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The_Chieftain #1 Posted Oct 11 2011 - 19:13

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I have far too many hobbies for my time (and wallet). The one I’ve been doing the longest, however, has been modelling.

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It started out many moons ago, in our house in Greece. My father was travelling often in the course of his business, and would often bring home a present of some sort. When I was about at the tender age of twelve, he showed up with a Tamiya Leopard 1, 1/35 scale.

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We then spent a few afternoons sitting on the veranda as we put the thing together. Not exactly something to threaten Shepherd Paine, but what does one expect from a 12-year-old?

It all sortof went downhill from there, really. That’s what really got me hooked on tanks. I’m fairly sure my father has regretted it ever since. I’ll claim it as a business expense: The best way to know a tank if you can’t operate one is to put it together as a model. As you’re putting the pieces together, you can look at all the bits, bobs and bolts and try to figure out “just what does it do, and why did they put it there?” Model-making should be a mandatory hobby for soldiers.

These days, I’ll model most anything. Ships, tanks, aeroplanes, I’ve even put together a Florida Highway Patrol Caprice once. Mr Paine still isn't under threat from me, but at least I'm getting better.

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One can find die-cast or pre-assembled models of great quality these days, probably better quality even than most people can do themselves, but you just can’t get the same satisfaction of being able to say ‘I built that’ when it's sitting on your shelf and someone's looking at it saying 'cool tank.'

Depending on my mood, I go into various levels of detail. Some, I go all-out, go with the photo-etch…

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And others I just build straight from the box for pure therapeutic purposes. On the downside, usually those out-of-the-box builds are usually older low-grade kits that I don’t spend much time on, but invariably I spend so much time fixing the fit that I spend as long on them as I do on the modern kits with 400 small fiddly parts which at least tend to fit together well.

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Of course, I go to my local modelling club, and there’s something of a lack of ‘young blood’ at it. Most of us are old fogies, many retired. Now, it could be that us old geezers are the only ones with time in the day, or it could be that models have become more expensive, but I don’t think that’s really it.  Either way, sometimes I worry about the state of the hobby.

It’s not helped by the fact that the local hobby stores are closing. Sure, you can get everything you need online, but how often have you been doing a project on your car or house, and realized you need this one thing right now, and without it you’ve come to a screeching halt? I end up spending $10 in fuel to get a $5 tin of paint. In today’s fast paced world, it’s not really compatible, is it?

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A related hobby I have is wargaming. These days, people often conjur up player vs player on the computer, but I’m thinking about the old-fashioned pewter-pushing type of wargaming. Am I the only one to lament passing of the concept of the lads gathered around a gaming table, with seven-course-meals (pizza and a six-pack) to hand, having a good laugh at the ludicrous situation which has just unfolded in the battle?

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(Yes, I play 40k. It's much easier to find opponents for that than for Command Decision). It’s almost two hobbies for the price of one. Not only does one spend hours putting the miniatures together, one then gets the fun of playing with them. Of course, one has to spend 45 minutes of the day travelling to the friend’s house, and who has the room for the gaming table? It’s like my model railroad, which I don’t have. I’d like one, but even if I could find the square footage, the cat (who, I should add, is evil and spends her day primarily plotting world domination) would have it destroyed in short order. She can’t kill the computer. Well, not easily at any rate.

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There may be a cure for my cynicism, however. I shall be at the iHobby expo later this month. Trains, planes, R/C cars and tanks... Oh my. Let’s see what wondrous products will be available for us to drool over. My closets and shelves are already filled with models I don’t have time to build, I look forward to the challenge of seeing what more I can squeeze into them. (My offspring are liable to be disappointed by their inheritence: Unbuilt kits galore).

But while we’re there, let’s have a bit of fun. The show is having a ‘bring your own model’ event. If you bring a model for display, you get free entry to the show. See the flyer (PDF).

We’ll be showing off World of Tanks at the show, so if you bring your model in, come find us with your receipt and give us your in-game name so we can link you to your model. You’ll then be entered into The Chieftain's Model Competition. It doesn’t have to be a tank either. The rules will be invented three days after the show ends, and the prizes will be thought up down the pub later that night, but I’ll post up a pic of your model here in the hatch at some point after we get back to the office.

See you there.

dudeguy13 #2 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 00:49

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if your offspring doesnt want them ill take them :D. how much does the average quality sherman/pershing/abrams etc. for beginners cost

Dominatus #3 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 01:25

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A Hellhound, cool. Always nice to see some 40k players around.

SolDust #4 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 02:01

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yow yow! Is that an S-tank I spy! well done sir! love the paint job!  
  I'm an avid modeler myself, been doin it since I was a wee little 6 year old thanks to my good ole dad!  Its been 14 years since I first started which makes me 20 years old.  There's definitely young people out there keepin' the sport alive so don't lose hope yet!  I wish l lived in Chicago, never been to a model expo before.  woulda loved to enter my nearly complete 3ft long K5 rail gun!  oh well...cant wait to see the entries though, always fun seeing other peoples work!

DrFlankenstein #5 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 02:10

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I know how you feel, I have a B-29 bomber kit from the 60's by way of grandfather. I am in perpetual state of "to build or not to build." Love modeling, but die cast collectibles are killing the hobby imo.

Savage79 #6 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 02:12

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I'm diggin the UP SD-40. I used to build model rockets back when i was in my teens. then when I'd visit my grandparents in Ohio for thanksgiving they had enough room on their property where i could launch them. Most came back to earth safe and sound. then my 1/32 scale of the V2 did not and acted quite like a real V2 and exploded mid flight. i was sadden and excited at the same time to see the carnage flutter back to the ground. I think with today's electronic age kids are way more occupied with FB and other stuff that no one really sits down and models any more. Except for maybe the older generations.

apollokenney #7 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 02:20

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View Postdudeguy13, on Oct 13 2011 - 00:49, said:

if your offspring doesnt want them ill take them :D. how much does the average quality sherman/pershing/abrams etc. for beginners cost
tamiya models are fairly cheap, 20-30$

The_Chieftain #8 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 02:23

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View PostSolDust, on Oct 13 2011 - 02:01, said:

yow yow! Is that an S-tank I spy! well done sir! love the paint job!  

Always did like it.

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PanzerSchofield #9 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 03:13

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I build models....badly...
I also used to play warhammer.

But chief, have you tried dust tactics? World War 2 weird wars wargame/board game hybrid?

Every played the old Avalon hill "Advanced Squad Leader"? (Multi-man publishing had picked up the IP and were making new modules for it)

And lastly, Flames of war, WW2 tactical tabletop, heard of it?

Martellus #10 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 03:38

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I did a model t-55a over the summer and a friend did an IS-2. I like gluing the parts together, starting to get a final pic, but i absolutely DESPISE painting or removal of seams from production. do have a few 40k tanks. I love putting on little custom details even if its not to spec. I personally get annoyed by a lack of function after awhile though ;) . Wish I could go to the show. And Tamiya models are not very cheap! Or at least not the ones I ever see;they are usually around $50+ . A model I would like to do would be those Leopold or large scale Dora railway guns.... they look HUGE, I want one on my shelf  :Smile-playing:

Killer30CoD #11 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 04:20

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I did some modeling with WW2 aircraft, the sad part is the glue melted the 50+ year old plastic models <_<
After I said F this, I'm sticking to simpler LEGOs for a constuctive hobby. Still great hobby, cheaper than building the actual thing(but less fun).

Carves #12 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 04:59

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Yep, gotta love them modelling.

Here is what I did a few years back.

For you all Marder Lovers

Spec: OOTB Tamiya 1/35 Marder II. Painted with white wash camo.
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SgtGrunt #13 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 06:17

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View PostCarves, on Oct 13 2011 - 04:59, said:

Yep, gotta love them modelling.

Here is what I did a few years back.

For you all Marder Lovers

Spec: OOTB Tamiya 1/35 Marder II. Painted with white wash camo.
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Nice! Love the Marder. White wash over Panzer Grey with weathering is excellent.

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Lert #14 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 12:20

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Cool, another 40k player. I paly Necrons myself. Yes, I played them before their upcoming new codex, before they were cool. ;)

tweedy1964 #15 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 14:47

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I also love building models, I have a huge collection somewhere around 250 vehicles and 500 troops, plus verlinden buildings, I was building a 4' by 8' city  board when I stopped. I have even gone so far as to buy models on ebay to save then from the garbage can. when I was younger I had a paper route and winters are long in Minnesota so when my brother took me to a hobby store when I was 7 and I was hooked, first model was a Panther.I have a hard time now finding the time to keep building stuff.Its a hobby that is being pushed aside by gamesystems and cp games. I will have to post pictures when I start up again, I think I would build more If I had a friend that build them still but they have moved away.I will see you on the battle field on WOT  look over your shoulder you are being flanked by tweedy1964  AKA David Lidenberg. Moorhead Minnesota.

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View Postdudeguy13, on Oct 13 2011 - 00:49, said:

if your offspring doesnt want them ill take them :D. how much does the average quality sherman/pershing/abrams etc. for beginners cost
keep your eye on ebay you can pick up some kits for a good price, I have also bought groups of completed models that I needed for battle damaged vehicles on my city board, even got alot of nice ones out of the groups that I saved. people sometimes just get rid of them .

jdtherocker #17 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 15:03

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Those are pretty awesome models. Although I don't personallybuild models some are pretty awesome to look at.

Train_Fan #18 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 16:26

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Yay train. :P

Well, MoTown is a bit far for me. If only they can hold it in Scranton for once.

Anywho, for us who cannot attend, are we allowed to enter in your contest online? And if so, are buildings allowed?
Just wondering.

jdtherocker #19 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 17:52

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by the way whats the hardest model you ever built?

sgtnick09 #20 Posted Oct 13 2011 - 18:33

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FINNALY A FELOW MODELER!!! id tell me clan (CAC) that i wanna build a model and id get a dumb response whats a model?? im also getting intrested in 1/72 scale wargaming (im making my own rules). Iv built a Tamiya M4A3 Sherman 75mm, M41 Walker Bulldog (god i love that kit iv built it like 7 times) and a Panther Ausf.A. wish i could come to the show, id bring my bulldog ( hey cheftian convince the developers to put this in on the game as a tank that comes after the M24 chaffe ( i will definently buy it). Send me gold and a Panzer IV Ausf h model. Cheers !!


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