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The Smells of Experience

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  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
The Smells of Experience
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, September 27, 2021 8:23 AM

Here's a chronicle of modeling Smells;

      Here's where you get to crunch those grey cells and figure what era I am talking about. First.The place where the model is being built smells of burning Hoof and Candles

          Second: Still smells bad but now like some kind of fish!

          Third: Wow, that smell knocked me off the chair!

          Fourth: Bad smell again but there's powder everywhere too!

          Fifth; Ooh-Plastic, geez open the window! 

          Sixth: Uh -Oh ! Mom's gonna think yer sniffing it!

          Seventh: Ooh, it's liquid an don't smell too bad. Window open a crack!

          Eighth; And last. No detectable smell but how do I tell Mom, the spilled glue Removed the color from her laminated Tabletop?   


  • Member since
    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Monday, September 27, 2021 8:34 PM

Oh man,  this posting brought back memories.  How many times my mom walked into our kitchen to find out that I either spilled one of those little square bottles of Testors enamel paints or a big blob of the red Testors tube glue was on the table, while I was working on a model. 



  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Monday, September 27, 2021 8:47 PM

My experience jumps in at about time zone 5 / 6, with testors wood or model glue, the little square bottles of paint, and butyrate dope (once used by mistake as paint). And, there is the terribly scarred desktop where I did all my cutting .  .  .  much to my parent's displeasure.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 12:11 AM

Hoof and Candles?  Was that when George Washington had to carve his wood model airplanes by candlelight?  That might just be a legend, because as we all know, Abraham Lincoln himself cautioned us to not believe everything we see on the internet!

I only remembered the smell of lemons when mom bought the non-toxic Revell glue for my models.

I do remember Duco tube cement that felt cold as it dried.  It got so stringy right out of the tube!  It was pretty useless as a plastic model glue because of that.

And then there were those tiny tubes of Cemendyne glue found in Japanese kits.  I would always get apprehensive about running out before the job was done, which was pretty much every time.

I didn't experience the joys of dope fumes until I tried building flying models in high school.  But me and my friends never "huffed" - that glue or paint was EXPENSIVE.  I seriously don't think the glue and paint sniffer idiots actually built models!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 2:22 PM

The most vivid odor I could remember is the Testors Glue in the white and orange tube, the stuff people got high on parents had to buy it for me.

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by goldhammer88 on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:13 PM

Vaguely remember the hoof and fish glues.  Hoof stuff was used in furniture years ago, and it came in a block you had to melt, ie the old glue pot.

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:01 PM

Oh, ah, yeah, right man........... what were we talking about?

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

  • Member since
    July 2021
Posted by Flight Line Media on Thursday, September 30, 2021 8:20 PM
That sounds funny but it's true! HAHAHA thank you, Tanker-Builder!


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