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Old 09-27-2012, 12:20 PM
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OK, you guys forced me to open up a box from the past. Here are my old models from 50-55yr ago (now 63). You can see Ala Kart, I was into gassers, even making my own frame out of brass tubing for the black GTO. A few static friction cars (the pink 58 Buick I got from the dealership when my Dad bought his brand new 58), an Edsel, and Continental. The Andretti Indy car was a clear plastic slot car body that I made into a model, the blue spagetti exhaust pipes where made out of household electrical wire and tips where from paint brushes!!
The Edsel brought back some memories. I pestered my dad to go down and look at the new 58's because the dealer was giving away a promo friction motored Edsel. That was a feat in itself because my dad hated Ford products with a passion but at 7 years old, I loved the look of them and wanted one so I begged and begged until he gave in lol. I played with that car until the wheels fell off.

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The Edsel brought back some memories. I pestered my dad to go down and look at the new 58's because the dealer was giving away a promo friction motored Edsel. That was a feat in itself because my dad hated Ford products with a passion but at 7 years old, I loved the look of them and wanted one so I begged and begged until he gave in lol. I played with that car until the wheels fell off.
the Edsel model would be worth some bucks, but I took a knife to the door handles and hood center. I had to have "shaved" look right? At least I left the hood ornament!
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i would say model building is a good skill for surgeons.
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I did and almost every boy growing up did, sadly as soon as the safety goons started on toys, the glue it together models, got all but removed from stores..
I have about 25 to do and I get about one to three done per winter..
wife reads books, I build these..
sadly it's swap meats or inline to buy them now.. not many places carry them..
the toys r us here has a few... but the crafts store has more.. go fig..
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I am surprised at how many I will see still at the stores. We have a chain "craft" store called "Michaels" that has an eight or twelve foot long section in an isle filled with models and modeling goodies.

I came across this one yesterday out in the garage. My son built it and put it in the Goodguys model contest back 18 years ago.

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OK, you guys forced me to open up a box from the past. Here are my old models from 50-55yr ago (now 63). You can see Ala Kart, I was into gassers, even making my own frame out of brass tubing for the black GTO. A few static friction cars (the pink 58 Buick I got from the dealership when my Dad bought his brand new 58), an Edsel, and Continental. The Andretti Indy car was a clear plastic slot car body that I made into a model, the blue spagetti exhaust pipes where made out of household electrical wire and tips where from paint brushes!!
You have some AWESOME models there! The "promotion cars" like your Buick, my dad was a salesmen and I screwed up many of those! It kills me to think of the things I saw as a kid like show room banners and stuff like that that would be worth a mint now! It was all thrown away at the end of the year. What bugs me is I have always loved that sort of thing and if I had gotten my hands on one I would still have it.

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I am surprised at how many I will see still at the stores. We have a chain "craft" store called "Michaels" that has an eight or twelve foot long section in an isle filled with models and modeling goodies.
yup they had more than toy r us here
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Does anyone remember what a AMT car kit cost in the 60's? I want to say about $3 bucks but I'm not sure. I remember Testors glue was 10 cents and Ambroid was a quarter. Testor's paint was 15 cents.
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Two bucks, I remember very clearly $2.18 or something like that with tax. This was late sixties early seventies. I remember going back to buy one as an adult ten years or so later and they were four something I almost crapped my pants!

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I'm still building them too, except for glue,I'm useing a welder.
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When I was in high school (1956-59) ,, I built the real thing.
It was a 30 ford on a 30 chev frame (Dual leaf Springs in front for the heavy Olds.), with 49 Olds 303 w/ Edmonds dual rochestetrs,, and
36 Olds Floor shift,, and 47 Pontiac Rear,, and ford duce grile,,
w/ 41 Stude Rad,,
I was in the Hot Rod Club that Started the AutoRama in Dallas in 1960.
My Hotrod won First place, in its Class,, for the first Six years in a row, in its Class.

I still have that Car.
I am 72 years old now.
Most High School Kid donot have any thing to show for their time as a teen.
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You Guys sure are bringing up some memories. I was building a 40 Ford coupe AMT kit in 1963. Metalic blue, Chrysler Hemi engine and 61 Pontiac 8 lug wheels. The parts were taken from several different kits. I vividly remember packing the half built model in cotton and packing it away when I joined the Navy at the ripe age of 17. When I got home after I was discharged I went to go back to work on it but could not find it anywhere. Mom said she didn't know anything about it but they had cleaned all that "old junk" out of the attack. I am mad to this day. I had hours and hours in that model.

Models can be just as challenging and provide the same sense of accomplishment as a full sized car.

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You Guys sure are bringing up some memories. I was building a 40 Ford coupe AMT kit in 1963. Metalic blue, Chrysler Hemi engine and 61 Pontiac 8 lug wheels. The parts were taken from several different kits. I vividly remember packing the half built model in cotton and packing it away when I joined the Navy at the ripe age of 17. When I got home after I was discharged I went to go back to work on it but could not find it anywhere. Mom said she didn't know anything about it but they had cleaned all that "old junk" out of the attack. I am mad to this day. I had hours and hours in that model.

Models can be just as challenging and provide the same sense of accomplishment as a full sized car.

John L.
Maybe you need to build a clone of the same model. That way you can finally see it done! ...and not be mad about it any more. :-)
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