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  • Member since
    August 2020
I'm new here! :D
Posted by BlueBird on Thursday, August 13, 2020 10:44 AM

Hi! I'm new to FSM and would like to introduce myself.

I'm a high school student in Alabama. I have chosen to not give further information to protect my locatoin and privacy.

I LOVE Airplanes. My goal is to go to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to get an Aerospace Engineering degree. My dream is to work for an aerospace company in my town, primarily Boeing or NASA.

I've been constructing scale model airplanes since I was in 6th grade. I've constructed 24 scale models so far, my most recent finish being the Eduard 1/48 Pe-2 Peshka limited-edition kit. It was the most complicated build I've ever done, and one I'm most proud of. I don't count the figure kits (such as Soviet VVS Fighter Crew) to be official kits. Just extras. I've completed 3 figure kits so far.

I've got a Tamiya 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 E 4/7 on my bench. I'm having trouble getting color substitutes, so that was enough to motivate me to create this account. 

I hand-paint all my models. I have an Iwata Ninja airbrush, but I haven't found a suitable workspace or the time to start using one. I hope I can get some help here. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful day Smile

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:49 PM


Welcome aboard!  You will find many helpful folks here who will be glad to answer any question you might have.  A friend's son went to Embry-Riddle and liked it a lot!  Study hard and good luck!

Another friend did a 1/72 Tamiya Bf-109E as his first serious airplane model.  He airbrushed the basic colors, but did the mottling by hand.  I think it came out pretty good.

Don't worry about gettng too fancy with the airbush - check out my 40 year old airbrush and stand!  BTW my friend used this setup to paint his Bf-109.

I paint outside in the patio at night, as I get sun blind during the day and it's cooler at night.  Plus I'm at home, not at the office!

Anyway, have fun and please post pics of your builds!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:52 PM

Huntsville maybe. I would love to go there.

Welcome aboard!



 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.


  • Member since
    June 2008
Posted by lewbud on Thursday, August 13, 2020 6:04 PM

Welcome Bluebird!  I'm guessing you don't want to mix paints according to the instructions.  Vallejo Air has the colors you'll need, as does Mission Models Paint.  Even though Vallejo Air is formulated for airbrushing, you can brush paint with it.  Mission Models Paint is another choice, but you'll have thin it using their thinner for it to work.  If you've got a compressor, talk with mom and dad about setting up a place for you to paint.  The good/great thing about acrylics is that they are virtually odorless.  You'll still need a ventilated area, but the odor won't be a concern if you're painting indoors.  Hope this helps and post pics of your build!


Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, August 13, 2020 6:25 PM

Welcome aboard.  Sounds like you have an exciting future.  



  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, August 13, 2020 6:35 PM

Maybe Tuscaloosa, welcome aboard

  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Thursday, August 13, 2020 8:41 PM

Alabama--a lovely state.  Welcome to the Forums!





  • Member since
    May 2020
  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Friday, August 14, 2020 4:47 AM

Welcome, BlueBird - pleased to meet you!  I joined this forum recently, and have found everyone here to be friendly and helpful, so I think you've made a good move!  There is a huge range of experience and specialist knowledge here - all you have to do is ask.  As far as airbrushing goes, take your time - it's very satisfying, but takes time and practice.  But, if you're happy hand painting, carry on doing that - it's your choice entirelySmile


Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?




  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Friday, August 14, 2020 1:33 PM

Welcome to the forum!  I look forward to seeing that 109 when you've finished, and to seeing your other builds.

Best regards,


The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.



  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, August 14, 2020 2:16 PM

Hello, Bluebird:

   Welcome to one of the safest places around. I look forward to seeing your work. Tanker-Builder

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, August 14, 2020 2:52 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
    August 2020
  • From: Apex, NC
Posted by gomeral on Friday, August 14, 2020 7:35 PM

Welcome, BlueBird!

  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, August 14, 2020 7:58 PM

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

I started building models in 1946 at the age of 6 and never stopped. It's a great hobby. Lots of us old timers on here ready and willing to help you with any problems that you might have.

Good luck with your studies. Look forward to seeing your builds.

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
    July 2018
  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Saturday, August 15, 2020 5:55 AM

Welcome to the hobby and enjoy.



  • Member since
    March 2007
  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Sunday, August 16, 2020 5:18 PM

    Welcome to the forums, I think it is REALLY COOL that your interested in becoming an aeronautical engineer, IMHO there is no greater field to work in except maybe being a doctor.

   Gotta ask a couple favors...please post your models, questions or general fun stuff, ESPECIALLY when you graduate. Trust me it is AWESOME!!  The second is WHEN you become an engineer please work with the grunt who has to install, troubleshoot, or repair the system your working on. As a mechanic I have seen and heard engineers say " it doesn't look that hard on my computer". If aviation maintenence was easy everybody would do it however some do not understand that certian things look good on paper but in the plane....well it don't fit. Thank you.

   Again welcome to the forums and ask anything you want, the think tank here is AMAZING!!

we're modelers it's what we do

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Friday, August 21, 2020 5:25 PM

Hi Bluebird. I noted your interest in aircraft. You should talk to new member Gunny Dan about his dad's company. I would think you would find it very interesting.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, August 22, 2020 8:55 AM

Welcome.  Building model aircraft is an excellent way to get into the aviation/aerospace industry.  I spent over forty years in the industry and would do it again that way.  In addition to scale model aircraft, you might also look into flying models.  You learn a lot about aerodynamics and other sciences of flight that way.

Many new to the forum tend to stay here in the general modeling forum, but I urge you to scan the whole list of forums.  You will of course want to follow the airplane forum.  But there are some real gems down in the tools, techniques and reference materials section, including a great painting and airbrushing forum.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota


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