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#1 LokisTyro

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 10:33 AM

So, what are they? Facts, myths, mysteries, tragedies, personal experiences/favorites... Let's hear them. Modeling has been around far longer than I and many others have been bounding around the world. Take us to school!



#2 sjordan2

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 11:05 AM

Anything by Gerald Wingrove, Juha Airio, Fine Art Models, Misko, Roger Zimmerman, Ken Foran, from the top of my mind.

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 11:35 AM

A lot of older guys will tell you the release of the AMT 3-in-1 kits in 1958 (?) was one of the biggest events (if not the biggest) in the history of injection-molded 1/24-25 scale car model kits.



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 11:39 AM

The day that Moebius came to town.



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 11:49 AM

For me as a kid in the sixties it was the AMT annuals.



#6 Craig Irwin

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 12:22 PM

Rebirth of the hobby with the release of the AMT 66 Nova around 1987.



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 12:29 PM

The rebirth of the hobby by the introduction of Scale Auto Enthusiast Magazine back in 1979(?) bringing many lapsed car modellers back into the hobby. Other great magazines have followed including Plastic Fanatic which eventually became Model Cars under Gregg's leadership.



#8 Foxer

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 12:52 PM

I agree with all the above ... and add the first NNL in, well, I'll use Toledo.



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 01:11 PM

There are new "moments" being made as we speak, with the introduction of 3D scanning. This IS going to be 1 of the biggest in modeling history, not just for the auto modeller but all genres of modeling.
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Posted 24 August 2013 - 02:09 PM

The day in '86 I found my first model magazine and discovered that it was art done by artists and not just stuff for kids to build badly. What was then my guilty pleasure became my passion.

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 03:12 PM

We can't forget Bare Metal Foil...  Not having to try to paint side and window trim and moldings with either a teeny, tiny brush or a toothpick, and never being able to keep the lines straight.



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 04:18 PM

And Rich, don't forget that we have some "survivors" we built 40 or 50 years ago where the Testors silver enamel we used on the trim *still* hasn't dried. ;-)

Andrew, heck of a thread you started, but very subjective...

Some will consider the late 50s/early 60s as the "Golden Age". Still others will consider today - right here and now - as the Golden Age, what with the accuracy of the more recent kits (Moebius) and the availability of PE detail sets, etc., etc.

My greatest moment in modeling history? When I built an AMT '70 Impala back in the day, spray painted it and tried to really do it up right, and my old man took notice & told someone that his kid was really starting to get the knack of it....

Despite all of the innovations in the hobby, when you get right down to it, it all revolves around the personal magic that takes place at the work bench.

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 06:14 PM

I agree with all the above ... and add the first NNL in, well, I'll use Toledo.

I have to agree, NNL's have done more to revitalize the hobby than probably anything else. Magazine coverage of these events is what keeps my fire stoked.



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 06:24 PM

How about Johan going under.?   I think today is a big moment for the model hobby with all the after market options and the new tooled kits that continue to be released...



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 06:55 PM

When resin casting came into its own with the Modelhaus.

Also back around '74 when Jo-Han issued its USA Oldies series.


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 01:03 AM

it's taken for granted today, but model magazines didn't always have color on every, or any, page.

 

was a big deal in the early 60s when R&C Models had a centerspread with color pictures.



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 01:47 AM

Great moments to me are the following....

 

Johan kits

60s to early 70s kits by AMT,MPC,IMC

3 in 1 kits



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:37 AM

reliable body putty. ever try getting plastic wood to stick to styrene?



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:39 AM

One piece bodies.



#20 Dave Toups

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:40 AM

My personal favorite model car moments are:

 

Discovering Scale Auto magazine in 1981:  Before that I had no idea what guys were doing with models. Most of my childhood building was between 1976 & 1982. Probably the worst years for the hobby!

 

1989 Toledo NNL / Dayton COMA meeting : This was the first big show I ever attended. Got to meet a bunch of folks I'd only read about. I even ate Pizza at Randy Derr's workbench. It doesn't get any better than that!

 

1989 MAMA World of Wheels contest: Winning an award there was great ,but the following 23 years as a MAMA member have been even better!