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A big thank you to forum members!

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A big thank you to forum members!
Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, May 25, 2018 9:44 PM

I haven't been around much lately.  Busy with Spring time chores, and what not.  But I have managed to complete a build recently that has me thinking about how far I've come in this hobby thanks to all of the forum members here.  I've learned so much over the course of just a few years.  I went from using the dining room table, and a very limited amount of supplies to now having a desk full to the brim with tools and supplies, a home made paint booth, and a pile of kits in the corner that I'm happy to call my stash.  From my first build, to the now over 40 of them neatly displayed in my living room.  I've had a blast, and I've met a bunch of great people.  This is by far the best group of people around.  Nope, I'm not going anywhere, you guys are stuck with me, lol. 

I want to show what everyone here is responsible for.  When I first started this hobby I built a 1/144 C-17 Globemaster.  It is horrible.  I'm not kidding.  I knew at this point I could do much better.  So I decided to buy another kit, and build it again.  The first one didn't even get a coat of paint.  It was already grey plastic, why paint it grey?!  That was my thinking back then. 

I owe everyone a big huge thank you!  If it wasn't for all of you I wouldn't of been able to do this.  Thank you! I'm pretty embarrased with the first one.Embarrassed

New one.

Old one.

Just incase you don't think the old one looks that bad, the main seam.Surprise

What seam?

On display.  I'm happy to see this one here, and I owe that to everyone on the forum!

Thank you for all the advice, tips, tricks, and support the past couple of years, I really appreciate it!

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, May 25, 2018 10:00 PM

Excellent post and a great comparison!


God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 GWH Fw 189 A-1 Nachtjager

On deck: 1/48 Bronco IF-17

In the hole: Who knows!  

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, May 25, 2018 10:10 PM

Glad to see you're still around :)

Good idea for a post and nice progress



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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, May 25, 2018 10:47 PM



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Posted by Toshi on Saturday, May 26, 2018 12:07 AM

Great job keyda81!  And what a fantastic progress.  

Your friend, Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell


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



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Posted by fox on Saturday, May 26, 2018 8:32 PM

Toast Toast

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

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

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

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Posted by Pawel on Sunday, May 27, 2018 1:28 AM


Congratulations - a nice, clean build on the new one! And I think now you've got a definite answer to the question "why paint it if it's already molded in gray" :-D

Thanks for sharing, good luck with your builds and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by DasBeav on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 4:43 PM

Great work, as always. I really enjoy following your builds, quick and wonderfully done. I only wish my skills would of improved as much as yours since joining FSM. Looking forward to the next one of your builds!

P.S. Thanks for the tip on PPP. For someone like me who makes a complete fiasco of "Putty", it is a lifesaver.


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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, June 01, 2018 4:22 AM
Glad to have you. That’s some fine looking work there. You should be proud.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"





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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, June 01, 2018 6:29 AM
Very nice collection

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, June 01, 2018 7:03 AM


 Hey , you are doing okay . If I helped any , Thank You . My first Clear M.E.262 looks worse !

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, June 01, 2018 1:17 PM

Thanks everyone!  I have a Harrier to re-do at some point as well.  I think it was the second model I did.  It was at least painted, but with a paint brush, lol. 

I've been busy working on a full scale project lately, so not much bench time.  But I am still lurking around here. 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, June 01, 2018 2:55 PM

It's been great watching folks like you and Toshi improve from model to model in just the time you've been posting here. And great seeing the enthusium from you guys to an old dog like me that's been doing this for years and gotten a bit jaded. 


"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


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Posted by knox on Friday, June 01, 2018 9:57 PM

Keyda,  there is no doubt that the second build is better, but I can’t help being impressed that you built two of them. I enjoy looking at your transport aircraft. 


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Posted by Greg on Friday, June 01, 2018 10:54 PM

You have been, IMO, a fine addition to this forum and I for one and glad to hear that you are hear to stay.


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Posted by Real G on Saturday, June 02, 2018 5:33 PM

Wow, it took me 10 years to get that far! Well done, and glad to have you on board!

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Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 12:54 PM

Hi Keyda,

Great post, you have came a long way and your build logs have been wonderful to follow.  Both you and Toshi are members who really seem to bring out the ambition for modeling.  

Great to see you back.  I am also just in for a visit.  I havn't seem my workbench since April due to so many other Spring and now Summer tasks at hand.


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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 4:29 PM

You have come a long way in a couple of years, just like Toshi. Glad you're going to hang around,  well done m'lady.  If any of us have been a help, well, that's what we're here for, pick each others brains.  Easier to learn from someone who has "been there, done that".  I'm in the same boat, looking at what others build makes me strive to emulate...have gotten better from my kid "glue bomb" days, but nowhere near most on here.  You and Toshi in office detail paintng especially.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, June 10, 2018 9:15 PM

Thanks Gamera!

Thank you knox!  I couldn't stand looking at the first one any longer, lol. 

Thanks Greg!

Thank you Real G! 

Scottrc, Thank you!  I know what you mean!  It took me quite a while to get the C-17 done.  I haven't started on anything else since wrapping it up either.  Lots of things to do outside.  The weather here has actually been very nice!

goldhammer, yea, I'm not going anywhere, lol.  Just haven't been around as much since the break in weather.  I've been into photographing real aircraft lately as well, since we just had an airshow in my hometown.  One more show to go to next month too.  Then I'l have plenty of reference for more models!

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, June 10, 2018 10:15 PM

Your first build looks better than mine did. A Cessna Skymaster with too much glue and melted wings LOL.

I've watched you off and on and you have really come a long way. Keep it up.



1/72 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon Twin Seater
1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

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1/72 Airfix Dakota Mk. IV

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, June 11, 2018 10:23 AM
Nice job, those are some big birds!
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Posted by waikong on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 3:52 PM

practice, practice, practice, nice looking builds! Thanks for reminding us we can all improve if we stick to it and keep building.  I should find the first model I built when I first returned to the hobby and compare with the latest build.  Visible seams, silvering decals, orange peel, foggy clear parts, glue blobs, ... its got it all :)

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, June 14, 2018 1:21 PM

modelcrazy, We probably all have those first few builds or more that just don't make the cut anymore!  I know I've got a few.  But that is the great thing about this hobby, you can usually pick up said kit, and build it again with new found skills.  Thanks!

Rob Gronovius, Thanks!  Not the biggest ones I have either, lol.  1/48 Herc is the biggest one.

Waikong, Thank you!  I've still got a few of the first builds with the biggest mistakes ever!  I'm slowly working on replacing them with new builds!


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