I was passing the Goodwill store and decided to take a quick look for some binders I need. I remember when binders were a dollar or two, I got sticker shock at Staples when I found they now cost $8-15 each. So I wound up with a few for $2 each. Then I saw this VW on the top toy shelf for $1.99. It's a Franklin Mint 1/24 scale Beetle, body in perfect shape but missing the bumpers and the right side door handle. Bumpers are highly over rated anyway! I will make the necessary repairs to put it on my shelf. Biggest issue will be getting the $1.99 sticker off the roof!
Great work Rich! My only encounter with a Cadillac of this era was in 1968 when I was 10 and going to the CYO Day Camp. I met a friend there and went home with him after camp. His father later drove me home in one of these tanks, in the same colors as yours. It was a 4 door and was in poor condition, no doubt from surviving all those years parked on city streets. I remember wondering why the side glass had cracks in it. But it was one big lumbering beast!
I think it's all been said in this thread before I got here, but this is what I see: The model companies have all agreed that their bread and butter for the next two decades will be the adult modeler. As us Baby Boomers march into retirement, we will have more time for hobbies, and model building is an affordable hobby. This should last the next 20-25 years. Companies like Moebius and Revell have developed many new subjects that are geared to our market. Round 2 has also been catering to our herd, working off of their vast inventory of kits from our youth. That is logical since they recently made major investments in buying all that tooling. Revell has recognized the need to create a youth market and has been working towards that with new easy build kits. It bothers me when guys in our group criticize Revell for doing so, saying that they are wasting money that could be used to create another kit for our interests. Revell has wisely invested in the future. Right now, all of these companies are in the hands of enthusiastic auto modeling hobbyists. People who "get it". This hasn't been the case in the past where we had model companies owned by cereal and crayon companies, and lead management with "plastics" background such as working for Thermos. Kids? I've raised a few. There was an essay about kids being obstinate and lazy... it was written by Plato some two thousand years ago, so I think we say this about every generation. Kids today are very skilled in computer technology and other things that interest them. They are also eager to work with their hands given the opportunity.Notice the current interest in Lego, which is probably at an all time high. We need to figure out how to apply that to model building. My two girls both have always been involved in crafts and creating their own art. When our clubs have held events involving kids with model cars, we have been met with enthusiasm. I think one of our major hurdles is that models have been pretty invisible today. The comments we get are that people didn't know they existed, or thought they ceased to exist years ago. Kits re no longer lining grocery and drug store shelves. I see this as more of a hurdle than interesting the kids. We also have the generation of teens through 30s, who are interested in model cars, but not the traditional '32 Fords etc that we build. This generation is into modern subjects and tuner cars. They are responding to the cars that they experience in real life, just as we did when we were younger. The issue we have as a community is that there are members of our group that shun these folks instead of inviting them into our group. We need to fix that very quickly! 1960 ElCamino? Why not! It makes sense as part of that family of kits, since most of the details could be copied from Revell's existing 1959-60 Chevy tools. I'm not jonesing for one since I Have a few of the originals, as well as resins of the wagon.
I buy a ton of stuff on-line and specifically on eBay. I'm currently waiting for 5 iPhone car chargers and a part for my pool vacuum. I just received a new top for my Geo Tracker too! But there are times that my hand starts to hurt from holding the mouse all day and I want to get out from the house. Then I go to brick and mortar stores !
Went to the Counting Crows concert last evening. Once I got past the indignity of being frisked upon entry and walking past the $15 beers,we found our seats and settled in to wait for the concert to start. About 5 minutes before it starts, a couple sits in the seats right in front of us. My wife notes that the young guy is tall and she can't see, so we switch seats. End of problem? No. Concert starts and these two STAND UP. A lot of people stood up as the band started, so we sat there. After the third song and nobody else in the place is standing, I tap idiot on the shoulder and ask him nicely to sit down, they're blocking the view of the many rows of people behind him. He tells me to "F off". Now he's in his twenties with a little blonde on his shoulder and I'm 56 years old, no doubt his parents age. So I grab the little jerk by the shoulder and tell him to SIT DOWN NOW or he will be very embarrassed in front of the little girl. He looks at the old crazy guy, gulps and sits down. Concert already ruined since I've already left my confrontation comfort zone and my blood pressure is up. My wife is flipping out. Little jerk doesn't move for the remainder of the concert. Looking across the aisle there's some little twit girl who has stood up and is dancing. She does this the entire concert totally blocking the view of those behind her, and the guy she's with just sat in his seat. Nobody on that side said anything so she did what she wanted, oblivious to how she affected everyone else who had paid to enjoy the event. How do these people exist? Just thinking about themselves and not the slightest courtesy to the people around them?
A good day! This morning I drove the Tracker to the post office to mail a few parts to folks. I come out and there's a little girl pointing at the Tracker. "Daddy look, can we get one like this?" I had to smile. Now I'm sitting here posting while listening to the Counting Crows albums... need to study up since I'm going to see them tonight at the PNC Arts Center in New Jersey! Need to get in the right frame of mind!
That's great news. Above is the ancient Exacto brand battery power drill I've used for most of my adult building career. I never use a pin vice, I use this baby for lots of modeling tasks. I don't know what I'd do without it, so I'll be getting one of these Tamiya tools to see if I like the hand position better.