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Hello,new to Finescale
Posted by Pontiac.maniac on Monday, March 13, 2023 8:13 PM

Hey guys new here and just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I'm from West Virginia and have recently joined the forums over on MCM and decided to look into other options. I'm looking to build my scale modeling skills. I'm into 1:25 and 1:24 scale Nascar,drag cars and would like to eventually build a big rig tractor trailer. Some scratch building would be cool considering I've never delved into that world. Thanks for having me here and it definitely seems like there's some good posts here and amazing talents. 

Adam 

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Posted by Tim Kidwell on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 8:30 AM

Hi Adam,

Welcome to the FSM Forum. We're glad to have you here!

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 9:26 AM

Welcome Sign Adam! Hope you enjoy your time here.

I share your love for racers, especially drag cars. Also have a peculiar fondness for big rigs.

If I might make a suggestion -- albeit 'off-scale' -- you might consider picking up some of the old Monogram (now Revell) 1/32 'Snap-Tite' semi tractors and trailers. Though much-simplified in construction, they're attractive and fairly accurate kits -- much more 'shelf space'-friendly than their 1/25 brethren -- and offer great platforms for honing scratch-building and detailing skills. They are rereleased periodically, but can also be found fairly economically on the popular auction sites. Best of all...they're great fun!

I haven't switched all my old photos after changing photo hosting sites, but one of my favorite Mono trucks is on Instagram if you'd care to take a look. The custom decal work made it an extra-special project for me. Here are the links.

Hope we can look forward to seeing your work. We love photos!

Cheers

Greg

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 9:43 AM

Hey Adam.  Welcome aboard.  About a quarter of what I build are cars and lean heavy on the race car side.  I like the drag cars and formula 1 (just started the 2023 group build if you care to join).   Look forward to seeing your builds.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 10:02 AM

Welcome to the forum, Adam!  I look forward to seeing your build!

Speaking of tractors, ICM's International ProStar is a nice kit.  One of the guys in our club is building it right now, nicely detailed right out of the box.

Best regards,

Brad

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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 10:16 AM

Welcome aboard

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Posted by fox on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 11:29 AM

Hi Adam! Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you aboard.

I build all types of models. My favorites are WWI & WWII planes followed by sailing ships. I used to drag race back in the late '50s and early '60s at Atco Dragway in N.J. till I discovered that it doesn't work out too well when you drive the car for work and race it too. Still build some cars. 

You've come to the right place. Members here are very knowledgeable and ready to help with questions/problems. 

Take Care.

Jim Captain

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 3:35 PM

Hello Adam!

 Welcome to the site. You will certainly enjoy yourself here.

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 8:07 PM

Howdy neighbor (I live in Ohio). Welcome to the finescale modeling forum. 

DRUMS01

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)

PROJECTS:

1/32 Revell Arado Ar 196-B Seaplane - DONE - (GB)

1/16 Sherman M4A3E8 - WIP

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Pontiac.maniac on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 12:56 AM

Greg,thanks for the welcoming wishes. I will definitely take your advice on the trucks! It's always nice to have something a bit cheaper to experiment on first before messing up an expensive one. Always nice to save space for more as well! I will pop over to Instagram and give your rig a view and a like.

You mentioned custom decals. Now when it comes to drag cars I really like pro stock. There are so many cars and paint schemes from the series that the models on the market don't cover. How would a person go about custom decals for these builds? Like say the Ford Fairmont that's a Glidden kit there's many nice pro stock Fairmonts from that era.

Thanks again, Adam

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Posted by Pontiac.maniac on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 1:00 AM

Keavdog,thanks for the welcoming wishes as well! I will look into the scale build you started and see what I can come up with!

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Posted by Pontiac.maniac on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 1:03 AM

Brad, thanks for welcoming me aboard. I'll have to check out his build and the ICM kit. Currently trying to decide what I want my build to be. There's so many choices. 

Cheers,Adam

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Posted by Pontiac.maniac on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 1:09 AM

Jim, thanks for the comment. Airplanes are really cool too and have a great amount of kits to choose from with many details. Maybe one day I'll attempt a plane or military ship with weathering! Have to up my skills before I will attempt that.

I'd say it doesn't work out too well driving the weekend warrior! The abuse from the weekend doesn't work out throughout the week!

Looking forward to more stories.

Cheers, Adam

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Posted by Pontiac.maniac on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 1:14 AM

For everyone here that has left a welcoming wish and a comment I very much appreciate each and everyone! Looking forward to being in the community here and learning as much as I can along with posting my own works in progress and questions when needing some help. Will also try and help out where I can! 

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 9:45 AM

Pontiac.maniac
How would a person go about custom decals for these builds? Like say the Ford Fairmont that's a Glidden kit there's many nice pro stock Fairmonts from that era.

Home-made decals really open up amazing possibilities for doing custom models. I developed my process mostly thorough trial and error over the years;  no claim that it's the 'best' way...it's just worked reliably for me. Here are the basics:

1) I make up my artwork based on available photos of the prototype, using good old MS-Paint: I like it because it's simpler, but much more intuitive, than fancier graphics programs...but that's just me. Any good graphics program will do. I'll generally use a mix of internet images (if suitable ones are available) and self-created art as necessary. I save the art as a TIFF -- since MS-Paint isn't a vector graphics format, I use TIFF rather than JPG so there's no degradation (due to compression) each time the file is opened.

2) When it's time to print, I'll paste the art file into a regular word document to size it by simple 'dragging.' I figured out what display percentage setting on the document will show as 'real' size on my monitor...so I can actually measure with a ruler against the model, to get very precise sizing.

3) When everything's ready, I print the 'document' on my standard HP inkjet printer using commercially-available decal paper (either white or clear, whichever works best).

4) Inkjet decals need to be sealed before use. Once they are thoroughly dry -- I put mine in front of a small desk fan overnight, which seems to do the job -- I'll spray them with clear sealant. My #1 choice is Testor's Decal Bonder (which is, I believe, a lacquer), but others use stuff like Krylon, etc. One light coat to start, then a second slightly heavier coat to 'make sure.'

5) Once the sealant coat is dry, they're ready to use just (more-or-less) as you'd do with any other waterslide decals. I've used setting solutions (judiciously) without any problems, and they can be given whatever 'final' clear coat is applied to the model as a whole.

Those are the basics. There's a lot more 'in the weeds' detail -- which I'd be happy to bore you with, if you've got questions -- or which can probably be found a thousand different places online. Everybody's got their own 'method,' complete with materials and brand-name preferences: and niggly stuff like different printer inks or paper brands can (sometimes somewhat-randomly) make a big difference in results.

Keep in mind also that truly accurate race car decals in particular can be something of a challenge, since the sponsor/contingency decals displayed often change quite a bit from race to race. You can do what the model companies like Revell do, and do a 'generic' mix of contingencies for a given season...or of course, if photos are available, you can portray a car during a particular race.

Cheers Big Smile

Greg

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 11:24 AM

Poke around slixx and indycals web sites for some great race car decals.  

Thanks,

John

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