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  1. agnes

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2006

    Posts: 15,145

    Location: San Francisco, CA

    I have a craving, a huge one at that... Suggest a Airfix model for a beginner, last time I did one, I was 12 in my Dad's kitchen with him.

    Been meaning to get a little hobby for those boring sunday rainy eve's when I can't get out on the bike.

    So, I accidentally saved a bit more money than I intended to this month so want to splash out 30/40 odd quid on a Airfix model and get stuck in.

    I can only assume the older generation of this forum will help as most youngster's on here probably have no clue what I'm going on about lol.

    ags
     
  2. AtlanticP

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 3, 2008

    Posts: 1,629

    Location: Cornwall

    Would love to give this ago again, used to build the 1/10 and 1/8 scale super cars. Many a happy hour spent with arm hairs stuck to the table :D
     
  3. h00fzilla

    Hitman

    Joined: Jul 1, 2009

    Posts: 674

    Location: Finsbury Park

    I quite fancy doing one as well (used to make them regularly in my youth). Only thing was, I was terrible at painting them. I gather the trick is to paint the pieces on the plastic frames before you even build the model?

    Hmmm
     
  4. vincent1989

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 3, 2006

    Posts: 8,537

    Location: Northampton

    don't buy airfix, they're pretty shoddy in terms of scale, accuracy and mold lines. go for something like tamiya, they're fairly similarly priced but they're leaps and bound ahead of airfix in the areas mentioned (plus more)
     
  5. agnes

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2006

    Posts: 15,145

    Location: San Francisco, CA

    Ah see, I was great at painting, it was the glueing that got me, I got huge hands and always did, even as a kid so always managed to stick my finger tips right in the glue and bugger it up :(

    Here you go guys, get shopping! I have just turned into a big kid looking at this site lol.

    http://www.airfix.com/

    ags

    p.s. http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/ships/classic-ships/ would love to be able to do one of those old ship models! Would look fantastic :D
     
  6. vincent1989

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 3, 2006

    Posts: 8,537

    Location: Northampton

    if i had the money or the inclination at the moment i'd buy this:

    http://www.modelzone.co.uk/tamiya_german_battleship_bismarck-details.htm

    my first ever scale model was the bismark, i spent my entire birthday putting it together (i think i was 11 or 12?).

    i spend more time with these
    http://www.flamesofwar.com/online_store.aspx
    these days, they're easier to put together and i can relax and play a few games with some friends over a drink and discuss the war (for a 3rd party perspective of course :p)
     
  7. MonkeyNews

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 24, 2008

    Posts: 1,459

    Location: Peterborough

    The Wasa was a fine ship, keeled over and sank before even doing 1 nautical mile, fail :)
     
  8. agnes

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    Posts: 15,145

    Location: San Francisco, CA

    Jesus, now I don't mind splashing out for that, but my skill would go as far as sticking the 2 hull pieces together and thats it! lol.

    I would not trust my self to do that.

    There is a model shop in Henley (see here) that is open till 6 tonight, might pop along and see what he recommends...

    ags
     
  9. h00fzilla

    Hitman

    Joined: Jul 1, 2009

    Posts: 674

    Location: Finsbury Park

    I'm quite fancying one of the following:

    Spitfire
    Bismarck
    HMS Hood
     
  10. vincent1989

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 3, 2006

    Posts: 8,537

    Location: Northampton

    if you want something just to get you started something in the tamiya 1:35 or 1:48 scale ranges will be fairly simple to put together, but will look more rewarding once complete as well :)

    give me a minute and i'll put a photo up of the 1:48 (i think) sherman firefly and universal carrier, they're unpainted, but it should give you an idea of scale and detail.

    fwiw you'll need to consider tools as well, you'll need a pair of clippers, an x-acto knife (or similar), a pair of tweezers and plastic and superglue just to put it together, a small file will be useful too. then for painting you'll need a primer, a black or grey matt primer from halfords will do the trick (easily as good as the expensive branded ones they sell in model shops), brushes, and paint of your choice, i prefer acrylic, it's easier to work with, if you want oils you'll need a thinner and some white spirit on the side to clean your brushes in.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2009
  11. Tonyator

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 19, 2009

    Posts: 2,403

    Location: Ilfracombe, N Devon

    I was thinking of trying a few simple ones of these.... been years since I've done one and a hobby that isn't the 360 would be nice!
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2009
  12. Street

    Soldato

    Joined: Jan 17, 2005

    Posts: 7,173

    Location: Liverpool

    I used to love doing Airfix models when I was younger.. Had hundreds of planes suspended from my bedroom ceiling! Used to make a few mistakes with the glue but still enjoyed it! Could be quite fun to make a car or something for my desk now though.. :)
     
  13. Flibster

    Caporegime

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 30,750

    I still want the 1/24th scale Mosquito.
    Wouldn't mind a 1/32nd TSR2 also.

    I would kill for a 1/24th Vulcan though.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2009
  14. vincent1989

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    Joined: Oct 3, 2006

    Posts: 8,537

    Location: Northampton

    here we go, sherman firefly VC 1:48

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    and a universal carrier, also 1:48

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  15. mac1st3

    Mobster

    Joined: Jun 14, 2009

    Posts: 4,170

    Location: Southampton

    Could've dusted them Vincent :p

    But I've been thinking of doing something like this too, strange how there's cycles on things like this
     
  16. DampCat

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    Joined: Feb 26, 2007

    Posts: 13,402

    Location: Manchestah

    Call me when they release a model Death Star. Or a decent HMRS Britannic kit that's large!
     
  17. vincent1989

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    Location: Northampton

    i did dust them a bit :p
     
  18. mac1st3

    Mobster

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    Location: Southampton

    Pfft, I could write messages to the enemies in that muck :p
    nice models nontheless :D
     
  19. platypus

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 25, 2003

    Posts: 38,850

    Location: Rhône-Alpes+Cambridge

    Arg now I'm tempted. Would love that Cutty Sark model, out of stock though.
     
  20. vincent1989

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Northampton

    it's grime from the battlefield, that's my story...