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  • Member since
    March, 2018
  • From: Fort Worth
First Model to build
Posted by Ghost on Sunday, April 01, 2018 7:52 PM

Just signed up.....

What will I need, never done this before.... 

  • Member since
    September, 2017
Posted by Big Gary on Monday, April 02, 2018 2:16 AM

Looked like you already know how to write on the forum, so I'll assume your question has to do with what you need for car modeling. 

I'll start with basics. First a good, well lighted work area that will not create a crisis if you spill, paint, paint thinner, glue, etc.  

You will also need a selection of tools, including an Xacto or other hobby knife with sharp blades, such as #11,  a selection of quality (not cheap) paint brushes of various small sizes, a few sanding sticks, (I buy mine in the cosmetic Dept. at WallyWorld), a selection of quality paint in small bottles, (I have red, yellow, blue, transparent red and yellow, flat black, and white), a roll of paper towels (I use the blue ones), sand paper in grits from 120 to 800, at least, from the hardware store or auto parts store, a small quantity of paint thinner, flat black spray paint, and an organized place to keep it all where you can find it easily.  

Personally I use WalMart primer under my spray paint, but I use mostly enamels.

There are lots of helpful hints & techniques on the forum, especially in the builder's section. You'll also find a mind boggling variety of videos on YouTube .

I'm sure others will have other/better ideas, and you'll soon have your own preferences .

Also, building good models means not hurrying, and the principal of how you get to Carnegie Hall applies: practice!  Experience is a great teacher. 

 

  • Member since
    March, 2018
  • From: Fort Worth
Posted by Ghost on Monday, April 02, 2018 8:14 AM

Thanks so much for your information, just learning how to maneuver around in the website. I have purchased a 57 Ford 300 model. Just getting started. I find it interesting you talk about primer for under coat for spray paint, I never considered it. I have been looking for Wood smoke grey spray paint, which is an oridinal color for Ford, cannot find it. I am going to start slowly and see where I end up. It will be challenging buy fun for me. Again, thanks for your help my friend..

  • Member since
    September, 2017
Posted by Big Gary on Monday, April 02, 2018 11:04 PM

You may have to start with a good paint sample and mix colors in small batches to duplicate your smokey grey. Small droppers will be invaluable .

  • Member since
    February, 2018
Posted by MY327 on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 10:12 AM

Try some of your local Napa stores. We have one local store that can mix factory colors into small spray cans. It's expensive but it is the correct color. Also check with local body shops for where they get their paint from.

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  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 7:31 AM

Welcome to the forum, ghost. This is a great place for getting into the hobby. Gary provide some great suggestions for tools and supplies to get started. By reading posts ask questions throughout the forum you will get a better idea of what you may need. A couple of hobby knives, such as Exacto #1, and a couple different styles of blades will be handy. A selection of wet/dry sandpaper in grits from 400 -1500 is good to have, with 600, 800, and 1000 being most used (by me, at least). Also, a cheap needle file or jewelers file set is very useful, and a good pair of tweezers is necessary. Depending on your age, you will likely find some magnification very helpful. Cheers.

 

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  • Member since
    March, 2018
  • From: Fort Worth
Posted by Ghost on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:41 PM
Thank-you much

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