2 Models per Month: The First Month's Report

2 Models per Month: The First Month's Report

Post by ABirkbe » Sun, 02 Feb 1997 04:00:00



Hi, Folks:
Time for my first month's report on that thread I launched as a New Year's
Resolution: COMPLETE 2 models per month.  Ah yes, those NYR's...

The two kits I finished were: Accurate Miniatures' TBF-1C in RNZAF
markings, and the AFV Club's British Scimitar in Op. Grandby markings.

In a nutshell, both kits are SUPERB, both went together without any putty
at all.  AM's kit suffers from VERY poorly done instructions.  Not being a
"Real Man", I do require instructions, and the poorly done exploded
drawing type instructions, supplemented with written instructions, do not
cut it for such a complex kit.  The ball turret assembly is a pain as
well, very well detailed, but causing not just me difficulties.  The
reviewer in FineScale Modeler got it wrong as well.  Check out the real
aircraft.  
The AFV kit went together like a dream, although the tracks, being ***
band type, are a pain.  Also the need to paint the *** pads black on
each link was tedious.

Both kits were built OTB, and I have made a quantum leap in finishing
quality, by employing the "wash" method of enhancing detail, and the dry
brushing method.  Both with spectacular results, considering it was my
first time.  Just follow the many articles you have read carefully,
experiment with the various methods, and patience is a virtue.  I myself
have settled on an automotive lacquer for the clear gloss, from PPG.  This
is an acrylic lacquer, and is the best I have ever seen.  Very tough
finish, takes the "wash" very well.  I used artist's enamel oils, thinned
with mineral spirits.  I initially tried gum turpentine, but this proved
to caustic, taking up the finish on first Future, then even the lacquer.
Stick with the mineral spirits.

For dry brushing, I take artists enamel oils again, Titanium White, place
a blob on a mirror (or any flat glass surface), and take my base color,
and mix it with the white to lighten the color.  I picked the artists oils
because it allows the paint to remain "wet" for a much longer period, and
there is no "caking".  I then just get progressively lighter, until I am
dry brushing pure white, the latter VERY frugally.
One DISADVANTAGE with the oils is that they take longer to dry, say a
couple of days.  But then who's in a rush...!!  Dullcoat the completed
model to seal everything in.

Next kit, I will experiment with pastel chalks.

Anyway, there you have it, two models built in one month.  Simple to do,
if you build OTB, PLAN your work so you don't fritter time away ("only had
half an hour this evening, not enough time to do any modeling...."  such
statements are crap, in this time you could have cut off say 10 parts from
the sprue, and cleaned them up.  Next half an hour, dry fit and trim, next
half an hour, glue.  Ten parts together, in short time spurts).

Have now got under way, the following:
Hasegawa 1/200th Boeing 767 in Air New Zealand markings
Hasegawa 1/48th  Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, with Jaguar interior, and White
Dog decals for FAA scheme, Canadian Ace
Academy Minicraft's 1/3th British Warrior to compliment the Scimitar

Another report at the end of February!!

By the way, I have found a very useful, no, absolutely NECESSARY, boost to
my modeling enthusiasm: a group of supportive modeling friends.  Each
Thursday, a group of about 10 of us meet at one of two homes in rotation.
These are all excellent modelers, who are willing to share their knowledge
with someone like me, needing "enlightenment".  We share ideas, work on
projects, and just shoot the breeze.  We meet from 7pm til Midnight (yes,
productivity might not be that good at the office on Fridays any more...),
and getting a dose of this each week has given me the boost in enthusiasm
to keep me focused on building my two models per month.  

Cheers,
Andrew Birkbeck

 
 
 

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Post by Carlos Valde » Sun, 02 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Hey Andrew,
        Congrats on finishing the Avenger!
                                Carlos

 
 
 

2 Models per Month: The First Month's Report

Post by Be » Sun, 02 Feb 1997 04:00:00


-stuff deleted-

Quote:
>The two kits I finished were: Accurate Miniatures' TBF-1C in RNZAF
>markings, and the AFV Club's British Scimitar in Op. Grandby markings.
>In a nutshell, both kits are SUPERB, both went together without any putty
>[ . . . . ]

No putty?   On the AM TBF-1C I'm with you; but the Scimitar??  Not
much putty I'd buy, but none?  No way!

I guess we don't live in the same universe.    ;-)


My friends call me Dictator of the Universe....I think
they're mocking me.    

 
 
 

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Post by Tracy Whit » Tue, 04 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
> Hi, Folks:
> Time for my first month's report on that thread I launched as a New Year's
> Resolution: COMPLETE 2 models per month.  Ah yes, those NYR's...

> The two kits I finished were: Accurate Miniatures' TBF-1C in RNZAF
> markings, and the AFV Club's British Scimitar in Op. Grandby markings.

I finished three corsairs last week, all started in December! :) the
Hasegawa F4U-4, Academy F4U-4B, and the Tamiya F4U-1. I guess I got a
little bent-wing bird crazy.
 
 
 

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Post by Joe Heged » Tue, 04 Feb 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>> Hi, Folks:
>> Time for my first month's report on that thread I launched as a New Year's
>> Resolution: COMPLETE 2 models per month.  Ah yes, those NYR's...

>> The two kits I finished were: Accurate Miniatures' TBF-1C in RNZAF
>> markings, and the AFV Club's British Scimitar in Op. Grandby markings.

>I finished three corsairs last week, all started in December! :) the
>Hasegawa F4U-4, Academy F4U-4B, and the Tamiya F4U-1. I guess I got a
>little bent-wing bird crazy.

I had a pretty good month, finished the following:

Italeri 1/72 F4U-7 (started sometime last fall)
Hasegawa 1/72 SBD-5 (started last Thanksgiving)
Hasegawa 1/72 TBF-1C (started last Thanksgiving)
Hasegawa 1/72 F2A-2 (started mid-December)
Hobbycraft 1/48 F4U-1A (started 9 or 10 January!)
Hasegawa 1/72 FM-1 converted to F4F-3A (started in Jan, also!)

Currently on the bench:

1/48 Airfix Seafire 47 (almost ready for paint)
1/48 Hasegawa F4U-4 (paint curing prior to first future coat)
1/48 Hobbycraft P-26C (partially assembled and painted, working on fuselage now)
1/48 Testor's F8F (semi-long-term project)

A couple of these may be pushed aside soon for a while, though, as I prepare to do
a Monogram F9F-5.

Joe

 
 
 

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Post by Bucholt » Wed, 05 Feb 1997 04:00:00


BRAVO! You're actually ENJOYING the hobby, unlike a lot of people! It's
good to hear that once in a while. Incidentally, my pals and I hang out at
D&J Hobbies Thursday nights until they close, then go over to a local
coffee shop and talk models until they pitch us out. Couldn't do that on
Fridays--club meetings, you know--but Thursdays, you bet!

You're absolutely right about building with the time you have available.
Although I try to add FAR TOO MUCH detail to my models, my last two have
progressed quickly to the final assembly point because I haven't spent all
my time pondering what to do next--I just did it! Now, I have a P-47
painted, decalled and awaiting a new engine for final assembly, and a Sea
Hawk that needs new tail pipes, a boxed in pair of wheel wells and a
couple coats of EDSG/Sky. I finished five models last year, and I'm on the
verge of finishing my third (1:700 Liberty Ship is already done!).

AMS can be beaten, and I am a survivor!

--Chris

 
 
 

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Post by AAMRES » Wed, 05 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Before I got started in resin casting car kits, I often built three or
four kits a month, only occasionally succumbing to an acute case of AMS
(Advanced Modeler's Syndrome).  My attention span for a project for myself
is generally very short--too many models, too little time.

Art Anderson

 
 
 

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Post by Robert Beac » Wed, 05 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Obviously Joe, you don't have young children ;^)
--
Respectfully Yours in Glue,
Robert Beach
Norfolk, VA  USA
*************************

 
 
 

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Post by Joe Heged » Thu, 06 Feb 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>Obviously Joe, you don't have young children ;^)
>--
>Respectfully Yours in Glue,
>Robert Beach
>Norfolk, VA  USA
>*************************

Nope, just a 7 year old Husky/Lab mix!  :-)
 
 
 

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Post by dlve.. » Thu, 06 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> Obviously Joe, you don't have young children ;^)

Oops!  Gee, I have four (4) young children -- ages 3 to 13.  (Well,
maybe the oldest doesn't count!)

I also own a business, practice judo (ca. 6 hrs./wk.), read about a book
a week and do my share of the chores around the house.  (My wife's an
attorney, so I have to help!)

And I still find time to average 1-2 kits a month.

The key?  Set ACHIEVABLE goals.  Build to have fun.  And don't expect
everything to leave your bench as a masterpiece of modelling art.

As the man said . . . it CAN BE DONE!

David L. Veres

 
 
 

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Post by Robert Beac » Thu, 06 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Quote:


> > Obviously Joe, you don't have young children ;^)

> Oops!  Gee, I have four (4) young children -- ages 3 to 13.  (Well,
> maybe the oldest doesn't count!)

> I also own a business, practice judo (ca. 6 hrs./wk.), read about a book
> a week and do my share of the chores around the house.  (My wife's an
> attorney, so I have to help!)

> And I still find time to average 1-2 kits a month.

> The key?  Set ACHIEVABLE goals.  Build to have fun.  And don't expect
> everything to leave your bench as a masterpiece of modelling art.

> As the man said . . . it CAN BE DONE!

> David L. Veres

Well, David - is part of your business building models for FSM?  And is
the youngest child in daycare part of the time?

I suspect you have had a lot longer than *I* to work out a viable
routine...  ;^)

--
Respectfully Yours in Glue,
Robert Beach
Norfolk, VA  USA
*************************

 
 
 

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Post by Langenas » Sat, 08 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Thats called ADD.....have that too.....