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    Brian Cuthbert

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  1. I was in a real slump a few years back and I was barely completing a model car per year. I picked this up and it got me back in the groove again...had a blast trying new to me weathering techniques.
  2. I don't see the scale model building hobby dying, but it has changed a lot since the 1960's. If you view the hobby from a purely car modelling perspective it has shrunk dramatically. In general there are a lot of new companies producing a very wide range of subjects, however not many are automotive subjects and some like the ICM 1/24 scale kits ate double the cost of a Revell or AMT. . Most modern cars are just appliances to get you from A to B and are just plain boring. Sure the new supercar segment is cool but a 1960s Ferrari is a lot cooler. (OK subjective opinion here!) The range of military vehicle kits available in 1/35 is astounding, and there are at least a half dozen or so new brands producing them. Most are 'adult priced' and are very complex - not beginner stuff. The aircraft segment has been similarly well stocked with new subjects and manufacturers. I think the science fiction genre is where most or the newer builders end up - both my grand kids have built Revell and now Bandai Star Wars kits - and had a blast doing it. One is 9 and the other 11 and they enjoyed the few they have built. Our local hobby store - yes we are lucky and still have one - sells a lot of Gundam, which has surprised the owner who really did not expect that. His sci - fi section has increased in size and at the expense of the automotive section. I think the hobby is quite healthy, especially if the cottage industries and aftermarket segment is included. However I build all kinds of things - I found that is the secret to keep my interest in building from stagnating. If you are in a slump try something new or different. It's amazing what is available out there..
  3. Yep - got one of those! About 20 years ago I bought a Tamiya 1/12 scale Yamaha scooter. It was from a guy in the Vancouver Car modellers club who ran a table in the vendor area and the proceeds went to the Salt Lake Model Car museum. I bought it as a "quick build" as it is a very simple kit to put together. I must have painted that thing five or six times - or parts of it and something goes wrong every time. I put it away several times and several times I have tried to finish it - with the same result. It has become an annual joke when we attend their spring model show that Jerry asks me if I have " finished that scooter yet ". I haven't stomped on it yet so there is still hope........
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    I think Airfix had a Mk 1 Capri - again in 1/32 scale, and someome made a German Capri group 5 racer but I dont remember who....
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    The only one I can think I remember , was an Airfix 1/32 kit from the 1960s. I think it was a Lotus-Cortina MK1. As I say I think I remember it but it was a long time ago and I am now quite old ! When Tamiya were doing their classics (Alfa, Jags etc) I was hoping they would do one but they didn't continue the series.
  6. Well I haven't built a model of it yet, but this is sitting in the garage waiting for me to license it for the summer. It's hard to believe that it's now 11 years old - and that I've owned it for 10 ! Gotta drive it more this year...
  7. I have the Entex version and Harry did build one. Together with Skip Jordan he helped me find kit instructions for mine. If you are interested to see his build along with another one do a search for "1919 Garrett". Both are great builds -
  8. Thank you for a great book - I was fortunate to find one under the Christmas tree! We have our first club meeting of the year in a couple of hours and I will be taking it along - so you may get one or two more sales hopefully.
  9. I personally don't have a lot of interest in quarter milers, but I am really enthused about the Power Wagon.
  10. The loudhailer looks somewhat like a siren - these were used as police cars if I remember and may be a hint of another version in the future perhaps? The centre looks a little funky though......
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    Favorite Car

    An old man and his toy at an All Ford show.................its going to have to last my retirement !
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    Dating Kits

    I was going to suggest just ask politely
  13. OK........Revell USA is gone, snuffed it, dead and buried. Only expensive imports from now on.
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