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Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Member Since: May 08, 2004
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Posted: Saturday, May 08, 2004 - 07:28 AM UTC
Greetings from Israel all,

I recently got interested in this hobby , and i already made 2 infantry kits and a tank kit.

Now i will post pictures and hopefully you guys can tell me what i did wrong in them, and how to get better. This hobby is very fun and i want to get better, and what better place to come than here to ask you professionals.

ALSO: With my Israeli Tiran-4 tank im having trouble getting the tracks on, any advice?

I think i are addicted to modeling
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Wisconsin, United States
Member Since: September 11, 2002
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Posted: Saturday, May 08, 2004 - 07:43 AM UTC
Welcome to the site.
Looks like you've found the DML Green Beret set and the ICM modern us troops.... What's the origfin of the 1/72 (I assume) tank? Haven't seen that one

Anyway the key to getting better at figures is exactly what you're doing... building.
Just a few things to keep in mind for next time, on one-color uniforms, try to vary the shades of green slightly on the pants and shirts, it helps the figure look a little more dynamic and less ... well, one color.. As you keep building, mess around with adding higlights and shadows to the creases in the uniforms.
As far as skin, just find what yu like and do it. Also, take a look at people you see everyday and think "how would I paint that?" That goes for both their clothes and skin tones.
Above all ask questions here. People are morethan willing to help.
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Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Member Since: May 08, 2004
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Posted: Saturday, May 08, 2004 - 07:45 AM UTC
Thank you, its an Tiran 4 Israeli MBT (ti-67) from ACE 1/72 scale cat.#72157
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Kansas, United States
Member Since: May 18, 2003
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Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2004 - 01:52 AM UTC
We all statrted somewhere, regardless of age or skill. Just keep trying, looking and learning. I've found other modelers in person and on this sight that are very willing to help. Try to stay away from glossy colors except for things that are really glossy, like glass. Stay with it.

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Florida, United States
Member Since: October 17, 2003
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Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2004 - 02:24 AM UTC
The best way I have found to improve is a rather simple one,
keep making mistakes and learning from them., and not repeating them.
The more figures you paint, the better you will become.
The easier it will be to mix your own colors, you just rotate the shelf, tossing out the old as the
improved one take over.
Wish I could help you with the 1/72 scale, but not my scale, but I would
think it would be the same as in 1/35.
take your time, and assemble them, and place around the wheels.
I usually paint my tracks first, if they are link and length, or just links,
I do sections at a time, place them on the model, let that section dry, (at least over night)
and then move on to another section.

A piece of advice given to me years ago by Shep Paine,
(back in the days of real teeth and hair)
"Dave, remember, they all do not turn out,
and remember they all are not going to be masterpieces,
just remeber, we all started out as newcomers once.!!!!"

Wecome to the site, and remember it's a hobby,
have fun and enjoy it.

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Visayas, Philippines
Member Since: October 05, 2003
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Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2004 - 03:37 AM UTC
Yup, we all started as newcomers so just keep on buildin' & welcome to the site. Cheers!
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Michigan, United States
Member Since: March 20, 2004
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Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2004 - 06:43 AM UTC
Shalom. Welcome to the gang. I've been at this for a long time, but I'm still getting ideas here, even from some new modelers, so don't be bashful. Just a couple of things about the figures. The one on his knee with the rifle across his chest looks to have his head up a bit too high for the position, unless he's looking over an obstruction. Also, scuff up the boots a little. Altogether, though, for 1/72, that's not a bad start. Stick with it.

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Karnataka, India / भारत
Member Since: April 30, 2004
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Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2004 - 09:56 PM UTC
Hey golani, don't worry ur not the only one new around here. I'm just 2 airplane kits old!
Main idea is to have fun and keep getting better! Cheers!
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Mindanao, Philippines
Member Since: July 04, 2003
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Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2004 - 10:30 PM UTC
You should see my first builds. I only painted the hulls of my ships. My firgures where all glossy and my first tank was hand painted. I even used super glues on them.
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Kikladhes, Greece / Ελλάδα
Member Since: September 30, 2003
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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2004 - 10:41 PM UTC
keep tha fire alive and build as more as u can attending here the posts and advices , till u get better and better

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California, United States
Member Since: December 16, 2003
entire network: 230 Posts
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Posted: Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 11:40 AM UTC
My advice would be to solicit suggestions for better-quality kits to start out on. ACE are difficult builds, even for many experienced modelers. It seems that you chose for the subject, probably out of specific personal interest. But just to use a related example, the Revell of Germany Merkava III kit in 1/72 scale is going to be a lot easier for a new modeler to tackle, than any Ace kit.

As for tracks, I find that if I am going to use the kit tracks in 1/72, I usually have to put them on before I join the upper and lower hulls. I know that many armor modelers do this even in 1/35, Cookie Sewell included. I prefer putting tracks on last. But in 1/72, I have to compromise.