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Posted by massmodeler on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 3:45 PM

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Wednesday, July 01, 2015 5:05 AM

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Posted by BigTallDad on Wednesday, July 01, 2015 9:59 AM

How about entering some text, so we'll have a hint at what you're trying to accomplish?

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Posted by FloridaBoy on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:48 PM

I'll start something off.  First I am an old guy and a long long time builder.  Back in the day, AMT was "the man" and everything else was second rate.  That was my and several others' opinion back then.  Stupid me and stupid others.  One of the regrets I will take to the grave is not to embrace JoHan right off when the car kits hit the market.  Back then they were the ones who built the "eclectic" cars, the ones that were not as Hot as the AMT line, so they were a little cheaper and not as popular.  Also they occupied the less popular parts of the model shelves.  Again, let me remind myself - stupid me and some others back then. If you looked at the magazines back then practically all of the models featured in articles and shows were AMT and Monogram. 

I did buy some JoHan kits and again, stupid me, I had a blocked mind.  I looked through each kit and they were plastic clones of AMT.  Good engraving, good proportion, accuracy and scale, similar plastic and construction, and good parts. I didn't wise up until I started seeing JoHan issue some decent kits like their drag racers - funnies, gassers, stock cars and the special interest cars like the Caddy ambulance. In my opinion at the time the Mickey Thompson Titanium Pinto was released, it was my opinion, by far the best funny on the market, bar none, then came the others, and I couldn't keep up. I had a pre-disposition and prejudice against Johan which I totally regret, and by the time I liked them, it was almost too late. 

Strange enough, I did learn from that experience -- now I embrace all of the reasonable manufacturers mainstream and specialized in our hobby.  No more prejudice. It gives you a wider variety of models and while you improve you can adapt to the parts/kit style and characteristics of each manufacturer.  As a matter of fact, it is even more fun.

Learn from my mistakes.  Try to keep an open mind toward all manufacturers and their efforts. When you can evaluate the model from your own standpoint and standard. I feel confident to probably attack any kit now and basically all I need is a few key parts = body, chassis, axles, motor and interior and I am ready to rock and roll. Model building is within you and not the model. 

Now I am retired and building everything I can get my hands on, joined a couple of clubs and try to enter or attend every contest and swap meet within 200 miles, and it still isn't enough.

Ken "FloridaBoy" Willaman

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Posted by High octane on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:55 PM

Attending swap meets, contests, and NNLs are a good way to get around and add even more enjoyment to the hobby Ken. You'll also make new friends too. I know that belonging to three model clubs myself keeps me busy besides my other interests. And if I could get off this keyboard more often, I would finish more model kits too.

High octane

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Posted by helipilot16 on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 11:15 PM

I select what I build by on other factors, not by the company which manufatured it. Availability of a particular model is the most important factor.

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Posted by BigTallDad on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 7:57 AM

helipilot16

I select what I build by on other factors, not by the company which manufatured it. Availability of a particular model is the most important factor.

 

I second that! I'm more interested in subject matter, rather than manufacturer.

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Posted by dimaxion on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:34 PM

BigTallDad

   I'll third it . I did not see advertisments for JoHan kits in the day . So , thinking the Kits as second rate , I did choose some of them as I wanted the articular Model in my then tiny collection . I started with struictlly model cars during 1958 . My first JoHan was a '59 Olds 4 dr HT kit . The older I got , the more kits John Hanneal  made the kits of Cars I wanted . In the day , I thought the JoHann Custom parts were questionable .

    For example ; Scavenger pipes , Wheel Spiders , Crusier Skirts , Record Players , Car Phones , Stuffed Annimals (plush before it was plush) , Moon Discs .. yeah . I was wrong .. I admit it .

   Subject matter has broadned my Collection beyond my wildest thought in the '60's . I have some Ringo , Ideal , Premier . Palmer , Aurora , Strombecker , Hawk , Renwal , Kay Sun , ITC , Nitto , Eshci , Ertl , and many more . I bought even the Most Defiant kit ever to build . Chinese parade car by Trumpeter . Try to build this one as it rejects eveery adhesive known to mankind . Think Bakelite . lol ..  Thanx ..

 
helipilot16

I select what I build by on other factors, not by the company which manufatured it. Availability of a particular model is the most important factor.

 

 

 

I second that! I'm more interested in subject matter, rather than manufacturer.

 

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Posted by 70CudaTJ on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:17 PM

My 2 Cents  I've never worried about brand, I've always bought for subject matter. And if I can't find the exact subject I want I just buy anything Mopar, that's my only constraint.

But after all is said and done I enjoy turning out a competition quality model from a dog of a kit, that gives me great satisfaction and second to that I like to restore old builds I've got from swap meets. To me it's like restoring a car, something I grew up with my dad doing, any kit so long as it hasn't been cut up too much can be reworked or restored.

Any brand is fine ...

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Posted by plydude55 on Saturday, July 27, 2019 5:11 PM

I started of as an AMT snob, didn't buy anything until 1966, when I picked up the MPC 66 Charger. Now anything goes!

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Posted by Goofy62 on Saturday, August 03, 2019 2:19 PM

A third vote for subject matter.

Although I will say that Johan had some of the most unusual subjects.

All of the old Johan Plymouth Fury and Chrysler 300 kits are especially near to my heart.

 

 

Steve

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  • From: Nevada
Posted by American185 on Saturday, August 03, 2019 9:01 PM

I was never an AMT fan other than the annuals they did in the 70's. Their kits were always rather cheaply detailed and not always of the best quality either. Preferred MPC over them all the time. But JoHan had the market cornered on dealer promo type models and always had great models to offer. Their kits for them were easy as well, and straight forward. Best selection of Cadillacs and the land yacht Chryslers of anyone. They had some of the greatest selections you could get. I still cherish a lot of the ones I have and have managed to add to them over the years with garage sale finds. Cheaper than paying insane eBay prices for the same thing. And I always got replacement parts readily from Modelhaus. But sadly both are now gone. The best one I found at a garage sale was a 72 Comet that only needed a good cleaning, and some new tires and wheels. The parts cost more than the model did !! And it is now proudly displayed on my shelf in factory condition and detailed to the hilt as a showroom piece should be !!

'There is a special feel in an Oldsmobile, more than the luxury ride its the feeling of pride that you get inside !!!Wink'

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