Edited by Fat Brian, 09 October 2012 - 12:05 PM.
Kit Building Then, and Now
Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:04 PM
Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:18 PM
Pactra had paints that Testors didn't have, but I found them to be more watery and harder to apply in the bottle version. I don't miss them.
Different experiences, I guess. When the local shops replaced their Pactra racks, I remember seeing rows of Testors enamels in glass bottles & the majority of them had come unmixed so all the pigments etc were at the bottom. As you might suspect, that didn't exactly fill me with confidence. I still despise Testors' enamel spray cans/nozzles, so if I happen to need that color, I'll just decant it for airbrush use.
That said, Testors has made some great stuff since those days, and my paint collection is proof of that.
Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:36 PM
Anyway, I remember making a "funny car" out of a JoHan (I think) Chrysler 300. Yeah, not exactly funny car material! I used the stock body (yes, with windshield wipers, door lines, etc. all intact). I kept the stock chassis with the molded in stock exhausts and real axle, added one of those all-chrome Allison aircraft engines and used index cards sprayed silver to make "aluminum" interior panels. I even hinged the body... but of course when you flipped it open, you saw the inside of the stock chassis plate with all the molded in detail in reverse! Man, what a dope I was!
I remember being pretty proud of that model at the time, but thinking back on how incredibly wrong it was in every way, I have to laugh...
Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:53 PM
Today it takes me forever to finish a model, partly due to my hectic schedule but also due to my need to add details and everchanging ideas for the completed model. Now that cooler,less humid weather is here, I need to set up some paint time in order to get a couple of kits ready for the winter assembly season.
I think we all strive to build a nice, show winner quality model, in part due to the number of contests we are all aware of plus the online community and ability to post them for the whole world to see. While I have yet to post any of my builds here (laziness mostly), I build for me and not others and am my own worst critic of how they turn out.
Great topic and interesting responses!
Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:07 PM
Edited by Junkman, 10 October 2012 - 01:08 PM.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:51 AM
Slightly off topic, Dan, but thank you for what you did with Aoshima and the 'Cuda model. It's good to have modelers working with the model companies to help us get really good kits produced.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 09:07 AM
I've come a long way from the beginnings of my model building. Am I a great builder, the answer is no. But if asked if I wanted to be a great builder the answer would also be no.
I have learned new things over the years and keep on learning new things. Some I use, some I feel are just not worth the effort to me.
I'm happy with my builds, even the old ones which will remain just as they were originally built long ago!
I personally don't feel the need to impress the world with my work.