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    Hallo All,

    I collect model kits to paint currently I paint Gundam, Warhammer 40K, WWII army units, tank and plane. I recently made my own mould for my first Knight and my Brother will cast it using melted scrap metal for me soon.

    I just want to ask if you build or paint models?

    My knight is based from this

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    As I mentioned in another post one of my hobbies is model railways; working at a scale of 1:148 or approximately 2mm: 1foot.

    Some buildings I make from kits but usually modify them, however mostly I prefer to make things that are a bit different to the kits.
    I do the designing on some computer software which will then drive a plotter cutter (developed ffrom plotters that are used to draw plans but having a blade in place of the pen) That will cut the design from card printed with bricks, stone or tile or empossed plastic card, the result is effectively a custom kit. Things like doors and windows I usually use etched brass components which are available from a number of model accessory companies.
    This is a work in progress, the gardens, "grass" and other plants are from Chinese suppliers on Ebay, some "enhanced" in various ways; the darker grey buildings toward top right are from kits but some are modified by adding bay windows, dormers and shop fronts; the whole thing is 4'x2'6" (1200x750mm) (click for larger image)

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    In my teenage years, I had dozens of Airfix 1:72 airplane models of warplanes form WW1 and WW2. Never bothered to paint them though. I blame the Biggles novels I was reading at the time.

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    I had a few AirFix planes and miniature plastic armies too, but rarely painted them.

    I did a lot of drawing such tiny figures though, sometimes folding each figure and thus supplying it with a paper foot, so that it could stand on a surface, as a part of a big tableau ... but the figures were fantasies, not based on real examples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetmike View Post
    As I mentioned in another post one of my hobbies is model railways; working at a scale of 1:148 or approximately 2mm: 1foot.
    That looks really nice.

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    I used to do that when I was in my late teens. I would build World War I airplanes from scratch (I guess because that's the most complicated thing to do, with all those cables, and I never do anything easily) and obsess over color patterns and weathering effects. Then I'd take stock figures and muck them up. Once I took a Hussar and converted it into a World War I soldier, even using a scaled-down pattern to make his overcoat.

    Here's a Whippet tank I made from scratch. I don't know why the picture is upside down.

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    I used to love putting together and painting Airfix WWII aeroplane kits back in the 1970s - either 1:32 scale if they were fighters or 1:72 scale for the larger bombers. I wouldn't mind having a go at another one or two for old times sake but sadly most seem to have been discontinued. My favourite was the B-29 Superfortress, not least because as it was nearly all silver it was relatively easy to paint. I was banned from putting them together in the lounge or kitchen so my bedroom often used to stink of Humbrol enamel paints and varnish. There was another brand of kit called Frog but I didn't enjoy those as much.


    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    I was banned from putting them together in the lounge or kitchen so my bedroom often used to stink of Humbrol enamel paints and varnish.
    Humbrol used to have great paint. Over here across the pond, we had to really seek out the good stuff.

    The British had the best modelers back in my day. I used to read their modeling magazines and try to decipher their articles. Like, what's a pyrogravure? Oh, a hot knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    Humbrol used to have great paint. Over here across the pond, we had to really seek out the good stuff.

    The British had the best modelers back in my day. I used to read their modeling magazines and try to decipher their articles. Like, what's a pyrogravure? Oh, a hot knife.
    Pyrogravure - what a great word (even though I'd never heard of it until now)! Sometimes I used a hot knife on the tail and wings of a model to give the impression it had been shot at. And I used a hot needle to simulate bullet-holes in the fuselage.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    Sometimes I used a hot knife on the tail and wings of a model to give the impression it had been shot at. And I used a hot needle to simulate bullet-holes in the fuselage.
    It's funny how we would take a perfectly good model and ruin it with bullet holes, dust, smoke trails, rust, and still call it beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    That looks really nice.
    Understatement of the decade.....blimey, Mike, that's a real skill you're displaying there!!!

    I don't have that much free time these days, but I have enjoyed putting together card model buildings for quite a while. Kits obviously, I don't have the talent to do my own. Have "helped" daughters with Roman Villas, Viking villages, castles, Parthenons and the like for school projects, and have done most of the work myself, much to their annoyance!

    More recently real buildings, a castle on the Rhine, a set of Brutalist Eastern European eyesores, a Schonbrunn Palace.

    They are never perfect, because I am left-handed, which fundamentally means I am "not very good with my hands", as I have been told regularly over the past fifty years or so....
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    Wow all thank you for the reply so amazed to see!

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    This is so cool Father also has train in our attic here also at home he liked yours greatly.


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    I do love B52 as well (even if it was American plane). I made an anime story based off a “flying fort/castle” not very original but I was much younger. Much disappointment when I found Ghibli.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    I used to do that when I was in my late teens. I would build World War I airplanes from scratch (I guess because that's the most complicated thing to do, with all those cables, and I never do anything easily) and obsess over color patterns and weathering effects. Then I'd take stock figures and muck them up. Once I took a Hussar and converted it into a World War I soldier, even using a scaled-down pattern to make his overcoat.

    Here's a Whippet tank I made from scratch. I don't know why the picture is upside down.

    20190130_090425.jpg
    It is a well-guarded secret that the British had gravity-defying equipment during WWI. Well, it was until someone here let the cat out of the bag.

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    I started model building about five or six years ago. There are only two scale model shops in the entire metro area here. I work next door to one of them. That's how I started. I've already posted these on the hobbies thread.

    My first scale model. The Bounty, scale 1:110


    My third scale model. Nieuport 17, Scale 1:48


    My fourth scale model, completed September 2017. A DC 3, scale 1:72



    My fifth model I'm still working on it. A 1910 omnibus scale 1:35. It will take another month to finish


    I really enjoy doing this. I put some music on and spend an hour or two each evening. (2018 I didn't do any scale modelling). The photos were taken on my mantlepiece with a large white paper as a background.

    I prefer making civilian models, not war models. My next model will be a 1950s Chevy. But it's difficult to find models that aren't war themed.

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