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Offline Last Active Dec 30 2014 12:51 PM

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Model Building Stereotypes

23 July 2014 - 08:12 PM

So this is something I'm sure some of you have no interest in discussing, but my always-thinking mind has been thinking a lot about this lately. As I've moved back to my college apartment, I'm trying to integrate my model, study, and hangout space all into one. None of my friends know about my hobby, but with the kit stash I have on the way, it'll be impossible to hide everything when they come over. I know I shouldn't be embarrassed by my hobby. I take true pride in the work I do. But it always feel like when someone finds out they are silently judging me. They think a 20 year old like me should be doing 'normal' college stuff. It's like there's a stigma with model building. We all either fit the stereotype of a little kid playing around, the weird one in his parent's basement, or the retired old guy with nothing to do. Some of us fit those, some of us don't. But what's so bad about it? So what if I'd rather stay in and do some art then go out and get drunk with my college friends? Or if some of you experienced guys would rather build cars than play bingo? I'm proud of what I do, but it seems not many outside of the hobby appreciate or understand our work. They see the finished product and think "I could buy that for $20 at Walmart." They have no idea what we started with or how much we have in tools and supplies or how many hours go into a single model. I guess it's just one more misunderstood hobby.

This turned into more of a rant than a question and I apologize, but it's late and I can't sleep so I thought I'd share my thoughts.

Cobra Jet racing team

15 July 2014 - 02:44 AM

My plan for this is to convert a Revell Boss 302 and a Polar Lights 1970 Torino into Cobra Jet drag cars with a Galaxie trailer to match. Eventually I'll get another trailer, but they have to share for now. I got some custom decals to match my local Ford dealer.

Serious modeler envy

13 July 2014 - 04:13 PM

I see many of you post pictures of your stashes or workbenches and I'm so jealous. Everything model related I own is in the picture below, minute a couple glue bombs. All my kits, tools, paint, everything. As jealous as I get sometimes, you all really inspire me and show me what I have to look forward to. Someday I'll have a stash to show off.

Louisville Contest and Swap Meet

12 July 2014 - 08:08 PM

I saw that there is going to be a model car contest and swap meet in Lousiville on July 19th. Anyone planning on going?

How do I fix this big oops?

05 July 2014 - 11:35 AM

Working on the Monogram F-250. I'm very satisfied with the chassis, being my first painted model, but I've ruined the body. The paint is awful. I tried to work beyond my skill level. I would strip it all and start over, but I've already glued the windows and interior in. Can I somehow remove the windows and be able to salvage them? Also what's the best way to strip paint?