My 7 year olds first build. F-86D Sabre.

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  1. [SC] Arachnicus

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    I tried this months ago, but this time my son seems to have more interest...lol. Anyway this is a old and cheap MPC kit.


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    This jet is going to look however he wants it to look. He said he wants skulls, so I'll go ahead and advise you now that it will not resemble any historical real one.

    Anyway here he is with his very first task. He's painting the floor of the cockpit, seat and stick.



    1st Paint Job.jpg
     
  2. meatloaf109

    meatloaf109 Well-Known Member

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    Great! Let him do it any way he wants. If the bug bites him, later on he will progress to more historically accurate renditions.
     
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    Great to see. Hope he finds it enjoyable and please keep us posted on progress.
     
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    Great, we can put it side by side with my wife's "bedazzled" F4U-1!
     
  5. [SC] Arachnicus

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    I assume he should wear a mask airbrushing with enamel, correct?
     
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    Great stuff Tom! Hope he enjoys the build and will do more!

    He probably should wear a mask btw to be on the safe side, though I rarely do myself.
     
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    My that takes me back a long, long, long way to my first builds, usually more glue than plastic!!!.............Good advice as well Paul.
     
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    Ah - a young raw recuit joins the fray - great stuff.
     
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    Excellent, and I agree with all. Of course, it's up to your son, but it might be a useful exercise to let him brush-paint his first model. In this way, he will be able to understand the uses and limitations of paint, how it behaves, how to apply it in the best way for the job, and the need for proper and thorough stirring before use.
    Using an airbrush for the very first time can be a daunting task, even for an adult, and mistakes, big errors or problems, could lead to disenchantment and discouragement. However, if he insists he wants to air brush his first model, then let him do it - but yes, some form of mask, if using enamels in particular, is advised.
    I have never used a mask, but then I grew up in a world where the average airborne poloution would never even be dreamed about today, so, to a small extent, I'm 'conditioned'.
     
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    great stuff, keep at it young fella....!:D
     
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    Get him interested before the video game bug bites him too hard. I agree about using a brush, at least on his first few builds. When he starts getting into it, teach him how to use the airbrush.
     
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    You know it's funny you mention that. Lately I have been seeing WW2 air combat gamers begin to get into scale model building.


    As far as a mask, I'm his Dad so of course he would wear a mask. :p
     
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    Simple Groucho Marks glasses would work!
     
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    Painting the inside of the cockpit walls, with enough paint to paint 30 of them...lol.


    Inside cockpit painting.jpg
     
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    :cool: Love to see the youngsters in the hobby. And a mask? What kind? A paper mask? Don't bother. Besides the mask may ruin the experience. Just keep the room ventilated. He wont grow a fourth arm, I promise.
     
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    At least you get him to change his shirt!
    There's more paint where that came from.

    Rock on!
     
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    Ill have him wear a mask with airbrushing.
     
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