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    I was looking for something to do with the 10 year-old grandson and decided to try building models. The only place that has any models (in our small town ) is ollies there he decided on a aircraft the picked out a F-8J crusader. He thought it was cool that Grandpa worked the flight deck with the Crusader when he was young. I had to order model glue and paint online I also ordered him a A-6 Intruder which is the aircraft that I fixed for most of my 20 years in the navy. Trying to get him off the electronics and doing some other things His dad is a good guy but will admit that he is not cut out to be a single father. The wife and I help with the grandson and granddaughter and are his backup he is still active duty navy. As a kid I enjoyed building models and also doing the old paint by numbers pictures that stuff is hard to find now
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    Way to go grandpa. If he shows interest, then expand the projects to include cars/trucks/ships etc.. he wants to build. Then a trip to an air/or navy museum to reinforce the excitement. My son loved the air shows and ship museum trips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaskeet View Post
    I was looking for something to do with the 10 year-old grandson and decided to try building models. The only place that has any models (in our small town ) is ollies there he decided on a aircraft the picked out a F-8J crusader. He thought it was cool that Grandpa worked the flight deck with the Crusader when he was young. I had to order model glue and paint online I also ordered him a A-6 Intruder which is the aircraft that I fixed for most of my 20 years in the navy. Trying to get him off the electronics and doing some other things His dad is a good guy but will admit that he is not cut out to be a single father. The wife and I help with the grandson and granddaughter and are his backup he is still active duty navy. As a kid I enjoyed building models and also doing the old paint by numbers pictures that stuff is hard to find now
    I was big into building model planes for a few years before I went in the Navy. If you're going for camo and realism, invest in a fair to awesome airbrush. My wife (at the time) was into ceramics and showed me how to dry-brush, which is the way to go on instrument panels. My eyes just aren't good enough for that kind of detail work anymore and I sure miss it. ...enjoy!
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    He'll stay cleaner building them on the computer ... and he won't sniff model glue :-)


    Confidence comes from doing something, somehow this generation thinks our kids should be confident because we tell them they are great. They are smart enough to know. Building and following directions is a great life skill and anything done with grandad is great.
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    If you have a Michaels or a Hobby Lobby anywhere close, they have models, Este Rockets, paints, everything a boy needs to grow his imagination. Keep up the good work Gramps.
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    Maybe lookup a local radio control airplane club and both of you visit to see not only building models but flying them. A way to learn a lot of different skills and
    meet fellow modelers. The electric planes that are available are amazing now.

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    I put together a P-51D Revell model outfitted in the color scheme and even correct aircraft numbers that my dad flew in WWII. 8th AF, 352nd Fighter Group, stationed in Bodney, Norfolk, England. Pretty cool to have a model of the exact plane. I was big model builder as a kid. Moved on to balsa wood rubber band powered, then balsa with a Cox .049 glow plug motor. Finally soloed in a Cessna 152-II when I was in my early 20's.
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    I think my 1st was a mobile van, don't remember the make or model. Painted with a paint brush.
    Moved on to car's, van's pickup's and a Semi Tractor someone had started, don't remember where I found the Semi.
    Built a model Robert E Lee paddle boat.

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    Back in the day, you bought everything at hobby stores. Today everything is online.
    I started out building model airplanes when I was a kid. Loved it!
    It fueled my interest in flying; which led to taking flying lessons; which led to getting a college degree in aeronautics; which led to joining the Navy and going to flight school; which led to flying S-3A Vikings off the USS Constellation and the USS Carl Vinson; which led to a second career flying jets at Delta Air Lines; which led to a comfortable retirement.
    It's been a great life!

    Try to take your grandson to an aviation museum. Most military bases have museums for their military specialty.
    You're close to Virgina Beach; try NAS Oceana.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaskeet View Post
    I was looking for something to do with the 10 year-old grandson and decided to try building models. The only place that has any models (in our small town ) is ollies there he decided on a aircraft the picked out a F-8J crusader. He thought it was cool that Grandpa worked the flight deck with the Crusader when he was young. I had to order model glue and paint online I also ordered him a A-6 Intruder which is the aircraft that I fixed for most of my 20 years in the navy. Trying to get him off the electronics and doing some other things His dad is a good guy but will admit that he is not cut out to be a single father. The wife and I help with the grandson and granddaughter and are his backup he is still active duty navy. As a kid I enjoyed building models and also doing the old paint by numbers pictures that stuff is hard to find now
    This could be the perfect entry into R/C, then onto the real thing. At 60 years old, I still fly R/C Helis. They are a blast.

    I noticed you're in NC. I provided a link for R/C Clubs in NC. Take him to an R/C Heli Demo one day. Both of you will probably love it.

    https://www.rc-airplane-world.com/north-carolina-rc-airplane-clubs.html


    Enjoy!
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