You and your wife must be VERY small people. j/k! MB is a very nice place. My wife and I live about two hours away. We rent a condo for three months in the fall and let family and friends buy weeks or weekends. Building starts at the beach have really taken off. Hope you guys do move down this way. We'd love to have you.
Hey, Chris and the board. I just received a book, 50 Years of Mustangs, and the lady who bought this Mustang bought it on the 16th, and they weren't supposed to go onsale until the 17th. She stopped by to buy a convertible, and the salesman didn't have any, except this one. So, she actually bought it a day early. As for the very first Mystang made, it was bought by a Canadian airline pilot. The serial number was 100, 001. Ford didn't know where the car was, but tracked it down a couple of years later and traded the man serial number 1,000,001, a Silver Frost Mustang, for his car. Quite an interesting story, and a great book.
Hey, Dodger, I would respectfully disagree with you. The aim and purpose of our hobby and any other is to have fun. For most of us that entails trying to get better with every build. However, for some people just the building itself is fun, and they have no desire to go beyond a certain point. You mentioned golf, and I have a good example for you. My cousin's wife decided she wanted to take up golf with him. She got some clubs, and he showed her the basics of the game. Now, he is a very good golfer, and she, naturally, was not. It didn't matter to her if she made an 8 on a par 4 or whatever. For her, the fun was hitting the ball around the course. After several rounds, her husband tried to adjust her swing and stance and all those other things, but she said "I'm having fun like this". He made some comment about if you're not going to get better why don't you quit? Guess what, she did, right there on the spot. Having to do the things to get better spoiled the fun for her, and I'm sure that is true of other hobbies. As has been stated several times, build for yourself and enjoy the hobby. I could never enjoy a build if I tried to go to the level of most of the folks on this board. So, I build to my level and have a ball doing it.
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.
I remember a case back in the 70's when there was a limit to how much prices could rise. Seems like Testor's,or maybe one of the other companies,raised their prices too much, and a young modeler filed a lawsuit and won. The company had to lower the prices back down. I want to say it was during the Carter administration, but I could be wrong. Anybody else remeber this, or have I been sniffing too much paint?
Around 1974 or so the girl I was dating, whom I later married, bought a '68 Mustang fast back. It was either a 289 or 302 with a three speed in the floor. It had a few problems, but nothing too bad. She put a nice set of Keystone Classic mags on it, and it looked sharp. One day I went to pick her up for a date and the car was gone. This was in 1976. She sold it to he uncle for $500. I was really disappointed. Then, in 1994, we were in Matthews, N.C. and ran across a 30th anniversary Mustang car show. We found a car like hers and ask the man what it was worth. He said about $8,000. I looked at my wife and she said "Don't say a word". Boy, I wish she would have kept it. I eventually picked up the MRC Keystone mags and converted the AMT '67 Mustang to a '68 and put the mags on it for her.