View Full Version : New to Planet Armor! Hello everyone!

12-27-2005, 08:10 PM
Welcome aboard Jackal, hope you don't mind but I want to use your post to start a new thread where people new and old to the site can introduce themselves. Thanks, Panzerfaust.
P.S. For info on vBench, picture hosting- go to staff in News section and get admin members, get a hold of Gordy

This thread is not meant to have reply's added to someone posting their introduction. The reason I want to have it this way is so when people scoll down in the future, they can read each person's introduction without any distraction. If you wish to respond and welcome the person-do so with another of their early posts. Perhaps some of you don't agree. Trust me this can be a really cool thing when you get a few of these in a row.
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Hello everyone!

I've been perusing various modelling websites over the holidays and found this wonderful site! I can already see that I will be able to learn lots and lots from all of the talented modellers here! :lol:

I am a 35 year old technical writer living in Spring Hill, Tennessee (about 40 miles south of Nashville). My wife and I just had our first child three weeks ago, and I will be working from home now, so I am hoping to be able to get back into one of my favorite past-times - modelling!!

It's been almost 10 years since I was active in the hobby, so I will have to get back into the swing of things ;) One of the things I hope to become proficient at is airbrushing and weathering - something I haven't done much of before.

If they have time, could someone please tell me how to get set up with the vBench, and how to go about posting to it? Are the pictures hosted locally?

Anyway, take care... hopefully I'll soon be able to contribute to this wonderful community!! :lol:



12-28-2005, 09:14 AM
:) Welcome.
I am also a new member to the site. It was recomended to me by a current member - Sam Dwyer.
I am 42 and have been modelling for about 35 years but still have plenty to learn from some of the great talent I have seen displayed here. I spent nearly 5 years in the Army in the mid 80's which only made things worse. My only overseas model trip was to Mastercon 2 in 1993 and left my dio in the VLS museum there [which I think is now closed].
I had A break from modelling for 2-3 years in 2000 while I sold and moved house. Spent 2004 getting my hand back in with a lot of OOB'S and slightly modified. I am working my way back into the brass again and will try soldering following Sam's 'tute'.
Also finally got a digital Camera in July 04.
I love armour models , especially German, but do build US stuff as well, when I have something go wrong with me from time to time. I also enjoy the odd plane [1/32]and sub [u-boats only] and 'delve into the dirty side of sci-fi 'as well sometimes [as you can see by my avatar] .
I am really enjoying this site and feel that it has some great features that cannot be found elsewhere .......... you guys have a great thing going here.

01-19-2006, 09:07 AM
Hi Everyone ! :)

I am a new member on this site .
I am a 29 yr old Forklift driver from Ballarat in Western Victoria ,Australia
. I work for McCains food Australia in the Coldstore where it gets too a lovely -36 degrees centigrade which is -33 fahrenheit.

I have been modelling for about 14 yrs but there has been a few breaks now and then :( . I pretty much only build AFV`s and the occasional 1:24 rally car .

Other than modelling my other two passions are fly fishing and doing Trackdays on my YZF R1 .

Thanks for Reading ,

Larry Bates
01-20-2006, 01:16 AM
Hi all,
Since this thing is relatively new, I'll add my introduction as well.

I'm a 47 year old artist/Illustrator,self employed, soon to be an employee of a large architectural firm in Southern California, US.

I, like many people modeled when I was a kid, I've been back into the hobby for about 8 years now. When I was a kid, I built cars. When I got back into it I built 1/48 scale planes, WWII and early jets, and some modern. THEN, I stumbled across tanks and loved the creativeness that the weathering added to the models and was hooked.

This is the best site I've come across, and seems to be growing fast. I wish PA and its sister sites all the best. I hope that no matter how popular it gets it'll always be a friendly little place to share our models with everyone. ;)


01-20-2006, 10:32 AM

Just signed in as a new member and open up my V-bench!!! :)

This is a very interesting community, so I'm really happy of being part of it.

Addressed here by Ian Hill, whom I thank for the hint!

I'm 45, married, no children; I live in Bologna, a medium size city in the northern part of Italy.

I started this great hobby a couple of years ago, after doing some modelling, mostly aviation 1/72, in my youth.
I am really hooked up by 1:35 German WWII vehicles, almost all kind, even if I am more involved with mid to late eastern front big AFVs.
Still learning a lot, both on the historical and technical aspects...

See you all around here!!

Luca Tolomelli

01-22-2006, 04:54 PM
I joined a couple years ago, but just really started posting. Hopefully I've got my V-Bench pic problems solved.
I've been at the hobby pretty steady for 35 years, I spent 23 years in the U.S.Army. Sort of did all the combat arms things, Infantry, Artillery. Armor, also Signal for several years. I crewed M1IP's and M1A1's. Served all over the world, twice, lol.
If you take a look at my V-Bench, you can tell Modern is pretty much my thing. Good to see traffic picking up here. There is some outstanding work on this site.

01-22-2006, 05:07 PM
Hello all,
I have been a member for awhile. Never posted much and fell into a builders block. The hobby lost it's fun and I was suffering. But thanks to some very good friends and a caring wife I'm back at it, I hope to have my V-Bench soon to share some pics. I check the site often and have seen many of the names here before. hope I can help or add to the info here and help others. I think this site is on the way to being something big and i'm glad I can be a part of it. I'm 42 love armor always have love doing figures and dio's. Married to a great girl who loves the hobby and helps me through the hard times in it. Hope to get to know most if not all of you here. Regards Brock Hopkins III :)

01-23-2006, 11:51 AM
Hello All,
Long time lurker, but thanks to some 'gentle prodding' from Sam and Stuke, finally got around to registering and getting a Vbench. I just turned 40 last November, and am currently an at-home Father of two girls, 4 and 6. Apparently I will be going back to work once they are both in Primary school, so says my Wife ;) Most recent jobs have been Industrial Security (at large Esso Refinery) and a Provincial Park Ranger before that. We live just West of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on a small acerage. I'm lucky enough to be part of a good group of Armour nuts in the area including Ron Volstad, Tom Cockle and Gary Edmundson, which sure helps provide the inspiration to build.
I've been building models for as long as I can remember, say since I was 8 or 10 years old. Went through an aircraft stage (1/72 jets), still have quite a few unbuilts in the collection. Armour interests are mostly Modern subjects, but like the Commonwealth stuff too (I think I have most of the Sherman kits ever made!). As my Wife is Finnish, and having been to Parola a few times, I've got a bit of a thing for Finnish armour as well.
I've written a few articles for Military In Scale magazine in the past, and have done masters for HobbyFan (Cougar) and more recently doing stuff for Maple Leaf Models. Been lucky enough to make it to AMPS Nationals in 2001/02 and Euro Militaire in 2004. With any luck, will get to Euro this year.


01-23-2006, 07:02 PM
Gday all,
Hi im number 475, ive been here since March 05, well thats when I registered. Im Sam, from Melbourne, Australia. I think Stuke is to blame for me coming over, well ill blame him anyway. What also attracted me to this site was the opportunity to post my s-b-s work in progress up without having the post disappear in the blink of an eye like on ML.

Ive been modelling for years, started building Matchbox Lancs and Wellies (theyre aircraft), then graduated to 72nd tanks before hitting the big time. The first 35th scale kit I built was Tamiya's wicked old King Tiger.

Ive written 1 and a 1/4 books for Osprey publishing, on the Marder, and on the T55. Was lucky enough to attend Euro Militaire in Folkestone England in 2003. ALso had the chance to visit as many tank museums as humanly possible, which was a total thrill. Funny what can happen to a grown man when in the presence of German armor (ahem tiger shagging incident)

Im into all sorts of modelling, but mostly German armour. Having said that i'll tackle anything that tickles my fancy, ive got a Swedish STRV 122 and a F1 2000 Ferrari on the go as well.

A few of my partners in crime here are Willy Nailor, Brokeneagle (Hilly) and Mic Bradshaw, all Melbournites, all armor modellers.

Glad to be part of this community,

Stuke Sowle
01-23-2006, 08:42 PM
Woah woah woah... I am seeing a bit too much of the blame game around here!! :)

I am member #40 (old school baby!) and like many here joined up as I thought the vBench was a sweet tool to share our modeling work with.

I am 31 (yikes!), live in Washington State, USA where we have been the happy recipients of forty straight days with rain! One would think all those rainy days would be conducive to modeling but alas it is not so. I started modeling when I was about seven and quit about one day into it after nearly cutting my thumb off with our kitchen knife (uhh this was before the Tamiya sprue cutter things). I got back into it at the age of thirteen or so, then discovered that girls were changing and I liked looking at them better then modeling.

So another hiatus through college, a stint as an Abrams crewmember, and then some party years. Then I stopped by my old model shop about six years ago and picked up the DML Panzer II and had a blast. But like most around here, my stash grows a bit faster then the finished models in the cupboard.

My favs are WW II German and modern Soviet stuff. But I will build just about anything if it looks "neat". I even have some Star Wars stuff sitting around and a few Subaru rally cars. But you will never see a plane on my workbench!!

01-23-2006, 09:45 PM
#770 here. I like 1/35th Armor, WW2, with a preference for Axis going by the kit count here in my cubby hole. I was introduced to modelling by my Dad back the 70's. I can't call myself a modeller because, quite frankly, I haven't finished much. I guess I'm pretty much an anti-social yet lonely guy who is dependant on modelling forums for inspiration (how pathetic) :( I live w/my wife and our vast assortment of pets in Franklin, TN. I really found this place awhile back by following an old thread on ML that James Tainton had posted regarding something he was working on at the time. I decided to join last week - hopefully I won't be blowing in the wind here. :)

01-24-2006, 05:28 PM
A hoy-hoy...I'm # 481 and I joined in March 05...

[Edit: I'm no longer the youngest one here.]

I got into modelling initially because of my dad...I've always had an aptitude for assembling things...I can't count how many times in my life I've assembled gas powered BBQs (or any thing that has the ability to explode) for the neighbors or whoever because I 'volunteered' to do so lol...I've gone through the Lego and K'nex thing and building models was an eventuality (cuz I loves history! lol)....

Building 1/35 scale stuff came about for me in Junior High, mainly because of my history teacher that I had for 2 years (no I didn't fail his class...I actually never even fell below 110% in either of his classes lol) Jody Beltram....We started up a model club (the spark that started my collision course into this hobby lol) and there I met some fellas that would become my bestfriends, Tyler and Gibran, who, unlike me, build everything else that's not Axis affilated lol...ya cheeky b*st**ds lol

Entering High school, my interest declined in it...though I collected DML dollys (I'm not real proud admitting that lol)...When I got a car, it opened the window of possibilities again and I got back into it...though in moderation for the most part...school (and someone special ;) ) keep me away from it...damit (the school part that is lol)

I'm preparing to graduate from high school in May and attending ASU (Arizona State University) this fall...that may mean no more modelling for a while though :(
(Like I even have the luxury of that time in the evening...I mean, it helps me to relax because that's my 'me' time...)

I'm into Axis stuff in the Mediterranean theather, along with whatever else suits my fancy ;)

02-05-2006, 11:48 PM

My name is Branden and I just got back into modelling about three months ago. I built plenty of planes and cars as a kid, but never built armor. So twenty years later, here I am, giving armor a go.
I am utterly amazed at the detail that can be added to armor and look forward to trying my hand at some of the crazy detailing I see so often on this site. I posted a pic of my latest build which is only my second armor build and my first attempt at PE and aftermarket zimmeret. I look forward to posting in progress pics of my current build so that I can get all of your sound advice.



02-05-2006, 11:49 PM
Hi – new to PlanetArmor so I thought I'd give a short into. Just got my vBench and this same text is there too.

Typical model history: Been building models since I was a little kid – lost interest when I was a teenager. Now I’m 10 years out of college and getting back into the hobby. I started back in about 2-3 years ago when I picked up a copy of Military Miniatures in Review in a local hobby shop. Wow! PE, turned metal barrels, resin, Dragon, etc! I dumped most of my collection of unbuilt models that I still had from childhood on eBay and started buying newer stuff. Found I had discovered a new hobby along with my old one. I now spend as much time buying and selling armor model related stuff on eBay as I do building models.

Anyway – I spent the last few years lurking on all the message boards and building up my collection, but not really getting anything built (sound familiar?) so I decided to set up this vBench to help keep me focused on building.

My interests are mostly WWII – but it doesn’t matter if it is US, German, Russian, or whatever. I like things to be accurate, but I’m not going to lose sleep over a few millimeters here or there. I do this for fun, and if it is more fun to build and not be 100% correct than that is what is going to happen.

02-06-2006, 05:41 AM
I will introduce myself also even thou I have joined Sept'04 already. I have number 302, would really liked 313 but you can't always win.
My family is wife and two sons ages 2 and 7. This limits my modelling hours to 9 PM to 3 AM. I guess that is one reason why I tend to jump from project to another. I have currently about 40 projects in various stages some waiting just finishing touches. I try to finish at least 15 projects this year :)
Main interest are tanks in 35 and 72 scale. Nationality doesn't matter that much as long as subject is interesting. Well, ok German tanks I have to admit. I also build planes so I'm a cross-builder.
In the last two years I have sold most of my collection, hundreds of models and really tried to build and PAINT models. Well, not that succesful on that yet but it's been quite liberating to sell some "will build that model one day"-projects. Added bonus is that there is more room for new models :lol:
Good thing about PA is, as SamD mentoined, VBench where your build doesn't hide beyond multiple pages. I've been quite lazy to update pages lately but one day I put some updates, too.
I've gotten lot of inspiration from many builds here. Especially James T. has inspired to try out soldering etc. in my builds.
Looking forward to see new members projects here,

Niko A.

02-08-2006, 08:12 AM
I have been a long time reader, but now finally took up the courage to post something. As you can see my name is Siim and I live in Estonia. I am 15 years old (will be 16 in may) so i guess im the youngest member here. :) I have been modelling for about 3 years now. I started with 1:72 tanks and planes, mainly german tanks. I have built three 1:570 ships too. About 1,5 years into the hobby I found for myself 1:35 tanks. :lol: Never again will i turn back to 1:72! I build on weekdays and weekends. Mainly I do german WW II armor and occasionally some russian armor.
My modelling budget is kind of limited due to the allowance being kind a small :angry: but I do my best to save and then buy some kits.
I will apply for a workbench when I will get some pictures done.(using my friends camera)

Happy modelling!
Siim S.

02-08-2006, 11:11 AM
Hi everybody!!!

My name is Michal, I'm 24 yo and live in Krakow in Southern Poland. I'm new member and for a few days I have had my vbench - thanks to the Staff ;)

I started my adventure with modelling when I was a kid and I glued everything...planes, tanks and ships. In teenage I lost interesting to modelling and had a long break and now for about 4 years I have started againe :) I do only AFVs in 1:35 scale, mainly German WWII but I'm going to model some Russian armor also.



02-15-2006, 02:57 PM
Hello everyone !!

This is Denmark calling. This is the first mail here. My name is Dan I'm 43 years old! outch (I'm old!) I have been reading posts here since mid 2004 when I found this site, I think it was a link that James made on ML to this place !!
I have been modelling since I was a kid, and I never stopped! I mainly build german stuff, my biggest problem is that I seldom finish a project , and I have a lot of unfinished projects in my buildingroom. Yes I have a dedicated room only for my hobby ;) and I have a lot of models in my stach :( My vife says to many!

I have a house in the suburbs of Copenhagen, where I and the vife, my son age 13 and 3 cats and a hamster lives. I work as a communication specialist on CS related systems for the Danish telecommunications company TDC.

I plan to request for a vbench here soon, so I can show some of my many projects
and hopefully be inspired to finish some or all :lol:

Dan Seifert

02-16-2006, 10:33 AM
Hi Guys,

although I joined the Planet a while ago I never introduced myself, like most of the new members do now. So here we go:

My Name is Ambjoern I am 45 years old and I live in Switzerland. I live in a little village called Auw which is about 10 Minutes from the Town of Zug. The Town of Zug is located just 30 Minutes south of Zürich. I am married since 20 years and have 3 kids, two daughters (7 and 20) and a son (17). I have been working as a IT-Specialist/Programmer since 27 years. Since 13 years I am a selfemployed consultant and I work mainly for the swiss banks.

I grew up in Stockholm, Sweden and moved to Switzerland at the age of 18. I started modelling when i was 4, when my father let me assist him in building his Planes. When I was ten years old Tamiya started their 1:35 Military line and I was hooked to german armour. I built mainly german armour, dioramas and figures.
I participated in several local competitions and even placed first in some of them. Then I lost some speed at the age of 15 when I started to find women and partying more interesting than tanks and figures ;)

I never lost contact with my hobby in the past years although I was not building any kits. I constantly bought magazines and visited hobby shops to check the news on the market. Then I took the step out of the shades and joined PlanetArmor, I even applied for a vBench straight from the start.

More intro here. (http://www.planetarmor.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1780&st=0&#entry11141)

03-28-2006, 02:20 PM
Hello. My name is Dan, and I am addicted to the smell of Squadron Green Putty. Dad is to blame for this: he built paper-n-balsa WWI planes, and introduced me to plastic models at the tender age of 10. Some time in high school I began doing armor models, back when Tamiya was king and barrels were still plastic. We had a metal lathe in the garage, and I thought I was really ahead of the game when I started turning my own miniature cannon shells. Never thought there'd be a market for them... :lol:

After a break of a couple decades (during which I joined the Army to study the M1 Abrams in its natural habitat), I started back into modeling, beginning with NASCAR stuff. But gloss paint is a frustrating thing to work with, so I went back to my roots - armor modeling. eBay is my friend, and according to my wife I have enough models for the next couple of decades. But since it keeps me out of the bars, she doesn't complain too much.

When pressed I will admit a fondness for early Soviet stuff, and of course modern tanks. But its all good. Except Shermans. They confuse me.

The Cyberwombat Den (http://www.cyberwombat.com)
I blog, therefore I am. But what I am is open to discussion... (http://cyberwombat.blogspot.com)

03-29-2006, 02:53 AM
Hello all,

Today I have finaly sign in at the planet. I am Bas Hermsen from the Netherlands and I am 20 years old. I live in the city Zutphen (30 km near Arnhem)My parrents think I'm a student environmental planning :lol: Only one year and I can start working. Some of you know I post some of my work at ML, but I think I am better of at the planet.

My main interest is modern AFV and some german ww2 stuff. My english isn't that good, sorry. I let the pictures do the talking. I hope to show some of my work in the vbench very soon!



04-11-2006, 01:15 PM
Hi all!

I'm Richard Polderman and like Bas also new on this forum and also from the small town of Zutphen in the netherlands.

wanted to post some pictures in the vbench, but can't find out how :(

Anyone can tell me how?



(edit: panzerfaust here ;) Glad to have you aboard. This is sort of the wrong thread to ask a question - it's strictly a place to write a paragraph or two about yourself. Others aren't meant to answer. As for the vBench, contact the head honcho the lovely and talented Gordy (http://www.planetarmor.com/forums/index.php?showuser=1))

05-02-2006, 06:58 AM

I am Sgt. Shlitz and Ive been into models for about 30 yrs. I mostly do WWll aircraft but I recently went to the dark side of the hobby. Armour. So far I've done 3. A 1/48 scale Sherman (Tamiya), a 1/35 Tiger 1 (Dragon, great kit, btw) and a Sd.Kfz.222 (Tamiya). I'm currently workin' on Dragon's Hetzer. I am now hooked on tanks!!

05-02-2006, 02:37 PM
Hey i am also a new nember on this wonderfull forum.. All though most of the models is german. But is wonderfull to see those wonderfull builts there are on this site. It is always nice to see and observe some new tips on AFV for a newbie as i am. But i cant figure out how to post pics? could somebody maybe help me.

05-06-2006, 04:52 AM
Another new member! Hi, my name is Oliver, not long turned 18, and currently model 1:35th German WW2 armour and Modern American and British stuff! Usually try to incorporate some figures into my builds, as thats another one of my loves - figures!
Great site, great community, hope to show some of my builds asap!

Cheers :)

05-19-2006, 09:50 AM

My name is Lawrence and I am new to Planet Armor. I am very fortunate to have been recommended by Leo Lee and RC Hill.

I have been to many forums and I find this community to be very friendly and helpful.

I am 35 years old, married and have no children (my wife would argue that I am the child :) ). I have been working in Hong Kong for the past three years and am enjoying it.

I have been buidling model kits on and off over the years. I just came off a break of about 10 years. My interest in mainly WWII German AFVs but I do like most AFVs. I also build some aircraft.

I don't know any modelers in Hong Kong and hope to be able to learn from fellow modelers in this community. I would like to learn from you all and keep improving. I haven't completed a single model kit in ten years (something my wife keeps reminding me!) and I plan to complete my first kit on Planet Armor.

Thanks for looking and for any help in the future


05-26-2006, 10:58 AM
Hi, my name is Guy, and I just signed up this morning. I have been surfing this site the last couple days like crazy. There is so much really great material here I just don't know where to start, and can't take it in fast enough. :o
I'm 46 years old, and spent 11 years on active duty as an armor officer. I love all armor models, but mostly build WW II. I do have a lot of cool refernce pictures and materials from my time in the Army so if anyone needs something from the 82-93 time frame let me know. I served on M60A1's, M60A3's and M1A1's. At the moment I really want to learn how to solder. The potential with the P/E is mind blowing, but so far I have not mastered working with it. :angry: I think being part of this site will be a blast, and hopefully help my building.

06-08-2006, 04:38 AM
Hi all,

my name is Manuel and i just landed on this planet. I´m an 28 years old Austrian illustrator who recently started to get back into modelling after a break of several years. i´m interested in german ww2 armor, specially the jagdpanzer subject.
At the moment i´m fighting with my first solder attemepts and still trying to get used to my airbrush.

thanks for your inspiring builds, excuse my poor english...


07-04-2006, 08:55 AM
Hello , My name is Roderick Lenz, I joined up a few months ago after a certain dentist of some repute pointed me in the right direction. I'm 23, live in Japan, am married and own my own home and business. I've been building models seriously for about a year now. I enjoy models of all kinds (except gundam, nothing personal, they just annoy me......) I'm glad to say "I'm glad to be here!"
Cheers, Roderick Lenz

07-04-2006, 10:45 AM
Hi all!

How did I missed this one? :o I'm 7th companys 3rd platoons 8th member. My name is Mikko and I live in Oulu, Finland. Perhaps not the most Northern member but definitely not being far from that. ;) I'm 33 years old and having a wife and 8months old little boy.

I build 1/35 and 1/72 scale armour, both allied and axis. I also build and sculpt figures. Sometimes naval vessels and wwI planes.

I joined planet last december but started to hang around here regularly this spring. Got finally digi camera this summer so can show my work at workbench.

Well I'm clad joined this place. :)

Cheers Mikko

07-13-2006, 08:39 PM
Hello Everybody,

I just recently discovered this site and it looked like a nice commonity so I decided to join. My name is Ralph and I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I'm a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

I've been modeling on again and off again since I was 7 years old and built Monogram's 1/32 M3 Grant with the help of my uncle who was and still is my mentor in this hobby. I built 1/35th armor throughout my childhood and switched to 1/72 aircraft in my early teens. I then discovered sex, drugs and rock&roll and didn't build anything for a few years. I returned to the hobby again about 3 years ago when I got a Tamiya T-34 as a birthday gift. These days I'm busy with school and my profession so I don't have as much time for modeling as I would like, but I try to get a kit worked on whenever I can. I still build the occasional aircraft in 1/72, but I focus mostly on WWII armor. Most recently I began to collect the ever growing line of 1/48 afv kits being released by Tamiya, Skybow, Hobby-Boss, etc., as these kits really fit well into my limited build times, and even more so, my limited shelf space :D

09-16-2006, 10:36 AM

Rod Dumouchel here I have been pokeing around this site for a while now. I have got a vbench set up just need to add my current project to it. My main interests are WWII AFV's and some Scence Fiction stuff (SF3D/Ma.k).


Ebbe Bergman
09-19-2006, 05:04 AM
darn...well I have bein around for some time here...but I rather introduce my self so I have done it anyway.
My nick here is my real name. I´m a student and going to a program where I become purchaser and supply chain manager. I turend 26 at the 4th of september this year. Well...hm...I´m a former costal ranger and have worked like 4 years before I went to school again. Have studied law, engineering and now I´m into economics. I can speak except my language wich is Swedish, German, Spanish and ofcourse English. I think I want to learn French allso so I can work for the EU comission.

I have bein modelling since I was 12 I think and that would be around 14 years. But it is at the latter part of my modelling time I have evoled in to using PE and such.

I think Sam and Andy was talking about Planet armor on Missing lynx and I went here to look it up. I was thrilled that there was so many here and I could have a own workbench so I applied right away. It took some time before I discovered how to use my digitcamera. I show just snappshots not the close nice ones with like 2 centimeters from the tank. But I hope you all see what I´m building.

My main interest is German armor from WW2. I sculp some figures and is in the learning process of doing that. Modern stuff is not my style becouse the war we got today is not that spectacular or so historical as the battles in WW2! I know I will get some punches for that statement but that´s what I think.
But I promiss I will do a modern tank before I die =OD
Best regards!

10-16-2006, 04:27 AM
Hi all,
I am a student in year 7 My name is Sebastian. I have been into modelling for as long as I can remember I am 13. I like cars the company/maker I like is VW and my dad owns 1974 VW Passat a unique car because its so rare here in Canberra. The models I make are mainly armour and the occasional aircraft. I am doing my first "figure" General Guderian which came with the Pz.Kpfw. IV that I am currently bulding the DML 3 in 1 ausf. e.

10-16-2006, 06:42 AM
Hi Everyone,
I am Alex from Melbourne Australia. Finally stopped lurking and joined 14/10/06. I have been a regular viewer of this excelent site for quite a while now. My first model was built way back in the mid sixties, so you can guess how old I am If you wish. I have been a member of IPMS Australia since 1983, and have met some wonderful friends thanks to my participation at the club. I mainly build 1/35 scale armour, and I am mortally afflicted with Shermanitis (this prevents you from being able to close any cupboards in your house, because they are full of model Sherman bits). Having said this, I also build all types of armour (mainly ww2), and dabble in aircraft from time to time. Glad to be finally aboard this very enjoyable and usually relaxed site. Thanks to Mic B and Sam Dwyer for sugesting I sign on.

All the Best to all who post here.

10-17-2006, 10:50 AM
yo im still in school year 11. planning to go into the RAF to be a fighter pilot. hopefully fly the typhoon (EF2000) i know loads about fighters due to playing games like ace combat etc. my dad is over at planet figure (Paul Blaber) he is a brilliant painter so is my step dad (Derek Hansen) hope you guys may know them or there work and im following in there foot steps in painting.:thumb:

10-17-2006, 10:52 AM
Oh yes im now working on my panther g (late version) 1:25 boy its big. bigger than my baneblade and that dawfs models lol!

11-06-2006, 03:02 PM
Hello everybody!
It´s not really true that I am a newcomer, because I have linked up some time ago. Now after the brush-up of the fora I came back as "Wikinger".
(Maybe some will remember.)

My "normal name" is Georg Schachinger and I live in Vienna/Austria. I am married and apart from that I "own" two children, a mother-in-law and a turtle.
My hobbies besides modelling are being webmaster of a model-website, called "Wikingers Panzermodellbau", which is also available in English language (http://www.panzermodellbau.com/index_en.html)
and history especially concerning WWII.

I am looking forward to pollinating contacts and to learning new fellow modellers.

11-06-2006, 07:25 PM
Hello everybody!
My name is Tom but my friends call me Balki. Yes, there is more than one person claiming to be my friend.:D
Anyway... I am new here (joined yesterday). I build armor in 35th scale and mostly from the eastern front. I do have a few Shermans in my collection but I only got as far as opening the boxes and that was the end of my Sherman adventures.
Once in a while I will venture into a 48th scale armor and paint a figure or two but nothing really to be proud of.
Here I am....

and here is the corner of the room where my wife allows me to play with models

See you around

12-23-2006, 07:23 AM
Hello. Long time lurker here. So decided to sign up. Love the builds on the vBenches.

12-23-2006, 08:47 AM
Again out of time ! My name is Dragan and I'm from Croatia! 25 years old .. living with future wife ....Started modelling with 12 ...as resoult of mistake ..I got model instead of toy lol lol ! Preffering WWII axis armour but in last time i know to buy even large scale plane also axis wwII !
Unfortunately this year I started my own busines so modelling time 0- working time 1 .. u can see when was last update on my w bench !

01-11-2007, 11:19 AM
I just saw this, so maybe I should have posted here. My name is Tom and I'm building my first AFV model (sounds like an AA introduction...).

I'm an Engineer and History student. Any advice or tips on painting will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Tom Sexton

01-11-2007, 04:24 PM
Let's see, back at it after years off while trying to wreck my knees and such during a long and terrific Army career (not Armor - I prefer the comfort of the woodline). Googled model armor one day and found Missing-Lynx - the rest as they say, is History.

Still learning how to build and paint adequately - my interests are so wide that I am perpetually skipping from topic to topic (all in a WWII arena, though). Have crossed the pond for two Euro Mils, just to see the amazing art, and meet the great talents in this sport.

Have a wonderful wife and two daughters (8 and 9) one of which loves to build stuff and the other is the proud owner of the vBench skull project (more as a project manager than contributer).

I'm 46, love to play soccer, ski, hunt, pursue history, have been to all but one continent, and spend long hours going blind at the modelling bench.

PA membership? Again - I blame Stuke :)

Pablo sends

02-21-2007, 08:48 PM
My name is Ed, and I am from Westerville, Ohio. I have been into model railroading since I was about 3 (seriously since 12). I drive 70 miles to go to the club I belong to. I have known the guys there since the early 80's, and they're like my family.

How did I get involved in armor? My cousin was/is an armor freak. I always was blown away with his work using paper mache, airbrush, etc... I lost touch with him when I was in high school. We reunited last year, and he was introduced to railroading. Well, I noticed that he was still doing armor, and I was still impressed with his work! Then, a hobby shop near me closed, and I thought, what the heck, I can get these Dragon kits for half price, who cares what I build. I called him on the cell from the hobby shop, and he said "they're good kits, but you won't build them in one day like your old snap tite."

Now, I also dabble in injection molding. We have a 75 ton Van Dorn, and a 15 ton Arberg. I know a little about fit and finish of molded products. We produce some gearsets for a small hobby shop.

That being said, when I opened the Stug Box, I was blown away with the quality for the price I paid. I thought, shoot, they're even using slide molding process! So, I started building the Stug during the losing Browns Football season (I had a lot of time to build). I didn't lose my mind with their old tracks, and I even came to appreciate the "sag" I could put into them. I am hooked folks!

Now, I'm doing a 251 halftrack with a photo etch attempt. You have ALL inspired me. My wife came back the other night when I was bending the radio pieces, she said "that relaxes you"? I smiled, and said, nothing could put me in a better state of mind.

What would I like to learn: How to best control photo etch parts and CA. What airbrush I own will be best (Badger 150, Aztec, or my Paasche VL), and getting my soldering out for the photo etch. I think it will pull together the parts better, and I'm not afraid to solder.

Interests: I have a Buell motorcycle that has been heavily modified, wife, 3 Dachtshunds, and a son on the way. I Appreciate anything scale. If you can't have the real thing, why not build a model? :p

12-04-2007, 10:15 AM
Hi guys, name's Danial. I live in Singapore.

Started this hobby in 2000 by accident and since then, i have been doing modelling with so much pride and joy.

Trust me, nothing beat the feeling of touching or opening a new box of model kit (my very bad addiction).

Hope to make new frens with modellers around the world.


Torben Nielsen
02-14-2008, 06:01 PM
Hi There.

My name is Torben Nielsen, a nearly 38 year old modeller from Denmark. I have been on and off with modelling for a long time now, but want to take it to the next level now (before I get too old). I am not really new to this site, since I have been walking around here for some time now, but, as said before, it is time to take my modelling to the next level, and I hope that, by showing my work here, I will be able to learn from the critic I get and improve my skills.

Greetings from Denmark
Torben Nielsen

03-24-2008, 03:41 PM

My name is Roel and I'm from Belgium. I'm 26 years old and live in a town called Neeroeteren. I work as a NCO in the belgian army. For the moment I'm a platoonssergeant in an AIFV C25mm platoon.
I started modelling when I was 14 years old. Started with some airplanes and changed my interests to armour along the way. I'm a very very slow builder due to lack of time mostly. To be honest I'm more a builder then a painter. But slowly we are learning all the techniques to finish of a model real good :) Still learning everyday I hope to share and learn here aswell :p

Cheers Roel

03-24-2008, 04:10 PM
Welcome Roel,

Too bad you were not here earlier as John Steinman has built a vehicle like yours! Your input must be amazing thanks to the access you have.


03-25-2008, 12:59 PM
My name is Arthur, I'm half hungarian-half french. I didn't noticed this topic until now (I payed more attention to the vBench) :rolleyes:, so as you can see I'm a bit disorganised, and "confused"...
I'm 17, I'll be 18 in mid september. I'm more and more interested in allied WW2, but until now it was german WW2... My only real problem is my poor wheatering and handpainting skills...:( I like this hobby very much, and some "knowledges" according to this sometimes shock my family members (and this is something what is always fun to see:D).


04-08-2008, 03:21 AM

My name is Steen, I'm 36 and from Denmark. I started modelling when I was 5-6. Somewhere in my teens I got my first computer, and soon that took all my spare time. 3-4 years ago I got back into the hobby. My stash is getting bigger, but I'm a builder, not much of a painter, so I've been lurking around looking at the great step-by-step painting/weathering posting on this site.

Oh yes, I build 1/72, mainly WWII German armor, so you'll find me in the WWII Axis forum, looking at tanks and discussing historical details from that era.


04-08-2008, 12:22 PM
Welcome to PA Steen.

07-04-2008, 08:38 AM

My name is Scott, stumbled on to here and decided to join. Looks like a friendly place.
I'm retired US Navy, been 3 years now since I left. Work as an engineering test technician for an aerospace company in So California.
I live in the 15th/16th scale world. I'll get a vebench going on my current project, once I figure out how.


James Tainton
07-04-2008, 08:49 AM
Welcome aboard, look forward to seeing you big tanks. Contact Gordy to get a vBench. (Look in my signature for a link)

08-01-2008, 01:52 PM
Hi To All
My name is Rick and I live in Tucson AZ. I am 56,and drive trains for the Union Pacfic RR. I have been a ww2 history buff for years. I also have been a modler for years. I like axis and allied vehicles. I also do cars and aircraft. My biggesst model is a 1:1 Dodge M37. So when not modeling I am wrenching on it.

08-01-2008, 03:28 PM
Hi Rick, welcome to PA !

08-18-2008, 10:42 AM
Hello and Hi

My name is Pawel and I am graphic designer from Poland who back to
the "modelers-roots" after almost 10 years brake. (I think I havn't been a
real modeler before, I just assemble and paint some plastic pieces hehe)
Now I decided to do it in proper way and to help me out with this task
I (hopefully) want to start some builds here at planetArmour to get
some creative critics and modelers lessons from some more
experienced modeleras as You are.

You can find my first (and also latest) works at my flicker stream:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3234/2408982208_38cae45cee_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/runeone/sets/72157604507723945/)

So once again Hello and Hi Everybody ;)

best and have a good day

PS. Hope my english is understable , and sorry for any mistakes.

black army
08-18-2008, 03:13 PM

I'm Balázs Schuller, Historian from Hungary, Sopron. I work in the Central Mining Museum of Hungary and I build modells since 1993 but I make only figures for a long time.
I am a new member on the Planetarmor since january, and totaly amateur here as a figure sculptor. But I love vechicles too and after a long time I build now a Panther vignette in 1/72. I want to introduce the progress, because I rebuilt many parts there but I'm afraid my profil isn't active for a vBench topic.
Could you help me?


black army
08-18-2008, 03:30 PM
I have sent a mail for Gordy for vBench membership. ;)

08-21-2008, 02:07 AM
Hello all in this great community, my first contact with model world it began 17 year and stop.The last 5 years "restart" again .My favorite model-subjects is the German-Russian's WWII armor and least U.S-British.I hope to posting my work in the next days.:thumb:
Big thanks to dear admins.

08-21-2008, 07:16 PM
Hello to all

I'm Daniel and i'm living in Switzerland. I'm 24.

I'm building mostly WWII AFV's in all avalaible scales. I will try to post you some of my actual projects and will continue to appreciate the great work we can see on the forum.

Sorry for my english, i'm not a pro writer and im speaking french.

See you soon

09-23-2008, 05:33 AM
I`m Sergei, and I´m living in Estonia.
My interest is modelling military hardware, anything which flying, crowling,floating:), of course in 1/35 scale ...exept floating - I think.
And appreciate your work on this forum:)

Excuse my rusty english,:) hope, it improve with Your help

09-23-2008, 06:19 AM
Welcome to PA...Sergel. Look forward to seeing your build here :)

09-23-2008, 08:34 AM
"Hehe, sina ka siin ;)"
Welcome to PA! :)


09-23-2008, 02:00 PM
Hi Sergei, nice to see you here!

09-23-2008, 02:48 PM
Another One!!!! Estonia is well represented here on the Planet.

Welcome aboard, Sergei.


09-23-2008, 03:40 PM
Welcome Sergei,
I am sure you will find these forums very helpful, everyone here is very supportive.


09-25-2008, 10:46 AM
Thanks for warm words colleagues !
Yeah, one more, :) ....

With regards

09-29-2008, 11:24 PM
Just saying hello to everyone here, just an Aussie who has seen the light and has begun building models again. I have a few armour models to show and some big ones waiting on the shelf, so I hope you guys will help me out if I get stuck!

Cheers for now.

09-30-2008, 12:15 AM
Just saying hello to everyone here, just an Aussie who has seen the light and has begun building models again. I have a few armour models to show and some big ones waiting on the shelf, so I hope you guys will help me out if I get stuck!

Cheers for now.

Welcome on board...what are the big ones you would like to show to us???


09-30-2008, 12:31 AM
Welcome on board...what are the big ones you would like to show to us???

Thanks for the welcome!

There is a 1/35 "Sturer Emil" and M1A1 Abrams waiting on the shelf, I just finished connecting the fruilmodel tracks for the "Sturer Emil" and hope to commence that soon. Plus a 1/35 scale Tiger II, I have a diorama idea for this one.

I just finished a 1/35 "Maus" and hope to do a diorama... BIG project!!! Next time I'm here I'll post pics of it.

10-30-2008, 07:24 PM
Hello everyone. I'm looking to expand my modeling into armor. I'm looking forward to learning the techniques of armor building. I've been building WWII aircraft. Looking forward to learning from you guys. I've had a peak around and boy are there some gifted modelers on this site!

Here is an example of my work.



David Diaz
10-30-2008, 07:46 PM
Welcome to PA Isaac!!

Nice clean build you've got there. I hope you find our builds useful and above all fun to follow. If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask.


11-01-2008, 05:18 AM
It looks very nice, specially the engine intake.

Moon Puppy
11-01-2008, 08:34 PM
So this is the Meet and Greet thread?

Hiya, Moon Puppy here. Been posting at Swanny's and FSM for a while. Really in awe with the stuff yous guys are doing and hope to pick your brains. My current project is a M2A1 Halftrack with the full Lions Roar upgrade. Really been enjoying this build and the help I've gotten from Rick Lawler has really gotten me off to a great start.

I've got a build thread started at FSM and looking forward to posting it here when this Vbench thing gets started.

James Tainton
11-01-2008, 09:50 PM
So this is the Meet and Greet thread?

Hiya, Moon Puppy here. Been posting at Swanny's and FSM for a while. Really in awe with the stuff yous guys are doing and hope to pick your brains. My current project is a M2A1 Halftrack with the full Lions Roar upgrade. Really been enjoying this build and the help I've gotten from Rick Lawler has really gotten me off to a great start.

I've got a build thread started at FSM and looking forward to posting it here when this Vbench thing gets started.

Welcome aboard, any chance we could get your real name?

Moon Puppy
11-01-2008, 10:10 PM
Well I use this handle all over the place on the internet and I've made some folks mad about Southern High School Football (a local thing) so I'd rather not associate my handle with my real name.

Is it required? If so I'll come up with another handle.

James Tainton
11-01-2008, 10:45 PM
Well I use this handle all over the place on the internet and I've made some folks mad about Southern High School Football (a local thing) so I'd rather not associate my handle with my real name.

Is it required? If so I'll come up with another handle.

You will need to use your real name, at least in your profile, and you don't have it there right now, to get a vBench- it's just better for everyone to be real with everyone here. While handles and such aren't that big of a deal, real names are more responsible and I think that when a person uses his real name- (or at least has it in his profile, along with the handle) it gives validity to what you post. I don't think many Southern High school fans post here, so you probably don't need to worry about that.:)

James Tainton
11-01-2008, 10:48 PM
Well I use this handle all over the place on the internet and I've made some folks mad about Southern High School Football (a local thing) so I'd rather not associate my handle with my real name.

Is it required? If so I'll come up with another handle.

You will need to use your real name, at least in your profile, and you don't have it there right now to get a vBench- it's just better for everyone to be real with everyone here. While handles and such aren't that big of a deal, real names are more responsible and I think that when a person uses his real name- (or at least has it in his profile, along with the handle) it gives validity to what you post. I don't think many Southern High school fans post here, so you probably don't need to worry about that.:) I think if you look at most of the regular posters here, even if they have some fanciful handle or nickname as their avatar, they still have their real name in the about me section of their profile.

Moon Puppy
11-01-2008, 10:58 PM
OK you got it, updated profile. but if I start getting late night phone calls from rabid football fans I know where they got it from..;)

Moon Puppy
11-01-2008, 11:06 PM
BTW Isaac, great looking Volksjager.
Here's my pride and joy. Did a FW recently also.


James Tainton
11-01-2008, 11:09 PM
OK you got it, updated profile. but if I start getting late night phone calls from rabid football fans I know where they got it from..;)

Great thanks for being so co-operative- bodes well.:thumb:

Moon Puppy
11-01-2008, 11:13 PM
Hey man I'm Mr Get Along... It's your classroom.:D

Steve Brown
11-02-2008, 10:32 AM
Just joined today and from the UK!

I like the 1/16 Trumpeters and have just ordered the new King Tiger! My interest stems from my time spent in the British Army as Driver and crewman of the MKV Cheiftain.

See you in and about!

11-02-2008, 08:42 PM
Just joined today and from the UK!

I like the 1/16 Trumpeters and have just ordered the new King Tiger! My interest stems from my time spent in the British Army as Driver and crewman of the MKV Cheiftain.

See you in and about!

Welcome to PA...look forward to seeing the King Tiger thread from you :thumb:

David Diaz
11-02-2008, 08:53 PM
My interest stems from my time spent in the British Army as Driver and crewman of the MKV Cheiftain.

Good to see another Thread Head join us!! Welcome to PA Steve!!

.... ah the joy of driving a 60 ton monster... nothing beats it!! :p


trantor breton
11-09-2008, 02:57 AM

I'm a french modeller. My name is charles and I'm 16 and live in France.
I'm interesting by german tanks of ww2.
Here is my last work : panzer IV G by dragon
I would like to improve at the level of our hobby and my english :D



11-09-2008, 03:19 AM
Hello Charles.
Glad to have you here.

11-09-2008, 04:20 AM
Welcome to PA...Charles, I am Axis fans also..looking forward to see more your works here...

11-09-2008, 12:10 PM
Hello Charles! (Bienvenue! :D) Your P4 is beautiful, hope to see more! :thumb:

11-12-2008, 02:52 PM
Hello everybody!

I joined this highly fascinating institution a few days ago, but didn't have anything to write yet - until I found this thread... This site and its marvellous content was always a big inspiration for me, and I hope I might contribute a little bit in the future by presenting my humble contraptions. ;)

As the user name betrays, my name is Philipp, I'm a 23 year old modeler from Germany and currently living near Frankfurt am Main. I'm building 1/35 military vehicles, mostly from of World War II, after having started with 1/72 tanks a few years ago.

It is not my first venture into modeling, as a kid I built dozens of horribly painted aircraft of all types and scales. Luckily, most of these abominations haven't survived the years past...

Here's my latest finnished project, Dragon's M4A3E8 with additional armour. Currently I'm working on Dragon's new Panther Ausf. F.


Cheers from Germany,

11-12-2008, 08:05 PM
Welcome to PA...Phillipp. I'm interest to seeing your Panther F thread :)

11-13-2008, 08:48 AM
Thank you Flak! :) I'd love to to a vBench thread with it, but I'm afraid it's a litte bit too complete by now - just wheels, tracks and tools missing. But I guess I can present the finnished thing there too, right?

05-14-2009, 05:53 PM
Hi every one im aidan im new

im 16 and a fairly good modeler i have built them sence i was 6 and have grown to love them

i build mainly armor as i have completed a few 1st place contest winners
after my last experience builtind airplanes( Revell A 10 and F16 thunder bird) i have never wanted to start another airplanes model

i look foward to getting good feed back from every one on here

11-04-2009, 03:45 AM
Hello all.

I'm 46 years old, and live in Spain. I'm building WWII miitary vehicles in 1/35 and 1/48 scale, and some Sci-Fi models (Ma.K. series)

Excuse my poor english.


Some models:




11-07-2009, 03:17 AM
Pozdrav Ja sam Filip. Ja živim u maloj zemlji imena Hrvatska, a da u istočnoj Europi. Ja sam počeo modeliranje prije nekoliko godina, ali nema napretka, I žao mi je što ne mogu dobro pisati engleski

01-01-2010, 07:26 PM
I already posted a question to the board before I introduced myself :-/ Anyway, Im getting back into this after 25+ years away. Im currently working on two Dragon kits and will be creating a VBench for the Vorpanzer as its coming along much faster than the other one since Im aiming to enter it in a local contest here (unless it turns out looking like crap and then I wont spoil a table with it :-) )

02-01-2010, 01:12 PM
Great site!

I became a member just a little while ago and started my first vBench over the weekend (1/30/2010). I've been a modeler for around 35 years and have done model cars, wooden ship/boat models, plastic scale ships and airplanes, r/c airplanes, r/c cars, model rockets (including scratch-built custom designs), balsa-and-tissue airplanes and now for the last two years, armor models.

I've been extremely impressed with the work the members do and am looking to tap into the knowledge bank to improve my own modeling.

See you in the forums!

02-02-2010, 02:13 AM
Glad to see you here with us, I like your work :)

I've been extremely impressed with the work the members do and am looking to tap into the knowledge bank to improve my own modeling.

Dito for me too :).

02-02-2010, 11:28 AM
Glad to see you here with us, I like your work :)

Dito for me too :).

Thanks, Man!

06-04-2010, 02:12 AM
Hey Guys,
I'm new here in the forum and would like to present times.
My name is Guenni, I am 44 years has been 30 years and build models.
I like to build in scale 1:35.
So that is all before me, a good work together.
Greetings from Germany Guenni

Here my last work