Hello Fellow Modelers

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Castle D Modelworks, May 9, 2017.

  1. Castle D Modelworks

    Castle D Modelworks New Member

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    I've been building model kits for 40+ years and have built from every category over that time span. I remember building the BIG U.S.S. Enterprise aircraft carrier as a teenager. Also, the big 1/8 scale IROC Z28, Corvette Sting Ray, Mercedes Gullwing and Golden T Street Rod kits that came with that little package of Turtle Wax to polish the bodies with.

    CARS:
    I build 1/24 & 1/25 American muscle cars, Tom Daniel designs, and Tamiya and Revell Germany DTM and GT series with a Ferrari or Lamborghini thrown in to break up the V-8 builds. All of my car bodies are painted with Testors spray and on occasion Krylon Fusion but the Krylon takes more work to get a nice, glossy finish. Everything else is painted by hand using Testors and Tamiya paints. Everything is spray can as I don't have an airbrush.

    Also, due to space restrictions, I build 1/144 aircraft because I can paint them by hand and get a good result. The only drawback is that some parts are tiny and fragile and do not cooperate with large fingers. I have a Revell C-17A in 1/144 and a handful of 1/72 aircraft waiting to be built.

    The USN "Sundowners" and "Jolly Rogers" are my favorites aircraft markings to build.
    I mostly build straight from the box, detailing only with painting. This way is the most fun for me. I used to spend a lot of time super detailing with wire, solder, Verlinden detail sets and photo-etched parts but no longer have the patience to do so.

    I'm always trying to find ways to introduce young people to the hobby instead of playing video games all the time.

    I welcome and questions and/or critiques because I feel they might help me be a better builder.
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  2. Sky Seeker

    Sky Seeker Well Established Member

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    Welcome to Zealot Castle D!:) Sorry you came on board when we've had a LOT of problems on this site.:fireguy::headbange::headbange: :hammerhead:
    This seems to be the first day of operation in almost a month!:bulgeeye: It sounds like you do a lot of models in plastic. Can you show us some pictures?

    Again welcome on board! Looking forward to seeing your work!:)

    Sky Seeker
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  3. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    Welcome from me as well!

    I too apologize for the long time in the desert. But now we hope that everything is getting back on track again.

    Take a look around, please show us some of your work and have fun and enjoy! :)

    RF
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    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    Welcome, and post some pics, PLEASE!!! ;)
  5. Gandolf50

    Gandolf50 Researcher of obscure between war vehicles... Moderator

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    Welcome to the forum! I also used to build all the old car kits, and a few aircraft, but mostly took different vehicles and chopped, channeled, changed front ends and rear ends , converted to rag-tops etc. etc... and then added all the details I could on the engine and interior. Spray booths out of old card board boxes, and coat-hanger stands, you get the idea! So it sounds like we have a similar background.. Would Love to see some Pix of your work! and Please a Build thread of your next model!
    ( I also remember collecting coke bottles to pay for my hobby, those days are long gone! )
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  6. Castle D Modelworks

    Castle D Modelworks New Member

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    Thanks. Where do I post them here? I have a Google+ profile with my albums in it but I'll be glad to post here too.
  7. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    Any models in our Gallery have to have their build threads done on this forum. You can post all your pictures in this thread if you wish. It's one of the best way to Introduce yourself, incidentally. :)

    Welcome to Zealot!! :)
  8. Castle D Modelworks

    Castle D Modelworks New Member

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    Okay, I understand that. I'm kind of new to this "thread" thing. Right now I'm building a Revell LaFerrari kit, what is the process I need to follow? Do I start a thread by stating what I'm building and include pictures then make the album in the gallery?
    I'll be starting some paper models soon also so I will follow the same proceedure for that also.
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  9. subnuke

    subnuke Moderator Intelligence Extraordinaire Moderator

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    As zathros said, you can post pics of previous builds here in your introduction thread. Just drag and drop them to a post in this thread. If you hit any kind of limits on number of pics, just do another post and keep on going.

    If you want to do a build thread, pick a category in the forum and start a thread for the model you are building. Alternative materials has sections for different materials. Check out Mixed Medium for the build threads posted by cylongirl, they are very informative. There is also a plastic section there. In the Card Models section, there is a Model Build Categories section. Within that there are sections for various types of models, e.g. Aircraft and Aviation. You can start a build thread there. Browse around, you'll get the idea. After looking around, feel free exercise your own style of build thread.

    We like build threads because the entire community can discuss the build within its own thread. A lot of sharing, teaching, and learning goes on within the build threads, not to mention fellowship in the community.

    Give something a try, we're here together on this forum.
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    Castle D Modelworks New Member

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    Here's my Revell #3 Goodwrench Silver Anniversary Monte Carly driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr. The exterior was painted with Testors silver spray and the interior was Testors gloss red spray. I made the window net from strips of masking tape. I did forget to lower the suspension to give it a more realistic appearance.

    #3 Goodwrench Monte Carlo Silver Anniversary, D. Earnhardt (1).JPG #3 Goodwrench Monte Carlo Silver Anniversary, D. Earnhardt (2).JPG #3 Goodwrench Monte Carlo Silver Anniversary, D. Earnhardt (3).JPG #3 Goodwrench Monte Carlo Silver Anniversary, D. Earnhardt (4).JPG #3 Goodwrench Monte Carlo Silver Anniversary, D. Earnhardt (5).JPG
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    Castle D Modelworks New Member

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    Here's some pre-2000 kits from my NASCAR collection.

    #3 AC Delco Monte Carlo Japan, D. Earnhardt.jpg #3 Goodwrench Monte Carlo, D. Earnhardt.jpg #3 Goodwrench Truck, M. Skinner.jpg #3 Wrangler Grand Prix, D. Earnhardt.jpg #3 Wrangler Monte Carlo, D. Earnhardt.jpg #7 Zerex Thunderbird, A. Kulwicki.jpg #16 Smith & Wesson Monte Carlo.jpg #28 Havoline Thunderbird Anniversary, D. Allison.jpg #3 Goodwrench Monte Carlo, D. Earnhardt.jpg
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  12. micahrogers

    micahrogers ...And the Wife...

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    Nice Cars...
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  13. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    Super nice collection. I can turn you on to some paper car models that will blow your mind. :)
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  14. Sky Seeker

    Sky Seeker Well Established Member

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    Castle D,

    I can echo what subnuke has said. We love seeing the "dirty nuts and bolts" of the assembly process. Just start with your first step take a picture and move on. Especially please talk about some of the problems you encounter when building something and how you overcame that problem. We all learn by doing. That's part of the fun.

    BTW - I like how your cars have turned out. They look really sharp! Looking forward to when you try your hand at the paper models. I think that you'll find that in construction and modification, paper is pretty good with cost and ease of modification.

    Sharing is the thing!

    Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

    Sky Seeker
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    Castle D Modelworks New Member

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    I appreciate that but, I don't like to build the paper model cars because they realistically would need a glossy finish. I haven't had good experiences building cars using glossy photo paper. Here's the one I did build.
    Thank you Boch'Ra

    WRC Subaru Impreza Left Rear 1-18.jpg WRC Subaru Impreza Right Front 1-18.jpg
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    Castle D Modelworks New Member

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    I will be more than happy to "step-by-step" on my next from the start. Right now I'm in the middle of the Revell LaFerrari (I'll post what I've done so far) and I was waiting for some paint to correct bad call-outs on Revell's part. The paint just arrived the other day so when the weather breaks, It'll be painted and documented.
    I'm currently in the process of washing, cleaning up and getting ready for paint 26 kits so when the opportunity arrises, I'll be posting every day.
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    Castle D Modelworks New Member

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    Here's some more from my paper collection. Oh, by the way, I will today be starting on some paper Battlestar Galactica models, some for the third time and some for the first.

    Aries Bottom.jpg Aries Engines.jpg Aries Front.jpg Aries Seating Top Front.jpg Aries Seating Top.jpg Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider New Side.jpg Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider New.jpg Battlestar Galactica Old 18 inches.jpg Battlestar Galactica Old Details.jpg
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    Castle D Modelworks New Member

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    Here's some more.

    Battlestar Galactica Shuttle Details.jpg Battlestar Galactica Shuttle Front Right.jpg Battlestar Galactica Shuttle Left Rear.jpg Battlestar Galactica Viper.jpg Bell X-1 1-32.jpg E-2C Hawkeye 1.jpg E-2C Hawkeye 1-72.jpg E-2C Hawkeye 2.jpg E-2C Hawkeye 3.jpg E-2C Hawkeye 4.jpg
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    Castle D Modelworks New Member

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    These are the last two paper models. Um, the black cat behind the dragon is not paper but want's to be famous.

    Paper Bald Eagle.jpg Paper Dragon Front.jpg Paper Dragon Side.jpg
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