Hello from Ontario, Canada

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Hi Everyone,

I'm getting back into part-time model building after being away from it for a few years.

I grew up building Revell 1/24 models in primary school and moved into Tamiya kits once I could afford them in high school. From what I recall, I've built the Tamiya Mini Cooper S, Alfa Romeo 155 ITC car and half of a 1999 Subaru WRC car (I'll be finishing it as a "refresher"). I transitioned to RC cars and now that I'm an adult with typical financial responibilities, I've decided to get back into building scale models as it's far more cost and time effective than RC cars!

I just got back from a vacation in Japan and While I was there I picked up the Fujimi Toyota Trueno "Drift King" AE86 and the Aoshima Mazdaspeed RX-7 GT-C Concept and am excited to get going on them! From what I can gather by looking at the parts trees the quality of both kits looks decent, not quite Tamiya but close. I also have a Tamiya Renault R5 Turbo rally car that I will get to eventually.

I'm keen to try some interesting materials and paint techniques with them (I've avoided buying kits with off-colour bodies so I've never had to paint them, but the Mazda will be my first time using spray paint on a scale model), but I'll be keeping it simple for the first little while I think.

I hope to learn a lot from all of you and pick up some techniques as I go since I'm basically starting off as a noob again.

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Welcome to the forum Erik, l think most of us left the hobby and returned back....

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WELCOME to the forum Erik, and back to the hobby!! :D

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Welcome to the forum from a fellow Ontarian. The kits from the japanese manufacturers are nice but don't discount some of the stuff from the little three either. The newer offerings from Revell & AMT/Ertl are just as good as the kits from Tamiya as far as parts fit and parts count go. If you read some of the reviews on here and even ask a few questions the folks on here will not steer you wrong as far as what is a good kit and what is a kit to stay away from.

For painting in our weather, I have always had good luck with the Tamiya line of spray paints. Warm the cans up a bit so that the paint flows really nice and make sure that it is not really humid when you spray. Other than that follow basic spray paint rules of make sure there's no oil or grease or dust on the surface to be painted and I always use the Tamiya fine primer before I lay down any color. I have always found that the Tamiya paint lays down nice and smooth, flows out nicely and does not seem to have to go on very thick to get a nice covering coat of paint. Check out the tips and tricks section and there is lots of advice on painting.

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Welcome Erik

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Welcome, Erik. Good place to pick up lots of model building info.

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Welcome Erik, glad your back in the action. Remenber there are a couple show and sales a year in southern Ontario.

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Welcome Erik, sounds like you have some nice kits to build. Let the spraying begin!

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Thanks everyone!

DumpyDan, where might I find a list of the show and sales?

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Hi Erik. Another new guy here-just thinking about the Tamiya Lotus 78 F-1or was it 79? I had. I wish I hadn't given it to my nephew-doubt he ever built it.

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Welcome .

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welcome! im currently thinking of picking up a revel kit of a 98' integra type R and a 93' MR2 (if I can find one) to build after my birthday in march. currently have no money to get some kits but am working a little to get some cash to afford the kits as they're expensive at my local store

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Erik, welcome to the forum.

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Welcome!

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