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Somewhat of a Poll, but on topic

April 26 2011 at 2:34 PM
Brad Main  (Login BradinBC)
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So who here spends money on reference material/pubs prior to commencing a project? I don't, but if it's a subject that I think I'll be interested in for awhile (insert Spitfire & Zero here) or if it's an aircraft or subject I will make multiple models of, I might. Just wondering if there are guys out there like me, who won't invest a lot in reference material if building a "one of" subject for the shelf.



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(Login MichiganPete)
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I most definitely do... sometimes to excess!

April 26 2011, 2:38 PM 

I rarely even think of starting something unless I know what I want to do with it, and have a plan for how to get there. I usually end up with a lot of reference material for whatever I do.

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(Login Ghostmech)
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TMI dude!

April 26 2011, 8:51 PM 


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David Geocaris
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I also spend gobs on reference materials in expectation . . .

April 26 2011, 2:45 PM 

of future builds. I will go on a tear for a particular subject even if I don't plan on building for a year or more. It depends on when I find something available on a given subject and the level of interest I currently have - I have quite an extensive library which far exceeds my built-up kits.

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Mike Maben
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Of course it depends...

April 26 2011, 2:52 PM 

...on the subject, but I can always justify the expense by telling myself
that I can sell the book(s) and recoup some, if not all of the money when
I'm finished with the kit(s). Whenever that is.

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Not so much these days.

April 26 2011, 2:54 PM 

Buying less and less printed matter these days.

I find a few minutes of digging (Google) the web comes up with lots of information and images on any ship or aircraft.

Same thing with cooking, why bother with cook books. Making a pot of chilli?

Google it, 100's of recipes, instantly. Pick one and print it.

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Don Fogal
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I do.. to a point...

April 26 2011, 3:01 PM 

I think it mainly depends on the subject, or kit I'm working on.

I have 3 or 4 good books on Corsairs, that I'll use for any Corsair builds I do. For the most part, it's a kit I already know.

But for something like the 1/48th scale AC-119K Stinger, and AC-123 I'm planning, I'm still looking for references...

1 or 2 good books usually will do it for me... But I also don't count the hundreds of magazines I have as references. I'll read the articles (Where have we heard that before wink.gif ) but for real references, I go to subject focused books, or spend a few hours on the internet asking silly questions here at Hyperscale...

We stole the eagle from the Air Force, the anchor from the Navy, and the rope from the Army.
On the seventh day while God rested, we overran his perimeter, stole the globe, and we've been running the whole show ever since.

Semper Fi, Don

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Bo Roberts
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If my existing material doesn't cover planned subject.

April 26 2011, 3:10 PM 

I will purchase additional material as needed. I do NOT go into the detail that some 'good modellers' do. If it kinda looks like it, ...... I'm fine with it!!


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bob in Maine
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Not exactly, but...

April 26 2011, 3:24 PM 

I don't think I buy references specifically toward building models (though there are doubtlessly exceptions). Those "How to build Tamiya's Mustang" books don't attract me, other than a flip through for eye-candy.

To me there's a distinction, though a very fuzzy one sometimes, between learning about the airplane type and researching towards building the model. I'm certainly one to spot a photo and think, "Ooh, that's how I want to do my ____!" That might, in turn, make me do some research to see whether I can actually do the variant that I've spotted, or what's involved in getting to it.

Learning about the individual subject (markings, etc) then spills over into context, which brings me back to learning about the type more generally- at which point I often end up wanting to do another variant as well, which leads me to finding a scheme, which...

If it is just a matter of "Ooh, I've just gotta have an He-112 on the shelf!" then I do what I reasonably can and press on... or at least that's what I try to do! The problem is that the ones I just gotta have tend to be the ones I already like, or getting too close to them makes me want to learn more about the type, and off I go again.


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Brent - Roll Models' Slacker!
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Sometimes the refs *are* the inspiration

April 26 2011, 3:30 PM 

I have gotten excited about a subject after checking out an Osprey Aces book. Or I run across a fun decal sheet. Windsock magazine does the trick too.

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(Login RexTN)
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I kept buying books after I stopped buying so many kits

April 26 2011, 3:33 PM 

I buy the paperback booklets like some people buy magazines,,,,the hardcovers slightly slower

I always have a book handy for reference for every kit I start on

I buy them using my own "$12 rule",,,a place online I wanted to buy photos from wanted $12 for each hard print,,,,so, if the book has at least one "on topic to me" photo per $12 of cover price,,,,,all the rest of the book is free to me

same with decals,,,,at $10 per sheet to get one option I'd want,,,if a kit comes close, it's "more decals with a free kit thrown in"


one from each squadron??,,"geeez Rex, how many display cases will that take up?"


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Not in a long time. Already have a decent library......

April 26 2011, 3:38 PM 

and everything else is available online.

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Ben Parsons
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Almost never. Do occasionally use public library.

April 26 2011, 3:54 PM 

Not an authenticity nut. Have the Great Book of Fighters.
Use references to absorb some of the technical data and to see if an aircraft might, maybe, have been available to rise on combat patrol during the WW II years.
Inspiration comes from decal profiles, Plastic Pix (here and elsewhere), and box art once in a while.
I use whatever decals/stencils I think will add to the finished product. I do try not to get too carried away.

Ben Parsons

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Of course 1 inch = 4 feet. There are others? .... Why?

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Leonard LaRoux
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I'm more likely to buy a "model" AFTER I've bought a

April 26 2011, 4:43 PM 

reference book; works both ways for me though. cheers, LL

So a friend says: "cheer up things could be worse; so I cheered up and sure as hell Things Got Worse!

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Karen Coughlin
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Almost Never...

April 27 2011, 10:08 AM 

I usually just use the kit instructions and the pictures on the box. Oh, and this web site.


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Graham Boak
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Good references are always welcomed

April 27 2011, 11:46 AM 

It is only rarely that I buy a specific reference for a model, but then I've over 50 years backlog of books and magazines already. There are books that I've bought in the hope of getting specific information to later do a model - most of the Ospreys fall into that category, for recent examples, and the Concord books on British AFVs. Buying the book on River class frigates was so close to the release of the kit that I have to say that this was one case, though I tell myself I'd have got round to it anyway, one day. I probably would have bought the Navy Fighters book on the Bermuda/Bucanneer anyway.

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Brad Main
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River Class Frigate

April 27 2011, 8:02 PM 

Hi Graham,

Being a sailor in the Canadian Navy, I was waiting for the this release, has it been cancelled? Are we talking about the 1/350 class resin kit from L-Arsenal?


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Chip Jean
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I do very little research anymore so I rarely buy books anymore

April 27 2011, 1:09 PM 

The only book I recall buying in the past 5 years was Roy's Sea Vixen book. About 20-25 years ago, I was wrapped up in research that project after project after project was stalled because I couldn't find just right picture, in just the right light, of just the side I wanted, at just the right angle, with just the right unit markings. That was followed by grad school where research was an almost daily thing. When I finished grad school, I decided I really liked building models but didn't really like research, adjusted my behavior accordingly and I'm a much happier and productive kit assembler for it. If you look at my reference library, except for magazines, it's almost all from the '80s. The vast majority of the little research I do is on-line now.

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Terry McGrady
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Frequently. In the UK there are numerous "Remainder " Book Shops

April 27 2011, 1:40 PM 

Crowood books I pay 1/2 price or less for . so Might see a book , just buy it and not read it at the time , but save it for a future date .Probably why I have upwards of 1000.
Kits may vary , but its always good to have information.
I may decide to build an A20/ Boston - got the kits got the books .
Other A/C such as The Kittyhawk . well get info from PRO . Orbs as many sources as I can find.

Terry McGrady

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