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Retirement , Or do I ?
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:49 AM

Oh Boy ;

 All you modelers have me in a tizzy . Especially this latest crop of Ship-Builders . That kind of detail ( especially the " Bird Farms " ) has me thinking .I HAVE to do detail like that for a client . If I am doing for me it might be a cutaway but rarely .

     You guys are getting so good and what with all the extra detail sets, you work too hard ! I don't like to say it , but , I thought I was OCD ! Holy Chit , man ! Still and all , it is fun to see what you do in your shop areas . I guess I will retire soon and then I can say ( I used to do them that way too ) !

 Nah , not really . I have another cutaway I am involved in and Darn it , it's 1/350 and yes ! It's a Bird Farm ! The U.S.S.Franklin . Had to do a cutaway because the flight decks ( both the clear ( crap ) and the ( solid  - Crap too !) Were not able to be used .

   So I got out my trusty Evergreen sheet and re-did the flight Deck with all the little greeblies in that scale . I had to get a good distance away for a while . I think I will finish it when I am officially retired ! 

 All you fellas are getting scary with the details , and Yes ! I just love seeing you doing it . Model On  ! - T.B.

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Posted by scottrc on Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:57 AM

I know what you mean TB.  I started back into 1/700 scale after seeing all the super detailed work at a number of shows I attended.  I thought I could give it a go, but man, its hard to make something so precise and detailed and such a small scale.  I was going to blame age for not being able to build to such a high standard, but many of the modelers I am studying are many years older than me, yet have the dexterity of a spider weaving a web.

Its all about practice makes perfect, so we keep at it.  I know I am back building with just the basics again in 1/700, no super detailing, until I get these basics honed in, then I will be back to tackling the super fine stuff.  

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Posted by ejhammer on Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:01 AM
At the age of 75, as a ship / boat builder guy, I pretty much build for me. I do pretty well on detailing, usually because I like to see if I can do it or not. If I can - great. If not - try something different. Watching what the guys do on the internet is very inspiring. Ideas and methods inspire more ideas and methods. A commission build I'm doing with a wood kit, the client said to me - "It really looks great. You make them so they look so realistic." That is very satisfying, even though on most builds I say to myself - "I coulda done this", or "I shoulda done that". If the client is pleased, I'm pleased. If I build for myself - well, I coulda done this or that. Main thing is, are you enjoying the hobby. Can never have too many "floaty things".

Completed - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa Dec 1942, USS Yorktown 1/700 Trumpeter 1943. In The Yards - USS ESSEX 1/700 Hasegawa 1945, USS ESSEX 1/700 Dragon 1944, USS ESSEX 1/700 Trumpeter 1945, USS ESSEX 1/540 Revell (vintage) 1962, USS ESSEX 1/350 Trumpeter 1942, USS ESSEX LHD-2 as commissioned, converted from USS Wasp kit Gallery Models. Plus 35 other plastic and wood ship kits.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:02 AM

scottrc

I know what you mean TB.  I started back into 1/700 scale after seeing all the super detailed work at a number of shows I attended.  I thought I could give it a go, but man, its hard to make something so precise and detailed and such a small scale.  I was going to blame age for not being able to build to such a high standard, but many of the modelers I am studying are many years older than me, yet have the dexterity of a spider weaving a web.

Its all about practice makes perfect, so we keep at it.  I know I am back building with just the basics again in 1/700, no super detailing, until I get these basics honed in, then I will be back to tackling the super fine stuff.  

 

I am going into 1:700 now.  I am doing so for two reasons- I have run out of display space for larger 1:350 kits, and, approaching 80, I am suffering some of the disadvantages of aging.  My philosophy is use it or lose it, so I think working on 1:700 ships and 1:72 airplanes will help delay those aging effects.  I know I have the tendency to go for the super detail and rigging.  Maybe your idea of just working with the basics for awhile is a better idea, though.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by warshipguy on Friday, May 12, 2017 1:52 PM

Wow!  I feel like the young pup here at 63!  But, I have returned to 1/700 for many of the same reasons; I want to build for the fun and joy of it, and I really do not want to be pressured into super detailing unless I want to do so.  Also, 1/700 offers a greater range of ships. However, I much prefer to model full hull kits, and the original four consortium companies off mostly waterline kits.  Oh, well.

Bill Morrison

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Posted by Mikeym_us on Friday, May 12, 2017 5:28 PM

Don you can make a display area for your 1/350 scale ships by building a display table it will only hold one ship but it would also be a functional coffee table too.

Don Stauffer

 

 
scottrc

I know what you mean TB.  I started back into 1/700 scale after seeing all the super detailed work at a number of shows I attended.  I thought I could give it a go, but man, its hard to make something so precise and detailed and such a small scale.  I was going to blame age for not being able to build to such a high standard, but many of the modelers I am studying are many years older than me, yet have the dexterity of a spider weaving a web.

Its all about practice makes perfect, so we keep at it.  I know I am back building with just the basics again in 1/700, no super detailing, until I get these basics honed in, then I will be back to tackling the super fine stuff.  

 

 

 

I am going into 1:700 now.  I am doing so for two reasons- I have run out of display space for larger 1:350 kits, and, approaching 80, I am suffering some of the disadvantages of aging.  My philosophy is use it or lose it, so I think working on 1:700 ships and 1:72 airplanes will help delay those aging effects.  I know I have the tendency to go for the super detail and rigging.  Maybe your idea of just working with the basics for awhile is a better idea, though.

 

 

On the workbench: Dragon 1/350 scale Ticonderoga class USS BunkerHill 1/720 scale Italeri USS Harry S. Truman 1/72 scale Encore Yak-6

The 71st Tactical Fighter Squadron the only Squadron to get an Air to Air kill and an Air to Ground kill in the same week with only a F-15   http://photobucket.com/albums/v332/Mikeym_us/

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, May 14, 2017 8:21 AM

Hey !

 You know what I decided ? That we can't ever have enough floatie thingies around us . So I will continue on .  T.B.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, May 14, 2017 8:24 AM

Mikey ;

 That table you mentioned .You can get more than one ship in it . Depends on the table size . The one I had with the " Battle of Trafalgar " in it was 3'x5' and with the top ( case ) it was only two and a half feet tall . The wife loved it ( at least she said so to me ) T.B.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, May 14, 2017 8:26 AM

You know , Don :

  Funny you should mention 1/700 . I have two started and I am actually having a lot of fun so far . I have a gazillion ( STRETCH ! ) containers for the COLOMBO  EXPRESS and can't wait to try them out . The Island looks so much better with rails and stairs , doesn't it ? T.B.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, May 14, 2017 10:51 AM

Tanker - Builder

You know , Don :

  Funny you should mention 1/700 . I have two started and I am actually having a lot of fun so far . I have a gazillion ( STRETCH ! ) containers for the COLOMBO  EXPRESS and can't wait to try them out . The Island looks so much better with rails and stairs , doesn't it ? T.B.

 

It does indeed! 

 

I made decals for several shipping companies to vary the looks of the containers.  I could see if I can find the graphics.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, May 14, 2017 4:32 PM

As to retirement, in the words of Galazy Quest:  "Never Retreats!  Never Surrender!"

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Posted by Mikeym_us on Monday, May 15, 2017 9:21 PM

Tanker - Builder

Mikey ;

 That table you mentioned .You can get more than one ship in it . Depends on the table size . The one I had with the " Battle of Trafalgar " in it was 3'x5' and with the top ( case ) it was only two and a half feet tall . The wife loved it ( at least she said so to me ) T.B.

 

 

LOL smaller scale ships can be put in there by the dozen but some of the 1/350 scale ships you would have to add to height and length for the 1/350 scale super carriers at the very least. And you can put two 1/350 scale Essex class carriers into the display table at the same time.

On the workbench: Dragon 1/350 scale Ticonderoga class USS BunkerHill 1/720 scale Italeri USS Harry S. Truman 1/72 scale Encore Yak-6

The 71st Tactical Fighter Squadron the only Squadron to get an Air to Air kill and an Air to Ground kill in the same week with only a F-15   http://photobucket.com/albums/v332/Mikeym_us/

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, May 19, 2017 3:45 PM

Aw , C'Mon Mikey ;

  I have no intention of telling anyone how big the table would be for the 1/350 Enterprise . A dining room sit at bar maybe ! Table Uh-Uh ! How about this The P.T. 109 and the Japanese destroyer at the moment of collision . 1/350 and very nicely done . regular coffee table size. T.B.

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