by Steven Holdren
(Omaha, Nebraska)

     My story? I'm 54 years old now and I started modeling around age 6. I remember helping my father put together a balsa wood, rubber band powered kit. If I remember corrently it was a Piper Cub. 
     Later I evolved into Plasic Aircraft, mostly those used in the Battle of Britian. Spitfire, Hurricane, ME-109, FW-190. About the age of 16 I gave up modelling for a while. (High School)
     When I started again I remembered about half of what I had built were thrown out as a waste of glue and plasic. 
     So I desided to try my hand at Armor. I've been very happy with my progress so far. Currently I have an early and late version of each of the PzKw I thru VI. As well as the Chech Pz 35 (t), and 38(t). Plus the Frence Renault R-35, still have my eyes open for the Char B-1 bis and the Hotchiss H-35.
     I am disabled ao I have the time, but not the money. I last purchased an Airbrush which I'll be paying on until Jan. I haven't spent as much time as I would like with it, but enough to do a descent job on a German tank camo pattern. 
     Right now I'm both buying books and reading up on the internet about Diarama's. Hoping to put together a couple, with some of my better work.   

SMH RespondsI am actually going to try Revell's P-61 Black Widow next. I to am enjoying the research. I just ran across an extensive article about the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum recovering a Black Widow from the slope of a mountain in New Guinea to restore to flying capability.

It is an amazing effort and today it is almost completely restored. Hopefully, I will get to see it.

Then I too plan on moving into Armor. It looks fascinating. I am in the process of writing an eBook on building dioramas. If you have any questions, please let me know.

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Nov 07, 2011
Picking Up Old Hobby
by: Steve Bridgers

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I too started anew, built up some 75 kits of planes and armor then lost all in a fire. Now I am just completing my first planes, have a few cased kits, a store of supplies, bench,tools and selection of more or less classic kits in 1/48, 1/35 and 1/72 scales waiting assembly. I started my aircraft with a snAp kit from Pegasus of an me262, just to work on basic assembly painting/masking basics, followed by the Revell Mustang, paying attention to the guns, canopy, and finish. Then I tackled the old Revell P38 Night Lightening. These old kits are challenging fits, but cheap,memorable and good prep for more expensive kits.My girl was impressed ! and has me building a Cap,n Kidd/ Wappen Von Hamburg plastic ship from the ol Lindburg Line we found on sale for nine bucks cheap. It's 1/130 scale, has tiny details to paint, rigging and all that. Also looks good on camera, but iyam a luddite with computerpix, so I learn that now, also. I'm using the ship experience (my eyes are falling out looking at netpix of rigging and ship details) and know it will make my planes and vehicles better. I have the lindberg Blue Devil destroyer on the wall, last in line. Now with all the model sites like this, plus videos and super kits, there's a lot to incorporate in your hobby, but my best tips are to find a space, get good tools/supplies, always wear a magnifier headset when doing any detail work, and use scraps of screen, telephone wire, toothpicks, tissue paper and white glue when possible . My scratchbuilt tissue paper covers for the vehicles are my best. Scratchbuilt do dads add so much to the model just a bit if red phone wire 24 gauge to the p51 cockpit, after dipping the canopy in FUTURE floor wax tinted with bluish green food color makes all the difference as the canopy has a greenish glow, and close inspection shows the red power cable for the radio. Between ships, I c hecked out the internet videos of flying scale B52s, complete with scale jet engines, crashing in flames at 'air shows' after a 2 year build. Boys and their toys, in deed.

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