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About to Retire (again)

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  • Member since
    March 2023
About to Retire (again)
Posted by B52_Chief on Monday, March 20, 2023 3:35 PM


Been awhile since I did the forum thing...

I'm getting ready for my second retirement in July.  I am so looking forward to hobby time I won't have to steal!

I really like RC vehicles but they never have enough detail to suite me. Some years ago I bought a Torro 1/16 RC Halftrack, a Trumpeter static model of the same, and set about combining them. That project remains unfinished (for numerous reasons), but the idea stuck. The sucessor (planed for this winter) is a Rochobby 1/6 scale 1942 MB Jeep. "Up- detailed" with a 1/6 scale Dragon SAS "Desert Raider" static model kit.

It is questions about paint & painting that lead me here...

My model will be anything but static. I've been reasearching what to use as a basecoat. Looking for someting hard enough to cover the various colors of plastic (from all but the deepest scratches) I'm old scool so I know enamels, but I still want the finised product to appear somewhat used (so many more options for acrylics). I plan to add some dings and a bullet hole or two before I start painting, then take advanged of actual wear & tear for aditional weathering. The rust I'll have to apply. the mud will be real!




  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 11:49 AM

Well welcome aboard, theres lots of knowledge here so enjoy the ride.

  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 10:05 PM

Congrats on your retirement Joel and welcome to the forums.

Check out the "Painting" section of the forums. That's where you'll find lots of great info on all types of paint and how to use them. 

I've been building models for 76 of my 82 years and for quite a while I've been using Rust-Oleum Universal Bonding Primer under enamels, acrylics and craft paints with no problems. It's sandable and leaves a nice smooth finish for the paint. Doesn't pull off when masking for Camo. I use white or grey depending on what color goes on next. This is just my 2 cents worth. The guys on the Painting section will give you a lot of good great info. I've learned a lot from them. Ask your questions there and you'll get lots of answers..

Stay Safe.

Jim Captain

 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
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 12:24 PM

Welcome to the forum, Chief!

I'll second fox's advice, have a look in the Painting forum, you'll find a lot of great tips there from the rest of the gang.

I look forward to seeing your builds!

Best regards,


The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.



  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Thursday, March 23, 2023 4:20 AM

welcome back to the hobby. I too do alot of RC stuff. I have been checking out that jeep also. But the thought of making a halftrack never occured to me. I think that would be a great project. Looking forward what you come with. Check out the painying thread. There are alot of people here with great painting experiance. Again welcome aboard.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, March 23, 2023 8:22 AM


    Hello you old retired guy! I use Rustoleum Dove Grey general purpose on my R.C. Projects. It takes as they used to say for a well known watch-"It takes a Licking and keeps on Ticking" I have used every weathering system I can afford but still do old school washes and stuff. My riverine boat(Built from a RTR boat Was cannabalized by someone else)

 I resurrected it and the first duty was priming the hull and deck. Still looks great for what it is! Nasty, Grungy ,and downright Hostile looking!


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