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  1. Wow, that is beautiful. The only thing missing is the mutiny.
  2. Welcome. Starting with small kits is a good move. But smaller scale stuff is always so hard to work with. My fingers are too thick. So, a small kit with a large scale is best.
  3. Welcome. I'm pretty new here, myself, but I've found everyone to be very helpful. -geno
  4. Keep it up, and I'll have to report you to a moderator.
  5. When I met my future father in law, he asked me how old I was. I was 35 at the time. He said, "Thirty-five? I've got boots that old."
  6. My mother had a 69 mustang. I've often wondered about that car, how classic it would be. And yeah, what if I had it now? Oh well, we can always build models of them. I always wanted a volkswagen van, but how impractical would that be? And they're all over 20K these days. Revell makes several models, all under $20.
  7. Been modeling since I was allowed to use glue. Not always ships, but most of the skills transfer. I have added some shots of recent builds. As I write this, I'm expecting delivery of my next, a Scientific HMS Bounty, that ought to keep me from pulling what's left of my hair out during this lockdown. In no particular order: Scientific Cutty Sark. This one got started in Florida about a year and a half ago, then got packed away with the hull finished, but no masts, etc. because of a cross country move. Finished it while looking for a job in my new home. One of those real cheap laser cut DIY models for 18 dollars. I wasn't going to finish it, because the planking was some cheap wood and may have been bamboo for all I know. My wife encouraged me to finish (she's happy to have me sitting quietly in the living room while she binge watches Mom reruns.) She said, "Have fun with it." The result came out ok for the piece of crap that it is. Yes, that's green gingham tissue paper on the hull. And I was also playing around with waves, which didn't come out as good. Here are some non-ship models. Guillows Curtis Warhawk P-40. Wood with rubber band motor. It flew, you just had to throw it really hard. Monocoupe, not sure what brand. It had a lot of wood carving on the cowl and the wheel fenders. This one flew, too. It crashed a lot because of an overzealous pilot. Repaired and repainted many times. Guillows DC-3. Lot's of work. It's hanging in my bedroom like I was still twelve. B-17, Hasegawa, plastic. Small scale, so not much detail. A Bit o' Lace. I tried to reproduce worn aluminum. The plastic was grayish, looked like gun metal. I dabbed on some thinned silver with a puffy brush. I looks more like zinc, but I am happy with the results. Next time, I'll get a larger scale. And finally, a car model. '55 Bel-Air Nomad. Everybody wants one, but who can afford it? I did the next best thing. And yes, the Velociraptor is driving. Who's going to tell him he can't? As a side note, I wasn't sure if Modeling was spelled with one or two L's. Spell check didn't fire either way. For the record, it turns out Americans prefer one L, while the British use two. I'm going with the American spelling, because what do Brits know about speaking English? :). That ought to get me some really nice welcomes.
  8. No fair being an artist. It makes finishing your ship a lot easier because you already know how to paint. Welcome, by the way.
  9. Welcome. Nice work on the Virginia. I'm jealous.
  10. welcome. i agree, starting small is the way. for one thing, you don't have to convince your wife you need the WHOLE dining room table for 4 months. second, the model is small enough that if you put it up an a high shelf, no one will notice the flaws.
  11. I thought the modeling was the therapy. You mean I've been doing it wrong all this time??
  12. Wow. I think you did well on this model. You should see my first ship. A Revell plastic model of the Cutty Sark. I was 12. I put together all the plastic parts, never painting one, in about a day. Took me another two months to do the rigging. Man that thing had a lot of rigging. I'm getting better, but nothing as nice as your Albatros.
  13. Welcome from one newbie to another.

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