Originally posted by blackonyx97
Actually, majority of the articles in the FSM magazines which I have tend to lean too much on customizing their particular kits so as to make it stand out from other models of the same type. They do, however, give out some important tips which most of us, novice hobbyists, can pick up. One article I've come across and particularly liked was on how to camouflage your aircraft using paper masks and also on how to highlight the raised/recessed panel lines so as to raise the level of realism on your subject.
The part of the magazine where I actually pick up a lot is from the reader's section where they share a lot of practical tips on the hobby utilising ordinary household tools and equipment like clothespin, hairdryers and even Axion liquid detergent for painting(can you guess what this last item is for?)!
Aside from the model kits, I also collect a lot of reference books and materials on the subjects which I build. Not only does it make my modelling more accurate and easier (some model instruction sheets are pretty vague especially on painting the parts) but I learn more about the subject as well. I also keep model and paint catalogues, just in case I need to look for a particular paint equivalent whenever I encounter an FS designation.
Where do I buy my models? Hmm, let's see. That would be anywhere and everywhere. I guess the first thing that I do whenever I'm in a new city is to ask around where I can buy the kits. In Manila, I used to buy in Sta. Cruz and Isetann Recto. In Quezon City, there are at least six shops which I can think of and in Makati there's Lil's. You'd have to canvass around though before buying your model. Some shops offer less price for the same model type. I also surf the net and check-out the auction sites for them. Try also looking under the "Collections" section of BUY & SELL.
A word of advise: no modeler can ever feel that he/she has done enough for his model. No matter how perfect he thinks he has made his masterpiece, there will always be a tiny voice of discontent in the back of his mind about a flaw in the model that only he knows about.
The moral of the story is: enjoy the hobby. Aiming for perfection is ideal but doing your best is more practical!
P.S. - If you need help on a particular model type, maybe you can PM me your cell# so that I could readily convey to you if I have the info you need.