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Posted by 69bronzeT5 on Saturday, May 9, 2009 9:37 PM

What does Curbside mean? I've heard the term a lot but could never remember what it meant.

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Posted by FreightTrain on Saturday, May 9, 2009 10:20 PM

Usually its means theres no interior ( that explains the dark windows in some curbside kits), hood is molded closed and no engine with all the chassis details molded in. It all depends on what type of "kit" it is. Curbside/snapper means more attention is placed on the body rather than the finer points like found in full detail kits. I enjoy curbsides as much as a full detail kit and some curbside kits actually have more parts count than a full detail kit. Curbside kits are also suppose to be faster to build than full kits but again, it all depends on what kind of kit you got. Lots of Tamiya kits are curbside but are full of details and do take time to build. Most Revell kits are full detail kits. Hope this helps!

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Posted by mustanglover1951 on Saturday, May 9, 2009 10:43 PM

 A curbside is a model that looks like it would setting on the street. You would not see the engine or chassie . You would see the interior but not so much. Some folks do paint the windows so you can not see inside.Too me that is not a curbside. Where would you see such a car except at a prototype car show?

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Posted by BRONCO BILLY on Sunday, May 10, 2009 1:07 AM

If the windows were painted and the hood glued closed that would be closer to a Slammer than Curbside. Curbside the interior should be seen because most auto interior can be seen at the curb unless the windows are tinted.

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, May 10, 2009 8:47 AM


What does Curbside mean? I've heard the term a lot but could never remember what it meant.

It might help understanding of "Curbside" if I relate how this category apparently came about:  Curbside models came about in the early 80's, IIRC, with not only the revival of our hobby from it's long, slow decline through the seventies, and the introduction, by JoHan, of their X-EL line of reproduction promotional models of the 50's-70's cars they'd done for auto dealerships and toy stores over the years.  Nearly all these were simple models, well done, but without detailed chassis, opening hoods, and the like.  Modelers started knocking these apart, giving them paintjobs (anywhere from stock to wild customs), and foiling the trim with the then-still exotic BareMetal Foil (Ahh, an age of discovery!).  Trouble was, while these could come out looking simply fantastic, there was no way for them to compete with full-detail kits with wired engines, fully detailed chassis and the like.

Almost simultaneously, there was, in the early 80's, a tremendous "return" to this hobby by a lot of the former "kids" who had been hooked on model cars 10-30 years earlier, but who had gone on to other pursuits, before coming back to their boyhood/teenaged passion for model cars.    At a number of club-sponsored model car contests (these were in their renaissance as well in those years), the idea of having a class for these less-comprehensive model car kits and reworked promotional models or promo-repops like X-EL, and with a great many less experienced hands building stuff came into being.  This was almost simultaneous with the notion of "out of the box" modeling (building with ONLY the parts that came in a particular kit, no added detailing beyond paint, foil or decals, and no parts swapped in from other kits.   Rapidly, these two classes became extremely competitive, drawing not only "retro-newbies" but the more experienced as well.

But, "Curbside" means just that:  Model the car just as you would see it on the street, in a dealers's showroom or used car lot.  As a general rule, this means "hood closed", opening doors shut, the viewer seeing ONLY what one would ordinarily see while walking down the street looking at parked cars, or as they would see the car in question rolling with the traffic.

As with just about any classification of build, there are variations, according to the whims or purposes of any contest organizers, but in general, this is the meaning (and the origin) of "Curbside" model building.


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Posted by Lonewolf15 on Sunday, May 10, 2009 11:56 AM

Bisquit hit the nail squarely on the head ! Now , if we could only get the contest judges to read and understand this excellent description , we'd all be better off ! By the way , it is all right for a curbside to have an engine block , oil pan , and exhaust on it too ! Before you attempt to argue the point , read the description again ! Every single car on the lot , street , driveway , etc , has these components.  Big Smile  Yes, you can bend down to look !

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