Hello from Virginia


New Member
Apr 9, 2012
So after about 15 years, I have decided to get back into scale modeling. I served in the Navy and aboard the USS Wasp LHD-1 and my wife was out shopping and found a Gallery Models 1/350 of the Wasp. So she bought it. Little did she know that it was going to get me into the hobby again. So before jumping into the big ship, I bought a Revell 1/48 F-14 Tomcat to start out with.

I have nothing. But doing some research on the forum, I have come to realize what I need to have in order to do a great job on my old ship. So starting out with the F-14 and possibly some other smaller projects - I know I need at least the following:

Tamiya ultra thin cement
some small clamps
gator clips
table light
magnifying lamp
various tools (i.e. exacto, scissors, etc)
silly putty or similar
quality airbrush (Velocity, etc) and compressor (w/tank - thinking TC-20T??)
paint (obviously)
brushes, etc
thinners (windex, alcohol, etc)

I know some will argue that I do not need an airbrush. But the Wasp is BIG and painting by hand that large of a space will likely result in a crappy job. So an airbrush would be the best choice for that and I want to get comfortable with it before taking on the big project. I am probably going to do a few more smaller projects before taking on the Wasp project.

here is a link to some a gallery of someone who already completed the Wasp 1/350


Active Member
Nov 24, 2009
Hello and Welcome to the Herd!

As for tools and such, you have a pretty good list. A couple of things.

I don't use a table top magnifier. Instead I went to the dollar store and bought a few different magnifying glasses. I just found the table top ones too bulky.


New Member
Mar 27, 2011
We all start with the bear minimums, Welcome to the herd. Just buy what you need- many a late night and a few beers plus searching ebay, I have found a must need modelling tool that I have never used. Ha Ha He Welcome again, hope you have fun with the forums. AJ aka CQModels

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