Been a fan of my favorite college football team for 60+ years(as long as I can remember). Five national championship seasons, a history of great coaches and great teams, umpteen conference championships and almost always in the top 25. Just got a new coach and this is the worst string I can remember. 2 and 3 on the season. Two door mat teams and three losses to OK teams in the closing seconds of the game(one hail mary, one OT loss, and one holy stuff, I can't believe that with 50 seconds left, they can't run out the clock). I am just miserable. I believe in giving the new coach a chance, but he needs to bring his coaching up to the level of the players he is coaching. Time to step up to the plate. Oh, and we are through the easy part of the season! Now we are going to play ranked teams!
Hmmmmm, interesting question. Frankly one I have never thought much about. I suppose it depends on the build. If it is a complex one with lots of aftermarket stuff, then I start with a review of the instruction sheets and markup and make references as to where all the aftermarket stuff goes. Then I decide on subassemblies. My builds are all about doing a lot of assembling different parts that come together near the end of the build. But I guess it all starts with the instruction sheet. I may or may not use the recommended steps but I always look at it and make notes. I try very hard to keep it from becoming analysis paralysis. Nothing is worse the studying something too much and not actually building it!
Ok, I'm going to get some hate mail for this but, this is a pet peeve of mine. Throwing up a photo on the internet or pulling a photo off of a web site and saying "This it the correct color" is totally bogus! Color as displayed on a computer monitor varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and can be highly dependent on monitor settings. The same is true of digital photography. The only way to get an exact match is to go to the original paint manufacture with the correct code and even then it may not be the same as OEM paint varied from batch to batch. Also due to scale effect, the correct paint may not look "right" on a model because of the variance of lighting and perspective. I have painted models with paint from the same can as a 1:1 car was painted with and had it "not look right". You set the model on the real deal and it was obviously the exact same paint, but view them apart and it just had the wrong look. The best you can do is get paint from a good source and go with it. Worrying about a subtly of shade is a fools errand.
My first love has always been aircraft. Dad was a Navy pilot in WWII, and he inspired my interest in flight. Got my pilots license in high school. Went through AFROTC in college and flew KC-135s in the Air Force. While in college I developed a taste for F1 racing and sports cars. Owned a 240Z and a Porsche 911 in the military. Started building autos when my son came along and found I had a bit of a talent for it. Still build stuff other than autos. Just diverse interests.
Tamiya primer is an synthetic lacquer. Doesn't matter how you apply it, it is going to smell like lacquer. I strongly urge you not to smell it. Get a good respirator and use it. Your brain cells and lungs will appreciate it. It doesn't smell any worse than the lacquer DuPont primers or HOK primers I also use. By the way if it is a two part urethane, that stinks just as bad and is equally bad for your body. There is no paint that is ok to inhale over the long haul. All of them have deleterious effects to one extent or another.
You are spot on with this. Models from as late as the late 70's and early 80's were pretty much the result of the tool and die makers art. Good as even the Tamiya mold makers were they were not perfect by a long shot. I first discovered this when I decided to cut a front windscreen for a 1:12 935. I made a card outline of the frame and cut it out and then folded it to make sure the sides were symmetric and they really weren't. Front, back and sides were all off. Not a lot but it was noticeable. These guys did a great job and the fine work was phenomenal considering how they were working but then they went to computer controlled electrostatic discharge milling, the accuracy shot through the roof. That is why I said the Enzo. It was the first of it's kind by Tamiya to combine CAD and CAM and slide mold technology to create a complete model. I will never forget the first time I opened the box and saw the body panels as separate parts and though, S**T a step backwards from a one piece body. Then I saw the frame and how they mounted and with such precision and when WOW, this is beyond cool. I think the Enzo instantly set the bar for the rest of the world.
Cleaning your air brush from Tamiya AS and TS paints, and rattle can primers you need lacquer thinner or acetone. These are lacquer based paints. Mineral spirits are for enamels and will just make a mess of lacquers.
I also love the Tamiya white. Very fine grained and lays down an almost perfect surface every time(can blame it for contaminates). I have used it with automotive grade lacquers and enamels forever and never had any issues with it. I use it strait from the can and decant it as well. Before I used it, I used DuPont Veraprime auto grade primer. Great stuff but the grain was much heavier.
Harry, I agree for the most part and disagree a little. We all build to satisfy something within us. That something varies in extremes across the spectrum. I build for the pleasure of building. The better and more complex it gets, the happier I am. New skills are a reward for me. I am a voice of one. Others that I know, get some pleasure out of building as many as they can as quick as they can. That has no impact on me because that is their thing. Good for them, but I don't understand their motivation and never will. Frankly, I don't care to understand it. If they are happy at what they do, then great. However if they start degrading the way I build and say theirs is best, then we have a problem. I'm not building for them. I also get annoyed when someone starts popping off about how "they build just for fun" as if I don't. "Fun" is subjective and with any optional activity like modeling we all do it for fun. Just because what makes me happy is not the same as makes someone else happy is irrelevant. Far to often the "I build for fun" is an excuse for putting BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH on the table and then expecting people to be impressed. Don't use that as an excuse. I build at a this level because that is the best I can do is far preferable. Want to get better? Fine. Don't want to get better? Also fine. Just don't act like you are the only one in the room who is having fun!
Over the years I have come to realize that modeling building is just like life in microcosm. It is not about the destination but the journey. I know it kind of sounds corny but to me the pleasure has always been about the build and not the finished model. Yes, it is nice to take a model to a contest and get some validation from fellow modelers, but there are still a lot more hours in the build that should be fun and pleasurable so enjoy it and don't worry about getting it done. When it is done, the fun is over!