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Amacrftmodeller

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Does anyone know the best way to go about building Revell kits? I got 3 for Christmas and most of my stash is Revell. What do I do?

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Not sure how to answer that one, the quality of Revell kits ranges from really bad to good. Most of their kits are reboxes of other manufacturer's. I'd suggest getting real familiar with the instruction sheet, read it thru several times and look on here or youtube for kit reviews. They can save you some grief. Also you may or may not have a bunch of flash, ejector pin marks or sink holes to take care of and most important DRY FIT, DRY FIT, DRY FIT. Making sure parts fit properly before gluing can save you a whole bunch of aggravation. Hope this helps
                        Cheers, Dave
                                                              

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Amacrftmodeller

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Thanks Dave, I'm new to modeling so I'm trying to learn as much as I can......
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your welcome, I just started up again after being away for 40 years. I might as well be starting from scratch, so many new products, techniques and such. This is a great site to learn from, lots of friendly knowledgeable people. Don't be bashful if you have a question
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How to build a kit is very similar in terms of steps from kit to kit to manufacturer to manufacturer. Not EXACTLY the same but similar. I think that the answer to your question is the same that it was for me. Join this website [the forum is free but the website and access to ALL of the videos costs a very small [IMHO] monthly fee]. Watch some of Bob's step by step video builds. I was brand new [been 40+ years since my last kit] and knew virtually zero just two kits ago. Bob puts EVERYTHING together in a relaxed style that teaches you in detail how to go about building a kit from box to final finish. Once you can see the entire process, products, tools, etc., you will feel much more oriented. The great thing about the videos is that you can play, replay, study, pause, etc. Otherwise, the learning curve is so steep its a killer. I've never written this in the forum here and I haven't seen it written by others. I have no connection with Bob other than being a subscriber to the site. I searched for over a year to find a place that took you through kit builds from box to finish. Most of them were incomplete, poor video quality,poor audio, went too fast, left out steps, etc. I also looked at buying sets of DVDs on building scale models.most of the sites wanted an average of $50 and up for each DVD and it only covered one topic at a time. One other general recommendation that was given to me by members here [and Bob] was to start with an WWII plane kit. It was much easier than the jet I am building now. If you look at my Spitfire build you can get some info, but I made virtually every mistake possible as well. If you look at other members "photo builds", you can glean a lot of insight and info there as well. Best wishes
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I just want to say that I can't agree enough with Ted's post. The videos here are by far the best I've ever seen. Bobby gets straight to the point and does so clearly and seriously. I can't stand watching a presenter -- nearly drowned out by hard rock background music -- joke around and "act," thus wasting a huge amount of my time. The Genessis videos are first-rate.

I would also recommend Brett Green's tutorials. I haven't been able to find very many, but he is another professional who has a knack for explaining things very clearly. My skills have been improved quite a lot by watching these men.

All the best.
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I just want to say that I can't agree enough with Ted's post. The videos here are by far the best I've ever seen. Bobby gets straight to the point and does so clearly and seriously. I can't stand watching a presenter -- nearly drowned out by hard rock background music -- joke around and "act," thus wasting a huge amount of my time. The Genessis videos are first-rate.

I would also recommend Brett Green's tutorials. I haven't been able to find very many, but he is another professional who has a knack for explaining things very clearly. My skills have been improved quite a lot by watching these men.

All the best.


Brett Green is good and I have referenced his info many times. So many really good builders to get info from. what a great time to build scale models!

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I too have recently got back into plastic kits after a break of 35ish years (although I have always build scratch built ships from plans or even drawn up my own plans)I discovered it has changed beyond all recognition from how it was when I used to build them. Ilove the instantness of plastic kits a scratch built model ship can take me anything from 18 months to 3 years, compare that to (my longest build plastic kit so far of 3 months) and the detail you can get in a plastic kit is so great. I have learnt loads from checking out sites like this. Some are quite elitist, but this forum seems friendly and helpful. I have had some really good suggestions to improve the look of my models and the display of them from the fellows on this very site. I don't tend to comment much but sit in the background and watch, you can learn a lot like that, anyway my knowledge is not good enough to offer advice, other than what I've said already look read and learn this is an excellent site to do all three.
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Kpnuts,

Don't underestimate the value of anything you'd like to contribute. I have learned quite a few great little tips and tricks over the last month here. I am at the low end of the skills ladder, but I'm learning all the time. I'd love to do a scratch-built ship someday. Two kits I want to do this winter are the 1/200 Missouri and the 1/72 Flower Corvette. Both look to be long-term projects. The information I get here will be invaluable.

David
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Well let's say that genrally the quality of the Revell/Monogram kits has been a big issue till about 10 years ago. Now these days it still depends from kit to kit wath they trow on the market. But they have the advantage that they stay relative cheap according the other manufactures so for me personally it's is not such a big issue when your model doesn't turns out to be an awardwinning model.
There is only one rule :

AS LONG AS YOU'RE HAVING FUN BUILDING IT!!!!


But if you insist on advise kit per kit, shoot i'll be glad to try to give some comment on them.

Cheers Bro!

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Well let's say that genrally the quality of the Revell/Monogram kits has been a big issue till about 10 years ago. Now these days it still depends from kit to kit wath they trow on the market. But they have the advantage that they stay relative cheap according the other manufactures so for me personally it's is not such a big issue when your model doesn't turns out to be an awardwinning model.
There is only one rule :

AS LONG AS YOU'RE HAVING FUN BUILDING IT!!!!


But if you insist on advise kit per kit, shoot i'll be glad to try to give some comment on them.

Cheers Bro!


totally agree with Germen's post.  fun is the main thing over all other considerations. personal pride in what you do is worth more than ribbons and awards. not sure if I will ever get into the contests--the local club talks about all the politics of judging all the time. I don't have much patience for that kind of %^$#@. enjoy yourself!

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Kpnuts,

Don't underestimate the value of anything you'd like to contribute. I have learned quite a few great little tips and tricks over the last month here. I am at the low end of the skills ladder, but I'm learning all the time. I'd love to do a scratch-built ship someday. Two kits I want to do this winter are the 1/200 Missouri and the 1/72 Flower Corvette. Both look to be long-term projects. The information I get here will be invaluable.

David


this is true. if its useable info, GREAT. if we have seen the info before, GREAT. either way it has value to SOMEONE at some point in time.

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Look most of the kits I have built are Revell for one reason I build what I can afford to build I have been a loyal supporter of Revell for close to 30 years There is a lot of other kits out there by other makers

that I would love to have a chance to build  but a lot of them are too pricey and yes Revell has had their share of bad kit's to which some people don't seem to realize were made in the 70's and 80's you have to understand in those days

they did the best of what they could do with the technology they had back then but no and I mean no model company ever gets it 100% right an accurate. And yes some kits have fit issues and shape issues
never stopped me if I have to fill an sand improve fix I have no problem doing it that is the world of modeling

some of the new kits that Revell have out their F15 E  two seat strike eagle was the best one offered in 1/48 might still unless someone else has one out now that I don't know about. their F18 E super hornet pretty good kit I think some others I cant think off the top of my head.

Their new tornado IDS blows the Hobby boss and Itleri tornados out of the water in my honest opinion.

all I can say is build what you want to build and always have confidence in your self  and if you have a question or need help with something ill be more than glad to help or answer any questions you may have to the best of my knowledge if I don't know the answer right off hand then ill find one way or another.  and I have been doing this for a very long time and I still learn new things and ways of doing stuff and I absolutely love it.

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This thread is getting pretty old I hope the originator has nailed his Revell kits by now. But for the record I selected the Revell 1:48 Mosquito kit for my "re-birthing" into modelling (after 40 years away) because it was cheap enough ($47aus) to not worry about terminal mistakes, but complex enough to keep it both challenging and interesting.
Most of the techniques described by Bob on this website can be applied to a model like this. The age of the kit is 2008. And the quality is quite good. A few fit issues, mainly because of my rusty painting skills (too thick), so if you don't have the luxury (but really an absolute necessity for serious model building) of an airgun for spraying, you might find you're scraping paint to make things fit. Something that should be done anyway I guess. Maybe I'll change my tune when I've finished this particular model, but so far, not too bad at all.

Simon.

Edit: I have shelved this build indefinitely. Seemingly fixed one problem, another one arose. I'll tackle it again when my expertise and toolkit are better equipped.

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