted by Doc Ward on Friday, October 27, 2017 6:14 AM
I had a subscription at one point in time, let it lapse (shame on me) and my daughter got me a new subscription as a Christmas gift. I purchased copies at the grocery every time I saw a new one, so that part makes sense. I knew there was a forum, and thought I would join. Pretty simple, really.

Gotta say, doctor, your talent for alienatin' folk is near miraculous.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, October 27, 2017 7:22 AM

Fine Scale magazine years ago....

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, October 27, 2017 7:30 AM

Eagle90

Wow, had to think about it for a minute.  LOL!  During my 21 years in the Air Force, I stopped building models....due to TMO breaking most of what I had during my first PCS move.  I continued to BUY models, but never built them...they were for my retirement!  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  Whistling  After retiring and settling down in a home I wouldn't be leaving in 4 to 6 years, I set up a model room in the basement and jumped back in feet first.  Of course I had been continuing my FSM subscription and read about the Forums.....and the rest is history as they say.  Never regretted it for one moment!  The FSM Forum family rocks!  I have made so many friends, met some of them at shows, and have gotten a wealth of tips, tricks, and information that I can't thank everyone enough for! 

Bobby

P.S.  Toshi....I love your story man!  Bow Down

 

 

Thank you for loving my story.  It’s members like you that makes this forum the best one around.  I too have made many friends and read many threads.  Like yours above, and learned so much about you and from you.  Thank you for everything!

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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  • From: ohio I want to leave
Posted by armor 2.0 on Friday, October 27, 2017 7:36 AM
I haven't been on the forum that long relatively new have learned a lot from fellow members .The way I found fsm forms I was out of work needed something to do .I always like building stuff .I just started looking for information for model building online and found fsm.
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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, October 27, 2017 8:04 AM

This Forum ?

  Well , I have to tell the the truth here , I think . Like Toshi , I didn't want to bother . Then I got the 1/200 Arizona and figured I'd like to see what anyone said about this kit . Boy , when I got here what a surprise . Ship stuff !

  Now I have to have my fix when I need it . I have made a lot of friends and even got to put a face to at least one . Why did I take so long ? It was a pain going to the library and trying to figure out the thing . So I bought my own laptop and the rest is history . T.B.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, October 27, 2017 8:30 AM

I was a subscriber and I saw it mentioned in the magazine,so I checked it out and signed up.

I can't believe it was 2003

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, October 27, 2017 8:42 AM

I also found it from the magazine.

I would give one tip for those who discover a single FSM forum.  Be sure to scan the whole list of forums to see the lot.  There are many, some quite specialized.  If you have a question, and it is very specific, it is generally better to raise it in one of the more specific forums than in the general ones.  And the forums in the Tools, Techniques and Reference Materials section contain some real gems that many folks overlook.

 

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, October 27, 2017 10:11 AM

I was looking at the online FSM page and opened the Forum tab and started browsing. I never had been on a forum before nor social media so I figured what the heck.

I was on the forums a lot at first just looking around, and happy to find others with my same plastic problem.

ON THE BENCH

1/25 Monogram 57 Chevy Bel Air
1/144 Trumpeter Kawanishi H6K5-L Mavis

Completing a kit is like cutting the head off a Hydra. Two more replace it in the stash.

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Posted by ygmodeler4 on Friday, October 27, 2017 11:29 AM
My dad and I would model together and he had some old black and white modeling magazines and I wanted some newer ones so we subscribed. I found it through the magazine and once I started building them on my own (15ish) I joined. Been on and off depending on the season and life's demands since then.

-Josiah

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Friday, October 27, 2017 11:36 AM

I've been a reader of the magazine since the early 90s. I've been a member since this site started. If you go to the first page of armor modeling, I've got one of the first posts there on December 5, 2002. http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/3/t/35.aspx

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Posted by Hunter on Friday, October 27, 2017 11:37 AM

Great topic Bill,

I found out about the forum through my dad as most of you know. He had a subscription to FSM for 30 years. I am immensely happy I joined and got to know all of you. I have learned a lot through each of you. Thank you!

Hunter 

      

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  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Friday, October 27, 2017 11:56 AM

I found the site after subscribing to the magazine.  When I finally decided to build all those kits that had been sitting around for 30+ years, I got a subscription because I knew I would need all the help I could get.  Then I found the forum.  So much had changed with the hobby that I spent a lot of time just looking at WIP's to get a sense of what was available.  That would be....a lot!  Time well spent, I must say.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Friday, October 27, 2017 12:20 PM

When my wife passed on, I decided to get back into modeling to have something to do to fill the hours, other than just the idiot box.  Bought a copy of FSM, found the forum, joined, end of story.  Now have a stash of kits big enough I doubt I'll get them all built.

The people I have had contact with here are some of the best I have ever come into contact with, and are generous to the extreme with good advice, tips, encouragement, and giving of their time, parts, and even to the extreme of sending a flag case for a friend who recieved the service flag from her father's funeral.

While my skill set is not up to par with most on here, I know without a doubt, it is way better than when I got back into it, all due to the folks on here driving me to get better at it.

My sincere thanks to all!

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Posted by armornut on Friday, October 27, 2017 1:30 PM

Like most, mag first then as I started walking upright I needed somewhere to drag my knuckles,( key board seemed like an obvious choice), jumped in and tried to make friends, realised I should probably have a clue as to what I'm replying to or trying to converse in so I took a step back, watched, learned, and enjoyed. Now I know my place here, I quietly lurk on many different threads, encouraging when I can, advising when possible. I think once I get posting pix figured out again I will pop up alittle more frequently, until the I'm good with watching, learning,enjoying, and of course lurking. FSM is the ONLY forum I'm a member of.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by scottrc on Friday, October 27, 2017 2:24 PM

Gad,  I cannot remember.  I have been buying the magazine since it was first published, but it wasn't through it.  I think it was when I was just learning to navigate the internet and in searching for models, actually got this site and not a site showing leather, chains, a full moon with melons, and with a 1-900 number flashing across the top of the page asking to call and have my credit card handy.

 

Hee hee, 1-900 numbers, man, was it really that long ago?

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, October 27, 2017 2:37 PM

Josiah ;

  Is that Fredricksburg , Texas ?

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Posted by patrick206 on Friday, October 27, 2017 2:45 PM

Long time subscriber of FSM, saw reference to the Forum, prowled through it for some time and joined. Great place, made some nice friends, love all of the detailed posts and WIP's. Any question or advice I've sought was very quickly answered, so many skilled builders take the time to help others along in this hobby.

Have to mention the excellent modeling work we get to see, which can only help others to learn the ways to improve their own building skills. Both the magazine and Forum are just first rate, a wonderful resource for beginners and advanced modelers alike. I'll be a member for the long haul.

Patrick 

 

fox
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Posted by fox on Friday, October 27, 2017 5:05 PM

Always bought FSM at the local HS. When it closed down, got a subscription and then thought I'd give the forum a try. Been here ever since. Like what was said above, made a lot of friends on here that I see at shows too. I've learned a lot from all of you. Thanks.

Jim  Captain

Photobucket Main WIP: Rebuild of Monogram 1/8 "Big Deuce" with 1/8 Pocher V-12 in rear - 10%

   On the Bench:   Revell 1/48 Ju 52/3m - 50%;  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 20% 

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

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Posted by littletimmy on Friday, October 27, 2017 5:15 PM

Started with a subscription to FSM back in 2005 ? Read somewhere about the reader's gallery on this site so I let my finger's do the walking and "DISCOVERED" this forum. I lurked here for a few year's before I finally joind in 2012...............................

And my constant "tounge - in - cheek " posting has set the modeling community back by at least 100 year's.

( Hopefully some of my "advice" actually helped somebody.)

If nothing else at least I'm good for a laugh or two.  (Why does that guy have an intake manifold glued to his eye? )

 

 

                      ....................  I meant to do that  ......................

 

                      Dont worry about the thumbprint... paint it rust and call it "Battle damage" !

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Posted by MrStecks on Friday, October 27, 2017 5:42 PM

When I decided I wanted to get back into modeling last year (it was March of this year before I finally built something), I started watching a lot of YouTube videos on techniques and tips... etc.  I also started lurking around several modeling forums, just to get a feel for the "vibe".  Of all the forums I checked out, the FSM Forums seemed uniquely free of trolls or locked threads.  I viewed that as a very good sign.  Smile

Since joining in March I have felt very welcome here and have only experienced encouragment, support, as well as very helpful critique and tips.  My hat's off to you all!

Cheers, Mark


On the bench: Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae

In the queue: Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 Weekend Edition;  Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  Eduard F2 190A-9 ProfiPACK Edition;  WNW 1/32 Fokker D.VII (Fok.) "Early";  Revell 1/48 B-25J;  AMT 1/48 Lockheed Vega;  AMT 1/48 Stinson Reliant SR-9;  Revell 1/48 TBF Avenger;  Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (DAVE) Model 1

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  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Friday, October 27, 2017 9:15 PM

I hadn't built anything for a few years...busy working, then in flight school. Absolutely no joy in the job market (pilots were getting laid off left and right). Over 300 resumes sent out, apps at every business around town...even McD's said no. I had zero income (on paper) for 2008...I only ate one meal a day and it was always something I shot (mostly venison). I was "losing it" and NEEDED an "escape". Booze is a bad idea and I didn't have money for such a venture....I did have a stash though still, but zero desire to build anything. I checked out the website, just to look at some models. Saw the "forum" tab...honestly had no idea what a "forum" actually was, so I checked it out...signed up...and starting building again that very day...almost 9 years (this January), and if I haven't built 200 models yet, I'm pretty dang close to it!

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, October 28, 2017 11:03 AM

Christmas 2012 and my then-future step son in law and his wife bought me a 1:48 Academy (Accurate Miniature rebox) TBM. 

I was delighted. Then it hit me, oh crap, I'll have to build the damned thing.

I needed to start over buying "stuff" and learning new techniques. Probably 90% of the search results that were worth a darn were, guess where, right here. 

I joined after a couple months of lurking and soaking up info.

Toshi, great story brother!!!!!

-Greg

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  • From: Fredericksburg
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:00 PM

Tanker - Builder

Josiah ;

  Is that Fredricksburg , Texas ?

 

Negative, the F'burg in Virginia. I am no longer there, however, moved 40 miles north near Washington DC a couple months ago.

-Josiah

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Sunday, October 29, 2017 4:33 PM
My dad has been a subscriber since the magazine first came out and still has every issue. I got back into the hobby after I got out of the Army and became a subscriber myself. I was doing research for a project and came across the forums and started lurking then decided to join up and haven't looked back.

On my bench: AMT X-Wing (1/48ish?) rebuild

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  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Sunday, October 29, 2017 9:14 PM

Well, the forum history puts me back at Feb. 2005. I think I had just rediscovered modeling during my junior year of high school. I was probably searching for some tips or tricks, and stumbled here. 

Incidentally, the thing that really got me to get interested in aircraft kits was Swanny’s Models. Does that guy still come around here?

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