I had been away from modeling building for 25+ years, and recently returned a few years ago.
Unfortunately, I don't have tons of time to build, nor the space to build, but I've missed this hobby very much. Today, we entered a Mincrapft Model A truck as my daughter's entry into the local 4-H fair.
I enjoyed this build, and at the same time, wanted to pull my hair out with this model.
I experienced many modeling firsts, at least for me. If anyone understands, it might be you builders...
1. First use of a pin vise in a build. How did I ever live without that tool??
2. First time of drilling out an exhaust pipe.
3. First use of Tamiya spray paints. (Tiny can, BIG price!!!)
4. First use of Tamiya bottle acrylics in over 26 years. I wish that Testors had a similar product line.
5. First use of sanding the primer coat with 1,000 grit paper.
6. First use of using a non-model plastic to fix a problem. I used slices of a Bic pen barrel as a spacer for a wheel issue.
7. First major use of CA glues on a model. I probably glued 90%+ of the model together with super glue.
8. Created a new faux rust finish using a brush and bottled paints. It looks awesome!! Dr. Cranky would be proud!!!
9. First use of pigments on a model. Lots to learn about using pigments, but this stuff is cool!
10. First very successful use of Scotch tape to mask off paint lines. (A tip that I got here.)
11. First use of multi-colors with pin washes.
12. First time ever painting shadow lines on a car seat...and it looked great!!
13. First time making realistic duct tape for the model's seat.
14. The Minicrapft kit was full of warped parts. First time using hot water to try to bend warped parts back to normal.
I'm sure there are more 'firsts' for me. I know that most of these things are either old hat or juvenile to many of the outstanding builders on this forum.
I also want to thank everyone on the forum for their help. I am a better builder because of you all!! A majority of my 'firsts' list was learned on the MCM forum.
Anyone have some 'firsts' that you want to share?