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Reflections on Model Building

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  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Reflections on Model Building
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 3:38 PM

On New Year's eve and New Year's Day I was thinking of all the models I have built and wondered how many I had. I've been building models since 1985 with several stints of inactivity due to job constraints. I have been keeping a list during the last 5 years on the sleeves of BMF. As I started a new kit or began to foil it I would write down the kit name and date it. So I had a starting place. I created an Excel spreadsheet and listed the last five years. Then I moved to the shelves, the cabinet, and about 20 scrapbooking cases where I currently keep models now as I can store 5-6 in each case so that they don't gather dust. 

Here's what I found. Over the last 5 years I've been retired, I have built exactly 100 models. My total collection is 218 and doesn't include the models that I built for or with the grandkids. I have been much more engaged in the last 5 years than all those working years.  I was surprised that some turned out so well and others went horribly wrong. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it just the way things turned out. But all were fun and challenging builds! Here are just a few observations:

A Lindberg 40 Ford. What was I thinking?

A 2008 Mustang Bullitt. Not the right color and a candidate for re-build!

A 66 Nova in Panther Pink. Maybe not the right color but I'm gonna keep it!

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 3:58 PM

Here are a few winners:

67 Shelby Mustang GT 500

72 Hurst Olds 442

Polar Lights 63 Nova:

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 4:08 PM

A few more reflections on fun builds and then its back to building! Thanks for looking! Cool

63 Chevy Convertible

A 56 Ford Crown Victoria and Silhouette in not exactly the right colors:

My 1:1 on its maiden voyage home in 1993, a 3-year project:

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 4:22 PM

Pretty cool, JR! Nice variety of clean builds. I like your '57 Bel Air. I just found the only picture of mine. It was taken on the day I bought it with its faded paint (silver with a white top) and minor collision damage. I never took any pictures of it when it was done: I suppose it was just a daily driver. I originally painted it in purple Metalflake (the real stuff) but my mother hated it and since I was still living at home (18) I repainted it a stock GM midnight blue metallic. Put in a 300-horse 327 with a 4-speed but kept it less than a year. I'm looking forward to seeing your new builds in 2019. 

chucky

  • Member since
    November, 2004
  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Thursday, January 03, 2019 11:13 AM

Well done modelcarjr! A great raft of builds all of which look very good whatever the colour. I never build or paint a car the way perhaps it should be. Model making is about using our imagination, and perhaps not how others may see things!

Happy New Year.

  • Member since
    October, 2017
  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Thursday, January 03, 2019 6:38 PM

JR, 

Enjoyed your storyline as reading along I noticed many similarities. But, You have two more years on me for retirement and you are a more gifted builder than me. Very nice builds, I even liked the '40 Ford! Very much appreciated your forum! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and beautiful work!

Jeff

  • Member since
    March, 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Friday, January 04, 2019 4:39 PM

Thanks, Chucky, Patrick and Jeff! I appreciate your comments! I'm enjoying the building in retirement and will get restarted now! Happy New Year! Cool

If you cannot have a good time, what kinda time can you have? JR

Next on the bench:  Another 1970 Hemi 'Cuda, 1958 Chevy Impala, 1987 Buick GNX, 1950 Chevy Pick-up, Indy Reynard, 1965 Corvette, probably not in this order.

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: Kennesaw, GA
Posted by nick63 on Friday, January 04, 2019 11:21 PM

Nice.  Wish I knew how to upload my cars on here because they can't seem to find the time to update the Gallery. Sad  Is this magazine losing traction ?

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