Wayne Rhodes Bio
I began building models in 1962, at the age of thirteen. Now at age sixty, it seems no more than a few years ago that I actually started this fantastic hobby of model building. Throughout my life, I've been involved with building models in one form or another. Everything was fair game. Rubber band power, free-flight, electric, radio control, plastic and balsa wood. Just about anything that could be assembled from a box, a bag, or a carton, I have had a go at it. I've also had several large scale radio control models of my own design featured in two major modeling publications in early 1990 and 1993. Although no longer involved with radio contol models, I continue in the plastic world building both WWI and WWII subjects. My greatest interest, however, lies in WWI modeling, with aircraft at the forefront.
Things such as what glue to use, what paint is best, what material to use for masking, and so on, are simply a matter of personal preference. My choice for paint is almost always Tamiya, and I use both enamel and acrylic. I usually begin construction by removing all small parts from the sprue, attach them with a drop of CA glue to the points of round wooden toothpicks, and paint them with a small brush. The larger pieces of the kit such as the wings, the fuselage, and so on are either painted using Tamiya AS and TS colors from the spray can, or sprayed through an airbrush using the X or XF bottles of Tamiya acrylic paints. I am also more likely to use modeling clay than tape, for masking WWII camouflage paint schemes. The Badger #1801 compressor and the Badger model 200 medium airbrush works well for me. Other than Elmer's white glue for canopies and wind screens, CA glue in the form of Zap-A-Gap Green, are my choice for building. Megahobby Tools and Supplies Section!
Megahobby is an excellent source for not only the items mentioned here, but for almost all of your hobby needs. Pete Vetri is doing a great thing with the web site in order for modelers to be able to display their work and post their comments. Over the years I've gained a lifetime of knowledge and experience in model building by trial and error. I have picked up hints, tips and advice from not only other modelers, but also from those who collect built models. For me, modeling still remains a great source of entertainment, joy and satisfaction.