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  • Member since
    April, 2018
New subscriber and new to forum
Posted by jchrisf on Sunday, April 15, 2018 6:45 AM

Hello all, I am new here and haven't built a model in over 30 years.  When I was a very young child in the late 70's I built my first kit that is actually on the cover of an old Model Cars Magazine (pic below).  I just glued it together and had a couple of bottles of Testors paint that I painted in various places with a paint brush.  It looked terrible. I built one more but the pic on the box looked so nice and my finished model looked aweful without the proper paint job so I lost interest.  

In my late teens I tried it again and got some Testor's spray paint and built about three Nascar models that turned out really nice for a newbie.  Then I was off to college and always said I'd come back when I had more time and money.  Well I am back now.  

Youtube recommended a video by The Scale Modeler and I watched it the other day and got my desire back so I went out and purchased all the things I thought I will need to actually do it right this time.  I've been researching here and other places and watching a lot of YT videos and can't wait for my my stuff to arrive so I can get started.  I like race cars so I thought the Revell 57 Ford of Fireball Roberts would be a good place to start again because it wasn't expensive and only had a few cool details compared to other race cars.

I went ahead and subcribed to Scale Auto Magazine to help me learn as much as I can as quickly as I can.  You all have some awesome builds and I am very impressed with your work and wish I could build realistic models like you all do.

This van and motorcycle kit was my first

  • Member since
    September, 2017
Posted by Big Gary on Sunday, April 15, 2018 9:14 PM

You have some skills built on maturity and life lessons, so just go on from there.  There is a lot of info on this forum going back Years to help you. Be willing to try new things, experiment, keep an open mind.

  • Member since
    February, 2008
Posted by justmike on Monday, April 16, 2018 10:38 AM

and what you likely have more of is patience which is the biggest thing. Thirty years is a long time, thats for sure. Look forward to your WIP on your first build

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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, April 16, 2018 10:56 AM

Welcome to the forum. Glad you found your way back to the hobby. Enjoy the forum.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

  • Member since
    April, 2018
Posted by jchrisf on Thursday, May 31, 2018 11:35 AM

Thanks everyone.  I just finished my first two models. I used Craft Acrylics so I was able to do them quicker.  I don't think I will use Craft Acrylics again as they are too fragile and don't show a lot of gloss.  I think they worked perfectly for these two but everything I do from here are going to be newer race cars.  

I switched to using testor enamels in the bottles mixing them with Lacqeur thinner for the Camaro Indy pace car I am working on now but this stuff takes too long to dry so I think I will try Lacquer paints from now on.  What do you all use to paint your models?

 

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Thursday, May 31, 2018 9:52 PM

I use laquer paints for my models, and have been for years. Being "old school" I haven't really got into acrylics except for some bottled paints.

High octane

  • Member since
    April, 2018
Posted by jchrisf on Friday, June 01, 2018 5:56 AM

I found some Duplicolor Acrylic Enamel spray paint the other day that is suppose to go over craft acrylics well.  Maybe I'll test it out and see.  

I shot testors Silver Metallic enamel from the bottle through my airbrush again last night (mixed 1:1 with Lacquer Thinner) on the 2010 Camaro I am working on and it really looks beautiful but stays sticky for a long time.  I ruined the last paint job by trying to rub it out to soon.  Purple Power for 24 hours got the paint off.  This time I ruined it by putting the clear coat on too heavy to fast so it clouded up the sparkle of the silver metallic.  One of these days I am going to get this right with the enamel but I doubt I will use it again.  It just looks so good for this car.

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