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Liddabit
01-06-2009, 03:01 PM
What age did you start building models? I've never built a model before and it looks fun.. so I think I may try building some with my kids when they get old enough.

Obviously they will have to be beyond "MUST EAT EVERYTHING!RAWWWR!" phase. I'm thinking 6-8?
It might be a fun way to spark a love of history in them!

Liddabit
01-06-2009, 03:01 PM
What age did you start building models? I've never built a model before and it looks fun.. so I think I may try building some with my kids when they get old enough.

Obviously they will have to be beyond "MUST EAT EVERYTHING!RAWWWR!" phase. I'm thinking 6-8?
It might be a fun way to spark a love of history in them!

Foehammer-1
01-06-2009, 03:14 PM
20 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif The XXI RJ sent me was my first thing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

tuddley3
01-06-2009, 04:19 PM
You can also start them off with models that don't require glue, then once they get the hang of it, move on to the more sophisticated models.

bunkerratt
01-06-2009, 04:28 PM
i started building models around 8-9 and started building competition grade models around 13 till present date ....also keep in mind the scale of the kit ...i mainly work with 1/35 and 1/32 scale armour kits ..the bigger the 2nd number is the smaller things get ..and the less detail ...the bigger the 2nd number the more detail ...but for starters you could get the kids going with "snap" kits ..no glue ...and inexpensive ... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

WilhelmSchulz.
01-06-2009, 06:54 PM
I started at around 6-8(I cant remember too clrearly) And It was a modddle of the RMS Titanic. It looked like crap.

Liddabit
01-07-2009, 02:00 AM
Bunker ... Do you have a typo or am I inhaling awesome sauce through my eye saucers:

"the bigger the 2nd number is the smaller things get..and the less detail.. the bigger the 2nd number the more detail"

WHAT IS THIS CRAZY WORLD OF 2ND NUMBERS BEING CONTRADICTORY?! I want to move there, with rainbows and uboaticorns ramming battleships!

pacific_breeze
01-07-2009, 04:10 AM
I started when I was about 9 or 10. The first model I built was Tamiya German tank .. Panzerkampfwagen IV with the small motor in it. It was fun and I (well with my parents permission and money http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif ) kept buying the WWII tanks, vehicles, and armies.

I stopped building when I was 13 or so ... got too many stuff to do at school. I still have some of those Tamiya kits boxed ... brand new for over 25 years now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Like others said .. probably best to start with no glue ... have fun ... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

bunkerratt
01-07-2009, 07:49 AM
oops sorry....i e 1/350 scale vs.1/35 scale

Messervy
01-07-2009, 08:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by bunkerratt:
i started building models around 8-9 and started building competition grade models around 13 till present date ....also keep in mind the scale of the kit ...i mainly work with 1/35 and 1/32 scale armour kits ..the bigger the 2nd number is the smaller things get ..and the less detail ...the bigger the 2nd number the more detail ...but for starters you could get the kids going with "snap" kits ..no glue ...and inexpensive ... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Have you got any pictures of your tanks BR?

I was in tank building some 12 years ago.

M0ttie
01-07-2009, 03:51 PM
I used to make models, usually armour, 1:32 Tamiya when I was 16 - ish. Tried to keep to stuff I'd used or played on up until I was 19, at 20 I married and changed career so it all stopped.
One of the guys, was it you RJ, went to Bovington Tank Museum recently?. Took my boy last week, only 2.5hrs there and the same back, but he found a model he wanted.
It was sited just as you come off the 'cut in half' walkthrough tank and I dont know if you saw it but it was a 1:6 Konigs Tiger.
Wow! thinks I......... Wow! thinks son......
Read literature - all metal precision kit blah blah, can have 6 round blank firer in turret, smoke generator exhaust simulator, radio control turret/drive.
Can I get one Dad?, just reading son hang on, but isn't it great!, yes son but give me a chance to read this, mum would get me one, not until she read this she wouldn't - hang on, but it would be great driving up our road.....
OK lets go...........
But Dad
What - dragging him away.....
£3,999 of her majesties pound coins to buy son, sorry but keep dreaming.....
But its got all that kit on - as if that would sway my decision.............
Er No, theyre all extra's so probably £6-7k plus OK........
But Dad, you do love me dont you - clip round ear - not that much, besides Mum would kill me!
Maybe he says but she'd buy it 'cos she does love me..... runs out of ear clipping range.
Was a nice bit of kit though hee hee, just cant and never will justify spending enough to buy a car on a model tank, now sit in UBoat that works maybe...........
On that note does anyone remember the Bazooka Joe chewing gum?.
IIRC It came with a 'voucher' inside the wrapper which you collected and redeemed for various trinkets/items.
Its 35 years ago now but I'm sure I remember the top prize was a type of mini sub?.
Cant be sure but You'd need to get through about 10 tons of gum a year for a few years to get enough 'points'.
Anyone else remember this?.
Also at Bovington is the 'Tamiya' hall - which I thought would be full of Tamiya models, wrong - real ones.
I was looking to buy a King Tiger Tamiya model but when we got to the shop only tiger was a mark one, not Tamiya - in fact there wasn't one Tamiya model in there!.
My model building days ended when those I built were diorama's, I want to build one with a King Tigee stopped next to an 88 AT set up with tanker talking to gun crew. There will be a few other 'bits' involved - despatch rider/Kettenkrad maybe or even a field kitchen set up nearby but I need to seriously look at it as a project and see how big its likely to get.
Told the wife - she just raised her head skywards and rolled her eyes...........
Thats what I love about her - so supportive..........

bunkerratt
01-07-2009, 03:54 PM
i thought i did have some on photobucket but it looks like i don't ..and after relocating the family to florida ..all i have with me is 2 compressors and airbrush;s and paint/tool kits for building...i do have some of my ships and planes residing at my fathers home 2000 miles away..i should call and see if they can take some pictures ...most of the armour was tamiya ...while alot of the ships or planes were made by hasagawa ...

Messervy
01-07-2009, 05:29 PM
Don't bother your father.
Here are some pictures of my models I did manage to find on Photobucket:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/85cf4299.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/a0dcca57.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/47214618.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Tiger.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/PzKpfWlll.jpg

bunkerratt
01-07-2009, 05:34 PM
very nice competion grade ..the weathering is well done ....the air recognition flag on the truck hood is superb...do you remember the old testors/italiarie kits ?excuse the spelling ..they put out some great kits ..

http://www.moduni.com/product_.../products_id/8090111 (http://www.moduni.com/product_info.php/products_id/8090111)

Mittelwaechter
01-07-2009, 07:50 PM
Wow! Awesome models Messervy!

I like the "Stuka zu Fuss" rocketlauncher...

No - I really like them all.

You are a master in painting the models. The dirty windscreens on the Maultier...

Brilliant!

Messervy
01-07-2009, 08:36 PM
With that link you have succesfully deprived me of my night sleep.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif

Thanks BR - Bookmarked http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

@Mittelwaechter

When/if I come back (Celeon should know) I'll try to dig the models up and give them a fresh photoshoot.
The above shots were made on film.

Liddabit
01-08-2009, 03:56 PM
Those are amazing Messerveeee!

Did you make the background too? The landscape is just as amazing as the vehicles!!

Messervy
01-09-2009, 07:50 AM
Yes. That plaster and sand box is lost somewhere in realm of attic. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Heinrich505
01-10-2009, 03:58 PM
Liddabit,
I must have started around 7 or 8 years old, and dabbled with ships, planes, tanks, just about the full gamut, but stayed mainly around HO scale 1/87, because of my train set. The U-505 was in the mix too. I also put together dioramas with the minitank series from ROCO, using the AirFix brand boxes of small men, all painted, of course.

As I got older, the 1/35 and 1/32 armor and figures became my passion. I put together some really good dioramas with figures, weathering, backgrounds, battle damage, much like Messervy. I have 35mm pictures of them somewhere, as this was before the "digital age." Then I had to dismantle them for a cross-country move, and have not been able to resurrect my enjoyment of putting together dioramas again. I too have brand new kits from 20-30 years ago, that I haven't gotten around to building. The kits that are coming out now are amazing.

There are several sites dedicated to model building and dioramas where you can view some of the most amazing kits and the scenery they occupy. I go there to keep the flame lit, as I almost get the fever every time I view the art-work that the modelers are displaying. It used to be $12 for a Königstiger model from Tamiya. Yeah, I am dating myself for age by saying that. Now, they run $50 - $60. But the detail is stunning, with metal parts, etc.

I'll get back into it some day, when I have a room I can dedicate to it, because if I leave it out on a table, the cats will "help" me build it. Not good.

I agree with you that it would be neat to instill in the kids some historical memories by building models together. They can find some aspect to specialize in, be it cars, planes, tanks, or ships. Maybe they will be more interested in building the scenery, trees, or buildings to display the models on. At any rate, it is an interest the two of you can share. My son was overtaken by the digital age of computers and video games, so I was not able to interest him in models.

Once you get into the details of painting and weather, modeling damage from battle, things like that, it truly becomes a form of art, and is highly addicting. You may enjoy it more than the kids. Sort of like playing SH3, then Grey Wolves, then GW3. You get drawn in and the details are stunning, such as the stars in the sky that you can use to determine your position via sextant.

Messervy, excellent diorama. Very nicely done.

M0ttie, I used to chew so much Bazooka Joe bubble gum that my jaw would ache for days. Never got the points for the mini-sub either. Darn.

Heinrich505

seahorse1939
03-26-2009, 03:52 PM
I started on plastic models at the age of 10,i will be 70 this year and still at it,the model i'm working on at the momment is a 1/72 scale Revel German U Boat Type 11C. 92mm long with a lot of very fine detail.



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