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    April, 2017
New to the hobby!
Posted by jlee9 on Monday, April 03, 2017 11:15 AM

Good morning everyone,

I'm just entering this hobby as my 7 year old has started liking putting together models.  He started with 2 of the snap together kits and wants to go to the next level.  I've already posted a thread asking some basic questions and I thank everyone for their answers.  My son likes to do model cars and we love going to thrift stores like Value village and looking for untouched model kits (we found 3 yesterday, 2 were partially started and one was still in shrink!!).  Hopefully, our first build will be the first of many.

Lastly, if any of you have any "I wish I knew this when I started" tips, those would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Joe

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    July, 2016
  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Posted by smhardesty on Monday, April 03, 2017 1:05 PM
Welcome to the forum. Great to see a Dad & son combo. Enjoy your time with him. I just got back into the hobby after around 50 years and spend time with my grandson building kits. He's still on the snap kits. I'm letting him do just about everything himself. So far so good. You guys have fun, That's what it's all about!

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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    August, 2016
Posted by mini man on Monday, April 03, 2017 1:18 PM

Joe the best way is just ask when you need info,and welcome.Big Smile

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, August 18, 2017 7:16 AM

And, the spammers continue to infiltrate us!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet." Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985 

On my bench-1968 Dodge Charger R/T; 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

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Posted by Robby DeGraff on Friday, August 18, 2017 2:47 PM

And they're gone!

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Posted by 195X on Friday, August 18, 2017 2:53 PM

Robby DeGraff

And they're gone!

 

Thank you. :)

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Friday, August 18, 2017 2:57 PM

jlee9

Good morning everyone,

I'm just entering this hobby as my 7 year old has started liking putting together models.  He started with 2 of the snap together kits and wants to go to the next level.  I've already posted a thread asking some basic questions and I thank everyone for their answers.  My son likes to do model cars and we love going to thrift stores like Value village and looking for untouched model kits (we found 3 yesterday, 2 were partially started and one was still in shrink!!).  Hopefully, our first build will be the first of many.

Lastly, if any of you have any "I wish I knew this when I started" tips, those would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Joe

 

One quick tip along the "I wish I knew.." lines. NEVER twist parts from the tree. Cut them free with an old pair of toenail trimmers (safer for the youngun) and sand down the nibs with an emery board.

As for the website, you'll find many helpful characters here and you'll usually get a few informative responses within a day or two. Good luck with your new hobby! :)

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

TnT
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    September, 2016
Posted by TnT on Friday, August 18, 2017 7:40 PM

As 195 stated cut parts loose. I got a pair of angled side snips at walmart for like 4 bucks instead of 9 bucks like hobby stores charge. Also i would use acrylic paints, walmart also has cheaper prices on them. Both in craft area. With the paints they clean up with water instead of thinners.

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    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Sunday, August 20, 2017 12:39 PM

Lately I've been using a small set of snips I found at the craft store in the beading section. It's made to cut small wires but works great on parts. It was about the same price so, you know, options. :)

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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