On the Mos Eislie forum (agw), a poster asked what type of tac I use and said he and his child were looking at getting to the hobby. Here is my reply:Uhu Tac
This stuff is amazing. I use it to tac parts to sticks or to mask to achieve a 'soft' edge (better pic example coming soon). On White 576 and VF-17, I have a very small ball keeping the sliding canopy stuck in the open position. I also use it to mask as you can see in the wheel wells. I also use it to tac stuff to walls, and exterior bricks. For the latter, we had an old, faded fence picket with gorgeous growth rings that we carved and burnt our street address number. I then used Uhu tac to stick that picket to the brick. Has not failed and that was almost 2 years ago.
I would also suggest building your stock of paints in acrylic. Tamiya, Model Masters (Revell company I think), Vallejo. You can also get from Amazon, a good beginner setup airbrush and compressor set for ~ $100 usd. Master is the brand
What got me back into this was watching a video posted by a guy named Paul from International Scale Modelers. ~2016, he had a set of video builds for a Bf109 (iirc) start to finish. In this set of videos, he was using Tamiya Extra Thin
. This stuff is a game changer from what we had (and sniffed) in the '70s. They call this a 'hot' glue that welds the parts together. It is also very thin liquid and using capillary action, you hold the two parts together and brush the liquid along the seam. Seconds later it holds and within a few minutes of curing time, the part is permanently melted together. If you are careful, there is NO mess. Warning...do NOT let a drop of this stuff hit exposed parts of the plastic OR have it on your fingers, you will melt the plane or put your fingerprints permanently on the model.
As far as kits - I am finding that the company AirFix has OUTSTANDING detail (when I post the pics of the Mustangs, you'll see). Tamiya kits are good and the fit is damn near perfect, almost as though you not need glue. Some Revell are OK, but a lot of flashing and fit is sketchy.
Here are the links to a few sites:ISMISM (YT Channel)MM Scale Models (YT Channel)
- Very good channel for technique1001 Hobbies
- Good online store for everything you need.
I have all kinds of links and sites (really too many to list), but if anyone wants to ask questions or get more info, let me know. DaimyoSakai@gmail punta com.
I cannot recall who are AGW member was that owned a hobby shop. If that person steps up with a link, I'll be happy to order some supplies from them.
P.S. - That guy Paul has switched from a plane guy to cars and tanks over the last few years...so if you're interested in those builds, he's got ya covered.
PPG - The links above my sig line are to three completed builds. ISM Forum.