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Holy_Cow
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Joined: September 30, 2009
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Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 08:55 AM UTC
Hey guys, Just decided to sign up to keep up with some of the awesome work on here and to hopefully get some tips.
Im Very new to building models, I do WW2 fighters and hope to put together a B-17 or Lancaster at some point.
So far I have built a BF-109, F4U-5 Corsair, an Me-262, a hurrican Mk IIC, an La-5FN and just finished paint a Gloster gladiator MK . I have 2 spitfires, one is 1:72 scale and the other is 1:48 scale.All from Revell and Airfix kits. And i plan on getting a 1:48 scale P-51 Mustang.
I dont use any special equiptment or anything, just some cheap revell poly cement, one of those really sharp ass knives i think hospitals use, scalpal or something. and a fairly fine paint brush. Oh and toothpicks for some fine details like cockpits. . I sometimes use a scalpal or a small bit of fine sand paper to get rid of seams.
I dont plan on spending too much on gear but could anyone give me a few tips on some gear i should use to make them super sexy. .

I know theres alot there but oh well. if you read it all
pigsty
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Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 09:33 PM UTC
Looks to me like you've got about everything that you really need. I modelled for years with little more than that and was perfectly satisfied.

What you might want, on the other hand ...

A range of needle files - easier to use and more durable than sandpaper, although nothing beats the flexibility of sandpaper for awkward corners. You shouldn't need to pay more than a couple of dollars for one. Round, flat and half-round is a decent cross-section.

Also very fine sanding material - good for polishing the surface to smooth out brush strokes and prepare it for decals.

Bigger brushes. Don't skimp on brushes - buy the best you can afford, they will repay the investment. I have loads but they boil down to small, medium and large. Also, if you use different types of paint, ink, washes etc, have a separate set of brushes for each.

Nail clippers. Very handy for removing parts from the sprue, and easier to control than using a knife (you can hold the part and the sprue and the clippers all at once, so the part doesn't ping off into the undergrowth).

A general poky pointy thing. Handy for stirring paint, lifting lids off paint tins, positioning decals, etc. I use an old nail file - my oldest, trustiest, most versatile tool.

More glue. I've ended up with a range for various uses. Superglue for mixed-media and for painted joints; white glue for canopies; polystyrene cement in thin (for smaller parts) and thick (for big joints); and epoxy (for load-bearing joints).

Do not fall for blandishments about how you need an airbrush. They aren't necessary and they're very expensive compared with a stick with hairs stuck to the end.

That's basic tools. After that, if you want sexy, you can't do better than practise! Then we get into weathering effects, scratch-building, lots of cunning stuff like that, for which you'll find a wealth of advice on this and other forums. So welcome!
Holy_Cow
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Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 11:43 PM UTC
Cool thanks, some helpfull stuff there ,
And yea i had a look around the forums and theres some pretty awesome tutorials and tips around so ill have a look. Cheers
pigsty
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Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 11:55 PM UTC
Oops! Forgot to mention the noble razor saw. Also handy for removing parts from sprues, if you can persuade it to go in.
thegirl
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Friday, October 02, 2009 - 01:50 AM UTC
Sean has every covered and the only thing I will add is , get some Tamiya masking tape for those masking jobs . I have tried the lesser ones with poor results in the end .

Most important tool you have is asking questions .

Have fun and model on !
Holy_Cow
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United States
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Posted: Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 10:23 AM UTC
Ill have a look . I'm almost done building a mosquito, so im leaving it for a while and starting my second BF-109. And hopefully in about a week i'll get a p-51to put together, then ima start saving for a B-17 or lancaster, still deciding what one to get