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Well.. that was a week, huh? <for historic reference... when one day I look back on this post.. .this was the week I spent 33 hours in the dark with my family while the temperature dropped to 9 degrees F, and I had to melt snow in a catfish cooker to have water to flush my toilet so I didn't waste the drinking water... and thankfully didn't have to burn my furniture like some folks...>

Anyhow, as things get back to normal, I decided to join this group. I am getting back into model building after a very long break. This is probably a very common story here, but I did enjoy building scale models into my teens, but I never took it very seriously.

Now in my 50's with time on my hands, and infinitely more patience, I find myself exploring various hobbies that have always interested me.

I have been playing guitar for about 30 years off and on, and about 2 years ago, I got into building electric guitars. As most people, even if the don't want to admit it, have a "favorite", mine, as you may be able to tell by my moniker, are Fender guitars or parts guitars based on them. This is a lot of fun, but each individual project is very expensive after a while, you discover you can only put so many guitars in a room... 

... this brought me back to something I used to enjoy from my teen years. I have always liked cars of the late 60's/early 70's... primarily Fords, and not always the Fords you would think of. My grandfather would almost always get me a large model kit of some sort for my birthday when I was a kid... Once I got a Mack Truck, another time a WWII bomber, and yet another time, the HMS Hood. I also would buy car kits with allowance sometimes. But, I was never big on the details. I never painted them, I never displayed them... I always like the work I put in, but always hated the result. It was "never what I saw on the box"

Having had some success building and FINISHING guitars, I recently started thinking about my old model kits, and how much fun I had doing them... and now knowing what I know about paint finishes and sanding, and again... patience, I decided to give this another chance.

I am in the beginning phase and certainly not buying expensive tools or rare kits or anything. However, I want to do it right... so, I come to you guys. I will be opening a couple threads in the next day or so. Mostly I will be wanting to know, if I am making an initial investment in painting equipment, my plan is to get an airbrush (would prefer a ready to go kit, even saw some on Amazon... would prefer some input from others... again, I'll start or look for a thread on this). Also, I'll probably spend way more time asking about accurate paint colors for the era and where to find or how to mix them. I have experience using Duplicolor lacquer in rattle cans (Perfect Match) as well as through a sprayer.

My current plan is to collect models in two batches... the ones I  *really* want to build, and a whole bunch I don't feel too invested in... I am thinking if I can find partial kits or broken models or a bunch of garage sale finds, I can practice finishing techniques on them before moving on to the ones that have meaning to me... if that makes sense.

Anyway, thanks for reading this... I am a bit long winded, but I try to make up for it by being interesting. I hope I have been successful here. And, I'll talk to you all out there on the forums.

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Glad to have you here with us Steven! Long time drummer here....so I know why you guitar players keep your picks on the dash of the car....:smiley2:

Glad to hear you and your family weathered (pun intended) the storm well! And yes, your coming back to the hobby makes you a member of a very large club within IPMS!

Please make yourself at home and ask what questions you need. It sometimes takes a day or so; but there's a lot of people with a lot of knowledge who can point you in the right direction if not give you an answer themselves.

Funny you mention Duplicolor....a guy at our last club meeting brought in a HEAVILY modified Ranchero that he'd lengthened the cargo bay on to carry a Midget Racer (twin axles in back, and he chopped and reversed the roof too!). He had a very pretty 2 tone red/pearl paint job on it and said he'd used rattle can Duplicolor 'Diamond Dust" for the pearl. Luckily for me, he's giving the rest of the can next meeting!

And, if you find that once more you really like the "building" phase, there's now TONS of aftermarket stuff to detail interiors and engines with that didn't exist when you built long ago.

Welcome! Hope we can help you have FUN with the hobby!

 

Gil :smiley16:

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Thanks, Gil! Looking forward to getting the equipment in my shop and getting to work on all this. Honestly, I hadn't thought about mods and aftermarket capability, but now that you bring it up, that adds a whole other dimension to the possiblities!

Regarding the Duplicolor, because of the guitar work I had been doing, I bought several of their "Paint Shop" quart sized cans over the past 2 years and have several that have barely been touched. Thinned down, they sprayed well through a paint gun, but I assume from an airbrush, I'll have to thin even more? I guess I'll do some testing when the time comes, but that's all part of the process... and for me, I am really looking forward to the work/journey portion of this more than the end result.

I have also used their Perfect Match rattle cans... and one of my projects that I already have lined up is to recreate my wife's father's 1968 Ford Fairlane/Torino fastback in Wimbledon White... which is an available color in Duplicolor Perfect Match.

I also want to reproduce my father's 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS in Madeira Maroon, but that color is not available in Perfect Match, unless the name or color code changed. But, I'll keep searching ... may have to get creative on that one, but those two projects are the ones I really don't want to mess up, so I'll be doing several before I even get to them.

BTW, the AMT 1968 Torino was hard to find, and I may have overpaid ... but it was also the only one I could find. It was an opened kit, but never built, and the seller stated that it was complete. However, the A-pillar on the passenger side is broken. The broken piece is currently taped to the top of the body, and I figure by the time I get to building that particular kit, I will have built up some skills that will allow me to fix that properly.

Again, I don't have all my equipment yet, and until I am ready to paint, I will not be building anything, so about a month out... right now, I am collecting kits and tools, and soaking up as much information as I can. Much of what I am talking about in this thread will likely be things I research on this site as well as bring questions of my own.

Also, I hadn't heard the thing about picks on the dash... you have to fill me in on that one... maybe I should be putting a pick on my dashboard?

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Steve, welcome to the Forums, I'm glad to see you here. I am also glad you made it through the Big Freeze. You sound like you have a good round of hobbies. You might be interested to hear that a friend of mine who is a retired minister had Freddie Fender as a member of his congregation and knew him well. He is still great friends with his widow.

I do look forward to your efforts in regard to painting. I know there will be a number of excellent members here to give you great advice and suggestions. Feel free to look around and enjoy the work of everyone here while you learn.

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I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume you meant Leo Fender as your profile shows you to be in CA, and Mr. Fender was from there, too? And you would be very correct!

Also, if you meant Freddy Fender... you would STILL be correct! Like this Mr. Fender, I, too, am a Texas native and have always been a fan of his! Even tried (and still do try) to sing his songs in Spanish. Best I can do is sing phonetically...

I have started looking around the site. I wish the photography section was more active, but there is some really awesome work on display there. I hope to be adding my own work there in the coming months.

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Steve:

Also, I hadn't heard the thing about picks on the dash... you have to fill me in on that one... maybe I should be putting a pick on my dashboard?

Y'all keep your picks on the dashboard so y'all can park in the handicap spaces! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

And just to even things out....You know the difference between a drummer and a pizza delivery guy? The pizza delivery guy can support his family! :laugh:

Glad you're here! Party on!

 

Gil :smiley16:

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18 hours ago, FenderAddiction said:

I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume you meant Leo Fender as your profile shows you to be in CA, and Mr. Fender was from there, too? And you would be very correct!

Also, if you meant Freddy Fender... you would STILL be correct! Like this Mr. Fender, I, too, am a Texas native and have always been a fan of his! Even tried (and still do try) to sing his songs in Spanish. Best I can do is sing phonetically...

I have started looking around the site. I wish the photography section was more active, but there is some really awesome work on display there. I hope to be adding my own work there in the coming months.

You're right, it was Leo Fender. Man, I don't know why I came up with Freddy!

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45 minutes ago, Mark Deliduka said:

You're right, it was Leo Fender. Man, I don't know why I came up with Freddy!

It happens.. there are people out there who would swear my name is Chris. Not sure why, but they do... I mean, I know a guy named Chris Campbell... we were friends in high school. No reason anyone outside of that could get it wrong, but it happens about 3 or 4 times a year.

Steve (not Chris) Campbell 🙂

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