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Do You Really like Model Cars ?

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    October, 2008
Do You Really like Model Cars ?
Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 4:13 PM

Why ?

   All they are is boxes of plastic shapes and parts , for which you are paying more and more money for . And in many cases no more parts than a A.M.T. Styline kit gave us years ago .

 I have to tell you a secret . I have recently entered Model Car Builders Anonomous !

 Why ? Well  , I got so addicted to building , cutting and recreating my little four , six and twelve wheeled  and eighteen wheeled loves that I was spending my Greaat - Grandkids legacy . Yeah , It got that bad ( don't tell the big nurse down the hall , If she finds I have a stash here she'll never appreciate the Ford Focus model I built for her ! ).

 Yes , You Betchya , they are addicting . Gosh I open a box and just go ecstatic from the smell of the nice shiny parts . Ooh , Ooh , a new one , Bye !!

gjgeracci
  • Member since
    October, 2017
  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 5:34 PM

Good humor for sure, but true as can be! Pure enjoyment is what I find by building in my golden years!

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    January, 2005
  • From: sunny Sydney, Australia
Posted by nottheband on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 8:04 PM

Yes, oldcarguy, I like them.  I have some kits I bought years ago, and I have opened the boxes and planned what I'll do with them several times, and then packed them away and opened another one.  When building, even if things are not going well or that paint job is not right, I still enjoy myself.  Cheers

Steve

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 7:23 AM

Oh, they're OK, I guess.

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

Trevor

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: Kennesaw, GA
Posted by nick63 on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 10:56 PM
Strive to enjoy yourself in this hobby. When you don't enjoy it, try another project, but most importantly have fun.
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    March, 2008
  • From: Powell River, B.C.
Posted by CLASSIC770 on Sunday, December 16, 2018 6:02 PM

Still feel 6 years old when I crack the cellophane!

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

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    November, 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 2:45 AM

I started at 8 years old and am now 70 and retired from paid work! I do about 5 hours per day model making, printing decals, casting parts etc. It couldn't be any better!

I'm in a cabin in the garden with heating, lighting, racking, tools, seating, spray booth and four display cabinets, how good is that? Pure joy! 

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:25 AM

PatrickW

I'm in a cabin in the garden with heating, lighting, racking, tools, seating, spray booth and four display cabinets, how good is that? Pure joy! 

Sounds like a piece of Heaven, Pat.

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

Trevor

  • Member since
    November, 2018
Posted by Vic2003 on Monday, December 24, 2018 6:13 PM

PatrickW

I started at 8 years old and am now 70 and retired from paid work! I do about 5 hours per day model making, printing decals, casting parts etc. It couldn't be any better!

I'm in a cabin in the garden with heating, lighting, racking, tools, seating, spray booth and four display cabinets, how good is that? Pure joy!

 

Wait a minute! You're living my life!

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    June, 2015
Posted by dimaxion on Sunday, December 30, 2018 5:11 AM

I was talked into selling my Collection from 1958/1978 . I figured out I had sold myself and became a non-person . I found ohter "activities" . When the faild marriage crumbled and the fast talker left my life in 1984 . I found myself and re-imersed . I'll never find all I parted with or regain all those kid built models . Thanx .. 

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    May, 2008
Posted by ambman on Saturday, January 26, 2019 6:31 PM

THE REASON WE BUILD IS BECAUSE ,WE CANT AFFORD THE REAL 1/1 THING SO FOR A LOT LESS YOU CAN DREAM.

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    March, 2019
  • From: Longview, Texas
Posted by OldSkool50 on Sunday, March 10, 2019 11:12 AM

For me, I started modeling cars when I was about 8-9. I became addicted overnight as my love of hot rods was already a fire that could never burn hot enough. My Dad was a hot rodder, racer and car builder. So I continued building because mainly I just love the old cars. I have owned and built many real hot rods and such over the years but moving, money and a divorce put a end to all that. Now some 40 years later, all my kids are grown and gone, I have since remarried the perfect woman, settled back down in my hometown with just me and her. I recently pulled out some of my models I built as a kid and now I am starting to feel the heat from that old fire again. Even after all this time I cannot get away from building models. I guess the addiction never completely goes away, it can be reduced to nothing but under it all it still remains. So, that is why I build, I just LOVE the old muscle cars and hot rods and I can no longer afford the real thing.

In addition to the model car building, I love to build & fly radio control airplanes. My love for WWII airplanes is about the same as my love for cars and hot rods.

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    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:28 PM

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Can't say that I do.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, March 10, 2019 2:41 PM

Ray Harryhausen , Gerry Anderson  , Hot Rod Magazine ( for example ....) all these influences combined into my own hand made little worlds .

Something I have almost complete control over .

Not quite a 'god complex' , just like things my way sometimes .

I have a wide range of favourites from A/FX Mopars , 917 Porsche , Morris Minor Traveller , Isuzu Bellet GT-r 1600 . E-Type .

Can't afford one real one  BUT ...

I've got thousands of different scale ones - micro-machines to 1:8th .

Oh yeah and walking's good for ya apparently!

  • Member since
    January, 2004
  • From: Lost Wages
Posted by mishalah on Monday, March 11, 2019 11:45 AM

You made me really think about how I got from a simple model of the Golden Hind at about age 7-8 to the point today of having more WIPS than I can finish....and keep buying not only more kits, but more ridiculously expensive ball-busters that I probably will never start.  I'll be 71 in May, and my plan was to build all of my kits because that's why I bought them.  But as my vision gets worse, and my hands start to shake a little from R.A. and diabetes I am realizing that I should stop somewhere.  BUT..I can't seem to stop.  I have reached a point in my life where I can find and buy models that I would never have dreamed of as a kid or even 15 years ago.  Worse, I even buy high quality diecasts of cars I cannot find in plastic, then modify them. I'm in trouble here. 

I started with that Golden Hind, and though I had a much higher interest in military ships, mechanized war machines, and airplanes, that started changing when I hit middle school age around 1960 and my interest in cars was fueled by local hot rodders.  A few contest winners (regional Revell winner in 1964) really peaked my desire to build better and more accurate cars.  Even global military service didn't stop the obsession.  Now I sit in a room too small for my combined office and "build room".  It's frustrating to not be able to clear off enough flat surface to build, even though I actually planned and set up the 12'X14' room for it.  I even have a nice enlarged patio with sliding door direct access and plenty of space to paint and dry any size car.  I haven't brought a car to paint since we moved here in 2012.  :(  On the other hand, I have at least 10 big kits already painted and only needing assembly. 

 

I admit it.  I am a model-a-holic and need help. 

"Help me....I've fallen and I can't get up."...my models are crushing me. my pics: http://public.fotki.com/dallas916/
  • Member since
    January, 2019
Posted by ModelTexan1 on Monday, March 11, 2019 6:55 PM
What, no snacks? Put in a snack bar ! :)

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