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PostSubject: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sat 19 Jul 2014, 9:05 am

Hi i am dj from Tennessee and since i have plenty of time on my hands and love airplanes. I decided to put it to good use and any advice would be helpful., Dj
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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sat 19 Jul 2014, 9:47 am

Hi Dj and a warm welcome to Skid's Place.

You'll find us a great bunch of nut heads to hang out with and lot's of good model builders to help you along the way.

Best advice is to walk away now, while you can. Modelling is seriously addictive. You have been warned!!!   

Seriously though, modeling is a great hobby and the guys here will all be more than willing to help in any way they can. Just ask any questions you want, no matter how stupid you think they are. Remember, there are NO stupid questions, just stupid answers and if you do get a stupid answer, tell arni or dublinboy and they'll send the 'boy's' to see the guy!!! LOL

Apart from 'when in doubt, ask' the best advice I can give you is to start simple: with aircraft I'd recommend 1:48 scale to begin with as 1;72 scale camo can be difficult to paint while 1:32 scale can be difficult to assemble. 1:48 scale is a good compromise IMO.

Also, don't as yet, be tempted by all the photo etch stuff you can get for aircraft, it's not the easiest stuff to use. Wait until you have a lot more experience.

Choose a simple aircraft to begin with and avoid bi-planes. Aligning the wings can be a bear and they look much better with rigging, which is also not easy.

Try to choose an aircraft with a simple paint scheme such as this:

http://skidsplace.forumotion.co/t544-monogram-1-48-tbd-dauntless

The upper/lower fuselage demarcation line was simply masked of with Blu Tak. Easy peasy. The upper side/under side of the wings wasn't masked at all. Just airbrushed.

This one by Tamiya would be a good starting point IMO. Good quality, good fit, simple paint scheme:




Above all, ASK!! ASK!! ASK!!

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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sat 19 Jul 2014, 11:58 am

35thGA wrote:
Hi i am dj from Tennessee and since i have plenty of time on my hands and love airplanes. I decided to put it to good use and any advice would be helpful., Dj

G'day DJ,

Hello from Australia & welcome to our corner of the 'net. You'll find plenty of good advice here- and if someone can't answer a question, they'll know someone who will.

I agree with Al, 1/48 is a good scale. I've got several aircraft to build, but don't feel like planes ATM. More into cars. And for the next few weeks,
a 1:1 car I'm struggling with.

Look forward to seeing your work soon,

Cheers,

Chris/Webby

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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sat 19 Jul 2014, 12:33 pm

Fewer of our members are "military" than the military forums, but, here goes.  Depending on whether you have an air brush or not, camo patterns can be easy or hard.  I suggest going to You Tube and watching all the 'plane vids you can.  Military forums will likely have more "how to" tutorials also.
  To me, beginning with WWII and later planes are easier and 1/72 is a good scale as smaller means fewer things to detail with paint  and fewer parts to lose. If a model is messed up, 1/72 with lower prices hurts less too.  Try some jets as since many kits have them in silver with decals for designation.  That way you can try it without spending too much up front on paints, kit, tools, and they build faster and you can practice techniques (assembly order, different types of paint, decal application and products.
  And that's enuf.  Best of luck and don't be afraid to explore the web for info, there is plenty, thanx!
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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sat 19 Jul 2014, 4:24 pm

Thank you guys for the warm welcome. I have a lot to learn but with patience and open mind.
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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sat 19 Jul 2014, 4:41 pm

Welcome aboard DJ !


  
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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sat 19 Jul 2014, 6:45 pm

Hello there!
I tend to lean towards automobiles, but warbirds are a favourite too, and the odd military vehicle, and ships.
Heck, anything interesting really.
Just start building and enjoy yourself, and let us have a peek at your models !

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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sat 19 Jul 2014, 7:11 pm

Welcome DJ, great bunch of guys and one gal on here so if you get stuck on something just ask and some body will answer    I like the air racer's myself but have a few other's .
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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sat 19 Jul 2014, 8:29 pm

Welcome, DJ. There's a lot of good advice available here for the asking. And don't forget to browse around the Works in Progress area of the website. Lots of tips and ideas there, too.

Bottom line - have fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sat 19 Jul 2014, 9:00 pm

Welcome DJ well I am part of the Irish mafia and an very popular....Wanted by interpol,the British govt and others so if you need any knees doing with a bullet just say the word!  
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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sun 20 Jul 2014, 1:32 am

Well guys, DJ is my friend/roommate. I'm the one who got him re-started on building as he's seen me at the dining room table pluggin' away at some of my nutty builds.

Glad you found us DJ. Welcome and don't forget to share you work.   
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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sun 20 Jul 2014, 4:32 am

Welcome aboard DJ.  We are all willing to help you when we can.  Just ask.  Looks like you have a good source close to home though in Tumbler75.

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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sun 20 Jul 2014, 11:15 am

Welcome, DJ.   
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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Sun 20 Jul 2014, 8:13 pm

Welcome DJ. Sounds like you have already gotten some good advice. The only way to enjoy modeling is to just do it. Thinking about modeling is not much fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Hi New To Building Models in TN   Tue 22 Jul 2014, 2:44 am

Here is DJ hard at work on his model planes.



His li'l work station he's set up. LoL

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