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  • Member since
    December 2022
Hello from Virginia, USA
Posted by Martin9428 on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 2:50 PM

Like many here, who restarted their modelling hobby, I retired in 2014 and spend most of the warmer months, fly fishing for trout or hiking. Now that the colder months are here, I decided to start a kit that will take me through the next few months. My decision was between the Bronco M1114 armored HUMVEE with upgrade set from Voyager or MENG King Tiger with Henschel Turret and full intorior and MENG workable tracks and PE set. I watched many build and review videos and decided on the King Tiger. It has been many years since building, with a dabble last winter with a 52" GATO Class sub, which sits in various pieces and stages of completion and the Tamiya M113, which stands completed. 

In October I underwent Carpel Tunnel release surgery and the removel of the Trapezium bone from my thumbbecause of arthritis and bone spurs. I am now eight weeks into recovery from surgery. The cast came off last week and having trouble with holding small pieces. 

Last night I started on the road wheels, drive sprockets, idler wheels and torsion bars, but won't be able to do the tracks until they arrive from Andy's Hobby Headquarters, Which was the only place that had them in stock. I'm also looking for the elusive Zimmerit which seems to be out of stock everywhere. Anyway, lots of time before that's needed.

I look forward to learning weathering technics and other effects. Thank you for reading my ramblings and look forward to your input and critics as I trudge forward on this overwhelming kit.  


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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 3:19 PM

Welcome Sign aboard! Glad to have you with us.

What part of the Old Dominion, BTW? I'm in Maryland now, but I lived in Blacksburg for a fondly-remembered decade.



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Posted by Martin9428 on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 3:44 PM

I live in Staunton, due north a couple hours from Blacksburg. Been living here since 2001. I'm a transplant, originally from Massachusetts.

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 7:17 PM

Sounds like a great project,welcome aboard.

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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 7:23 PM

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

Hope that you post pics of your "Gato" sub build. One of my uncles served aboard a Gato class sub in WWII. I've built a couple of subs over the years and would love to watch your build progress.

Stay Safe.

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Posted by Martin9428 on Thursday, December 8, 2022 6:20 AM

I will as soon as I figure out how to post pictures


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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, December 8, 2022 7:46 AM

Hi There:

 And Welcome to here! LOL. You have signed up to one of the best groups of Modelers I know.

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, December 8, 2022 7:58 AM

Welcome aboard!



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  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Thursday, December 8, 2022 10:38 AM

   Welcome to the forums. All you need to do is ask and most questions will be answered. Be mindful of the catagories as if a specific question is posted in Ready Room or General Discussion it might not be seen by the person with the answer. That said DO post questions, comments and if abke pix.

      Hope you will enjoy your time with us.Geeked

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, December 8, 2022 10:40 AM

Hi and welcome into your new modeling home. 


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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, December 8, 2022 12:43 PM

Welcome back to the hobby and welcome to the forum!  I look forward to seeing your builds.

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