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I believe I built my first model when I was about ten, which would have been somewhere around 1970 or so.  Would have been a snap-together car kit.  I also have specific memories of sitting at the workbench next to my dad, each of us building a model and him showing me how to use glue and to paint details using the point of a toothpick.  My kit was a Model A Ford and his a VW Microbus.  Somewhere I have his unfinished kit and a few vintage bottles of Testors and Pactra paints!  This was back when the paints cost about 15 cents each.

Perhaps it was my interest in WWII movies and playing with plastic army men in the back yard that had me transition to US and German armor kits and figures.  Over the years, I spent a small fortune on these models and still have multiple cardboard boxes crammed with kits.  My building days were halted, however, when my daughter came along. New priorities, little money to purchase, and even less time to build.  My daughter is now 21 so you can see how long it has been!

I did, oh so briefly, venture into Bolt Action war-gaming miniatures.  Only built one jeep and a ruined farmhouse.  I do not consider the venture a waste, though, because it had me pull out and dust off my old modeling tools, airbrush, super-detailing supplies, etc.  This "romp" also introduced me to painting with acrylics.  Love the stuff!

Oddly, I seem to have lost my interest in WWII armor, but not in model building.  Car kits offer a great alternative.  Much of what I employed in assembling and super-detailing tanks and vehicles can be applied to cars.  Having once owned a few real muscle cars and old classics, I find the era of the 1960s has a special draw.  I was always and still am fascinated by gassers from that time and it is where I will begin this new phase of model building.  I intend to build a 1937 Chevy coupe using the 1965 NHRA Drag Rules to guide me.  I will soon be starting a new thread on this build.

I am thoroughly impressed by the knowledge and skill exhibited here.  I have only begun to scratch the surface in reading forum posts. Already, a number of them or the links they contain have been bookmarked.  I anticipate asking questions and seek advice and criticisms as I progress.

Regards to all.

Mike

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Welcome to MCM forums, Mike..... and your story is so close to my experience of scale model kit building that I can relate to every word. My daughter is now 24 years of age, and I was first drawn to collecting models around the age of 10 years myself.... started out with tanks and wargaming stuff, moved on to cars, and learned a lot from my Dad....... so this is all about arriving at where we are now, as I approach 66 years of age......

David

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Welcome!  Your story is similar to a lot of ours!  

I too started out around 10 years old in 1968, and walked away as I hit that age of real cars and girls.

I had several false starts back into the hobby over the years.  I still would cruise the model aisle at the toy stores and occasionally buy one. I amassed a small collection of maybe 2 dozen kits.  Every few years I'd start a kit, then not being pleased with my results and progress, I'd pack it up again.

Then I found Scale Auto Enthusiast Magazine at a magazine store while on a business trip to Boston in the late 1980s.  I was amazed that there was a model car magazine once again!  In the back of that magazine was a classified ad to join the Tri-State Scale Model Car Club in New Jersey.  I responded and started attending the meetings.  That was the jump start I needed.  My problem had been whenever I started building again, I did so with my 15 year old skill set.  As soon as I had a peer group, I learned tons and my models improved exponentially!  That was enough to keep me interested and still building 30 years later!

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Another success story of a return to modeling fueled by these excellent forums.

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Thanks to all for the warm welcome.  I have already received some good tips and advice with regard to my "On The Workbench" post.

One bit of my model building history I forget to mention in my introduction was the brief time I got into Hubley metal car kits.  I remembered playing with the ones my dad had built and when I saw they were available again, I had to buy a couple of them.

Not long ago, I was going back through some old family photo albums, one mostly of my mother's and father's wedding and honeymoon in 1960.  Among the photos are shots of the wedding cake and gifts.  Wasn't I surprised to see on the table full of gifts the Hubley Packard Phaeton kit!  To this day my father still brings up the fact my brother and I damaged the car playing with it when we were toddlers!

---Mike

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Hi Mike..Welcome from NE Mississippi.  Whereabouts ya'll located?

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2 hours ago, fivesuns said:

Hi Mike..Welcome from NE Mississippi.  Whereabouts ya'll located?

I am in Clinton and work in Jackson.  How about you?

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On 8/13/2019 at 12:54 PM, dusty_shelf said:

I am in Clinton and work in Jackson.  How about you?

Corinth.  Retired and modeling to keep my hands and mind busy.

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