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Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!

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  • Member since
    December 2021
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!
Posted by RichardMahogany on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 12:12 PM

Greetings all, Name is Rich from Central FL. I'm 42 y/o, married father of 3, full time paramedic and collector of hobbies. I love cooking, gardening and houseplant collector, currently teaching myself video editing and motion graphics and have recently decided to start scale modeling again after being out of the hobby for over 20 years, and introducing my kids as well. Now that I'm an adult I can plan and afford all the sweet kits that were out of my reach as an adolescent, and can get ahold of some sweet gear. My wife has no idea the can of worms that has been opened. I've got plenty of questions on hand and Im sure the active members will start seeing them in the appropriate pages, and I look forward meeting and learnign from everyone. 

"Put it in your lunchbox, Shirley!"



  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:22 PM

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

You have come to the right place. The members here are very knowledgeable and ready to help with any questions/problems. We've all been there at one point so we know where you're coming from. You're going to get a lot of different answers to your questions. They are all what is good for the member who answered the question. Listen to all of them and then you can pick the reply that you feel is right for you. I don't think I have ever heard a bad answer since I've been here. Example:- one uses one type of paint, someone else uses another. One uses a particular type of sprue cutter, someone else uses another. Take your pick.

I've been building since 1946 (6 years old). You name it and I've probably built it. WWI & WWII planes are 1st on my list followed bySailing Ships as you can see from my avatar. Then comes everything else if it strikes my fancy and my wallet says OK. I enter contests once in a while and have won a few but I always come out ahead because I have met new friends and learned a lot from them. I also restore models for a WWII museum.

Well, have a few sips of your favorite beverage, sit back, relax and build away. OH, almost forgot, post pics of your builds or post WIP's (Works In Progress). That really makes the members happy.

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
    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:27 PM

Welcome aboard Rich!

Condolences to your wife.

On the Bench: Too Much

  • Member since
    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:37 PM

Welcome to the forum Rich!  You'll find the greatest group of modelers here who'll stop everything to lend a hand or answer a question.  There are some real good modelers from Florida on youtube if you go that direction.  I was an E.M.T. in my younger years so I'd like to say "Thank you" for what you do to help people, especially during this pandemic.



  • Member since
    January 2013
Posted by seastallion53 on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:40 PM

Greetings,a can of worms indeed,i have a few cases of worms waiting for me to slap some glue and paint on.

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 3:18 PM

Welcome aboard Welcome Sign

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 6:41 PM

Welcome aboard Rich. You will find some great people here and all the help and support you need.

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

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 8:45 PM

Welcome aboard, Rich. Here are a couple of links for you:

Our chapter is pretty active. We recently had our big annual hobby show. Check us out.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:50 AM

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

Best regards,


The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.



  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, December 9, 2021 11:01 AM




  • Member since
    December 2021
Posted by RichardMahogany on Thursday, December 9, 2021 12:02 PM

Thanks for the warm welcomes everyone, I'm certain to be sharing all my progress as I start up, as well as my kid's creations. Still collecting all the hardware, but there are already 4 kits under the Christmas Tree, 

Academy A-10A 1:72, An A-10 was the first model aircraft I ever built, likely a Revell or Monogram kit. 

Academy F-16A 1:72

Airfix Supermarine Spitfire Mkia 1:72

Airfix 1:72 North American P-51D Mustang




"Put it in your lunchbox, Shirley!"



  • Member since
    March 2007
  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Thursday, December 9, 2021 12:35 PM

  Welcome to the forums, nice to have folks teturning to the hobby with vigor....and showing your children as well. KUDOS! Gotta say BEWARE the Dark Side....ARMORZip it!, I build planes, trains, and autos but armor is so addictive.

 Welcome aboardBig Smile

we're modelers it's what we do

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:29 PM

Welcome back, Kotter!  

beware the 'collection' side of the hobby!  Lol

lots of good content, here AND elsewhere!  Get yourself listening to the various podcasts, and I highly recommend starting with the Plastic Posse Podcast, and The Model Geeks Podcast!  But, all 8 plushave their place!  

also, if you're on the facebook, for A LOT or really great support and thoughtful critique, find the SMCG!



"...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
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:55 PM

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
    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, December 9, 2021 3:07 PM

Welcome, you have full plate  


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

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 8:42 AM

Welcome to the nut house. Just kidding. But welcome . I to just started back into the hobby. I just started on this forum and everyone helped me out. These are a great bunch of people here. I am realy impressed with all the knoledge that is here.

  • Member since
    October 2016
  • From: Louisiana Gulf South
Posted by Mrchntmarine on Sunday, December 26, 2021 11:34 AM

Welcome to you.  Ive found this to  be a great site and pretty sure you will too....


Keep on building!

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, December 27, 2021 7:23 PM

Hi, Rich ;

       It's nice to know the Funnel Web of modeling has trapped you again. You'll have fun here for sure !!



  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 4:01 PM

Welcome to the forums and the insanity of building (gotta love missing parts and so on).  I've been building since 1956 and wish I had some of those kits from back them.  Not all, just certain ones.

You've come to the right place for information, inspiration, spare parts, or what yoiu might need.  Just ask and someone should be able to help.

Where are youi in Florida?


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