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fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 7:41 PM

Hi Daniel! Welcome back!

Getting organized is a pain in the butt, but, once you are done hopefully you will be able to relax and have time to work on your stash.

I started building models in 1946 (6 years old) on top of an old player piano that was so old it couldn't be repaired. My dad ripped out the guts and the keyboard to give my brother and I a place to work. It served us well till 1963 when I got married and got our first house. Moved to a retirement community 5 years ago after 2 more moves and 2 workbenches and the loft is all mine. Haven't stopped building since '46 so I have acquired quite a stash and lots of tools & equipment. Here's a few pics of the loft with my scratchbuilt spraybooth. Maybe you can get a few ideas from them. There's lots of pics of workbenches on the forum.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/JpSVx5sBDpd68EDV7

Hang in there! If you have any questions/problems just ask. That's what we're here for.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

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

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Apex, NC
Posted by gomeral on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 2:31 PM

Surface_Line

As others have said, these forums are a good place to ask questions or talk about models, or just shoot the breeze.

Thanks, all.  So..let's see - April to November.  That's only a couple of weeks, right?  That must be why I haven't had much time at the bench yet...

More 'too much' has happened, including quitting a major client and looking for (and getting!) new clients lined up, two bouts of the Dread Virus Roberts in less than 2 months, a couple of unexpected trips to the ER (all is better now) and who knows how many honeydo projects.  The next one of those is actually a full clean/reorg of the basement, which happens to include my home office and my hobby area, so at least I sorta get to work with my models...  Also, I've discovered that my local IPMS squadron is doing a show this weekend, so I'm committed to going and meeting folks and maybe making some local friends in this hobby.

I was gifted an H&S Infinity for my birthday this year (HUGE step up from my old Badgers, methinks, and looking forward to trying to needle stop) and I've yet to put anything through it (not even water) but have decided that will be my first order of back-to-itiveness, so I'm making plans.  They say that people who make plans and set targets are more likely to achieve them, so I'm going to start with that route.

  1. Clear enough off the current benchtop to disassemble/investigate/reassemble/familiarize myself with the Infinity.  Try shooting food coloring or ink through it to get some time with it where I don't have to worry as much about the acrylic paint drying in it - that'll come next.
  2. My father's birthday is in February and I've decided to get one of those Revell Big Boys to do for him.  He's always been a train fan, but never any interest in model trains sets - always videos, magazines, and in-person trips.  I'm hoping to make him something to put on his desk under the monitor, a display piece.  I figure it's mostly black with some trim colors and then weathering, so perhaps it'll be fairly straightforward.  (Ha!)

Anyway, back to the basement and cleaning and organizing.  First is enough of a clearing to try to accomplish #1 in the next 2 weeks. After that, it's keep clearing and cleaning, which mostly means discarding a lot of stuff and organizing what's left.  On the plus side, this means I can figure out additional storage for the stash and clear up the benchtop to have more than 1 sq.ft. to work in!  (And yes, work will commence prior to completing any cleanup!)  On the plus PLUS side, I've decided to liquidate a lot of my woodworking tools, so I may have a nice influx of funds for more models.... Big Smile

 

daniel

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by Surface_Line on Sunday, April 24, 2022 5:09 PM

Welcome, indeed.

I fully understand your use of "relearn".  I never quit modeling since age XXX in 1961, but I have several relatively unrelated areas of modeling interest, each of which holds my spotlight for a year or two or three.  I rotate between 1/700 ships, 1/25 cars, 1/72 WWI aircraft, 1/1200 sailing ships and 60mm soldiers, and each time I switch, it becomes an effort to relearn the techniques required for those models.  (Not to mention a reset of all the paint bottles/tins  on my workbench and in the drawers nearby.)  The first model in each subject area becomes a "simple, back-in-the-saddle" kit, which rarely stays simple.

As others have said, these forums are a good place to ask questions or talk about models, or just shoot the breeze.

Again, welcome!
Rick Heinbaugh

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Apex, NC
Posted by gomeral on Saturday, April 23, 2022 4:10 PM

I started back at the bench today and immediately fell into a "this is the wrong color" rabbit hole and have spent 2 hours trying to mix/match a dark green.  *sigh*  Might be a couple more years before I have a build to show off...

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Friday, April 22, 2022 9:00 AM

I have alot to catch up on . hopefully will be able to post something this fall. I also just learned in the last year how touse a computer so my wonderful wife will have to show me how to post pics. But try to do that.

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 6:11 PM

Looking forward to seeing your builds.

 

 

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 9:09 AM

Thanks GOMERAL I appreciate that.

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Apex, NC
Posted by gomeral on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 4:20 PM

Thanks, all, for the kind thoughts and ideas.  I've finally moved the home office back to the home office space, so the workbench is (mostly) cleared and I'll be getting back to it.  I may keep 'optimizing,' but definitely miss having brush/tweezers in hand and making a small mess of things.  Here's hoping I can try to start one of the Group Builds I signed up for *last year* just to say I did it, even if it's waaaaay too late!

And Lurch, best wishes for a speedy and full recovery!

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Friday, March 25, 2022 9:47 PM

Welcome aboard. I to havehad a bad two years with people passing away and then I was daisnosed with cance. On the recovery side now and all looks good for moment. I also do the RC thing . Once I get back on myfeet again I will be getting all my hobby stuff out and start building. Once I get going with thatI want to start a couple of clubs here for RC and model building . Again welcome aboard glad to have you here.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, March 25, 2022 9:05 PM

Gomeral, we have found, after years and years of building and rebuilding workbenches, that it makes no difference what size the bench or room is you will end up with 1 square foot of workable space once you start working there. There have been posts here with photos, mine included, showing large benches with magnificent set ups designed for lots of building room and the actual workspace in use was 1 square foot. The rest was taken up by all sorts of tools, paints and odds and ends. So, don't worry about the size of the work area for now, use what's available until the right time when you can get the "space" you want or need. Wink

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

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

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Apex, NC
Posted by gomeral on Friday, March 25, 2022 3:34 PM

So for the time being, my morning usually belongs to getting the kids up and moving and then dealing with calls from my EU office (they are +7 to me, so mornings are the best time for all of those meetings!).  Sadly, I don't think that'll work out for me.  What *might* work out is something in the evenings after the kids go to bed.  I figure I can try to grab an hour or so around then, later if I want to be tired in the morning!

For now, I'm re-doing the workbench space so I can have a bit more room to do stuff.  It was a little crowded and just getting down a box or moving something temporarily took up my work space; hopefully getting that cleared up and reorganized will be encouraging!

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, March 24, 2022 3:52 AM

Welcome back Gomeral! Like you, I used to struggle with available time to work on modeling. I usually get up in the morning about an hour or so ahead of time and spend that hour working at the bench while everyone else in the house is asleep. This usually means that I'm that guy that's up at 3:45 or so in the morning. What that does for me is give me that one hour of the day that's aaaaaaaaaaaaallllllll mine. No hunny do's, no dang dogs wanting in or out, no phones ringing and no demands on my time other than doing something that I love doing. I don't know what your daily schedule looks like but this is what works for me.

 Hope to see more of you on the forum and am looking forward to seeing some of your work when you get the time slot figured out. 

See ya round bud, Joe 

                   

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 4:31 PM

Gomeral;

 Welcome Back! I am awaiting eye surgery so I only get about what my eyes will let me. About forty-Five minutes to an hour in a day! Believe me, I understand the Family Emergency/Covid situation too. So with a hearty Wahoo! welcome Back to the hobby!

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Apex, NC
Posted by gomeral on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 4:07 PM

gomeral
Looking forward to getting to know you all and picking your brains for hints and tips as I get back to it all!

Well, this seems as apt a topic/location to post as any...

Greetings...again!  I'm the (mostly) absent guy that showed up to say hi and get back to the hobby, then disappeared for a year.  A combination of quarantine, international travel (during COVID, no less), and family emergencies took over the last 12-15 months and I'm finally starting to get back to things.

I hope to start back up on the forums and read/learn a lot, but even more I hope to find some time at the bench.  How about you all, how do you find time to sit at the workbench?  Between work/travel, stuff around the house, kids, etc. it seems that I never have more than a spare 20-30 minutes so I don't find much time for modeling; I usually stand/sit at the bench, looking over stuff and handling the tools, imagining the next opportunity.  Hopefully I can start actively scheduling time going forward...

 

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fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:23 PM

Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you aboard. Looking forward to seeing your builds.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

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

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:51 PM

Welcome back!

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:35 PM

Welcome Sign

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:32 PM
Hello and welcome aboard

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:53 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 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:50 PM

Welcome to the Forums!

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Apex, NC
Another introduction
Posted by gomeral on Monday, August 10, 2020 5:09 PM

Hi, all -

 

I figured I'd follow the trend of using my first post to introduce myself.  I'm a recovering ex-modeler, having spent much of my childhood building model aircraft from both plastic and balsa/tissue kits.  I am pretty much all aviation, and in fact it was my move to R/C years ago that took me from plastic modeling.  From there I moved to the real thing, and then kids came a long and I found out that both time and money are far more scarce with them around!

I recently found my tools and paints and decided to rediscover my love of the hobby, so I've set up a work area and picked up a couple of 1:72 planes to "relearn" with.  I feel like I know several of you, as I've been lurking and reading the forum for quite a while, so now it's time to come out of the woodwork and join the discussions.

Looking forward to getting to know you all and picking your brains for hints and tips as I get back to it all!

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