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I will Not make this short, Ya;ll need to know why.

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
I will Not make this short, Ya;ll need to know why.
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:50 AM

 Hello fellow forum Members!

             I am writing this open letter so everyone including AARON and TIM also know where I am coming from. I live in New Braunfels Texas. There doesn't seem to be any fellow modelers around here I can visit with. Well, there's one, But He has personal things to do so I don't make a pest of myself. See, that's the problem. Within a visiting area of say twelve square miles there's only one that models other than Trains. This will possibly be to long for some of you, that's okay too.

            Although I like the Train models and I do have some involvement I do not nor have I ever had them be the main focus of my models. I prefer good kits but I''ll take the Bad ones too. I love to take a Sows Ear and make a Silk Purse out of it. That is what makes it fun for me! Oh, and before you comment remember, My primary focus is and always be things that float! Wether Warships , Civilian Ships, or Winged Things/W/Floats! and others. I prefer others, because I have just a passing interest in them. I only like certain types for sure. I am not one that can either afford or must jump up and buy the latest 1/350 release with all the detail up parts. My mind due, to one, my age(79) and upbringing make me think twice, maybe three times before pulling the trigger. Secondly, and most important, except for one certain Warship, I don't want any more. I already have a close to unmanageable stash. What I don't get built in plastic, paper or wood will be donated as soon as I pass. And everything costs so much

          My son HUMPER and I spend hours talking on the phone about models and everything else. This and Museum time is the only time I get to talk about them unless you count the Museum. But there too the conversation is limited to trains, scenery and, Train types and scales. I like to just sit a converse about the models, the companies that make them, how to do something and how to undo something and how best to do a certain step or maneuver to make my models unique or interesting.

       In doing this I am likely to have a cup of coffee nearby and be sitting in my car with that so's I can have a cigarette while conversing. Never mind my bad habit. As I said to the Doctors I started when I was 12 and I don't have any intention of quitting. My present living is not conducive to a glass of wine or a cocktail while I relax. No, I cannot Afford to change that, that's okay too. I just like to talk about the hobby in my words, and share both my Memories and Knowledge. No matter how many times it is said each and every person has a different way of handling the basics and the more esetoric methods of building and detailing models.

       Now this is important, I also want to hear everyone's solutions of high and low times while building, either scratch, modified or Box stock. In a conversational chat. Not some rote telling like it's coming from a script, What's the fun in that? Now as far as our esteemed folks AARON and TIM. They were babes in arms when I was building my first models. They are smart, fun to be around and an absolute blast off camera. This I know for fact. Proff. Tilley and I spoke of them many times.

        They have the kind of access I just wish I had. Sixty some years building and forty of those for clients and I am still learning! Tech is financially passing me by, My poor old Brain can't step up to the plate on Tech either. So I only use it where I have too. Sitting on a porch and talking, laughing and reminiscing about what was and what will be and what is in the model world is a relaxing thing to do, But, it's  hard to do when there are few who don't have the time for that. Model shows are fun but hard to get to when they are happening and usually, I don't have the free cash for tickets or buying from a vendor when they have something I want at a fair price!

 I don't travel to San Antonio because that city and where you have to go is too hard to figure out and burns to much motor fuel at today's prices! So Far no I.P.M.S.at New Braunfels Civic Center, even though we are known statewide as having the best Train show and Vendor's pervue in Texas for a town close to San Antonio. Twice a Year, at that ! Thank You for both your Patience, Friendship and Love, I gotta Go!

   

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:26 PM

I really don't know why you dont give the San Antonio IPMS folks a shot. According to this link, they meet at a spot right off I35, so it's not a long haul or hard to find from your neck of the woods. Meeting with those folks at a monthly meeting would probably do you some good.

 

https://calendar.ipmsusa3.org/chapter/ipmsalamo-squadron

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, August 4, 2022 1:02 PM

It's only 17 miles. Heck I can pick you up and take you there, at least for one day if you want, when I go.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Thursday, August 4, 2022 1:15 PM

modelcrazy

It's only 17 miles. Heck I can pick you up and take you there, at least for one day if you want, when I go.

YesYesYes

Good on ya, mate!

Greg

George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
 
  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:13 PM

I live just a gew miles from there in Heath, Ohio. Do you think you can pick me up for the meeting as well?

Whistling

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

PROJECTS:

1/350 Tamiya Yamato - DONE

1/20 Revival 1936-37 Auto Union Tipo C  - WIP

1/32 Hasegawa F-16C - Staged

 

 

 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:32 PM

Very Funny!!

 You got me on that! Ohio, Indeed!

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:47 PM

Tanker-Builder
Now as far as our esteemed folks AARON and TIM. They were babes in arms when I was building my first models.

David Farragut was a babe in arms when you built your first model.

But you are so right. Personal interaction was important to me and one reason the I went back to work after a year in "retirement".

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:54 PM

Don't feel bad Tanker, Central Oregon is the same way. Apparently there 'was' a modeling group here a while back, but not anymore. Thus, there is no one 'round these parts to talk models either.

So, don't feel like the lone ranger. 

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:56 PM

Oh Yeah!

 Now you listen heer,Boy! Derned it iffin' yer rite ain't ya!LOL!LOL. Nah, I do miss the personal interaction I got from the groups I belonged to .Then Covid slammed the door in my face on My LEGO get togethers. Then the Museum! Whatsa poor Old, Ugly single  man to do? Younger Ladies don't talk to me, I don't make enough! So with the passing of my last one of those in my age bracket, I have hit the wall! Models go together, but they don't say a word while they're doin it! Iffin' I weren't so old I would too, Bill. The only thing that's been offered is a door greeter at Wally World. I can't be on my feet that long. For that miniscule money, My Chiropractor and P.T. bills would go through the roof! 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:59 PM

Well!

      The thing I can't figger for youse, How'd a deep water guy wind up in da woods? They ain't nuttin there ta dive on, Is there?

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Thursday, August 4, 2022 6:52 PM

Well, you see, there was this girl .  .  .

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, August 5, 2022 8:55 AM

HooYah:

     Now where have I heard That before?

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Saturday, August 6, 2022 12:36 PM

I looked, and find I am 5 yrs older than TB.  I get kidded a lot.  I am in three local model clubs and know I am the oldest in two of the three.  A guy who ribs me a lot is in two of the three clubs.  If someone brings in a 19th century kit, he'll say something like,  "Stauffer, is that what it really looked like?"

Fortunately, I am not bothered by the ribbing.  I never expected to live this long.  I remember as a young man wondering if I'd live to see the 21st century.  Heck I've seen more than two decades of it.  I love life as long as I can work on models!  TB you've GOT to start posting pictures- we'll start to levie fines soon if you dont.

 

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Sunday, August 7, 2022 6:48 AM

Tanker, you need to work to overcome your technology block.  If you're feeling isolated in your hobby, as much as you may detest the thought, you need to check out Facebook.  
you can literally "curate" your online exposure and keep it strictly to modeling related Facebook groups.

the Plastic Posse

The Mediocre Modelers

The Grumpy Old Scale Modelers

The Sprue Cutters Union

 

also, there are numerous podcasts "new-fangled radio programs" on the subject from all over the world. Here is a google search with several ways to get to them... https://www.google.com/search?q=podcasts+apps&rlz=1C9BKJA_enUS961US962&oq=podcasts+apps&aqs=chrome..69i57j0i512l5.4426j0j7&hl=en-US&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8

 

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, August 7, 2022 7:21 AM

Oh!

 I am familiar with FaceBook. I just don't have a connection there. I have a lot of friends who Post to me through them. I have never felt the need to post in more than one spot for just "Stuff". Granted, I might have a lot to say, but it's usually Research or Personal stuff.

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