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Whats The First Thing That You Do
Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 4:49 PM

What is the first thing that you do when you get a new kit?

For me the first thing that I do, after getting home is to open the box and inspect it for any missing and/or damaged parts.  If there are any I make note of what is missing and/or damaged and contact the manufacturer to get replacements.  The next thing that I do is to remove both the instructions and the decals.  The instructions I store in a notebook one per manufacturer.  The decals I place in a Ziploc bag and store in whichever notebook I opened last.  Next I go online and see if I can find the instructions as a PDF, if I can I download them and print a copy.  If I can’t I photocopy the instructions and use them to work from, that way if I spill anything I still have either the original to make a new copy of or I can print another copy from the PDF.  As for PE, I've only pickup one kit so far that has PE included in the box, but if I were to purchase any aftermarket PE, I'd put it in the box with the kit.

One day I’ll get around to scanning the decals incase I need to print a new copy.

Then I take and put them into their stack, again starting by manufacturer, and then type i.e. automotive, military, Star Trek.

So what do you all do when you get home with a new kit?

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:03 PM

Being as I build vintage kits that are most times built models that will need restoration, I usually inspect for body damage.

Then I move on to the other parts of the kit after disassembly & decide what parts can be repaired & what needs replacing.

 

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Posted by Kromag on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:41 PM

Pretty organized DC. When I get them by shipping or store purchase checking all condition etc. What sparked my interest in the first place I probably would have collected a electronic file on the subject for some time, pictures, decals and etch can be had on all. When I moved I have a smaller place so I used to bag and tag no boxes just into bins. I stop doing that cause if I sell them or give away people want the boxes. I'm getting older and know I'm not building it all..lol My Military stuff are flatter boxes so I leave them. Thanks.

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Posted by littletimmy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:51 PM

Man.... you guy's are really methodical......

I usually sniff the plastic and fondle the part's for the first few day's.

( That's how I decide what part's it need's, what color to paint it, and what decal's, if any, are needed.)

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:25 PM

Kromag

Pretty organized DC. When I get them by shipping or store purchase checking all condition etc. What sparked my interest in the first place I probably would have collected a electronic file on the subject for some time, pictures, decals and etch can be had on all. When I moved I have a smaller place so I used to bag and tag no boxes just into bins. I stop doing that cause if I sell them or give away people want the boxes. I'm getting older and know I'm not building it all..lol My Military stuff are flatter boxes so I leave them. Thanks.

Kromag

 

 

I try; I have a couple of conditions that can at times make life just a little bit “challenging.”

The reason for separating the instructions and decals is so that if anything happens to the box I’ll still have tem.  And the reason for the “working” copy of the instructions is so that if I spill anything that I’ll still have a good copy to go back to.

But as we like to say, "whatever works for you is what works for you," or "Your Milage May Vary." ;-)

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:26 PM

littletimmy

Man.... you guy's are really methodical......

I usually sniff the plastic and fondle the part's for the first few day's.

( That's how I decide what part's it need's, what color to paint it, and what decal's, if any, are needed.)

 

See above.

Uh, is there anything that you'd like to talk about?Whistling

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Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:51 PM

Digital_Cowboy
Uh, is there anything that you'd like to talk about?

(Picture a scene with me on a couch in a phycologist's office. The Doc. leans forward and ask's:)

So little Timmy...... What do you think when I say.....  Alfalfa????

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Friday, October 13, 2017 2:30 AM

First i look at every kit tool solvent paint detail partsthe store imat has thendecide what im willing tov pay out that particular day then if itson sale reduced or clearanced after all thatit usually being a kit idont have hatif i buy 2 i can do a stock or custom version of which i alreadyhave parts for then i stareati just look atit for a few then ill see a finished'car in my minds eye wnd ill but the colors and detail stuff thats available its much easier these days as my stash has way more than ill evr finish so i ony trade or buy reissues ornew tools or certain mopars i dont have

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Sunday, October 15, 2017 1:32 PM

Moparlover64

First i look at every kit tool solvent paint detail partsthe store imat has thendecide what im willing tov pay out that particular day then if itson sale reduced or clearanced after all thatit usually being a kit idont have hatif i buy 2 i can do a stock or custom version of which i alreadyhave parts for then i stareati just look atit for a few then ill see a finished'car in my minds eye wnd ill but the colors and detail stuff thats available its much easier these days as my stash has way more than ill evr finish so i ony trade or buy reissues ornew tools or certain mopars i dont have

 

That makes sense.  I have multiples of certain kits.  Usually the x'n1 kits, but even some that aren't.

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Posted by Big Gary on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:34 PM

I guess I'm not as psycho as some of you. I look the parts over, imagine what it will look like finished, give everything a bath in warm soapy water, and when dry, paint it with primer.  It may sit for months after that but when inspiration strikes, I'm ready.  :-)

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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:06 PM

Big Gary

I guess I'm not as psycho as some of you. I look the parts over, imagine what it will look like finished, give everything a bath in warm soapy water, and when dry, paint it with primer.  It may sit for months after that but when inspiration strikes, I'm ready.  :-)

 

Gary,

If you stop and think about it, that is one of the great things about this hobby.  There is no right or wrong way to do things.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:12 PM

Big Gary

I guess I'm not as psycho as some of you. I look the parts over, imagine what it will look like finished, give everything a bath in warm soapy water, and when dry, paint it with primer.  It may sit for months after that but when inspiration strikes, I'm ready.  :-)

 

Psycho ?????''''well...maybe - ADDICTED ...ABSOLUTELY and love every bit of it.

First thing I do??? Once the kit is in my hands then it's nice to just sit and enjoy the "Adrenaline rush" and the"Box Art" especially if it's COOL.

I don't buy new releases anymore, so what I'm getting is pretty old, so once in hand all the plans I have start rolling around in my head and my imagination starts working over-time.

I may already have other parts collected for the build and put away in a labeled box, so eventually they all get put together in the one box. Everything gets sorted and zip lock bagged and labeled, so going through the kit I just got can be a lot of fun.

 

I love Mecum Auctions and Barrett/Jackson auctions and what would I do without Ebay.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:52 PM

littletimmy

 

 
Digital_Cowboy
Uh, is there anything that you'd like to talk about?

 

(Picture a scene with me on a couch in a phycologist's office. The Doc. leans forward and ask's:)

So little Timmy...... What do you think when I say.....  Alfalfa????

 

 Er ... RoRomeo ?? Bobs brother ?? ( Bob Falfa... 55 Chevy...American Graffiti ?? ) 
You're bloomin weird you , but I like you none the less ! Whistling
 
Back to the subject... I hide the receipts first Zip it! , then carefully inspect for damage . 
Then take off the plastic cover and carefully open the box . Gift
None of my models are "stock" from the box .
NONE !
So I sort the assorted parts I need stored seperately  , then remove the spares for another project .... possibly ... 
Then the fun begins ! Yes
Then I loose a piece , or break a drop tube axle ,  or cover the screen with glue 
Then I cry like a lil' girlie ! Crying
I'm getting better though , and still like to laugh at my incompetence ! 
Rat Rods are always an option Dead
 
 
 
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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8:29 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan

 

 
littletimmy

 

 
Digital_Cowboy
Uh, is there anything that you'd like to talk about?

 

(Picture a scene with me on a couch in a phycologist's office. The Doc. leans forward and ask's:)

So little Timmy...... What do you think when I say.....  Alfalfa????

 

 

 Er ... RoRomeo ?? Bobs brother ?? ( Bob Falfa... 55 Chevy...American Graffiti ?? ) 
You're bloomin weird you , but I like you none the less ! Whistling
 
Back to the subject... I hide the receipts first Zip it! , then carefully inspect for damage . 
Then take off the plastic cover and carefully open the box . Gift
None of my models are "stock" from the box .
NONE !
So I sort the assorted parts I need stored seperately  , then remove the spares for another project .... possibly ... 
Then the fun begins ! Yes
Then I loose a piece , or break a drop tube axle ,  or cover the screen with glue 
Then I cry like a lil' girlie ! Crying
I'm getting better though , and still like to laugh at my incompetence ! 
Rat Rods are always an option Dead
 
 
 
 

Do you hide the reciepts from yourself or your spouse?

It sounds as if more than a few of us do some sort of inspection as one of the first steps.

So no OOB builds for you, huh?  What is your most elaborate build to date?

Sounds like a fun process.  So how many Rat Rods have you made?

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Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, October 19, 2017 2:01 AM

As a modelmaker for 60 years, I open the box check the parts for damage, if OK, wash in warm soapy water, cold water rinse, naturally dry on newspaper. Put a sticky label on the box that it's washed, put it on the shelf.

Open when I'm ready to start and build it.

If it's an old kit I check the decals if there are any. If any dryness is evident, hang the sheet with a peg and spray twice with clear gloss, allowing to dry between each coat.

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:29 PM
What is your most elaborate build to date? ........ So far its a Rat truck made from the patina'd cab of a 46 Chevy , chopped so there is no side or rear windows , zee'd chassis and 2 of four chain blown 425 c.i. Pontiac motors from M/T's Challenger 1 , with both quick change axles mounted to the auto boxes !! (Everything is stored away at the moment .. otherwise I'd post a WIP picture - my sister had to move back home .... ) ( one big 'happy family... ?' LOL ) Just as I get the workspace sorted -time to pack it away . GRRR!
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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:08 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan
What is your most elaborate build to date? ........ So far its a Rat truck made from the patina'd cab of a 46 Chevy , chopped so there is no side or rear windows , zee'd chassis and 2 of four chain blown 425 c.i. Pontiac motors from M/T's Challenger 1 , with both quick change axles mounted to the auto boxes !! (Everything is stored away at the moment .. otherwise I'd post a WIP picture - my sister had to move back home .... ) ( one big 'happy family... ?' LOL ) Just as I get the workspace sorted -time to pack it away . GRRR!
 

That sounds like a good build.  I look forward to seeing it.

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Posted by oldmanUHUDXP on Sunday, October 22, 2017 4:58 AM

The first thing I do after getting a new purchase is to put it in the stash with the others.   I only work on one at a time, maybe two, depending on paint/glue drying time.  The stash just keeps getting bigger.

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