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While working on my diorama I found this sticker behind one of the styrene sheets. I haven't been in Hobby Land in probably 40 years and it is likely closed up for 25 years. This brought me back to the countless pleasurable hours spent in there . Every time I went to Ottawa, that is where I headed first. I haven't been in a shop like that since. It was run by hobbyists and you could tell by the organized clutter.

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It's amazing how something that small or the slightest whiff of something can take you back in time.

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Man! I wish stuff at the hobby shop was 35 cents!

I wonder if there is anything at all for 35 cents. That was a sheet of styrene.

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It's amazing how something that small or the slightest whiff of something can take you back in time.

Agree. B)

Sometimes the smallest thing can trigger the biggest, best memories.

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I just went through all my paint and organized it. I've had some of this stuff for years & years. Found a couple of bottles that had Belmont Dept. Store price stickers on them. Does that chain even exist anymore? Not around here anyway. Some had stickers from a LHS that's been closed for over 30 years. And I remember getting kits and supplies at the local Murphy's Mart. Remember those?

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the smell of Testor's cement in the orange tube and their enamel paint....... reminds me of sitting at the coffee table after Christmas with Mom and Dad, no cell phones, no cable TV, no video games, using up the rest of the Christmas break submerged in models and family.

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Sometimes the smallest thing can trigger the biggest, best memories.

Years ago as I was cleaning out my father's house after he died, I came across a still-sealed, still liquid bottle of Testors yellow model airplane dope, at least 40 years old at the time. I cracked it open, and yes, there was a rush of memories I had no idea were still lurking in my mind.

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When I see certain models on ebay that I bought at K-Mart back in the 70's like the River Rat Chevy Luv and Speed Boat....

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When I see certain models on ebay that I bought at K-Mart back in the 70's like the River Rat Chevy Luv and Speed Boat....

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Oh man, I had completely forgotten about that one. I had one of those back in the day too!

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Anyone remember the old kits with the ink stamped 99 cents or 1.50 stamped on the boxes?....one of the reasons I love old boxes they bring back great memories of better days.

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the smell of Testor's cement in the orange tube and their enamel paint....... reminds me of sitting at the coffee table after Christmas with Mom and Dad, no cell phones, no cable TV, no video games, using up the rest of the Christmas break submerged in models and family.

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the smell of Testor's cement in the orange tube and their enamel paint....... reminds me of sitting at the coffee table after Christmas with Mom and Dad, no cell phones, no cable TV, no video games, using up the rest of the Christmas break submerged in models and family.

Me, too. Usually, got a "big" model for Christmas, like the Saturn V rocket, or the "Mad Maverick", and my Dad would get something like the Revell USS Constitution... Even my Mom built, on occasion- she once built a '57 Ford Country Squire, and the smell of drying Testors paint brings me right back to that time. Good memories :) .

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Years ago as I was cleaning out my father's house after he died, I came across a still-sealed, still liquid bottle of Testors yellow model airplane dope, at least 40 years old at the time. I cracked it open, and yes, there was a rush of memories I had no idea were still lurking in my mind.

As I was going thru my Dad's stuff in '07, I came across two bottles of Pactra paint that were bought at the local Woolworths who knows how many years ago. I think they have never been opened, and the paint is still liquid. One day soon, I will open them, and fully expect some pleasant flashbacks to younger days and innocent times...

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As I was going thru my Dad's stuff in '07, I came across two bottles of Pactra paint that were bought at the local Woolworths who knows how many years ago. I think they have never been opened, and the paint is still liquid. One day soon, I will open them, and fully expect some pleasant flashbacks to younger days and innocent times...

Man does that ring a bell John....I have what is left of my dads old collection I have been trying to restore once the needed parts can be found for them....I can still see him working on some of them from back in the days of my childhood...priceless memories.

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Man does that ring a bell John....I have what is left of my dads old collection I have been trying to restore once the needed parts can be found for them....I can still see him working on some of them from back in the days of my childhood...priceless memories.

You are lucky. My father never had an interest in models. He did own one model car, a Studebaker Avanti kit he bought but never built. The one time we worked together was building my 1967 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby car. He decided it would be cool to have an Avanti and we carved the body (and filled in the seat area with wood) to look like one. I loved the Pinewood Derby track and thought it would be cool to have that for my Matchbox cars. The very next year Hot Wheels came out and I was in Heaven!

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I am lucky Tom...very blessed to be able to get a hold of his old collection and those childhood days of building with him when he could which was not much. Its my goal to get his old collection restored someday...hopefully.

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almost every time i open liquid cement i think of the frogmen & udt boat kit i had when i was about 10. it's been reissued and i, temped to actually build it this time.

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Are any of those old paints still liquid after all these years? My best memory is of the way AMT always used to have the suffix "225" on the kit numbers on the box in the mid-70's - this was for their suggested $2.25 retail price! Whenever I see an AMT kit of that vintage on eBay, I chuckle about how they have the old, original MSRP actually printed on the box!

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I've got a few bottles of ancient Testor's colors by Roth bottle paints. They are still in liquid form, and I can open the bottles, but dang do they smell bad. I'm afraid to use them, so they sit on my shelf in all their 50 year old glory.

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I've got a paper sack full of Revell "cement for styrene plastic", the tubes with the blue label and yellow and orange stripes that you have to open with a straight pin. I bought them at a Walmart in Denton, TX, in 1978, for .12 each on sale. I can still squeeze most of them, so I guess those are still good. Also, one of my favorite hobby shops/toy stores used to be a place in east LA county called Terry's Toys. I think it was in Covina or West Covina, just off the San Bernardino, but who knows now? Anyway, Terry had a good selection of models back in the early '70s, all of them open but all complete. He'd write the price on the end of the box with a black crayon, and then take 50% off at the register. I got some good deals there, and amazingly still have some of them. A while back I was digging through my bunker stash and found a model with Terry's "3.98" on it--talk about a flashback...

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