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  1. I used to do models of Dracula, Frankenstein, Batman, James Bond, etc. It's been awhile since I had done any models.
     
  2. StraightEight

    StraightEight One of the Regulars

    Hey, is there room in this thread for diecasts? I used to make plastic kits until the Chinese got better at making/painting them than me. Various brands here, including Dragon, Hobby Master, etc.

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  3. Stearmen, have a surplus Colorado-class that I'm willing to part with. PM sent with proposal.
     
  4. As far as I can see, die casts are perfectly fine. I know on some websites, the term is forbidden but not here. I have a large collection of cars in 1/24 and 1/18 and even one in 1/12. The only reason I went back to model kits was because I couldn't find some of the models I wanted in diecast. Plus a bunchh of diecasts were just way too expensive.
     
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    1/2 of the nine Independence-class light carriers were delivered in MS 14 gray, the other half in MS 21 Navy Blue. Princeton was one of the latter, but the factory paint is the all-gray of MS14 aside from the flight-deck. Eventually, I'll find a way to paint one in the colors Princeton sported in her final days and transfer the MS21-painted miniature to stand-in for another ship...
     
  6. Warden

    Warden One Too Many

    Rather chuffed about this, On Monday we had the call can we supply props for a museums air raid shelter recreation, the down side need to be ready on Thursday.

    Thanks to the experience I gained from modelling and my fact I already have modelling tools, Edna & I pulled it off. The last late night prop making sessions ended last night & the props are all ready, awaiting collection.

    Phew

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  7. MPicciotto

    MPicciotto Practically Family

    Just discovered this thread. I play in 1/87th scale. Kitbashing, customizing, detailing and weathering with a bit of scratch building too. Here is some of my work:

    This is a simple Walthers kit that I swapped wheels from some die cast cars and painted flat black.
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    Here's a tip if you have a diecast model that you really like, but the paint softens the edges too much. In my experience the paint is TOO THICK. Strip off and repaint. That's what I did with the blue van. The Green one I made into a passenger version by cutting the window openings.

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    A laser cut wood garage kit with a different roof and door, burglar bars were installed on the windows:
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    And here it is in a scenery experiment:

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  8. Magister

    Magister Familiar Face

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    I have modeled Luftwaffe aircraft off and on for the past 20 years or so, mainly in 1/72 scale. It may be time to revive that hobby; it's been a couple of years since I did one.
     
  9. Warden

    Warden One Too Many

    This evening I am at home making numerious repro powdered egg boxes. Scrambled eggs for tea anyone?

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  10. p51

    p51 Practically Family

    I'm digging this thread up as I see no reason to start a new one.
    I was into model trains when I was a kid, had a horrible experience with a HO module group in my hometown and left the hobby in disgust for several years.
    Bachmann made the prototype locomotive I'd always wanted to model (a ET&WNC ten-wheeler in the wartime black paint) a few years back, so from that I have built a layout in a back bedroom. It's On30 gauge, so I had to learn O scale stuff new but I found I really like the detail I can include. The layout takes place in 1943.
    I'm going to be starting scenery soon but here's what I have so far...

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  11. p51

    p51 Practically Family

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    Myself after my ever op session. This was something I'd been looking forward to for almost 30 years...
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    Future op sessions will use this chalkboard I hand painted:
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  12. Yesteryear

    Yesteryear One of the Regulars

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    I enjoy modeling and operating (with radio control) different types of miniature vehicles.

    My main interest is model aviation. Here is the fleet I've amassed over the last 8 years.
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    Watercraft are fun too, this is a 1/152 scale model of the RMS Titanic I built last year.

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    I also belong to a local model railroad club, which built this 4,000 sq/ft HO scale model train display.
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  13. kampkatz

    kampkatz Practically Family

    Yesteryear,
    Thanks for posting your hobby photos. Your airfleet looks like a lot of fun to fly. Do you have a runway nearby?
    Also, the HO layout looks like it takes many dedicated hobbyists to maintain. Your 10 foot long Titanic will be impresive when finished. It might be a challenge to find a spot for it on the HO table!
     
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  14. Like an early poster on this thread, I build and fly model rockets. This photo is from '12 and the fleet has probably doubled in size—I've lost count.

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  15. Yesteryear

    Yesteryear One of the Regulars

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    I belong to a model aviation club which has a nice open field and grass runway, It's only a 10 min drive.
     
  16. Jayessgee

    Jayessgee Familiar Face

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    I am 60 and have recently begun dabbling in modeling again after a rather long (about 40-some years) hiatus. But, I have built a thing or two, now and then. Here's an "other media" model, series of models actually, of which I am rather proud. Basically, it's a Civil War (read "War of Northern Aggression or War for Southern Independence) gun section. All together there is an 1857 light 12 pounder (Napoleon) field piece, it's limber and caisson and it's limber. The 'other media' is "white metal" tin based metals like babbit or possibly what was once referred to as "pot metal" (an aluminum and zinc alloy IIRC).

    The basic models came in kit form but, I scratch built many parts especially to the gun itself.
    Here come the pics...
    Details. The gun tube was also white metal. I about went nuts trying to closely recreate gun bronze appearance. The muzzle swell and rim face were overstated on the casting. I had to work it down to "original contours." (I accented the phrase "original contours" because those could vary greatly depending on who, and on which side of Mason & Dixon's line, the gun was cast.
    The hand spikes. That 'stick' in the middle was the kit part. There were two hand spikes per gun. My two were made from bamboo skewers and bits of metal. I shaped the wood by chucking the skewer in a drill and sanding to size and shape. There was only one side hook supplied for the one hand spike. I had to fabricate that as well.
    The sponge/rammers were similarly constructed with some cotton wrapped around the ends of the staffs to make the sponge parts.
    The worm is an especially satisfactory accomplishment I feel. The kit suggested just twisting one end of a wire and a dowel and attaching an end to the staff. But, that just wouldn't be right since those worms had double lead spirals. I managed it by putting a piece of wire through the end of the staff and then twisting both ends around to it's shape. Here's a link showing some actual (though accurate reproductions) full size tools for comparison. <https://www.google.com/imgres?imgur...d=0ahUKEwjlwOukzqTKAhXFLyYKHYa7DwkQMwgdKAEwAQ>
    Looking at the front of the carriage (minus gun tube) note the dependent tool hooks. The kit supplied two as on right. I had to modify the one on left to it's (more nearly) correct form.
    The kit parts as supplied. Note the down view of the carriage. The wheels were cast flat. In fact, the wheel rims should be splayed outward somewhat. Note that has been done though I admit it to be a little excessive.
    The limber and it's kit box. The lid was not noted to have been copper sheeted but they were to protect from sparks so I managed that with peel and stick copper craft sheet material.
    Last but literally not the least (it was in fact one of the toughest things to make) was the prolonge- a multi function rope supplied with and carried on the gun's trail. The larger view is of a correct reproduction. The inset is my scale version.
    I am out of picture count space. I'll attach one or two more in a reply to finish.
    What is particularly aggravating is both sets of vehicles have since been wrecked. Gun, caisson and limbers. My wife did for one and the cat for the other. I have all the bits and pieces (I think!) so in time they will be rebuilt.
     

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  17. Jayessgee

    Jayessgee Familiar Face

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    My scratch built prolonge. First version too long. My reference was wrong. I initially scaled a 26 foot rope. Then I found that a later revision redesigned the prolonge to 18' ft.
    Well, that's it.
    I hope you all like this, I put about as much effort into this posting as I did the models! :)^D)
     

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  18. When I was a kid, I used to make balsa and paper airplane models. Later, when I was in college, I became interested in sailing vintage watercraft. This is a half-model I made of a Core Sound, dead-rise skiff. I believe I made it in 1977. I took the lines from my neighbor's 18 foot boat and made the model using balsa scraps from my model airplane days.

    Sadly, the old boat has been moved many times over the last thirty-nine years. It's suffered a bit of damage and part of its rudder is gone. But maybe repairing it can be another retirement project for me.

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  19. Yesteryear

    Yesteryear One of the Regulars

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    My latest projects are these two 1:87 scale model ships, the RMS Titanic and SS Nomadic.

    Both are being built from scratch, and will be radio controlled with working lights and smoke when finished.
    I started on these several months ago, and hope to have them completed and sailing by April, 2020.

    Build log for the RMS Titanic:
    https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/sho...Titanic-(1-87-Scale)-10ft-R-C-Model-Build-Log

    Build log for the SS Nomadic:
    https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/sho...S-Nomadic-(1-87-Scale)-White-Star-Line-Tender

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  20. Killick

    Killick Familiar Face

    Built this coal mine for an HO train layout. It is amazing the tiny lights you can add! And here we go sideways pics GRRRR
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