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Good morning from Big Sky Country

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  • Member since
    October 2020
Good morning from Big Sky Country
Posted by BigskyMark on Sunday, October 18, 2020 10:56 AM

Hello all,  I just joined the community.  I grew up on the prairie decades ago building Aurora, Revell and Monogram planes and a few cars as well.  I'm old enough to remember the slot car boom (and bust) and loved building and racing those cars as well.  After decades away from any sort of modeling, I returned to scratch building slot cars about ten years ago and started building static model airplane kits 2 months ago; my goal is to complete the Aurora WWI warbirds collection--I had 5 or 6 of these as a grade schooler.. each purchased with my allowance money at the local drug store.   I've acquired 16 vintage kits and am having a blast reliving my childhood.. this time knowing just a little more about painting, gluing and decal application.   Nothing complicated about these kits (except the darn wing spars are a bit flimsy and fiddly for an old man like me), and I'm loving it.  6 kits done so far..Fokker DVIII, Fokker DRI, SE5a, Fokker DVII, Sopwith Camel and the SPAD XIII.   I hope to have the remaining ten done by Christmas.  Of course I'm going to need a new display cabinet as the book case is full!    Cheers,    Mark H.   Helena, MT

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:04 AM

Welcome aboard. Planes are my favorite subject, but I find I will build nearly anything. Looking forward to seeing your work.


On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:18 AM

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
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:29 AM

Welcome back to the hobby.  Love to see some scratch build slot cars.



  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:36 AM


I used to work summers in the western part of the State for the gubment.

Its absolutely beautiful in the mountains there.

Being a member here is like going to the library. You can find just about anything here and the folks are good people.



 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.


  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:12 AM

Well, Welcome Aboard.

        My favorite Aurora Plane was the F.W.190 or " ButcherBird", As a kit it was always molded in black and just was Mean looking!

  • Member since
    December 2018
Posted by Tosh on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:10 PM

Welcome to FSM Forums!

Your friend's, Toshi & Ezra


P.S. I've been a WWII aircraft model builder for the last couple of years now.  I think I joined this forum in between (2013- 2014), this is the best forum members that constitue true friends.  

As for Bi-Planes, I've never built one except the old Wright brothers first ever powered lighter than air (Plane). That was sometime ago!  Lol!

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio


  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 3:52 PM

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

Still have a half dozen of the 1/24 clear bodies in a cigar box.

Du-Bro Lotus 38, Russ-kit Maser V-12 F1, Unknown F1, and 3 different Chapparels. Had planned to build scratch frames and engines for them but never got around to them. Planned a lot of builds in the past 74 years that never happened.Wink

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
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 5:25 PM

Welcome back to the hobby and welcome to the forum, Mark!  I look forward to seeing those Aurora builds when you've finished.  I've got a soft spot in my heart for some of the other Aurora airplane kits, like the F4B-4 and the SBC.

Best regards,


The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.



  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, October 23, 2020 10:17 PM

Loved those Aurora WWI aeroplanes!

Welcome to the Forums!





  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Monday, October 26, 2020 6:51 PM

Welcome Mark. I have no doubt that you will enjoy the forums. Lots of good people here and friendly advice. I too love the old Aurora kits. I have a couple of unbuilt ones in my collection and a number of completed ones that I obtained from a deceased estate. I like to display them because of their age and the fact that they were somone elses pride and joy and deserve to be on display. My favourite is the DH10.

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


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