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Any model related goals?
Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:49 AM

I was curious to see if anyone else had any scale modeling related goals.  Mine is to build a replica of every aircraft that was stationed at the local air base, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.  Research so far has been rather challenging.  It's hard to figure out all the different wings, groups and squadrons that were stationed here.  Even harder to find pictures of specific aircraft.  I have emailed the base historian and am just waiting to hear back from them.  So if anyone else has any goals please share! 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:55 AM

I have a couple of long term projects. My main one and probably the one i have the best chance of achieving, is to build a 72nd aircraft from each of the 37 military airfields in Norfolk. Another is to build every version of the 251 halftrack in 35th scale, all 63 of them. Not likely to do that. My third is one of every version of the Ju 87 in 72nd.

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

  

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Ju 87G-2

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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:13 PM
Build my stash before I can't

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Posted by PFJN on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:15 PM

Hi,

I think my only real goals are along similar lines like Tojo's.  Build what I have, and maybe complete some of the models that I have started.

Pat

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:17 PM

Tojo72
Build my stash before I can't
 

Yeah, ditto that.....

I've been collecting most of the aircraft flown by the US, Japan, China, and the Commonwealth in the Pacific during the Second World War. 

Now I just have to get around to building them................ Whistling

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by route62 on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:32 PM

my goal is to expand my diorama abilities.  Until recently I would just build kit after kit.  I got to a point where there were not a lot of new skills to be gained.  Dioramas have added a whole new set of challenges.  Ground cover, figure painting, modeling buildings and non aircraft models like ground support vehicles.

Also with dios I can try things like battle damage, and opening up the aircraft to show detail like engines and gun bays.  This allows me to  learn about casting parts, printing decals, using random materials like popsicle sticks to simulate wood planks and sandpaper to simulate tarmac.  

 

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Posted by armornut on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 1:14 PM

Ditto route62, DEFINITELY dios. I'm currently working on the Trumpeter Scud launcher complex, it has a very interesting Armenian "digital" camo,( 4 color no less), that I am trying to replicate. I have seen pictures on the web so it isn't something made up. Other goals are to improve my scratchbuilding capabilities, find PE for the Tamyia 1/12 scale Tyrell P34, ( 6 wheeled indy car), then ultimately have a space big enough to display what ever I finish. Most level surfaces in my house are catch alls or cat perches, I can do without the cats but the clutter is both our problems( my wife and I).

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by hogfanfs on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 1:41 PM

A few of my future goals are too build every aircraft that VF-151, VF-143 and VF-84 had flown during their squadron history.

 

My immediate goal is to get back to the bench and finish some kits that I've started. Life has taken way too much of center stage lately.

Bruce

 

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:17 PM

Two main ones:

first, to build all the types of vehicles we had in 1:35 that were used by my first line unit, a mech infantry battalion. I'm roughly 2/3rds of the way there.

two, to build all the models in my stash... good luck on that...

 

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Posted by ManCityFan on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:31 PM

Right now, improve all of my skills, which means trying new things with each build.

I would also like to make a major dent in my current "vintage" stash so I can start getting some of the newer kits.  The Mrs. wants to see the stash get lower before I get more.  I "only" have to get about 20 built before I get the green light.

 

 

 

Dwayne or Dman or just D.

 

 

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Posted by MrStecks on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:49 PM

 

Cool question.  it's nice to see what goals other people have. 
 
My first goal (and the main reason I returned to the hobby) is to build as accurate a representation as I can of the F-51 Mustang that Maj. Richard E. Steckel was flying when he was shot down over North Korea in May of 1952.  He’s still officially MIA.  He was my dad’s cousin.  I have one more build (after the current one) and then I'll start working on it.  It will of course be the Tamiya 1/32 Mustang.
 
After that, I thought it would be a cool goal to build all of the Century fighters in 1/48 scale.   As a child in the 60’s I grew up with those being the planes I most admired and wanted to fly.  My favorite being the F-104. 
 
Cheers, Mark

 


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

In the queue: Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  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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Posted by tankboy51 on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:29 PM

The one goal I ever had was to build a 1/350 scale resin kit of the U.S.S. San Juan, my dad's ship that he served on during WW II.  I got that one done many years ago. I have no military service and my brother was a dentist in the Air Force. He has been building a bunch of tank kits recently, buts thats another story.  Otherwise, I have just been building models of all types, the vast majority armor.  No real goals with any of those, just what do I find fun and interesting to build. 

Doug

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Posted by littletimmy on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:31 PM

Goal #1 : build  a 1/144 scale sub for each type VII sub that saw combat. ( roughly 760 of them.) I currently have 13 built so far.

Goal #2 : Build a 1/72 scale escort carrier, (The U.S.S. Bouge to be specific,) Aircraft of the U.S.S. Bouge sank my favorite U- boat  U-217 a type VII D minelayer. I currently have  one TBF Avenger built in 1/72 scale so far.  Dont know where I'm going to get a hull for this...

I'm pretty sure these goals will keep me out of my wifes kitchen untill the year 3287.

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

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:47 PM

Wow, lots of responses!  I've been researching for a while now, and have a pretty good list of aircraft.  Now I just need to find photographs! 

To begin with I was just going to build a model to represent each type of plane stationed at the base, but I decided to get a bit more specific.  If I just built a model OOB with no special attachment to the base I would be blowing through kits left and right, lol.  This way it is more of a challenge for me, and should keep me occupied for a lot longer. 

Love hearing all the goals you guys have, keep em' coming!

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:54 PM

I want to build a few aircraft that was stationed at Griffiss AFB in Rome, NY.

You name it, Delta Daggers/Darts, Sabre jets, B-52, etc...

As some of you know, I had a B-52 Stratofortress kit that came with Griffiss AFB markings that came up missing n my home. I have yet found it. 

 

Other goals is to actually finish or start my kits. I've picked up a few NATO Tiger Meet/Demo Team/Anniversary/Commemorative/Special markings decal sets as well.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:56 PM

Keyda81

Wow, lots of responses!  I've been researching for a while now, and have a pretty good list of aircraft.  Now I just need to find photographs! 

To begin with I was just going to build a model to represent each type of plane stationed at the base, but I decided to get a bit more specific.  If I just built a model OOB with no special attachment to the base I would be blowing through kits left and right, lol.  This way it is more of a challenge for me, and should keep me occupied for a lot longer. 

Love hearing all the goals you guys have, keep em' coming!

 

 

Look here: 

http://wp.scn.ru/

You might find some aircraft with markings you're looking for as references.

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Posted by DasBeav on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 9:49 PM

Simple goal for a simple mind.  One of everything from WWII. 1/48th airplanes and 1/35th armor. And if I reach that goal, I will then blow them up like I did when I was a JD!!

Sooner Born...Buckeye Bred.

 

fox
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Posted by fox on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 10:36 PM

Started out in 1946 building whatever models my uncles brought for fun. Then realized that the ones my uncles had built were a lot better and wanted to do mine just as well. They were both in the Navy during WWII so they concentrated on ships but they built other genres too. I built anything they gave me and tried to improve my skills. That's what I still do. Anything I see that I find interesting I try. Favorites are WWI & WWII fighters and Sailing Ships. Figures are the only ones that I am not really good at but every once in a while I give one a try. My overall goal is to finish as much of the stash as I can before going to the great workbench in the sky. At the rate I'm going I'll be building and improving for the next 300 years (if I don't buy any more Wink). 

Thanks to all the guys and gals on here that have helped me to improve my skills to the point where I win an award at shows once in a while. It's a great feeling.

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 tigerman on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:12 PM

I'd like to finish my first aircraft in over 20 years. I have a zero that needs the exterior painted. most of the construction is finished. I've added 7 A/C to my stash and dumped some of my armors.

   http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y269/wing_nut_5o/PANZERJAGERGB.jpg

 Eric 

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Posted by fermis on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:15 PM

My number one goal is to build the best model ever and be showered with riches and wenches!!!Propeller

 

The only real "goal" I ever set for myself was to take a first in every catagory I entered, 1 best of show and to get at least 1 first at Nationals. Having far exceeded that goal....I will admit, that the firsts in armor and figures was due to a lack of really good competition (but I'll take it!)...now, aside from "I want one of these and one of those and 3 of these and 7 of those"....the only goal I have is to make it to October, get the business closed down for winter and get my behind back to the bench, where it belongs! 

 

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Posted by Jay Jay on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 10:16 AM

Goal #1A  To build just 1 kit that looks as good as Lawdog's

Goal #1; Like Tankboy my goal is to build a 1/350 scale ship on which my Father served in WWII.  It's been a struggle taking 1 1/2 years to even find which ship he was on, ( there where 4 ships named Houston ) Having discoverd that, actually finding enough data on this obscure ship so I can build it, then finding a kit that's even close.   I am about 1/3 the way through it and I won't be satisfied until it looks like the real thing. ie. gun barrels should look like tubes ...all 64 of them. I just hope my eyesight holds up enough to do 1/350 PE . WOW that's tiny.

Goal #2; To build all 4 of the 1/16 figure kits of the military men. I had 2 when I was a kid ( Navy and Marines )but haven't been able to find the kits. I think they where Aurora.

Goal#3; To build all the kits in my stash...after all, that's why I bought them in the first place.  But you guys constantly tempt me to go out and buy more stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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Posted by shamoo on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 2:13 PM
I'm hoping at the minimum to do two different dioramas: a USAFE F-4e as flown by my father, and an F-105f Wild Weasel marked as the aircraft he rode the back seat for 100 missions over North Vietnam. I'd like to do a large scale battleship, aircraft carrier both with all the accessories, and a large scale sailing ship fully rigged.
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Posted by Wildcatfan247 on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 3:36 PM

My goal right now is to build a 1969 Dart that looks just like my work buddies real one.  I'm having a hard time finding a 340 motor and the dog dish hubcaps.  Long term is just really improve all of my skills.  I've already learned a lot, thanks to some of you guys on these boards and youtube.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 4:17 PM

My goal is to either finish each kit on my shelf of doom (the shelves of started kits) that I did not trash immediately on taking a break from them  (Usually I do take breaks on some very involved kits-  I always take breaks on sailing ships- they usually take at least a year, sometimes several) or decide I will never build a certain kit and trash it.  My shelf(s) of doom are now full, and I refuse to put up any more shelves!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by ugamodels on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 8:47 PM

One of my great uncles was a mechanic in WWII. He w a s stationed in North Africa, Italy and Sicily I believe.  So I am trying to do dioramas that might represent what he did. I don't have any records or pictures of him during the war, so I really don't know what it looked like. So I get to make it up.

I type on a tablet. Please excuse the terseness and the autocorrect. Not to mention the erors. 

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Posted by ugamodels on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 8:51 PM

[quote user="littletimmy"]

oal #2 : Build a 1/72 scale escort carrier, (The U.S.S. Bouge to be specific,) Aircraft of the U.S.S. Bouge sank my favorite U- boat  U-217 a type VII D minelayer. I currently have  one TBF Avenger built in 1/72 scale so far.  Dont know where I'm going to get a hull for this.

 

As I recall there is an article in FSM about a scratch built 1/72 escort carrier. See if you can look it up.

I type on a tablet. Please excuse the terseness and the autocorrect. Not to mention the erors. 

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Posted by scottrc on Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:39 PM

My first goal is to finish a model.

Next has been building ships and aircraft that have participated in the Battle of Midway and Coral Sea.

Since my Dad was a plankowner on the Lexington CV16, I want to have a model of every ship that had the name from the sloop of war to the Starship NCC-1703. 

Also, like Keyda, I'm trying to have an example of each plane that flew with the Montana National Guard, from the P-51 to the present C-130.

        

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Posted by ridleusmc on Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:44 PM

My first goal is to someday have a sensibly organized workbench, and my second goal is to keep it that way.  

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, July 27, 2017 6:23 PM

I don't even have a shelf of doom, lol.  There is only 1 kit that I haven't finished.  I landed up trashing it.  I did buy the kit again, and plan on tackling it at some point now that I have a lot more knowledge on how to deal with it. 

I have a pretty good list of aircraft, I'm still not entirely sure I have all of them.  No idea how long it will take the base to email me back.

On a side note, the plane that started my modeling obssession, the C-130, has left the Niagara Falls Air Reserve.  The last plane left yesterday.  It's sad, but upon reading an article earlier today I discovered they are going to put a 1980 model on static display at the base.  I'm just hoping it will be in an area on the base where I can see it!  They have a C-47, C-119, F-4, F-100, and F-101 on display there as well. 

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Posted by Wilbur Wright on Thursday, July 27, 2017 7:17 PM

I always finish what I have going. That said,  Number one would be to build better display cases to protect the work.  These models (mine and other forum members) are really works of art and need to be protected.

I have large models in my small stash.  The type that may take a year each to build.  I would like to get to them.

 

1) Revell Germany 1/72 B-36 (Now that my skill is at a much greater level than last time and better natural metal paints are available)

2) Hobbyboss M1070 with the Black Dog figures

3) Tamiya 1/32 F-15E Bunker Buster  (maybe up next)

4) Tamiya 1/32 F-14 Tomcat Black Knights

5) Trumpeter 1/35 Leopold Rail Gun with double crew and workers (about 20 Figures)

 The only model I have yet to complete is my 30-year-old 1/12th scale Tamiya F1 312T Niki Lauda, which I hope to get done as I have new decals and the decals are everything on this kit, as is gloss painting which I am getting much better at.

These are not quick builds.  Lastly I am always  looking, making a list as to where I could donate models if I ever had to move out of state. Local military museums (yes there are a couple) local library and Vets Clubs. 

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