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  • Member since
    December 2019
  • From: New Braunfels,Tx.
If You're Going to build a Model.
Posted by Metalbender on Friday, July 31, 2020 10:19 AM

Hi Ya'll;

      I have to get this in before we's all gone. When you build that fave model car, how far do you go, or how far are you willing to go? I have been crawling this site for years and the Mag's gallery as well. My "Maliblu" was in the gallery some ten or fifteen years ago.

    Now, I don't build to satisfy anyone but me. If you don't like a model of mine then be courteious and keep your opinions to yourself! If you on the other hand love it. Well, say so, Even my EGO needs petting sometimes! 

     Now before any of the readers of this post take umbrage in what I just said. Give me Ideas, let me do my thing with it and I guess I'll watch your build patiently and ask questions EVEN IF I don't like the style of car.

    You see, everyone doesn't like the same thing. Didja think though, that by posting in depth about a build and the steps, that information, could and MIGHT used as a tutorial by someone else? Maybe that someone else has never had the good graces to relate to Automobiles.

 I know many folks who cannot relate to my love of Boats, Planes(Light) and Super Fine examples of Classic Stock Autos, Oh, don't get me wrong, I enjoy a well done Custom too. No matter what category it fits in!  I have a neighbor whose car sits on it's frame in his Garage when it's NOT being driven ! ( Talk about " In the Weeds"). The Murals and Fades in the paint and the glistening Chrome make it stand out. And the hydraulic engineering. Outta Sight !

      Now do I like ALL low-riders ? NO. I like this one though, because it appealed to me . Why? Every touch just enhanced what was once a very Clean 63 Impala FOUR DOOR hardtop. Race cars? Nah,I don't like phonies. Nascar to me is that. That is not the car my brother bought last week at the dealer. That's what Stock Cars used to be . Not interested now. Besides they all look the same anyway. Just like Formula racing. You used to be able to tell the cars by the suspension or exhaust setup or the colors. Now everything is too Hi-Tech to understand.

     I would imagine I would get as much fun out taking an.049 aero engine and powering a large wooden wedge around a parking lot. Now OFFIES, And the Early cars of the Jimmy Clark era, You Bet. Duntov and others, Oh yeah! Those were cars you immediately recognized. If not by sight, then by sound!

       And the wild stuff of the customizers of my youth. Alexander Brothers, Starbird, Barris, and the list goes on and the wild and Zany Rat Fink and the Cars of Ed" Big Daddy" Roth, I mean, how can you forget them? Oh Yes, then the outright fun models from Monogram, based on Tom Daniels designs. What kid wouldn't want a Cherry Bomb or whatever in their collection.

     Model cars are supposed to be fun. Right? For a while for me they weren't. I made my living creating very detailed, Almost indestructable models with all kinds of working features in all scales for Attorneys. They use computer graphics now, but boy were those heady days of large paychecks on top of my regular job.

     Those days are gone now, as this mag shortly will be. Will I stop building Models of Cars, Boats and Planes?? Not, till I am suffering from Rigor Mortis. That's short for Well, That's it, Aint it? Anyway remember, What we pass on is what keeps the hobby alive. In F.S.M. sometimes, we call them Rivet Counters and we love them too. Come see us soon.

  • Member since
    August 2017
  • From: Finger Lakes region of NY state
Posted by 61 Galaxie on Friday, July 31, 2020 3:10 PM

Metalbender,

Well said. There's plenty of room in this fabulous hobby of scale modelling (of whatever subject) for all of our 'likes', 'loves' & 'can't-live-withouts'. Makes no-never-mind what the subject matter is or the medium in which the work is being done - plastic, paper, wood, metal, resin, foam, etc., etc., it's still a scale model.

Have fun, keep the right side up, Keep Calm & Model On!

Keep Calm & Model On

 

  • Member since
    May 2008
Posted by ambman on Friday, July 31, 2020 6:12 PM

Just because  sa is closing does not mean the end of the hobby.this magazine could have done better the hobby does not revolve around racing cars and stock cars .there are plenty of truck and emergency  vechile builders.you knew the end was near when half the mag was advertising they should have spent more time on the hobby.it was like they gaveup.some of the stories were if you had a degree in master mechanics what about builds right out of thebox.you could have read the whole issue while waiting for a red light to change.

  • Member since
    October 2014
Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Friday, July 31, 2020 7:38 PM

ambman

Just because  sa is closing does not mean the end of the hobby.this magazine could have done better the hobby does not revolve around racing cars and stock cars .there are plenty of truck and emergency  vechile builders.you knew the end was near when half the mag was advertising they should have spent more time on the hobby.it was like they gaveup.some of the stories were if you had a degree in master mechanics what about builds right out of thebox.you could have read the whole issue while waiting for a red light to change.

 

Yes there are plenty of truck and emergency builders out there. However, trucks and truck builders never got enough attention or credit here or in the mag. Every time a request was made to have trucks placed in a separate board the answer was always "We have no intention of expanding the forum at this time". Eventually most of the truck builders got tired of being slighted and went on to other forums and then later Facebook. Forum administration (Jim Haught) viewed trucks, pick-ups, fire apparatus and police cars as "Commercial Vehicles" and placed all of them in the same board which was a huge mistake. In the opinion of forum administration, trucks and truck builders were an insignificant segment of the hobby and didn't belong here.

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