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Cogitating ---75 Years this week ;

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  • Member since
    October, 2008
Cogitating ---75 Years this week ;
Posted by oldcarguy on Monday, May 14, 2018 11:31 AM

Hi ;

 As I said on F.S.M. I have been doing a lot of thinking about how I got started in the model anything Hobby . Did you know that 62 years ago the only car model kits you could find were ALL wood ? Yup !

 The first I remember is a 1948 Chrysler Town and Country convertible . By the same guys that did solid wood airplane kits . Well , You got a box of wood  , Some diagrams and simple instructions .

 The glue was powdered casien that you added water and glued the wood blocks together . Then you shaped it  ,Sanding till you got tired . Then you painted it . Sanded again . Then painted again till you got a finely glossy finish ( You Hoped )

 Add the wheels and tyres . The wheels and tyres were some , kind of hard black stained wood with the tyre tread and sidewalls already done .You Tapped the hub caps on with a hammer . Full wheel covers they were . Painted your whitewalls and Viola ! a model Car ! 

 Yeah , Hard to believe . But It doesn't stop there . Hey ! a plastic car model ! By Palmer . A Buick Dream car . The Jet Nosed Le sabre ! Ugh .Worst molding I've ever seen . But at that age it was beautiful ! 

 Then Revell . You remember their first cars ? Gorgeous , If you could keep from constructing Glue Bombs ! 56 Mercury , 56 Ford convertible , 57 caddy and 57 Chrysler .But the treat . A 1957 FORD Country Squire in 1/25 ! No window glass on any of these , But they whet the appetite for more . 

 They even had a line of small trucks and some H.O. cars at one time . Aha . Enter A.M.T. - Remember their first 3 in 1 customizing kits ? Kit form Promos ( No Engines or underhood items ) . Tap the wheels on the axles and slide into  the painted chassis Before you screwed it to the body .

 Then Johan . Oh My ! Ambulances , Hearses and Chryslers out the wazoo ! Plus ! Chrysler's famous turbine car an a whole host of awesome classic cars . Then a Cousin , M.P.C. !  Look at the address ! Right next door to A.M.T. ! Now we were getting Buicks , Fords , Chevies , Oldsmobiles .

 Oh Boy Engines in the 3 in 1 kits wow ! 

 Jump forward Ten years . First Parts packs . First REVELL then A.M.T. Build to your heart's content . Ever hear of Tamiya and Hasegawa ? First imports , and Oh My ! did they raise the bar ! Many curbsides , but beautifully molded . 

 Can you say race cars in 1/12  ,1/20 and 1/25 scale . Details out the window . Five more years , Photo Etch Ship and Plane parts . This carries over into Model cars . Engine parts . Turned wheels and aluminum detail parts .

Flocking in stock colors . More colors of finish paint than you can shake a stick at . Gosh , I love these little models . What's next ? Guess I will wait till 80 to check it out . 

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    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, May 14, 2018 4:22 PM

WhistlingCake Many happy return OCG ! I've ordered you a strip-o-gran ..... Smile, Wink & Grin

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    April, 2012
Posted by litespeedsae on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 2:54 AM
Thanks for "Walk down Memory lane!" I started in about 1958 and I remember these well.

Little Rock, Arkansas

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    October, 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:20 AM

Now ;

 That's not nice .Think about my heart now ! LOL.LOL.Thank You

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    October, 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:27 AM

Ah ;

 Little Rock ! My stomping ground for many a year ! Used to shop at jack's Hobby Shop in Jacksonville when it was still Jack's ! Started the Central Arkansas Modelers Society ( C.A.M.S. ) when I was there . Well , Myself and a friend .

 Had my offices close to the Convention Center , In the old Cromwell , Levy , Trumper and Gatchell Building . Across from the old County Court House !

 Lived in Alexander Ar. Across the county line . Pulaski was wet , Saline county was dry . The Liquor store there made a killing ! Had two barn like storage buildings full of models .

 Thank You for the B'Day wishes !

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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:05 AM

Cheers Oldcarguy. Cake

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury



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