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  1. PanzerProfile

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    Hey... a question of our member GP in another topic raised me an idea for a new one. He asked for advice what kit to buy for his 6-year old son. Now thisbrought me to the idea: What was your first kit? And maybe you can even remember how old you were when you made it? Tell us all about it!

    As for me, I started off, very clunsy, on some sort of plane, I have seriousley no idea which one. It was followed by another couple of planes, even helicopters for some reason, before I started off on a 1:72 PzKpfW III, a late version, at the age of I think 9 or 10. The thing looks very ugly, with glue all over it but that was the first one. I still have it though, because I learned so much of it. I even bought the model again quite recently (I believe a year ago) unfortunately just before I started painting my models. I bought this so I could make it again and see how much I had improved my skills on that very model. The result was amazing, but now I know how to paint models I am thinking of buying another one to try it once more. 8) :p
     
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    Any pictures?
     
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    It was a model of the U.S.S. Pennsylvania, sister ship to the Arizona. Penna. was in drydock at Pearl Harbor and suffered fairly minor damage. Not recommended for new model builders, I still suffer from the nervous frustrations that glueing a tripod mast will bring.
     
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    Oh yes, ships are definitely more advanced than anything else and NOT the thing to start with, I would say...

    To serve as the best memory in the family has become my role I believe. The first model Panzer built was a P47 Thunderbolt, and he even painted it somehow, even though nothing that stuck out still did, if you know what I mean. It came out as a fuselage with wings and one tail wing I believe, and it was all green and brown. But then, he was 7 or what at the time so forgive him. :grin:

    I, just like him, just can't remember what was my first model ever... My first tank, I know that, was a T34/76 by Matchbox, which I completely ruined, but I too still have it in a closet somewhere. The surface is more glue than anything else and most of the parts still have pieces of frame attached. :grin:
     
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    Must have pictures :evil:
     
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    Sorry, no can do. I don't have a digital camera or any other device to make such pictures, and furthermore, they're shameful, sad displays of un-skill. :wink:
     
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    :angry: Must have pictures
     
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    now you are makin mby poor brain to rememberr that old age, but I think I remember: my dad give me a P-47 in 1/48 scale but as a new hobby it was a disaster, I remember that I used too much glue, :oops: :oops:
    and m-7 i do not have any pic from my early models sorry :grin:
    besides that will save my pride,
     
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    well can't blaim one for his first attempt, can you?
    m-7: I will try to get some pics, but please HAVE PATIENCE!! :lol: :eek: :smok:
     
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    I can´t remember my first kit, I´ve been modelling for as long as I can remember. But I once found a badly painted 1/72 scale Vultee Vengeance in my fathers drawer which I suspect could be my first one. But I can´t remember building it.
     
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    It's been a long time, haven't it!? :lol:
     
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    1:72 Matchbox Folland Gnat.
    My dad helped, so it was ok!

    After a few 'assisted' models, the first one I made all on my own was a Junker Ju87 Stuka.
     
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    :eek: That's not exactly the easiest model I could think of... Nice way to put the bar up high, if you want a challenge. :D
     
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    Well, my development went:

    Folland Gnat (with my dad, not painted)
    Cobra Helicopter (with my grandad, not painted)
    Fiat/Aeritalia G59 (with my dad, not painted)
    BAE Harrier (help with engine installation only from dad, not painted)
    Panavia Tornado GR.1 (with dad, painted)
    Focke Wulf Fw.190 (help with engine installation only from dad, painted)
    Supermarine Spitfire (help with transfers only from my mum, painted)
    *Helped a mate of mine build a Tiger I. (painted)*
    A lovely model of 2 Bluetits on a branch. (with dad, painted)
    Stuka. All on my own.

    Interesting remarks:
    Fw190 looks awful!
    Spitfire was an Airfix kit, and following the painting guide faithfully produced a model with light gray/dark gray topsides, and green undersides!
    Tiger I was given back to me a few years later & I 'improved' & re-painted it!
    Bluetits (they're birds!!) were my first introduction to such subtle arts as holding parts together with rubber bands whilst the glue sets, and drybrushing.
    Ju87 I made in a day. Doesn't look too bad, but I had had a bit of practice by then.
     
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    wow! (must have pictures! :wink: :p )
    How come you remember all that?
     
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    I still have them (in order!) in display cases my dad built into a bookcase in my room. Pictures will hopefully follow!
     
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    Here are photos of my display cases (adapted bookshelves). The last one is actually in my sister's old room, which my models have colonised since she moved out!

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