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  • Member since
    June 2020
  • From: South Jersey
Trying to get serious about a fun hobby
Posted by Doctor Deathproof on Saturday, June 13, 2020 7:30 PM

Hello! I've dabbled in model building since I was a kid, so around 40 years on and off. But it's only been in the last few months that I've really tried using different techniques like dry brushing and washes to get a more realistic effect.

I'm currently working on:

1968 Camaro by AMT

Giant Mantis monster by AMT

The Vermithrax Dragon from Dragonslayer by Pegasus

Some vintage Robotech sets

A couple of other doodads, plus I just pulled the trigger on a small wooden ship starter set from Occre.

 

I have a lot of free time.

I'm at least a third generation modeller, I suppose. My grandfather used to paint duck decoys - some for actual use (geese, actually) but a bunch were purely for display purposes. My dad has been into model railroading since he was a kid. He's slowly been working on a layout in his basement but with some neurological issues as he's getting older it's harder for him to do it. He's been advising me on some of my techniques, like air brushing, which I've never done before.

I lean towards WWI aircraft, muscle cars, and some sci fi stuff, usually. I'll post some photos of various projects in the near future.

My usual hobbies - going to the movies and RPGs - have unfortunately been neutralized for time being due to the pandemic. I've been wasting a lot of time with video games but I'm trying to spend more time on my models so I have something to show for it.

I guess that's it... I'm looking forward to discussing different models and techniques here.

 

Thanks!

 

A naked American man stole my balloons.

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, June 15, 2020 1:25 PM

Welcome aboard.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, June 15, 2020 3:30 PM

Welcome to the Forums!

 

 

 

 

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 3:39 PM

Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you with us.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

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

  • Member since
    June 2020
  • From: South Jersey
Posted by Doctor Deathproof on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 11:04 PM

Thanks, everyone. I'll get to posting some of my projects tomorrow or Friday.

 

A naked American man stole my balloons.

 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:58 AM

Welcome aboard!

Did you know Fujimi makes a praying mantis kit too?  I don’t think it’s as big as the Fundimensions one though.

Fujimi also has a crayfish, which looks awesome and could easily be repurposed for some matinee miniature monster action.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, June 18, 2020 6:30 AM

Sounds good,but don't get too serious we don't Stick out tongue

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:49 AM

Hey!

 Welcome , Don't let it get to serious.Then you will come to distance yourself again!

  • Member since
    April 2019
  • From: Alabama
Posted by Srpuln10 on Thursday, June 18, 2020 10:22 AM

Welcome to the forum. I've got a few projects gone myself. Good luck and welcome 

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  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, June 18, 2020 11:18 AM

Welcome to the forum, Doc!  I'll enjoy seeing your builds.

That Giant Praying Mantis model was part of a series they did, wasn't it?  Inspired by various monster movies?

Best regards,

Brad

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

  • Member since
    June 2020
  • From: South Jersey
Posted by Doctor Deathproof on Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:29 PM

Checked out the Fujimi model. Looks pretty cool, but I like the AMT model because it includes a diorama you can build of the giant mantis smashing a building.

 

A naked American man stole my balloons.

 

  • Member since
    June 2020
  • From: South Jersey
Posted by Doctor Deathproof on Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:31 PM

 

the Baron

Welcome to the forum, Doc!  I'll enjoy seeing your builds.

That Giant Praying Mantis model was part of a series they did, wasn't it?  Inspired by various monster movies?

Best regards,

Brad

 

That's correct - there's also a giant spider and a giant scorpion. I may pick those up eventually for sake of completion, once I have this one done. (among other things I'm working on)

 

Here's a link to the three sets:

 

https://www.mymoviemonsters.com/store.php/mymoviemonsters/pd8224258/amt_ertl_set_of_3_gigantics_insect_diorama_mantis_tarantula_scorpion

 

A naked American man stole my balloons.

 

  • Member since
    June 2020
  • From: South Jersey
Posted by Doctor Deathproof on Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:44 PM

Here's a few pics of my current projects:

Mantis

- this is pretty much done, I just need to use the airbrush to add some light green to him. I'll probably drybrush a little brown/tan after that.

 

1968 Camaro

Assembled the chassis last night... pretty happy with the paint job. I really like how the black accent brought out the springs and engine details. I've already painted the body, so I just need to do the interior and assemble the rest.

 

Dragonslayer base and emblem

I really like the way the base came out, especially the lava. That was just a matter of mixing bright orange paint with 5-minute epoxy. The emblem came out pretty good - I wanted a two-tone color scheme on it like on the movie poster.

 

Dragonslayer figure

 Just started this the other day. For some reason the black primer I used (which I have used on all my other stuff with no issues) was still a little sticky even after a few days. I assume it has to do with whatever material the figure is made from. Fortunately I discovered that priming it with grey primer overtop the black seemed the eleviate the stickiness.

I did the spear in dark metallic grey and the flesh for his face and hands. Waiting on some yellow paint to show up for his hair, but I got the brown and tan for his clothes. I will color the spear tip with a little steel/aluminum and maybe drybrush the rest just slightly to give it a little wear and tear look.

 

 

A naked American man stole my balloons.

 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:55 PM

Doctor Deathproof

Checked out the Fujimi model. Looks pretty cool, but I like the AMT model because it includes a diorama you can build of the giant mantis smashing a building.

Yeah the Fujimi kit is nice, but without screaming little people running for their lives, it seem so... boring.

I loved the crushed Corvette Stingray in the scorpion set!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

AT6
  • Member since
    December 2005
  • From: Fresno
Posted by AT6 on Sunday, June 21, 2020 2:20 AM

If you get serious, where's the fun?

  • Member since
    June 2020
  • From: South Jersey
Posted by Doctor Deathproof on Sunday, June 21, 2020 8:23 AM
no u

A naked American man stole my balloons.

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 8:16 AM

Welcome!

The FSM forums are a great resource for people such as yourself.  In addition to modeling subjects area, where there are specific forums for each modeling genre, there is a neat section of forums just below that, the Tools, Techniques, and Reference area.  This includes a very great forum on Painting and Airbrushing.   I suggest you look over that group of forums.  It is great for catching up on all the new paints, techniques and such.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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