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Posted: 2/24/2006 12:31:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/24/2006 12:33:17 PM EDT by QUIB]
My 13 yr old son bought this Snow Speeder model and I ended up building it with him looking on. Boy that really brought back some childhood memories. My room as a kid was full of model aircraft, with my favorite being helicopters. I even won 1st place in a few contests way back when.

Since the Snow Speeder my son has built a few models him self and has done a good job picking up on building tips from his old man. At least the model building gets him away from the Play Station and into something that builds some talent and skill!







Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:33:14 PM EDT
Nice, you sure you haven't worked for ILM?
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:33:18 PM EDT
Very nice.

Many people look down on model building, but it requires more patience and attention to detail than a lot of other "hobbies".

I spend four months making my M2 Bradley and six months on my A-10.
I did my best not to rush or cut corners and I was very proud of the results.
Your son should be, too.
Congrats.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:35:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By QUIB:
Since the Snow Speeder my son has built a few models him self and has done a good job picking up on building tips from his old man. At least the model building gets him away from the Play Station and into something that builds some talent and skill!



You mean talent and skill at repelling females?


Oh wait, that's star trek fans!
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:35:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Daytona955i:
Nice, you sure you haven't worked for ILM?



Thanks.

Nope never worked for ILM. I went from working on model aircraft to working on the real ones! ILM probably pays more!!!
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:36:47 PM EDT
Excellent work!

Used to build all the time as a kid but haven't done any since the 80's. Mostly aircraft, sci-fi and a few ships and subs.

I have 3 Star Trek ship models that I bought nearly 10 years ago that are currently out of production kits. Might make them a summer project.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:37:29 PM EDT
When I was a yout you couldn't put a shirt on in my room without banging an arm into a hanging aircraft model. The bad part was that I amassed my collection while living in a coverted old school house with 12' ceilings (I had 3D diaramas with dog fights and tracers painted on monofiliment) and then moved into a small tract house with 7.5' ceilings.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:40:50 PM EDT
What did you use to make the "blaster streaks"?

I've used the crushed up core of model rocket engines to make battle damage on model tanks.
Just poor a little on the spot,light with match and Viola!, instant battle damage. Works very well...
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:42:49 PM EDT
A good friend of mine makes models for a living.

His website
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:45:02 PM EDT
I wish I had the time to do it. I have always wanted to get back into building models.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:46:49 PM EDT
I used to build model cars, mostly drag cars ,also built balsa wood airplanes, biplanes and some ww2 fighters. Does take skill and talent to make to make excellent displays.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:52:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bastiat:

Originally Posted By QUIB:
Since the Snow Speeder my son has built a few models him self and has done a good job picking up on building tips from his old man. At least the model building gets him away from the Play Station and into something that builds some talent and skill!



You mean talent and skill at repelling females?


Oh wait, that's star trek fans!



Hey, I had the chicks as a young man! Just look at this sexy fella!




That's me in 1981, at my first model contest. I built the B-25 specifically for the contest, spent weeks on it. The B-25 kit's decals were bad so I bought the Hellcat model of the same scale strictly to use the decals. Built the Hellcat the night before the contest, the Hellcat takes 1st place, the B-25 takes 2nd!
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:55:05 PM EDT
I just got done putting together a Star Destroyer model as well as an A10 Warthog. Its taking longer than I thought to get the Star Destroyer painted nicely.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:55:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By tifosi:
What did you use to make the "blaster streaks"?

I've used the crushed up core of model rocket engines to make battle damage on model tanks.
Just poor a little on the spot,light with match and Viola!, instant battle damage. Works very well...



Nothing special, just dry brushed flat black and a thin permanent black marker.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:56:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Gooch:
I just got done putting together a Star Destroyer model as well as an A10 Warthog. Its taking longer than I thought to get the Star Destroyer painted nicely.



Post pics. I would really like to see that!
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:58:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bastiat:
You mean talent and skill at repelling females?



Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:01:36 PM EDT
I was never any good at it like my dad used to be but I loved to build model kits when I was a kid. I still have a few unbuilt ones come to think of it.

VERY nice work QUIB... Some of my coolest memories from being a kid was building models with my dad.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:02:50 PM EDT
as a kid i always buit the old war plane models. nothing like old prop planes that speak out about the history of the planes that made history. (B-17, P-51, ect)
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:09:22 PM EDT
Here's a tragic example of what happens when you smoke funny stuff and build.
I don't know why I still have this abomination.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:19:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By The_Gooch:
I just got done putting together a Star Destroyer model as well as an A10 Warthog. Its taking longer than I thought to get the Star Destroyer painted nicely.


I've got a Star Destroyer, with fiber optic kit sitting in a box waiting for me to get up the nerve to try it.
I started an A10 kit and set it aside.

I've been trying to get back in the swing, and just can't focus.

I've got about 6 OV10 kits waiting for me.
I reckon out of 6 kits, I should be able to manage one well done black pony.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:23:38 PM EDT
AHHH SPACE 1999!!!!!!! Man O Man does that bring back memories
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:49:06 PM EDT
I remember packing up 6 30 gallon trash bags full of all my car, boat, tank whatever models back in '76 and took them out to the curb. I miss the Don Prudhome and Tom McEween(sp) funny cars the most...
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 1:52:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By twonami:
Here's a tragic example of what happens when you smoke funny stuff and build.
I don't know why I still have this abomination.
img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/twonami/104_0423.jpg



Space: 1999


Nerd!
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:00:14 PM EDT
Very good job!
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:03:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:

Originally Posted By twonami:
Here's a tragic example of what happens when you smoke funny stuff and build.
I don't know why I still have this abomination.
img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/twonami/104_0423.jpg



Space: 1999


Nerd!


I have the UFO DVDs so I'm a uber nerd
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:04:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:07:05 PM EDT
I used to build lots of AMT car models when it took $1.49 to buy the kit...back in the 60's. Entered some contests but never won. It was just fun to enter and feel like you were doing something really neat and meet other kids building models. I'm in my mid 50's now, and build an occasional model, but just do not have the time to make a real hobby of it.
Instead, I buy 1/18th diecast cars and wish I could build a model as nice as the diecast cars are built. Exoto and CMC are my favorite manufactures. Only draw back is the high cost, some well over $200.
Model building is a real talent, and I think kids that learn those skills have a real jump in some career fields. My kids never developed the interest. Maybe I can get the grand kids started and I will make the time to do it with them. My life is just rushing by, and maybe this is just what I needed to slow down a little.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 4:20:03 PM EDT
NICE work. I put together that model in high school. I ended up weathering it too much.


Have you ever seen the sketch of it hooked up to a powerdevice of some sort? Well I knew this guy that built models and props from scratch. His Star Trek stuff was better then the originals, according to the actors.

Anyway - he made me from scratch the powerdevice for my model. really looked nice.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 4:22:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By QUIB:
www.hunt101.com/img/380727-big.jpg

www.hunt101.com/img/380724-big.jpg

www.hunt101.com/img/380723-big.jpg

www.hunt101.com/img/380726-big.jpg


I had one of those as a kid! Along with an AT-ST walker, deathstar set, mellinum falcon, etc...
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:06:11 PM EDT
Bump for the evening.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:13:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By twonami:
Here's a tragic example of what happens when you smoke funny stuff and build.
I don't know why I still have this abomination.
img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/twonami/104_0423.jpg



HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!

I built an Eagle as well but not in a billion years would I have even begun to THINK of doing THAT to it.

Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:16:29 PM EDT
I have a bunch of aircraft models in my closet. I've been too busy with work to build them. I'm not bad at it, but I tend to rush them and the results aren't so good. I also paint and draw, so basically I try to divide my time between the two hobbies.

My secret to good finishes and especially with decals is Future Floor Polish. A couple of light coats out of the airbrush and the decals blend perfectly. Another coat, and a flat wash, and the decal looks like it was painted on. Any scratches on canopies or clear parts? Dip it in Future. Like magic.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:19:16 PM EDT
I build these models.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:19:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By twonami:

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:

Originally Posted By twonami:
Here's a tragic example of what happens when you smoke funny stuff and build.
I don't know why I still have this abomination.
img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/twonami/104_0423.jpg



Space: 1999


Nerd!


I have the UFO DVDs so I'm a uber nerd



Space: 1999 (season 1 only - season 2 sucked), UFO, Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet, Stingray, Supercar, Fireball XL5, Thuderbirds are GO!, Thunderbird 6 all on DVD... hell I even have a copy of Doppleganger (Journey to the Far Side of the Sun) ON LASERDISC.



Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:21:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/24/2006 6:30:56 PM EDT by QUIB]

Originally Posted By thirsty:
I have a bunch of aircraft models in my closet. I've been too busy with work to build them. I'm not bad at it, but I tend to rush them and the results aren't so good. I also paint and draw, so basically I try to divide my time between the two hobbies.

My secret to good finishes and especially with decals is Future Floor Polish. A couple of light coats out of the airbrush and the decals blend perfectly. Another coat, and a flat wash, and the decal looks like it was painted on. Any scratches on canopies or clear parts? Dip it in Future. Like magic.



Thanks for the tip!

When I was a kid Testors made Decal Set in a spray can, I couldn't find it at the local hobby store so I used flat clear.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:23:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bvmjethead:
I build these models.



Sweet! I did the RC thing for awhile as well.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:23:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:26:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/24/2006 6:27:06 PM EDT by Manic_Moran]
I'm definitely still in the modelling scene.

This was finished just this week:


Will have two more done (I hope) by a competition in San Jose Sunday.

This was my previous completion:


That was a very nice speeder, by the way.

NTM
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:28:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
I'm only about two percent through building my 1:10 scale Super Star Destroyer but have already realized that it's already too big to fit through the garage door. And I've only completed the primary longitudinal structural members! The transverse members are still on the freight dock, waiting for me to call for them.

Big models are cool....but not TOO big!

Ever bought a 55 gallon drum of Testors model cement? The salesman looks at you REALLY funny.





CJ






Damn, and I thought the 1/72 scale B-52 I have (that I bought in 2001 and still haven't finished.....) was big!
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:29:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Manic_Moran:
I'm definitely still in the modelling scene.

This was finished just this week:

www.clubi.ie/exalted/images/models/737fin.JPG
Will have two more done (I hope) by a competition in San Jose Sunday.

This was my previous completion:
www.clubi.ie/exalted/images/models/P1020350.JPG

That was a very nice speeder, by the way.

NTM




Nice! I'm a airline mechanic, I've always wanted to do a model of some of the planes I've worked on.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:31:34 PM EDT
I have more than I could build in 5 lifetimes.

Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:34:13 PM EDT
Yep, still build, get paid pretty well for them too. Mostly aircraft and a little armor. Anyone need an airplane built up, drop me an IM.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:40:08 PM EDT
Here's mine...

I haven't built anything since I moved, and disassembled the layout last year.

This is not built by me, but painted by me. It comes as a brass model, with no paint.




Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:49:10 PM EDT
Here's a pic of the interior of a M-2 Bradley I built a few years back.

Link Posted: 2/24/2006 7:04:19 PM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 7:11:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zakk_Wylde_470:

Originally Posted By cmjohnson:


Damn, and I thought the 1/72 scale B-52 I have (that I bought in 2001 and still haven't finished.....) was big!


I liked my 1:48 Bone.
I see it's out again too, but I can't bring myself to pick another one up.

I want a good 1:35 scale MH60L kit. There are a bunch of -60 kits out, but I don't want to do a lot of work for a conversion. I need to check out the DAP kit, I bet it's close enough.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 7:32:30 PM EDT
I do airplanes every once in a while...

Link Posted: 2/24/2006 7:38:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thelastgunslinger:
A good friend of mine makes models for a living.

His website



Wow, that is quite possibly one of the most annoying professional websites I've ever visited.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 7:54:53 PM EDT
I just brushed off about 1/2" of dust off of these:



M2 Bradley in MERDEC


BMP-2 in commie MERDEC


M2A2 in NATO tricammo
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 10:30:51 PM EDT
I use to build and even enter contests many years ago. Unfortunately being an adult I no longer have time for this great hobby.

However I still BUY the kits and stack them in my closets. One day when I retire I'll have some fun! If I can still see good enough.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 2:20:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By brassburn:
My God, Space: 1999 completely ceased to exist in my memory until I saw that pic!


I loved that show
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