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Posted: 5/16/2003 12:35:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 12:38:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/16/2003 12:39:11 PM EDT by Zaphod]
The best models around are Tamiya and Hasegawa. Revell is best among American companies. I know what you mean about "the bug". It bit me again back in 1994 and lasted until 1996. I'm waiting for my garage to be empty and my wallet full so it can bite me again! [;)]
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 12:57:25 PM EDT
I like the Tamiya military kits. Excellent quality! What are you interested in building (just curious)? Av.
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 1:02:54 PM EDT
I had major surgery recently and while I was recouperating I found my ship and one that I operated with. The Mt whitney is by HI-MOLD and the MCCloy is by JAG. Look here[url]http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/frodawwg/lst?.dir=/My+Photos&.view=t[/url]
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 1:04:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 1:14:55 PM EDT
Oh Man... [:D] I haven't built a model in a least 40 years,But i must have done a hundred or more as a kid, mostly military stuff. ...and of course I always blew'em up or set fire to'em !! [BD]
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Link Posted: 5/16/2003 1:33:50 PM EDT
As I grow older, I too must suppress the urge to geek out and start building models again. I hope I don't start again. I don't have time for another hobby.
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 1:50:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 1:57:24 PM EDT
Go to the bookstore and pick up a copy of Fine Scale Modeler. Great magazine, plenty of advertisements to give you an idea of whats out there and usually has listing of mail order internet sites.
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 2:00:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
Originally Posted By osprey21: Oh Man... [:D] I haven't built a model in a least 40 years,But i must have done a hundred or more as a kid, mostly military stuff. ...and of course I always blew'em up or set fire to'em !! [BD]
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hehehehe me too! i am thinking a t-72 full of tannerite [red]might be[/red] a hoot! mike
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[red][b]Might Be !?[/b][/red] [wink wink, nudge nudge]
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 2:12:09 PM EDT
OH man...DO NOT get me going.... I could freak out on plastic models (mostly military stuff) and RC Airplanes AND Helicopters.. but it's just like having a C&R license...you got money? YOU ARE IN BIGGER TROUBLE THAN YOU KNOW!!!!! word to the wise! [:D]
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 2:18:42 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 2:28:34 PM EDT
Check this place out: [url]http://www.squadron.com/[/url] They've been in business quite awhile, have a good selection of just about everything and have always done me right. Here's their company description: [blue]Formed by the modelers of the late 1960's, Squadron Mail Order is the oldest and most reliable mailorder firm in the United States specializing in military models, books and modeling supplies. For over 30 years we have scoured the world to find and present the finest quality and greatest variety of modeling supplies to the modeling fraternity. Our goal is - and has been - to provide the modeling fraternity with fast, efficient service at fair prices. Unlike many web stores who seem to be list collectors, we maintain a large warehouse in Carrollton, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Filling this warehouse is some $2,000,000 of modeling related items to back up our motto: "When you order it from us, we don't order it from them, we ship it." We really mean it when we say: Orders are normally shipped in 24 hours. [/blue] Definitely order a catalog as it's much easier and more fun to look through than searching for everything on their website. Have fun.
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 2:33:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 4:06:33 PM EDT
For armor, Tamiya makes the the best models in terms of "falling together", If you want one to get back into the swing of things. Second would be DML (new DML). Not quite as good engineering, but close. Mind you that most of their stuff is WWII, mostly German (which is what I like). Check out the Tamiya Marders, or their T55, or the DML Panthers (ausf A and D).
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 5:09:11 PM EDT
Tamiya is the ONLY way to go! samples of my work...built models for many years. [img]http://photos.ar15.com/WS_Content/ImageGallery/IG_LoadImage.asp?iImageUnq=12076[/img] Tiger 1 Russian Front [img]http://photos.ar15.com/WS_Content/ImageGallery/IG_LoadImage.asp?iImageUnq=12077[/img] Panther on Rail Transport [img]http://photos.ar15.com/WS_Content/ImageGallery/IG_LoadImage.asp?iImageUnq=12078[/img] Tiger 2 and troops
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 8:02:21 PM EDT
Awesome German armor, CB1! I have built just about all of Tamyia's stuff. I like building 1/35th scale dioramas. Used to be in a club here in SC and competed at a few model shows. My job takes up all my time now. I first caught the bug when I was about 12 with the old 1/32nd scale Monogram kits that came with the color brochures written by Shepard Paine on how to build dioramas. My first dio was a Mark IV tank in a snow scene made out of flour and water. Looked good till the flower dried, then it resembled a cracked lake bed! I have a closet full of kits that I look forward to building when I retire. Panzer Out
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 8:40:00 PM EDT
I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one to have a closet full of kits[:D] I got interested in the 6th grade.Entered shows and the whole bit.(Mostly WW2 aircraft) When I got into HS just started spending my time playing sports,chasing girls ect.. Never really lost interest in them just never really had the spare time. When I started making good money I bought a bunch of kits and stuff but still never really have found the time to sit down and do it right. I've thought about selling the stuff off,but I just know I'll enjoy putting these things together someday. Hopefully I'll find sometime before I retire.[:D]
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 8:47:06 PM EDT
[url]http://www.phoenix-model.com/[/url]
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 8:48:34 PM EDT
I'm working on a Tamiya manufacture Mercedes CLK-GTR & Revell manufacture Camaro SS 35th Anniversary.
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 8:58:07 PM EDT
When I was a kid, it was primarily aircraft and armor. They had these battery powered tanks (In Germany) for about 10 marks ($3 at the time) and my neighbor and I (same age) would each get one a week and run them into each other til the first one fell completely apart. Then we would take it to the nearby bridge to a concrete banked creek and drive them off. (we always cleaned up the parts and kept some for spares. Also had to salvage the battery for next week [;)] ) Several years back, my sister bought me one when I spent a couple of days in the hospital. So I got back into it for a while. This time it was space craft (Scifimovie craft) So, I have the entire Voyager set sitting on top of a curio gathering dust. Now, as to the air brush...What kind? As a minimum, get a Pasche VL5. Anything less and you will just be squirting paint. I have a set of Iwata brushes (about $300 each) that I use for painting motorcycles and helmets. (another hobby that has been put on hold because of work) I may even consider trading the complete set for a nice firearm (hint, hint)
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 9:00:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/16/2003 9:07:25 PM EDT by Arkansas_Rocketman]
B.S. (abbreviated with all due respect, of course that is due to the Beer Slayer) I started back building models after college, model rockets were my choice are really cool to build. Main reason that I like them is that after you build them, they don't just sit on a shelf collecting dust, you can fly them! You can get as detailed or as simple as you want with them. This last summer at the L.D.R.S. (Large Dangerous Rocket Ships) launch in Texas, I saw a 1/3 scale Patriot missile, a 1/2 scale Nike-Ajax missile, a Hellfire missile, and bunches of other cool model rockets fly. Check out the National Association of Rocketry website for more info.
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 9:23:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 9:25:23 PM EDT
DML Dragon from Hong Komg and Shanghai have surpassed Tamiya in kit quality and COST. A Tamiya kit that costs 40 bucks can usually be had in a DML version for 25 bucks. A couple of intersting Chinese companies are just now making kits. Panda in particular has some spectacular kits lined up: in 1/32 scale: B-17, F-105 Thunderjet and A-10 Warthog; in 1/35: CH-47 Chinook; in 1/72: C-17 Globemaster III...THESE KITS WILL BE FREAKING HUGE! And low cost too!
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 9:28:26 PM EDT
1/32 B-17? Fuckin A!
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 9:31:32 PM EDT
Make a 1:1 scale model of an M1 Abrams tank. You won't need the airbrush. A ladder and a good sized garage, yes. Or better yet...how about a 1:1 scale model of the U.S.S. Nimitz? No? Lacking room? Well, then see if you can get one of those large scale models of a B-52, the one with the three foot wingspan. I haven't seen one in a while. I'd also like to build the largest scale model of an F-16 that they make. CJ
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 9:34:37 PM EDT
If you like the SR71 Blackbird get the Testor 1:48 scale. It's long as hell!
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 11:12:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/16/2003 11:16:57 PM EDT by Notorious]
Originally Posted By ColonelKlink: I have been building an F4U Corsair in my garage(Tamiya im pretty sure) and have been using the spray can paints, how much better are airbrushes? cause these seem to work fairly well. Also how much do they cost? Do they come in kits or do you have to buy compressors seperately?
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Airbrushes are to spray cans what calligraphy is to spilled ink! I've seen some very good work done with spray cans, but once you try an airbrush, you'll never go back. As for cost, it depends on where you go. Lately I've been going to Bearair.com for my supplies. [url]http://www.bearair.com/[/url] They have a good selection to choose from and the prices are reasonable (not to mention that they carry a parts supply for the brushes). Here is some stuff that can be done with an airbrush if you practice enough... [img]http://www.armorama.com/modules/gallery/albums/album72/aal.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.armorama.com/modules/gallery/albums/album72/abd.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.missing-lynx.com/gallery/usa/rpdw-1.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.missing-lynx.com/gallery/usa/rpdw-6.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.missing-lynx.com/gallery/usa/rpdw-2.jpg[/img] None of these models are mine(I don't have a camera. yet), but you get the idea. As far as blowing-up models, I can't see doing that to a model that cost $30.00 or more. the M26 "Dragon Wagon" sold by Tamiya ( pictured above with a sherman on the trailer ) is a $90.00 kit by itself!
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 6:22:41 AM EDT
Airbrushes are to spray cans what calligraphy is to spilled ink! I've seen some very good work done with spray cans, but once you try an airbrush, you'll never go back.
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What kind of airbrush do you use? I tried first a Badger, then an Aztec, then a Paasche, and finally decided on an Iwata. While the others worked OK (except for the Aztec), the Iwata is fantastic! The biggest thing to think about when using an airbrush is what type of paint will you use. Enamels out of any of my old airbrushes worked pretty well, but certain brands of acrylics just sputtered and shot globs of partially dried paint...get an Iwata!
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 6:35:37 AM EDT
I have used a badger and aztec also.. the main thing is to put a air regulator/moisture trap on your compresser. nothing is worse than slaving hours on a kit and a blob of water splats on your work. more samples of airbrush work [img]http://photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/IG_LoadImage.asp?iImageUnq=12090[/img] F4U - my first attempt at airbrushing [img]http://photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/IG_LoadImage.asp?iImageUnq=12093[/img] Sherman [img]http://photos.ar15.com/ImageGallery/IG_LoadImage.asp?iImageUnq=12094[/img] FW190
Link Posted: 5/26/2003 5:36:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 4:57:23 PM EDT
take model ships to the next level. check out what this place sells: [url]http://www.swampworks.com/[/url]
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 5:04:48 PM EDT
If you don't want to put down the money fr hasegawas, this new compaany called ilalieri is out, they make great modles for the price tag
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 5:07:44 PM EDT
DO IT!!! what a feelimg it is.....you will stride to accomplish more than ever... you will feel like a kid again,,, good investment in thew airbrush
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 5:18:14 PM EDT
Models? Egad...yet another suction on my wallet. Although, I am currently spending most of my modelling time with Games Workshop/Forgeworld models ([url]http://forgeworld.games-workshop.com/fw_baneblade.asp[/url] for an idea of what I'm talking about.) You might want to check out Armorama ([url]http://www.armorama.com[/url]). They're a great bunch of guys and can help you with kit tips, techniques, etc. Some of them are kinda wacky (like us and our ARs) - kitbashing from three or four manufacturers and scratchbuilding parts in order to be 100% accurate. One of my in process projects: a 1/16 scale Remote Control Tiger I from Tamiya. Big puppy. Tamiya has some good unit's in the 1/16 scale: Tiger I, King Tiger, M26 Pershing (a great buildup from armorama - [url]http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=114[/url]), and M4 Sherman. Have fun.
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 5:44:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By cmjohnson: I'd also like to build the largest scale model of an F-16 that they make.
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46" wingspan/70" length big enough for you? How about if it includes a working turbine jet? $2900 + turbine + radio is all it takes. Just don't crash it. *chuckle* ([url]http://www.bvmjets.com[/url]) Talk to bvmjethead about it - I found the site through his .sig line. If I had room in my life for yet another hobby, I'd trade in the RC Tank for a plane in hopes of someday being able to control one of these 200 mph "toys"
Link Posted: 5/29/2003 5:40:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer: well here is my first attempt. 1967 Corvette 427 hand painted the interior still have some techniques to re learn. How bad is it?
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Add some curb feelers and neon kit and a dude wit' his gat and some homeboy nitesites and you got it...LOL Looks pretty good, my man. S
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