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#21 mikemodeler


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Posted 22 November 2012 - 06:34 AM

I remember many trips with Mom to various stores and there always being models available, unlike today. I think we all took to model building because we were exposed to them wherever we went- department stores, drug stores, grocery stores, hardware stores- and then I found hobby shops!

While I wish there were more outlets for them today, I do appreciate what we have. I think with all the stuff we have- resin, photo etch, internet, etc- we are better off than when I started 40 years ago.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:26 PM

Woolworths in the then big St Louis suburb of Jennings Missouri. That store had TWO floors and the entire half of the lower floor was toys and gasp models!

Planes flew from the ceiling, tanks crawled up the shelves looking out over the entire area. Cars drag raced in a display behind the check out counter. Every visit I felt I had died and gone to heaven.

THEN they added a sporting goods section nearby with, OH MY GOODNESS, handguns prominently displayed in glass cases right there where every one could see them! Rifles and shotguns nearby as well.

Be still my beating heart.




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Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:36 PM

when growing in Sarasota Fl we had h&h hobbies, loved going there in the 70's and 80's.Bradenton fl had Bayshore Hobbies
in Bayshore Plaza. spent plenty of my allowance at both places.
thanks Randy Ludi

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:18 PM

Growing up in West Lafayette IN, in the 1950's, I had all manner of choices: Cridercraft Hobbies at the bottom of State Street Hill (5 blocks from home), Stroebel's Variety store in "The Village" (our little business district just to the east of the Purdue University Campus--but the real prize came when I discovered Bell Auto Supply in downtown Lafayette (just across the Wabash River of song and legend)! That was THE mother lode of model car kits for me, all the way through HS. Of course, nearly every supermarket and drug store carried at least some model kits--had my parents not restricted my available spending money I'd have spent all of it on model car kits back in the day.




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Posted 24 November 2012 - 05:28 AM

Ironically, growing up I was limited to Morris Toy Store, a small, under-stocked store a block away from me in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, NY. They had little in stock and I never got to order from Auto World due to not having the cash.

Fast forward to the late 70's when I rediscovered model cars. Now I had transportation & cash so I went hunting for hobby shops. First I found Big Daddy Livingstons ( long gone now...) on Northern Blvd. in Bayside, NY that was a time warp. Old, run down, and dirty. But the inventory! On my first visit I dropped almost my entire paycheck buying all the old kits I wanted as a child. Every Saturday morning I would get there and fill my trunk. I remember buying IMC Little Red Wagons for $5 a piece. I bought all 5 left on the shelves. I found a box with Revell parts packs and bought all 15 pieces for face value: 69 cents.... 99 cents..... then he brought more out from the basement! I must have bought 200 kits within the first 2 months knowing of this shop. Never paying collector prices for 15-20 yr old kits. Then lightning struck twice.

Then I discovered Dave's Hobbies in Freeport on Long Island , NY. This is where I would find Revell double kits for $20 or vintage kits for $10 back in the. 80's when new kits were only $3-4. Dave's is still there run by the same eccentric gentleman that enjoys pulling something old & rare and putting it on the shelves so you can "find" it. It's always a treasure hunt, and if you add in the excitement of rummaging through an old hobby shop in disarray it's heaven.

Unfortunately, Dave's is right near the coast. I know the store owner has property in the area with a large stash of vintage kits and cars, besides his personal life. I hope is well after Sandy. It would be a crying shame on many levels to hear otherwise....

Thanks for the memory nudge.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:53 PM

Remember when, you were a kid and your parents took you to your 1st hobby shop and you couldn't believe all these car kits that you never knew exsisted. I bought all my models before that day at SS Kresge in suburban Chicago back 1961. Darn I'm old. LOL

My mother worked at the last Kresge in the country until it closed(Kansas City, Mo.). Used to buy all my models back in the 60's there and at Katz Drugstores. I wonder how many of the younger(under 60) ones know that the "K" in K-Mart is the the "K" from Kresges. Just a little trivia. Thanks for the memories Porscheman. Richard

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:26 AM

I had an unusual upbringing. My father was a US Army officer, often attached to NATO, so I grew up around the world. We were in Izmir, Turkey from 1966-68 and the only model I remember from that era was a Studebaker Avanti kit that my dad had bought before we moved from the USA since he really liked the car. It never got built, but we used it as a template to build a Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby car as an Avanti. I still have the 2nd place trophy, but not the car. Turkey was like midevil times back then so there was nothing to buy locally. My grandparents would mail me Matchbox cars.


We moved back to the states for 1968-9 and my mother, sister and I lived in Jersey City, NJ near my grandparents because my father went to Korea. My grandfather would pick me up every Friday after dinner and I'd go stay at my grandparents house to watch color TV with them. We'd watch the Friday evening line up and then I'd get to watch my morning cartoons.  Then my grandfather and I'd go out for the afternoon. We'd walk up the boulevard to the Two Guys department store, which had a pretty good hobby department. There we'd have a hot dog for lunch, then I'd get to pick out something for me and something to bring home to my sister.  I could get a model kit, or two Hot Wheels cars.  The model I remember most was the '69 Chevy Impala kit, which I loved because there was a Chevy dealer near my house.


In 1969 we moved to Pirmasens, Germany where we stayed through 1973.  In the time we were there the conversion rate between the US dollar and the German Mark took an unfavorable turn, from 4 marks to a dollar to less than 2. Our money was suddenly worth less than half on the local market!  We relied on the US Army Post Exchange for most of our purchases.  They never had model kits and the few times they did in our stay, they were military models or off brand like Lindberg or Aurora.  We'd also get the Airfix 1/32 scale car kits so I became quite fond of those and a few survive in my collection today.  There was one hobby shop in town, but with the exchange rate the Revell of Germany kits they had were the equivalent of $10 when US kits were selling for $2. So I only bought them on rare occasion. I remember buying the Herbie Love Bug kit and the Porsche 911.


The PX book store did get Model Car Science Magazine so I'd make sure I got every copy. That introduced me to the big AutoWorld catalog that became my lifeline to the USA and my hobby.  Every time I scraped together $6-10 I'd place an order for a kit or two, some brush paints (you couldn't ship spray cans internationally) and often a decal sheet or other goodies. I bought the AutoWorld hot knife and the license plate set. It took something like three months to get the order through the US APO mail system.  So I'd often have several orders in transit and on my way home from school I'd stop in my dad's office to see if anything came in the mail that day. The soldiers there got so used to me buzzing the door and seeing me in the camera, they'd not open the door, just say over the intercom "No Thomas, you didn't get a package today." On the days they did have a package for me, the young GIs were as interested as I was in seeing what I got.  Those were the good days.


In 1973 we relocated back stateside. My father got assigned to Fort Monmouth in NJ where he finished out his career. This was the first time we ever owned a house.  I was in my freshman year of high school and just revelled in going to all kinds of stores and seeing models for sale everywhere.  I remember that the first model I bought was the Revell Porsche 914 for $2, probably because I had only seen it before in Germany for $10.  I also remember buying Skippers Critter Anglia and a bunch of other kits throughout high school.  Both the Anglia and 914 still exist in my collection.  The funny thing was that I didn't have any friends back in the US that built models so I lost interest as my stamp collection grew and I found girls and real cars.


As a young adult I still would cruise the model aisle in stores and would buy an occasional kit. When I bought my 1:1 '56 Chevy I grabbed up the Revell version and a '51 Chevy kit for the six. I still have both of those too.  Over the years I did amass a few movers boxes full of kits I intended to build someday.  I bought a bunch of Mopar muscle cars and tucked them away until the day I would be a good enough builder to do them justice.


Once married and with children, I found Scale Auto magazine in a bookstore in Boston. I immediately subscribed and replied to a classified ad for the Tri-State Scale Model Car Club. That turned out to be my fatal mistake!  It got me hooked for life and I've been in the club 24 years!


Now the ironic part. My goal of joining the club was to gain the skills to build those Mopar kits I had stashed. I've long since gained the skills to do them justice, but I've never touched one of them!