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Don't just jump back in....Don't just jump back in....Diary

HobbyCentricHobbyCentric4 years ago
Well, I've discovered yet again, I'm an idiot.

Yes, this will ultimately relate to figures in the end. The long haul is how. The immediate issue is what happens when you are away from a hobby for so damn long.

I've decided to pick up my tools of a long set aside hobby, model building. I don't tend to just build "straight from the box" ( for the most part ). I like to customize. I've never built a motorcycle so I decided this time I would. I found out in my research that the standard scales for them are 1/12, 1/8 and 1/6. All perfect for photography with figures. Now....in my mind I already had a goal on what I want to achieve. Years ago, my "nephew" had bought a motorcycle model that we were supposed to build together but never did and never even opened the box. I thought I still had it but didn't. I went off on an internet search since it was along the lines of the style I needed to work with. It was an out of production model by Revell in their "RM Kustom series" (www.amazon.com/... ). Upon finding it, it had some features I just couldn't work with. They had a similar bike in the series called the "Aces Wild" (www.amazon.com/... ) which did...and I decided to buy. It would become the base for a "theme bike" based on an aviation theme. Specifically WWII and in specific, the classic P-51 Mustang.

Now, this is where over a decade of separation from the hobby comes into play and lack of knowledge of motorcycle kits really proves my ignorance. I stopped by our local Hobby Lobby yesterday and picked up a couple of 1/72 scale P-51 kits for features that I planned on using. The nose and spinner, drop away fuel tanks ( for saddle bags ), decals which are a main item as well as a few other items. I also picked up a lot of the finishing materials. I got home and the bike which I ordered last week had arrived. Well, after cleaning up from a day in the factory, I set about opening the bike first to see what I had. The thing is pretty big. Far bigger than I expected. FAR BIGGER. Then I opened one of the P-51s.....and ooops, this is where my memory on scales failed me. TINY, so very very TINY. The fuselage is less than six inches long. The nose, which is to be the base for the bike's shroud is way to small as well as is the forward cockpit windscreen. Well...back to the drawing board and looking for a 1/32 scale kit.

I guess the future photography session will have to wait BUT I do have two nice little P-51s to start getting my skills warmed back up.
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Tiamat264 years ago#10403700Yatta ..
I want to see images of the P-51 when it's done.


Don't worry, I've been taking pics of it in progress.

I also love the Corsair as well. Many WWII designs are in my favorites list but I think the P-38 Lightening is perhaps the contender for top spot in fighter category. Clarence "Kelly" Johnson was one hell of an aerospace engineer and some of his designs became legend...and thus, so did he in some circles. He's in my "circle of inspirational heroes" so to speak.

The P-51 currently sits with the landing gear complete and waiting. The drop tanks completed and waiting. The propeller is complete minus decals. The spinner, spinner base and front cowel all have their first coat of white and are attached to a temporary "tree". The exhaust manifolds are painted a gunmetal blue/steel waiting for installation. The aircraft itself is assembled with a fully painted cockpit and has two coats of silver on it. I forgot to pick up some olive drab for the anti glare section of the nose....I always forget to put something on the list when I go to get stuff.

I really need that color too because the P-51B that I bought at the same time is almost entirely olive drab....Doh!
4 years ago
HobbyCentric4 years ago#10402270A 1/18 scale would take up a ton of room....geesh! Would be neat though. I have a few 1/18 scale diecast cars left from the once large collection I had so I can get a good idea of just how big a 1/18 scale F-16 ( as an example ) would be.

I had a 1:18 Scale P-40B and a MIG and those were pretty damn cool. The Ultimate Soldier 1:18 Scale Versions and they were awesome.

Tempted to get those again and I do want to get a large scale F-16.

I think the largest jet I have right now is the Gi Joe X-19 Stealth Jet.
4 years ago
Yatta ..

I want to see images of the P-51 when it's done.

Another fave of mine is the corsair. At least I think that is it's name. Not 100 % sure on that one.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/images/reviews/81/1117397886.jpg


I remember way back in the day of owning and building an a-10 and this one was close to my heart as well.

http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/rr202/Tiamat_26/21a8661e-83d2-4055-b882-12b4ded5a453.jpg

I built that one as well.

Loved that plane..

= )

Tia
4 years ago
Pekola4 years ago#10382964How does it feel to take up this hobby again after everything?

It feels pretty good. I'm "rusty" of course. I need me a pair of bifocals now and I really hate to admit that but I'm not in my mid 30s anymore...I'm 45. I started working on the P-51D model first and it's going together very well. As small as they are, I've been going through it pretty damn fast. I still need to get a few things though...some of my old paints were still good, some not, so I have to pick up a few colors yet and I need some finishing materials like fine grade sandpaper.

I would like to get the airbrushes up and running but that will take a bit of work. I've given them a brief once over and they look decent over all, but they really need torn down and inspected.

Overall though, I'm on my way.
4 years ago
ZoidsFanatic4 years ago#10364463I recently got into the model making hobby thanks in part to my friends badgering me to start working on 40K miniatures. And Christ are they small,
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/ZoidsFanatic1463856431.jpeg
Yeah, I have to assemble and paint each one. And seeing as you may need upwards of one hundred figures and models for a decent army, you can imagine the screaming agony I feel. But at least not as tiny and numerous as Flames of War,
http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/ZoidsFanatic1463856433.jpeg
Hooray! Even smaller.
But I have found out that I am, rather surprisingly, pretty decent at painting models. Not works of art but around mid-tier table-top quality. This said, thanks to this, I am now starting to work on GKs since in my mind all they are are just miniatures but bigger. That and now I will have access to even more Tamaki figures.
But I've found that I'm really enjoying the building and painting of models and miniatures. Best of all I can customize and paint to my hearts content and no box will tell me how to paint! Well, at least with 40K.


When I was in my teen years, I played D&D on occassion. Many of my friends really loved it though and in fact, some of them still do even at our age and even though one of them is a prominent neurological research professor at a well known university (tackling the subject of head trauma and long term concussion damage from football at all levels ). I would paint those wonderful little white metal figures for them every now and again. My favorites were the dragons though.
4 years ago
TyjosAzari4 years ago#10357483I'm glad I stick with Gundam kits and know the scales of those, I tried aviation models at one time but I never could get used to the really small scaled fighters.
I prefer the 1:18 Scale jets that look awesome and 1:200 scale models.
I see a lot of the aviation models at decent prices but most of those require glue and I avoid kits like that since I enjoy the snap together kits.


A 1/18 scale would take up a ton of room....geesh! Would be neat though. I have a few 1/18 scale diecast cars left from the once large collection I had so I can get a good idea of just how big a 1/18 scale F-16 ( as an example ) would be.
4 years ago
Tiamat264 years ago#10344341I am very glad to see that you are taking up modeling again. I have debate with myself several time to just send you a gift of a A-10 Fairchild WartHog. My favorite plane to get you interested in the hobby once again.
I read several of your blogs about how this passion left you and I always felt bad for you to have had to live through that.

Tia


You most certainly don't have to do that....It is the A-10 ironically ( which you probably know since I've mentioned it in the past ), that killed my passion for the hobby. It is one of the two models the ex absolutely destroyed during those painful months of the divorce. It was built in 1992 and I did a tiny bit of refurb work on it in 07'( I don't consider repair of decals model building ). It was built using after market decals for the "Desert Hog" which was one of two experimental paint schemes they played with here in the states while we were building up during Desert Shield. If either scheme would have proved of benefit, all of the Hogs would have gotten the paint scheme. Neither paint scheme was determined to be worth the cost though. All it is in reality is the Euro 1 color scheme with different colors. When I saw the decal set and the colors involved...it just "popped".

All that is left of that model are these two pictures;

http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b625/HAT1701D/Otherstuff/Desert%20Hog_zps0ykb38py.jpg

http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b625/HAT1701D/Otherstuff/Desert%20Hog%202_zpsq1sp87bm.jpg

The other aircraft in that situation did "survive". Just minor damage that can easily be repaired. I just haven't done so yet.

The last true model building project was this baby. It was built for my father in 2006. It is a tribute to his days as a fighter pilot when he flew the F-86D. The small 1/72 scale I built way back in 1986 or 87 and he had kept it lovingly until one of their cats broke it. I had to rebuild it and I put my better skills to it and upped the anty with a whole new set of decals, added items that didn't come with the kit and modified it to fit on a clear acrylic rod for an "action pose". The larger 1/48 was built from the box but the pilot was heavily modified. He was originally sitting. So I cut him up and made him standing. Removed his head and replaced it with another figures head. I took the original head and Dremel tooled out the helmet and put it on the canopy wind screen as I found in a picture of a row of them on alert status. The driver on the tow tractor also was modified to fit on it as well and the tool box for the ground crew was scratch built. The case was made by a friend of mine and contains an actual panel from the cockpit of an F-86D. Dad was speechless and the man is never speechless.

http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b625/HAT1701D/Otherstuff/Dadsgift2_zps6ed2c9d9.png

http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b625/HAT1701D/Otherstuff/Dadsgift3_zpsfa82e57a.png

http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b625/HAT1701D/Otherstuff/Dadsgift_zps4fbdcda1.png
4 years ago
How does it feel to take up this hobby again after everything?
4 years ago
I recently got into the model making hobby thanks in part to my friends badgering me to start working on 40K miniatures. And Christ are they small,

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/ZoidsFanatic1463856431.jpeg

Yeah, I have to assemble and paint each one. And seeing as you may need upwards of one hundred figures and models for a decent army, you can imagine the screaming agony I feel. But at least not as tiny and numerous as Flames of War,

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/ZoidsFanatic1463856433.jpeg

Hooray! Even smaller.

But I have found out that I am, rather surprisingly, pretty decent at painting models. Not works of art but around mid-tier table-top quality. This said, thanks to this, I am now starting to work on GKs since in my mind all they are are just miniatures but bigger. That and now I will have access to even more Tamaki figures.

But I've found that I'm really enjoying the building and painting of models and miniatures. Best of all I can customize and paint to my hearts content and no box will tell me how to paint! Well, at least with 40K.
4 years ago
I'm glad I stick with Gundam kits and know the scales of those, I tried aviation models at one time but I never could get used to the really small scaled fighters.

I prefer the 1:18 Scale jets that look awesome and 1:200 scale models.

I see a lot of the aviation models at decent prices but most of those require glue and I avoid kits like that since I enjoy the snap together kits.
4 years ago
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