reply to post by ppk55
You seem to be in dire need of a new "hobby".
I've long enjoyed building scale models....both plastic kits, from a wide genre.....airplanes, spacecraft (real and SciFi) mostly, and of course,
bigger "boy toys" such as R/C models, from 1/8 to 1/4 scale. I tend to prefer the larger scales (depending, of course, on size of original
1/48 scale is a great size, for most airplanes/spacecraft in plastic modelling.....UNLESS it's the full stack Saturn V....where 1/144 is more
manageable (also, 1/144 is the scale many airliner model kits come in).
So, pick a "scale" if you wish....it will help in visualizing, too....relative sizes, comparing your models to the real thing, and real world.
I also greatly enjoy Model Railroading. My "scale" of choice there is HO. (This has a long story behind it...."HO" means 'Half-O', a reference to
pre WWII-era trains scale...still popular in some circles even today!! "O" scale. Original "O" scale was based on roughly 1/48, as are the many
plastic kits I mentioned earlier).
'HO' scale has been standardized to 1/87. (YES, not exactly "half-O"...that would be 1/96....but, hard to tell the difference, just by eyeballing
There are compromises one must contend with, in Model R/Ring....depending on scale you choose. SIZE of your space, for the "layout" being foremost.
Some hobbyists elect to go for "N" scale, in model trains..."N" is 1/160 scale, specifically. "N" and "HO" are just about equal, in
popularity...."N" has the advantage of more 'oooomph' in smaller square footage (sq.metres), when set up as a track plan. DISadvantage is the smaller
size of everything, of course.
ANY of these modelling hobbies, nowadays, are pretty much easy to acquire, worldwide.....VIA online shopping. MONEY, of course, is the only
obstacle....and desire, I suppose.
SO......new hobby? Send your creative efforts in a new direction?? You will also LEARN a lot, from the three-dimensional aspects of assembling a
model....to relate better to the two-dimensionality of photographs, that you keep analysing.......
YOU CAN EVEN buy a model of the Lunar Rover!! (LRV). An exact scale model....build it, put it together, hold it in your hand and look at it from
many different angles....to learn.
There are SO MANY RESOURCES!!!!! Here, a casual online search:
NOW....advice from someone who has the experience....you may wish to, eventually, invest in a GOOD airbrush, and the air pump, or other means to
supply it air pressure....a compressor, even an old inner-tube works, with proper adaptors...... (I do NOT recommend the "canned air" sources, except
for temporary/learning phases. It is way too expensive, overall. AND, the nature of the cans.....as the air inside expands, the contents cool
down....and they "freeze" up. This is basic physics, BTW....). Because, to re-create "realism", you will wish to properly paint your
models....traditional brushes, and "painted on" by that method, aren't suitable to models....serious models, anyway.....
Invest, also, in a variety of tools....check out THIS site: www.micromark.com...
I buy from them A LOT!!! By no means, the ONLY source, though.....
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