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0dingo56

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Gidday mates

The name is Vic and I hail from Brisbane QLD Australia. Am just starting with modeling again after an absence of 30+ years. I even have some  models dating back that far. Tried to connect to your TS3 but have has yet been unable. I am extremely familiar with TS3 has I have been using it for a number of years with my Flightsim. Anyway mates I thought I would say hello and I'm looking forward to picking your brains with regards to Aircraft modeling.
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Welcome! It’s great to pick up a hobby from the past. Loads of improvements in the hobby. I don’t use the site feature you mentioned so I cannot help you there. Love to see some of those original kits from 3 decades ago!
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0dingo56

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A4 photo1.jpg  A4 photo2.jpg  A4 photo3.jpg Thanks Ted. Here is one of my oldest kits. An ESCI A4. Brought this in the early 80s and 
is one of my oldest kits. Did not assemble at the time has I was in the military and constantly on the move. The model itself remains in the plastic but decals wer destroyed. Will probably look at this after the F86 I have just started.

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That kit is cool! That is the plane that US Senator John McCain flew (he recently passed away from a brain tumor). His A4 was shot down over Hanoi and became a POW. Fortunately you will be able to get any decals you want for that kit. Probably lots of aftermarket resin or photoetch too. Thanks for the pictures! Great that the parts were in bags, the box took a beating. However, it’s in better shape than me!
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Here is a quick search for the A4 decals, three scale sizes here. 1/48, 1/72, and 1/32.

https://www.google.com/search?q=decals+for+A4+skyhawk+model&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari


And this is a full detail 1/48 AM set. OMG it’s like $69 US!! you may have paid just a few dollars for the kit! Lol...but that is the way it is. You have to evaluate the kit and see if the general quality of the kit warrants upgrades? Does it fit together well? Does it have good detail in general? Recessed panel lines? Well, that’s the good and bad news. Older kits can be a good challenge to deal with older quality—or lack of it. Whatever the case, enjoy!

https://www.scalehobbyist.com/catagories/Detailing_and_Weathering/AHM00004190/product.php?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqqqDn8_Y3QIVxrjACh1MqAL2EAQYAyABEgJZHPD_BwE

Wikipedia about ESCI
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESCI

One thing I forgot to mention. I am assuming that the kit is a 1/48. Truth is that aftermarket parts (resin, photoetch, etc) are usually created for specific kits. Ex: resin cockpit for 1/48 italeri plane. It’s another aspect of buying aftermarket for an older kit. Now let’s throw a real wrench in the mix. Several companies will re-box another manufacturers kit with different box art! LOL. Word up? Do your research before laying out $$& for aftermarket . We will help you if we can.

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0dingo56

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Thanks Ted. Hadn't given after market parts much thought. Thinking I may try scratch building components for cockpit. These are skills I would like to acquire.
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Excellent idea as you get back into the hobby. Low cost, relatively low risk.
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Hi from one returning prodigal son to another!  I last built a kit seriously in about 1984, and I was in the military too, the RAF.  It was the Airfix 1/24 Mustang, but I damaged it while packing up to finish my time and leave, so I never finished it.  Now I'm sort of retired, and have the time and money to get back into it!
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1984! Wow....thank you for your military service. This hobby is better than ever. So many kits and products. Enjoy and let us know how you get along.
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Yes, this hobby has advanced massively since i last did it.  There was no aftermarket to speak of, except maybe resin parts, photo-etch was unheard of, and canopy masks were what you did yourself with tape and a scalpel.  And no one used airbrushes unless you were very wealthy or a professional.  That's the thing I am struggling with the most, using an airbrush.  it isn't coming easily, but I keep practising, so hopefully I'll get there! 
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Absolutely you are right! Modelers have to master so many materials and techniques in order to get the results we desire. If something goes wrong at particular stages, you’ve lost the kit. A conscious decision has to be made as to what you will accept in terms of finish quality.
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Indeed Ted.  I think I'm expecting too much of myself.  I've watched dozens of videos of Bobby and many others, and they make it look so easy.  I feel I should be as good, or at least close, whereas the truth is I'm on a steep learning curve.  Yes, back in the day I would have considered myself as fairly advanced, given the techniques at the time, but I have to accept I'm less than that now.  My first attempt, however much I may wish otherwise, will be littered with mistakes, and I have to keep reminding myself I'm never going to enter it into any shows.  I just have to do my best to please myself with my efforts, and try to have fun!
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Your attitude and grip of reality are spot in. Bob and others make it look easy because of their experience. Bob breaks it down about as well as any I have seen but I still screw up the most simple things! The steep learning curve is the best analogy. Climbing up a steep mountain. One wrong slip and boom—-tragedy. Just think of how long it took to learn to walk, dress yourself, drive a car, learn lessons in school, etc. we forget about that process. One of the best recommendations on the site is to buy a cheap model and use it to practice techniques on. No goal of ever displaying this model but just use it as your “mule”
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0dingo56

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Hi Kit and welcome. It's nice to know I'm not the only one returning to the Hobby after many years. Similar to you, I stopped modeling when I joyed the RAAF. However, unlike you, I was never all that good. I built models for me and no one but me so if a joined line showed etc it didn't really matter if I was happy with it. However, today is very different. We have sites like this one for encouragement and a zillion tutorials that cover just about everything to do with our hobby. We are returning at a great time with all this social media to help us.
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