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mfarina71208

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I just wanted to say how impressed I am with Mr. Waldron and this website! I am 38 years old with a lot of amateur kits under my belt, and in the trash too. Watching Bobby’s videos has inspired me to enter my first model competition this upcoming June in South Carolina.
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Welcome to the forum! Glad that you enjoy Genessis. Best wishes with your scale modeling. I’m located in Chattanooga TN.
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Welcome to the Genessis Forum & Website..  Enjoy modeling and don't get stressed out with competitions.  I am located outside Washington DC. 
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Welcome to the Genessis Forum & Website..  Enjoy modeling and don't get stressed out with competitions.  I am located outside Washington DC. 


Good advice. Its fun just to participate in competitions. My main reason for attending scale model shows is to gain ideas and inspiration. They are great mojo builders and also help you judge where you are at with your own modeling. Also, great place to ask questions!

When I attended the local scale model group, the main thing I found missing was fun and mentoring. I expected to find other modelers that were excited about the hobby and a LOAD of experienced tips, how-to's, do's and don't's, etc. I found neither. Overall the meetings were glum. Sad. We had one young man come in with a kit he had been working on but he never came back.I think he got bored? lots of political talk re: shows and other clubs. I get plenty of politics from media. I want scale modeling to be a relief from everything stressful, except the stress of modeling frustration, which I can pick and choose.

Well, I guess I just finished a little soapbox? Sorry guys! Have fun everyone!

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mfarina71208

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Thanks for the advice. I’m looking forward to the show but I do have to be careful. I get a little discouraged if my work isnt perfect all of the time and I have to remind myself why I build in the first place. I usually just watch a video from Bobby and it gets me going again.
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remember that scale modeling is an attempt to master dozens of skills and have all of those work for you virtually flawlessly to turn out the level of result that YOU aspire to. None of us learned to dress ourselves, feed ourselves, walk, run, read, write, drive, etc., etc., etc., overnight. It takes months and years to truly master some skills, right? Its actually very much like the Olympics? you practice practice practice and then,......put all the skills together to "Perfection"--but...the Olympic athlete can practice thousands of times before the final performance that hopes to bring a medal. As a scale modeler, you may have one shot at each skill, maybe two attempts, then you can be stuck with poor work. When perfection doesn't happen it leaves you feeling crushed. Best to have one or two cheap "practice" kits that you can go to and get time in doing various skills. They may look horrible but are actually solid gold as you make all your mistakes on the "dummy" styrene and then transfer an experienced skill to your "prized" model. I hope this helps.

Just keep in mind that you are trying to perform multiple skills perfectly in each step from the box to the final pictures/result. Its a really hard track to follow. Best wishes.

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golfermd

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Where in VA? I lived in Fairfax near George Mason for 20 years.
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Where in VA? I lived in Fairfax near George Mason for 20 years.
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mfarina71208

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I currently live in Galax Virginia. That is in the southwest part of the state about 2 hours from Bristol. I grew up in Fauquier County though and I still have some family who live up in Northern Virginia. 
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