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Ralesong
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Joined: 1:50 AM - Jan 23, 2018

3:11 AM - Jan 25, 2018 #1

Hi, I'm Ralesong
I recently started thinking about picking modeling as another hobby adding to gaming. I used to do some models somewhere about 15 years ago and I have literally no idea where to start now, which kits or even general theme. Ultimately I would love to make models of things like Saturn V, but I imagine that it may be kinda hard for a noob. Also I don't exactly have time for long sessions, at least not in the next couple of weeks. So any sort of advice on how to get started will be much appreciated.
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Mark M
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Joined: 9:20 PM - Jul 24, 2011

7:38 AM - Jan 25, 2018 #2

:welcome:


Hi and Welcome

go to a model store buy a cheap kit that takes your fancy, prob a gift set to start with as everythings there, then well just have fun
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peebeep
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Joined: 4:05 PM - Jul 24, 2011

10:46 AM - Jan 25, 2018 #3

:welcome: to RevellAtions Ralesong! I agree with Mark, pick something that you find appealing and give it a go, but something simple to start off with.
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Johni044
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Joined: 6:21 PM - Jul 24, 2011

11:04 AM - Jan 25, 2018 #4

Warm :welcome: to the group.

Re-iterate previous advice, if starting off, don’t expect miracles and don’t be to critical of yourself.
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Ralesong
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8:02 AM - Jan 26, 2018 #5

Thanks for warm welcome and advice guys :)
I took it and picked up a 1:144 Sputnik Launcher from PARC. Not too many small parts except for engine nozzles. I may have to figure out some replacement for Vernier Thrusters however, since they are kinda badly casted in the frame and cutting them out may be tricky. But I think that I should be able to replace them with toothpick tips if necessary.
I would share some photos, but paintjob is going so messy it's scary.
Aaaaaand I did accidentally broke one piece that is supposed to fix side boosters in place so I will definetely need to replace that.
Even though it's small kit, it will take me few days to finish it because my working hours don't exactly help me in making more than one painting session per day.
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CPNGROATS
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Joined: 9:53 PM - Jul 24, 2011

1:25 PM - Jan 26, 2018 #6

HELLO from Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Looking forward to seeing your model of Sputnik.......... :woo:

Cheers,

ggc
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Ralesong
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11:41 PM - Jan 27, 2018 #7

It's done :) Apparently I misjugded the required time :)



I placed it inside my PC case so it can fill some empty space and look good :)
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Johni044
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1:22 AM - Jan 28, 2018 #8

That’s just got me humming Thunderbirds to myself.
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Ralesong
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2:28 AM - Jan 28, 2018 #9

Then you'll be happy to know that I have an idea to build models of all rockets from R-7 family.
Well, at least the main designs. Soyuz alone has like 10 versions (not counting Soyuz 2) so building separate model for each may be kinda overkill.
I would like to keep the current scale of 1:144, but I'm not sure if I want to stay on the current quality/detail level which isn't too high, or go higher and more expensive. I suppose that bottom line in that question would simply be going cheap now and remaking the set after some time when I gain experience and skill. I would definetely appreciate some advice. Also, when I'm done gathering information and actually start the project, would it be a good idea to start a dedicated thread for the whole or for each model separately? Not to mention that I may actually try converting some models into others, for example Sputnik into R-7 or Vostok into Voskhod.
Aaaaaand that is how noobie is going full bananas I suppose :yipee:
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peebeep
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Joined: 4:05 PM - Jul 24, 2011

9:26 AM - Jan 28, 2018 #10

Mach 2 have a whole range of R7 variants in 1/72 scale. Be aware before you're tempted to buy that Mach 2 kits have a reputation for being 'challenging' to build.
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CPNGROATS
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9:40 PM - Jan 28, 2018 #11

Your Soviet rocket looks very nice.........thanks for sharing..............

Cheers,

ggc

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Ralesong
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1:10 AM - Jan 30, 2018 #12

peebeep, thanks for pointing me towards Mach 2. Looks like it's the only company that offers such large collection right now. I tried finding other source (that would be cheaper - it is a factor) but I couldn't, so it looks like I will have to go with it. But first I need a dedicated desk for assembly :)
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Ralesong
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4:20 AM - Feb 07, 2018 #13

I am posting again instead of editing because I need to attract attention since I need assistance.

In order to practice a bit I picked up the 1:144 Vostok, also from Parc.
This is current state of model

However, I have problem. The interstage of this rocket was made out of struts and those struts are kinda crappy in the kit. They broke apart as I tried to form them in various ways to fit. Here is picture I made during one of the tries

I need some way to replace them, an you recommend what would be best? Diameter of those is roughly 1mm. I was thinking about some thin wire, but maybe there is better idea?
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Johni044
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7:57 AM - Feb 07, 2018 #14

Have you tried immersing them in warm/hot water and taping them over a suitable diameter tube first, then fixing them in place one rib at a time?
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Ralesong
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10:37 AM - Feb 07, 2018 #15

Yeah, that is how I broke one of the pieces.
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