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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.

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    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.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


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    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 1, 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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