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    Hello Everyone :)

    Post  Wayne on Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:43 pm

    Hello everyone.

    First things first, my name is Wayne Zammit, I'm 31 years old and I'm a Software Engineer. My first contact with the world of scale models was at a very early age.
    My grand parents had an abandoned pigeon loft on the roof of their house, brimming with old stuff. It was off limits to us kids but one summer day I managed to sneak up there. While rummaging through the junk I stumbled upon a number of model aircraft that my uncles had built many years before together with a LOT of old war comic books. I hurriedly ran down the stairs, excited with my find. I vaguely remember being scolded for disobeying but my dear old granny said I could keep the stuff Smile The aircraft included a Ju 88, He 111, Me 109 and a Hawker Tempest. They were dusty, chipped and had no propeller blades but I was fascinated by them.. they were my most precious toys Smile

    My dad also owned a Toy Store in Valletta ("Brittania Store" - some of you might remember it) so I was lucky as I has access to paints and Airfix Models aplenty Smile Also, when dad closed the shop in the early nineties I picked most of the remaining kits we had in storage (most of which I still have today, unbuilt!)

    By the time I finished secondary school Warhammer was just starting and I was hooked as well. I focused on building and painting a space marine army and set aside my aircraft projects.

    As time passed though, mostly due to work and GF (now wife:)) I found I was modelling less and less until it ground to a complete halt. All my unfinished projects, paints, miniatures are currently in storage.

    However, earlier this week I stumbled upon your website (I knew the club existed and that Maltese modellers were top notch) and I was literally blown away by the excellent work you guys make, especially scratch-builds.

    I'm glad to say you re-ignited my passion for the hobby, although I must say I feel a bit out of date with the techniques/supplies available today and feel like a total newbie.

    My main interest lies in Luftwaffe aircraft especially fighters, my favourite being the Me262 and Fw190.

    I can't wait to set up my model station and get cracking once more.

    Now where did I put that 1/32 Hasegawa Me 163??...








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    Re: Hello Everyone :)

    Post  clioguy on Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:00 pm

    Welcome Wayne to the BEST brotherhood in the world!!

    Hope to see you at the club soon!

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    Post  Wayne on Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:04 pm

    Thanks!

    I believe you guys meet on wednesday evenings right? Unfortunately it's the worst day of the week for me but I will definitely come over, hopefully soon. The good thing is that I work in Blata l-Bajda which is close to the club house so I can come straight after work:)

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    Post  clioguy on Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:05 pm

    cool... hope to see you there... and don't eat before you come!! Smile


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    Post  Wayne on Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:09 pm

    Now that's a warm welcome Very Happy

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    Post  clioguy on Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:13 pm

    every wednesday, food, drink, noise and a good time.... and don't forget to get a model with you... we got loads of Luftwaffe wingy guys here...

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    Post  Wayne on Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:21 pm

    Sadly all my wings are gone... either destroyed by the evil feather duster, given away or lost in the sands of time. Besides I'd be embarrased to show them. I might bring one of my latest Warhammer 40K figures to give you guys an idea of what my skill level is and get some pointers from real masters.

    But i'll definitely get back to building aircraft soon.

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    Post  clioguy on Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:23 pm

    no worries, as you may see from the forum, we got all sort of modelling going on.....

    and there is nothing wrong in showing your early models, you can only improve, and no-one will say anything to make you feel ashamed. All feedback given at the club is genuine and only intended to improve your skill.

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    Post  Wayne on Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:30 pm

    By the way...

    Are their any sci-fi builders at the club? I also own a 1:350 kit of the Star Trek Enterprise NX01 and have no idea where to start on the paint job. I never got round to building it for fear of messing it up.

    here's an image of the kit i found online:


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    Hi Wayne....

    Post  Dottore on Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:14 am

    Always a pleasure welcoming a new guy to our brethren...there are other clubs on the island but if u want to learn from the best of the best among local and international modellers...you have found the place to belong! Dont be shy to bring your old models or ones you are working on at the moment no matter your level...constructive criticism only makes you improve and if you are interested in german fighters well we have some excellent wingy gurus over here cheers
    Wednesday has become a bad day for me too but i tell u that I miss the club meetings a great deal when i cant make it...and it always makes my modelling juices flow when i manage to get there and see the wealth of work the others are producing...

    I've said too much! Welcome and DO get back to this great passion of modelling!

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    Post  bcauchi on Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:42 am

    Welcome to the club Wayne. Hoping to meet you and seeing your work in the near future. Great idea to join the forum.

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    Post  iCocker on Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:05 am

    Welcome onboard glad to have new blood to our forum and club! And how I remember your Dad's shop ...

    If you are a Luftwaffe freak you have found the right place ... we have to introduce you to Marco Borg, he is our living historian on any nut and bolt Me had ...

    As already instructed bring over some of your recent inprogress or ready builts and surely you'll get the modelling adrealine pumping to bring the next progress the following week ... this year happens to be SSM's 30 anniversary so you'll be following up some great moments with us aswell!

    Nice to see you building the ENTERPRISE ... that would be some happy modelling hours, stressed free from reserach and detailing!

    keep in touch!

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    Post  alexbb on Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:36 pm

    Wayne wrote:By the way...

    Are their any sci-fi builders at the club? I also own a 1:350 kit of the Star Trek Enterprise NX01 and have no idea where to start on the paint job. I never got round to building it for fear of messing it up.

    here's an image of the kit i found online:


    welcome aboard well im more into afv's but i do like sci-fi/fantasy you can find some of my work in the fantasy section, anyway the best way to start is togive a face to your name so please join us at the club and as duncan already said apart from the noise, drink and food you will certainly make new freinds and pick up loads of hints and persons willing to help.

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    Post  Ray on Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:40 pm

    Wayne, the others have said it all before me Smile

    So I'll just extend my hand for a warm welcome to our forum and eventually to our club Twisted Evil


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    Post  skyhigh on Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:39 pm

    Wellcome Wayne to our club, it's good to have a new member interested in wingy models especially in luftwaffe ...and btw....some how it's part of your father shop fault.. Laughing Laughing ..that me, and I think the others members are enthusiast in this wonderful hobby ...I cannot forget those moments when I use to come to your father shop , it was a minefield of models.....

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    Post  Tancred on Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:17 pm


    Welcome on board Wayne cheers


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    Post  Wayne on Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:43 pm

    I just wanted to thank everyone for your warm welcome at the club today.

    Hopefully next time i'll be able to stay longer Smile

    In the meantime i'll try and get back up to speed with supplies, especially paints, as I'm quite sure that my old Humbrol enamels are no good any more scratch

    Any suggestions on what I should invest in in terms of paints? My first project will most likely be a 1:32 Fw 190 (radial engine)

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    Post  clioguy on Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:04 pm

    Personally I prefer Model Master (enamel paints) and whenever I can, I choose them. Humbrol aren't bad as well.

    As regards paint accuracy, there are others who are more experts than myself, so I will leave it to them.

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    consider trying acrylics....

    Post  Dottore on Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:01 am

    i use tamiya but others swear by vallejo or lifecolour...

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    Post  iCocker on Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:50 am

    Wayne was nice meeting you yesterday.

    As for paint it ends up to personal taste, nowadays we have the benefit to choose from enemels to acrylics.

    The best brand for enemels remain Humbrol, Model Master [Testors] and Revell. Unfortunetly Humbrol lost a lot of the old excellent colours from their range so hold to them if you still have unopened tins. Many are diehards on enemels, so you get lots of help from the club.

    Personally I opted for acrylics, but be prepared for challengeduring the process to understand their compound. I prefer Tamiya and Gunze Sangyo as these are not true acrylics but something in between ... they can be mixed with water but preferably with isoprop alcahol or lacquer. Next in line are Vallejo, Andrea and the excellent range of LifeColours ...

    The luxury of acrylics is that these dry quicker, which sometimes can be an agent against you ...

    So do some experiments with your airbrush and see what would be your prefered choice ...

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    Post  bcauchi on Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:16 am

    Hi Wayne, i still try to use enamels as much as possible but the more time passes the more difficult it is to find them. They are getting slowly but steadily replaced by acrylics. I try to use model master and/or humbrol as much as possible. I cannot say that i like revell colours. They never worked well for me. However, i swear by their matt and gloss varnish and try to buy any tin of them i can lay my hands on. they are perfectly clear and will stand the test of time against yellowing unlike other varnishes. That is my opinion but i just definitely need to start experimenting with acrylics since enamels are on the way out and soon we will not be able to find any.

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    Post  matilda on Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:29 pm

    wellcome, hope see u soon in da club.

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    Post  in nannu pec on Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:02 am

    Hi Wayne Im one of the oldest members of the club that's why my nick is nannu pec SmileSmileSmile...welcome to the best modelling club in Malta aka the world SmileSmile...sorry I could not meet you last Wednesday because I was down with flu...Hope I get better for next Sarturday....Nice to see you build Sci Fi...very interesting...I build ships....we are a rowdy lot arent we but good hearted I can assure you...we have a brotherhood between us which we have built throughout the years, which is so difficult to find these days....welcome Wayne and glad to have you on board....
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    Post  Wayne on Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:21 pm


    So... I took the plunge and bought a 1:48 Tamiya Fw190 A8/A8R2. The original plan was to go for a 1:32 but given my years of inactivity I decided to go for a cheaper kit just in case I screw it up Smile

    Tomorrow I'll be checking my old paints to see what I can salvage and see what's missing. I'll also make a shopping list of supplies... masking tape, glues, pin vices, sand paper, modelling putty... the list is endless tongue

    In the meantime I'm carefully reviewing the assembly instructions study, whetting my appetite.

    The whole point of this project will be to get me back up to speed and find my footing again. The build will mostly be out of the box keeping it simple and focusing on technique, especially airbrush as I haven't used it in a while.

    Anyways, I'll keep you posted with the progress

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    Post  clioguy on Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:22 pm

    Great to see you in action... don't forget to post pics in the Aviation - Works in Progress section. We love photos!

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