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What got me modeling. What got you modeling?
Posted by 195X on Sunday, July 16, 2017 1:06 PM

I remember it well. I was twelve in the spring of 1978. I couldn't have possibly cared about anything other than my dirt bike, and the neighbor girl down the street. Man was she cute! Then one day in February (I think) Dad comes up to me and says "Get in the car boy."

That was Dad's way and neither Mom or I questioned it. Not out of fear, but out of respect. Respect for the fact that my old man, could pull a fun time out of nowhere, usually at the drop of a hat! So we knew, that if we just enjoyed this car trip to wherever, the payoff was likely worth it. Sometimes the length of the trip stretched the bounds of that worth point, as anyone who has ever been on a long road trip with family knows.

This particular day Stoic, as I came to call my Dad in recent years, Headed north towards Akron Ohio. Then north again to Cleveland. We were going to the car show! I was destroyed! WHAT?!? A CAR show?! My Saturday is SHOT!

Now keep in mind, up until now my knowledge of "cars" was that it was a big ugly thing called a New Yorker or Delta 88 that you used to get around town and buy stuff. Like other cars. WHY?? Why on Earth would I want to be subjected to an entire building full of these useful monstrosities??

Sadly until this point, I had never seen a race car. Knew nothing of Hot Rods, C-cabs, T-buckets, Lead Sleds, Roadsters... You get the idea. I walked in on the threshhold of teen years and the with loaded gun of pre-pubescence. My father had committed the biggest blunder of his life. The colossally stupid act, of taking me to Auto-Rama!

My head was ready to explode and we'd barely made it down to the exhibition floor. I had gone deaf under the blinding light of pearlescent paints and colorized chrome. I heard nothing but the running dialog in my own head. There was everything under the sun from Alpine's to Zephyr's and everything in between. LOTTA Mustangs. 

Anyhoo, my parents were the type to not spend a lot on an outing. At the drive in you could bet, we had our own cooler and popcorn. So at an event like this I knew, I would get one, count-em ONE souvenir of this event and I had to be careful not to chose something too expensive.

OH COME ON MAN! I'm thirteen! I don't have a clue what my folks consider expensive. I had my eye on a neat pin of a Dodge Charger.. until we passed a boothe selling model car kits. Twenty minutes later my Mom was still trying to get me to leave the boothe when she made HER most colossal blunder.

"If I buy you one can we GO?"  Wink


My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by mini man on Sunday, July 16, 2017 1:30 PM

I felll into model making by chance - was on a shopping trip with my parents (aged 12)and got an Airfix 32nd Triumph herald and my little sis got some wingy thingy,the herald went  ok while Tanya's wingy thingy turned into a molted glue bomb (tube glue back then!)

That was in the early 70s and it just stuck with me,now I am stuck at home (2 strokes and arthritis inmy spine!!) I try to recreat some old kits I owned back then and YES I have the herald.Cool




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Posted by 195X on Sunday, July 16, 2017 2:16 PM

Wow. neat memory mini man. Sorry to hear about your health issues, glad to see it doesn't stop you.  Big Smile

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by PatrickW on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 3:07 PM

I was eight in 1956 and Dad walked past our local cycle shop that also sold kits, but in those days in the UK it was Airfix WW2 planes in plastic bags with that runny tube glue! Dad gave me my pocket money of 2/6p(25p in todays british money). That bought me a plane kit and glue but no paints or brushes. 

As he was a career Seargent (27 years) in the RAF I was only allowed to buy British planes and they had two, the Spitfire and the Hurricane, no German or Japanese planes were allowed. I haven't bought many plane kits over the last 40 years since I discovered Revell/AMT/MPC and later the Tamiya,Fujimi, Hasegawa etc. So I build 99% cars/and a few bikes and trucks.

I learn't a lot being on sites like this and a few more. A great hobby!

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Posted by Ranchn62 on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:24 PM

I saw my 1st model when I was 5. My dad had built a T-bucket, and I broke it the next day. He never made anotherb ut I was hooked. The 1st model I ever made was P-38 lightning glue bomb, and all the flack damage decals that I could fit on it.  I eventually got into cars, and the models really helped me understand how a car worked. I spent every Saturday at K-Mart, trying to figure out what to spend my allownce on, next. I remember building Funny Cars, and using doubled up thread as plug wires. I don't even know if there was an aftermarket for specialty parts at that time. It's only been in the last 5 - 10 years that I learned that there is one, now at least. SO here I am at 60, and still loving the hobby, and pushing the envelope of my skill set. I would bring in my finished models to display on my cubicle overhead, and my friends would just shake their heads, and ask "How do you DO that"?, ANd I would tell them, "This is nothing. GO to a model car show and see some REAL works of art"! SO I am constantly inspired to try new things. Damn great hobby!


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Posted by mini man on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:50 PM

Out of curisity were your parentt interesrtd in models? my dad was a farmer while my mum was posted into the RAF (WAFF'S)

So I got my mechanical intrests from my mum and no input from my dad.




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Posted by Ranchn62 on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 11:32 PM

Were you asking me, Nigel?

My mom didn't care, and my dad had virtually no mechanical talent. I don't know where mine came from, but I should have been an Engineer. I've built engines from my lawnmower to my sandrail, big block Chevy;s and AMC's, to the Datsun 2.4 liter in my 72 Z. And more in between, but building models got me interested in all that.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:09 PM

I. Was 7 or 8 totally increased with anything to do with cars dad had a 58 fuelie vetted painted Oldsmobile orange the kids across the hall built models I had tons of matchbox n hot wheels Johnny lightning redlines were the *** I had still have the gold Marko shark vette the kid older 1 had built this new car called copout by this guy named Tom. Well I asked dad how'd he do that kids don't make toy cars the store does so over the next 3pay days. I learnt how that copout was possible it started with a revell I believe Indy racer molded in red plastic wheels I thought that stunk but my cousin raised hell and she built that one for me dad. Got a 1/32 olivegreen. Opel gt somewhere s that was more fun I figured out the instructions with his help got it together next up the snapper riproaring Bette that took me all of 5 minutes to assemble but it didn't roll that's when I learnt yea a models a toy but not one to play with so my first glue bomb to be finally arrived it was by that guy Tom again. But it wasn't copout it was tarantula dragster I've to this day not had a tarantula that's car went to show n tell 3 times b4 it's shelf life ended to little brother mom n dad say I been hooked on anything car since 2


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Posted by Moparlover64 on Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:31 PM

Oh yea that's where it all started that Oldsmobile orange 58corvette that color wasn't available yet some guy that worked for Oldsmobile or gm was dads friend snuck a gallon home. But I looked so forward to my rides when that hard top came off and the car cover was gone I knew when that thing started up didn't matter where I was even the play ground dad said I would kill myself too get to that passenger door b4 that car got out the parking place but that's my fondest memory he'd be blasting that song take a letter Maria blasting on am mom's middle name is Maria but the sound of when he opened her up on samrittenburg hwy God I loved that open header sound the wind in my hair and everyone waved as ya blew their doors off but. We were in a vetted going fast and he said I sat there smiling asking go faster 


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Posted by Ranchn62 on Thursday, July 20, 2017 3:00 PM

What a great memorie!

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Posted by TnT on Friday, July 21, 2017 8:03 AM

Great stories. Man to be back there. 

My first build was a hot rod fire engine. I have it in the basement now. It was the spring of 72, 1972 that is. My moms mom, or nanny as i called her had passed. We where closer than any two people could be, even mom said so. I was 9 in 72, we where dirt poor, or very close to it. I remember that was the year my step dad bought me a schwin 5 speed, it was 12 bucks from some kid. Not the crate oh i wanted a crate so bad, but i think it was called a fastback, or stingray. Nanny would watch me ride up and down the sidewalk. Then one day mom comes and grabs me and my brother and takes us to our aunts. I thought cool we could run the neighborhood with  cousins and friends. Well a few weeks later i was told nanny passed, i cried for 2 or 3 days. She was my best friend in the whole world. Do not remember  much after that. I guess they where told i needed something to occupy my time. I remember going to SuperX store and picking it out. That hot rod fire engine. Every now and then we drive over to payne street to see the old place,  and i just see myself flying down the side walk on the blue schiwin. Or maybe down a block or two playing with hot wheels in the dirt with some of the other guys. Man those where the days. 

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Posted by CLASSIC770 on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 2:37 PM
Chicken pox when I was 6. Neighbour kid gave me an Airfix 1/72 Gloster Gladiator, bagged, to pass the time. Little did I know where that would lead. Recently built the 1/48 Lindberg Gladiator as a tribute to that first model.

In the frozen land of Nador, they were forced to eat Robin’s minstrels. And there was much rejoicing. 

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Posted by markdoo on Friday, August 11, 2017 10:04 AM

June of 1964 my Dad's younger brother, (my Uncle Johnnie), gets married and I'm the 5-year-old, ringbearer in their wedding.  When he leaves the ceremony for their honeymoon, he sprays gravel thruout the church parking lot when he speeds-away in his new, 1964 Chevrolet Impala in Bright Red with a 409.  That car started my love for autos!  Later, I found out he drag-raced that Impala at Cordova Drayway and was quite successful at it!

A few months later, we go to visit my Uncle Johnnie and new Aunt Judy in their mobile home, and the first thing I see when I walk in the door is a glass display case with 10 or 12 built model cars inside of it. A custom Mercury,  Imperial convertible and the one that stood-out the most to my eye, a Light Blue 1934 Ford Pickup Hot Rod.  I was hooked!

My Aunt Judy told me later that he used to spread-out newspaper on their double-bed and spray-paint those models right in their trailer park bedroom!  I belly-laughed at that one!


On the bench:  '63 Studebaker Avanti.

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Posted by oldcarguy on Saturday, August 12, 2017 11:03 AM


 Let's see , it's 1954 and Mom got a new car from Dad .What was it ? a Chevrolet Convertible ! Wow !

 I went to Kresge's and wanted to find a little one . Enter REVELL multiple piece bodied cars of that era . I never got the Chevy But I caught the  Model Builders Bane , Virus !

 My Doctor , who is a plane builder tells me the Virus is incurable ! I say " so what , what car is next  ?"  O.C.G.      P.S. On that trip I got the 56 Mercury Montclair Phaeton . I thought it was a dream car .

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, August 12, 2017 11:38 AM

I am loving all these responses. Fantastic memories. Keep them coming!

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by modeller123 on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 6:09 PM

 I've always loved cars especially American muscle cars

my Grandpa owns a 1957 Chevy 210 and my uncle owns a 1966 Mercury Comet convertible

So about four years ago (I was 10) I was at Michael's with my sisters and I saw a 1970 Chevelle model  and I thought that it would be nice to build that kit with my grandpa so I built that and a couple other kits with my grandpa and eventually I was building them by myself  and then I went to my local hobby store one day and saw a brochure for a local club so I became a member and that solidified modelling  as my favourite hobby 



 I'm a modeller not a fighter 

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Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 11:03 PM

What got me into modelling ? Hmmm ...

I wanted to be a god 

Small scale only mind . 

No , seriously Ahem , I was 7 when my dad got his first " American motor " It was a right hand drive Plymouth Baracuda , built in Pretoria South Africa 318 & a torqueflite  . Sidepipes , mag wheels and metallic blue paint ( It also had a screaming chicken on the BONNET ( hood ! ) , as the previous owner was an complete and utter dozy idjit ! ) . Dad did have models too , I remember a big scale (1:10?) Harley drag bike and a superstock Baracuda in black , I used to love scooting it across the carpet ( Yes , I learned some new ... er .. short words that day ....Zip it!

I had all of the Evel Knievel toys & matchbox dragsters etc etc , but when I got my first Airfix Ford Capri "hot rod " on my 10th birthday (1982 , I saw Return of the Jedi at the movies that day ! )I loved it so much I preserved it in what looked like 10 bottles of glue . ( I only use 4 now , so by the time I'm 98  ... I should be a great builder LOL)  

Mean time , my parents took on the task of running the British Mopar Muscle Club , Remember "duplicators"- before printers- anyone ? ) 3 more '68's (1 at a time , the roads are small here ! ) the best being a black R/T Charger 440... and my love for models grew . I became slightly obsessed with all cars , buying books , mags & .."Toys" mainly Americans , I've been collecting 1:72 up to 1:8th properly for twenty years now , don't think I'll ever stop . I should invest in a larger shelf unit one day though ! Smile, Wink & Grin

Its great to read other peoples stories like this , I feel " at home " thanks one & all ! 


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Posted by mcmainstribe on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 10:00 AM

My dad would build when I was little, so for my 5th or 6th birthday i got the Monogram Snaptite 57 chevy.  This was follwed shortly by the Hulk Chevy Pickup. I had a few other snappers until I was 7 and got the MPC Pontiac Blackbird for Christmas.  Fast forward 40 years and Im still at it!  Another 40, and I might get good! 


"I got me a '67 Chevy she's low and sleek and black. Someday I'll put her on that interstate and never look back." Steve Earle
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Posted by Digital_Cowboy on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12:09 PM

To be perfectly honest, I do not remember what first got me into model building “way back when.”  But recently I guess the tactile feeling of actually working with a piece of plastic brought me back to it.  That and I was at the VA one day and was given a “mini-tour” if you will, and was told that we could get various types of craft kits, to include scale model kits for free.  So I decided to pick it back up again, and haven’t looked back.

Digital Cowboy
Live Long and Prosper
On the bench: Star Trek: Romulan Bird of Prey; 1964 Ford Fairlane

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:28 PM

My dad went to a local hobby shop every weekend to satisfy his H.O. cravings when I was just a little dude.

One day I asked him if I could go along he said yes, and that was the beginning of my story Thumbs Up.

Love this hobby.







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Posted by JeroenM3 on Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:31 AM

Its still really clear to me, it was the year of 2013/2014 and i had a Toyota Supra MKIV out front, and i'm the kind of person that would want to keep it till i die in a huge collection (if money was no issue id never sell a car id own). But yet at the same time i already wanted something new again (i want to try many different sportscars, as thats where my true love for cars lies) , as i was only 20 at the time, and i always say: aslong as you are single and have no kids, you can still afford a fun car. When you have both of those the chances of having a real fun car is slim. (Hence why i really quickly want something else).

However little of topic as that was, while i wanted to move on i wanted to keep it like i said, and i saw in our group whatsapp of the dutch supra owners that some1 had imported a bunch of Tamiya Supra MKIV kits, and i thought to myself: thats how i can still keep all my cars till my death, and from that moment on ive decided that (when available) id buy the kit of my car, and build it to as close to my own car as possible.

Did this once, (the supra) and soon i had alot of bad luck with my car, and never got round to get another fun car due to the enormous financial loss, and therefore the modelcar build's didnt happen anymore as back then i couldnt keep the patience to do it more regularly as a hobby.

Fast forward to 2017, and i have bought a simple "hobby car", a E36 325i convertible, which i will be using next year for the carbagerun through europe. I've owned the car now for 2 weeks and im starting to grow really fond of it, and thought, lets see if i can find a kit for the E36 325i (this thought came to me on saturday 7 oct 2017).

That thought of "lets see if they are available"let from one thing to another, and now im "stuck" with no E36 325i convertible kit, but what i did end up with was a Tamiya Tyrell Yamaha 023, another Tamiya Supra kit (now the SARD supra GT), a Tamiya Ferrari 360 modena kit, and a Revell Lamborghini Diablo VT.

Let the builds commence Stick out tongue

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Posted by oldmanUHUDXP on Sunday, October 22, 2017 6:08 AM

I guess I was 8 or 9 years old, back in the mid fifties when I started modelling.  First it was ships and planes, box stock, no paint or anything.  Then I moved on to cars and have never looked back.  I stopped building for a lot of years (life just got in the way) until I retired.  My first attempts were baaaad, mostly glue bombs.  Thankfully, when I left home at 17 to join the Army, my parents threw all of my models away.  They both thought it was a waste of money anyway.  Now that I am older and wiser and have a lot more experience, my models are coming out a lot better.  No one ever sees them but me anyway.  I have no regrets and I make no apoligies for my hobby.

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Posted by rodnic47 on Monday, October 23, 2017 9:36 PM
I started building models when I was a kid, like most of us. As I got older, real cars, drag racing and girls caught my interest and building models went on the back burner. In the early 80s, Monogram released the IMSA Mustangs and I was back to building when time allowed! I regret getting out so early when I see some of the kits I missed out on! Oh well. Enjoying it now when I can.
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Posted by Seasoned85 on Monday, January 1, 2018 12:37 PM

Mid 70's, my best friend and I would ride our bikes to the local department store with our grass-cutting money, and buy model kits.  We would sit on the porch with TV trays and crank out models with speed as the driving force.  With each one, we got more into quality, and started actually trimming flash and painting bodies.  I tried at least one of everything (planes, tanks, cars, trucks...) but started leaning toward diaramas and fire trucks.  Then I graduated to kit-bashing, building a double ladder, tractor drawn beast out of a Peterbuilt tow truck, two AMT Ladder Chief's, a reefer trailer, and some sheet plastic.  All I have left of that beast is the memories.  Life took over. 

Now life has given back the opportunity to get back in the chair and built again.  My problem now is my hyper-active imagination and all the awesome ideas I get from the internet.  I have about $80 worth of flashing LED's in my recent project, which I have put away twice so my head wouldn't explode. (What was I thinking??)  Goin easy with a few car builds, straight from the box, with a few aftermarket trinkets to add to the realism.  But, I hear the new beast calling my name, maybe this time I will finish it?

I got 3 model kits for my little brother one day; mom made me get him back!

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Posted by DAYTONA on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 7:58 AM

...1958, 1st savings, 25 cents per week...end of the school year my dad let me use $1 to buy a 1958 Ford Promo, pink and white

...1958, friend told me about building a model car, I took a dollar and 20 cents from my piggy bank, headed to Falcks Drug Store and bought a 1959 Lincoln older friend helped me build it on the back steps of our house, we used EVERY PART, the Lincoln was all white with every decal and custom part applied.....a few weeks later I had saved for another kit, then another etc.....from 1959-1967 I built models constantly, several  hundred of them... in 1967 I bought my first real car, a 1955 Chevy and didn't build any more models for a few years as girls, a new 1968 GTO convertible, work and cruising took up all of my time

....1974 I bought a new Camaro kit just to see if I "still had it"... back from 4 years in the USAF I had a lot of extra time, married, no kids yet, started building again... salvaged my old kits from my youth, rebuilt and restored them, my mom had saved them all in a few big boxes

.....for the next 30 years I built hundreds and hundreds of model cars, still have them all on display in our home and nearly 2,000 more unbuilt kits from 1958 to current in my hobby room....although I haven't built a kit in the last 10-15 years, I buy new kits all the time just in case I feel the urge to build once again...great hobby

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Posted by nick63 on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 10:28 AM

Back in around 1960 I discovered the kits with lowering blocks and some you could customize. I went to town at Woolworths with my $1.00 and bought a model Chevy or Ford. Also some paint and brushes for another 50 cents. We had a large room upstairs that spanned the width of the house. I used to put a ramp up and let two cars coast down the ramp to see who would win. Later I got some of my friends interested and we used to race the cars down that ramp. That was the beginning for me. I resumed the hobby in 2001 when I found out they had a Big King Slot car track at Hobby town. I built a number of 1/25 scale slot car racers and raced twice a week. When they closed down the track I returned to building static models and have built about 100 since 2002.


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