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Building scale model planes.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Blazer, Mar 8, 2014.


  1. Blazer

    Blazer

    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Disclosures:
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    Well I've been building scale model planes again and here's the latest one I finished, a Lockheed T-33 "T-bird" in 1:48 scale by Hobbycraft, the model was at least 20 years old and in unopened condition. I also photographed it together with my Tamiya Republic F-84 Thunderjet.

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    The T-bird should have had a big "USAF" decal on the wings like my Thunderjet has but the decal was so old that it just came apart when I tried to apply it.
     
  2. You can buy printable decal paper, would just need to get the font and printed size right.

    I used to make Airfix models when I was a young 'un.
     
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  4. Blazer

    Blazer

    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Disclosures:
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    I tried Airfix but it will never become my favorite, in my opinion Tamiya models are by far the most enjoyable to do.
     
  5. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    Wow, this brings back memories. I used to love building model airplanes when I was a kid. I also remember building a very expensive Harley Davidson motorcycle model, once.
    Oh, and the "Visible Man", remember that one?
    The last and biggest thing I built from a kit was a r/c helicopter.
    Oh, and my motorcycle. :)

    Heck, I used to play sick when I was in grade school so my Mom would let me stay home. so that I could build models all day.

    I may just start doing this again. Thanks!
     
  6. My unbuilt pile: 3 dozen plus, mostly WW-II fighters
    Finished: 6 or 8...
    Nice work, Blazer- agreed on Tamiya. I have a huge nostalgic soft spot for Revell, although the quality is far less than most MIJ stuff(and of course there are MIJ Revell, which are hugely special, as my father used to bring these back from airline trips overseas).
    :)
     
  7. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen!

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
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    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    Airbrushing (or Rattlecan) Clear Gloss Lacquer over the old, dry decals will keep them from falling apart.
     
  8. It was just what was common over here at the time, put together a couple Revell models, but didn't see many Tamiya.
     
  9. Blazer

    Blazer

    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Disclosures:
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    I also read a lot of Japanese manga and one manga artist Kosuke Fujishima has named two characters of his series "Aa Megami-sama" (AH! My Goddess) after his favorite brands of scale models.

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    Hasegawa.

    Fujishima once had an issue which featured a Shinden fighter.
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    And the campus where it all takes place was built on a former airfield where the Nekomi Automobile club found parts of a Shinden burried on campus ground.
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    The club under leadership of Tamiya decided to fix it up because as Tamiya put it "It's got wheels and a motor!" therefor it's a car!
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    That particular issue was so popular that Fujishima was approached by Zoukei-Mura models who subsequently released an "Ah! My Goddess" Shinden model.

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    I can only imagine how stoked Fujishima must have been with that.
     
  10. iceonaboy

    iceonaboy

    Jan 8, 2013
    I like to make kits, but my passion is the Revell 1.72 U boats, you can get outstanding photo etched kits for them.
     
  11. Wow
    Those are pretty big kits.
     
  12. ahc

    ahc

    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
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    I know nothing. I see nothing.
    So... did we build models because we liked building models, or because we liked the Testors glue (and didn't know it at the time)? :eek::eek::eek:
     
  13. When I built model war planes and ships as a kid I would get bored with them after they were built. So out would come the Ronson lighter fluid and M-80's so the real fun could begin. Hey...war is hell.:D
     
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