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billbuck

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Hi Bobby and all. I'm 61 and last made a model in 1981! Decided to take things up again and am bewildered, amazed, frightened and excited all at once about the seismic changes that have happened to this hobby over 40 years! I'm watching hours of Bobby's videos and intend to ease myself in as the investment for a pensioner in all the potions and paraphernalia now needed is staggering.
Millions of questions in my head but trying to answer them by research and studying the videos rather than asking too many up front. I'm most worried my eyesight may not be up to this so will attempt a 1/32 scale Revell Hawker Hunter as my first build.
First question. I'm quite short sighted so has anyone else had problems with eyesight? What solutions have you come up with? I've bought some cheap 2.5 magnification clip on glasses from fleabay and wondered if that's the route to go?
Cheers for now.
Bill
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Hi Bill,

Nice you decided to come back in modeling !

Welcome to the community !!!

Wrote you about the cheap lights I use a few minutes ago to save some money. They not so bad really.

But for my eyes I decided to go with good but not so cheap stuff. I use the Optivisors brand with n°4 glasses (forgot the strenght) They might seem a litlle expensive but they are my BEST friends !!!

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Bill,
Welcome
I’m 62 and modeled as a teen in the 70’s. Kits were $2 and cheap paint, brushes, and the old testers glue were about all you needed. Maybe add some sandpaper and an xacto knife and some spray paint.
When I came back in 2012 I was in shock—total shock at the kits and every tool and product involved.
1/32 would be great for the vision problem. On the other hand applying a finish might be problematic? Don’t know exactly what you have available to you right now.
I have vision problems and have used various visors and glasses over the last few years. Good light is an important part of my ability to see. I have a double tube 4’ fixture over my work area.
I will get the specs on my current visor and post here. They are the best I have used so far.
Best wishes!!!

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The link below is the visor I use. Mine has options for head strap or glasses style ear pieces. Box of lenses. Powerful double high intensity LEDS. The position of the lenses are fully adjustable including in and out to get the best position for your vision needs. Lightweight, comfortable, and the lenses flip up if you need them out of the way. I paid about $30 for mine but these seem dirt cheap?? Hmmmm.....I will see if I have my original paperwork to get exactly what I have and ALL of the features.

https://www.wish.com/product/5b5f143b3d222c232e0575a8?from_ad=goog_shopping&_display_country_code=US&_force_currency_code=USD&pid=googleadwords_int&c=%7BcampaignId%7D&ad_cid=5b5f143b3d222c232e0575a8&ad_cc=US&ad_curr=USD&ad_price=6.00&is_maxboost=true&campaign_id=1603554661&campaign_id=1603554661&gclid=EAIaIQobChMItOO4lMPI5AIVxJyzCh1bRg7XEAQYDCABEgLPm_D_BwE&hide_login_modal=true

When I clicked on the “description “, it’s identical to mine. I’m going to order me another system as a spare!!

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billbuck

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Thanks Ted. I already had a cheapo Chinese single cylinder compressor (sorry Bobby it has no tank). I have a Sparmax Max 4 airbrush on order. I did a lot of research already and it seemed the best compromise for my budget. If things take off (ha ha) I can always upgrade to something like a H&S and a proper compressor.
I forgot to add that I'm from Kent in England. Those visors seem awful cheap but I'll see what I can find similar on this side of the pond.
Many thanks.
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Hi, Bill, welcome to the forum.  I have somewhat poor vision myself, so a good set of optivisors is a must.  Amazon have a good range, so that's a good place to start.  This is the set I have, but there are cheaper and more expensive ones out there, so buy according to your budget.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carson-MagniVisor-Head-Band-Magnifier-Interchangeable/dp/B007CDJKM2/ref=sr_1_20?keywords=optivisor&qid=1568231846&s=gateway&sr=8-20

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Originally Posted by billbuck
Thanks Ted. I already had a cheapo Chinese single cylinder compressor (sorry Bobby it has no tank). I have a Sparmax Max 4 airbrush on order. I did a lot of research already and it seemed the best compromise for my budget. If things take off (ha ha) I can always upgrade to something like a H&S and a proper compressor.
I forgot to add that I'm from Kent in England. Those visors seem awful cheap but I'll see what I can find similar on this side of the pond.
Many thanks.


Sounds like you actually have s good start. It would be difficult to buy everything top shelf at once. I was fortunate to have someone that “financed” my compressor with tank. I paid them back over time. It’s not always the tool but the patience and knowledge of the user that makes the difference. I would recommend placing an desk fan practically against your compressor. It will help cool the compressor and give you longer paint runs.. go for it!!!

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billbuck

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Thanks. Great tip but lets hope I avoid real paint runs!🤣😂
I got my Revell 1/32 Hunter kit out for a close inspection and cant believe the quality and detail for £16! Only disappointment is the canopy which is badly distorted along one side. It's really thick plastic on that side and has rippled to an orange peel on the inside surface which really distorts the light. The other side is thin and crystal clear. I've emailed Revell DE and hopefully they will rectify. If not, it's no biggie as I bought it as a cheapo first build. after a 40 year break I'm bound to make a few screw ups along the way with all these new techniques.
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Don’t see bad glass very often. I guess you could practice sanding and polishing glass?
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billbuck

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that will be the backstop but it's a big area, practically half the canopy and windshield. If it was on the outside it would be easier but it's on the inside curvature.
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Bummer. I think the manufacturer will send you a replacement. Best wishes
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What's with all you old farts and bad vision? Lol

I'm very fortunate to be near sighted. Which is how I can pull off some crazy detail in 1/72 at times.

However I do have a 1/32 Revell P-38 and I must admit that having the details enlarged is a huge bonus.

Welcome to the forums and enjoy yourself as much as possible. Great crowd here and some seriously talented chaps to be sure. We will help you on your journeys. Just remember that the main focus is on enjoyment.
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So THATS how you do that tiny detail! Nearsighted. Is that cheating? Nope, I’d say it’s a gift!?
Focus on enjoyment—no 1 rule, good reminder Michael

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Lol it's a gift, I'm sure.
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billbuck

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My Sparmax Max 4 airbrush arrived late today and I'm really looking forward to trying it out for the first time. I've only used a suction, single action before so I have plenty of practice planned. I must say on first sight it's an impressive bit of kit for £51. Superb plating and has quite a heft to it.
It has quite a few features for the money like a paint cup cap, and both a closed and crown type tip cover. There is also an alternate connector to the supply hose that converts it to single action, although I dont know if that will be useful.
What really impressed me is it has what I think is a quite unusual feature at this price point of an adjustment 'screw' at the rear end of the body. This allows the rearward 'paint' movement of the trigger to be limited to any point along its travel. For a beginner like me new to dual action, it should allow precise setting of the biting point Bobby talks about in the videos.
I'd like to post a review on here once I've got used to it and wondered which section or topic I should post it under?
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