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Faux Food Fun! Ramen now added to menu
Posted by Real G on Monday, September 28, 2020 1:47 PM

It would seem Tanker-Builder has touched off a lively discussion on food model kits, so it was just the push I needed to start the spaghetti kit I bought in Japan back in 2016.

The box was promptly exhumed from the shelf:

Contents were examined:

Ummm...  Officer, that's... not mine:

Except for the parsley flakes (yes, officer, they really are parsley flakes!), everything is made of wax.  I had assumed the toppings were made from vinyl, but upon closer examination, it was clear another material was being used.  What tipped me off was the fat in the bacon slice - it looked like the different colored materials were poured simultaneously.  Reviewing the box and instructions, there was a note mentioning that the product was indeed wax.  I used my fingernail to scratch the backside of one of the mushrooms, and yep, wax.

And the only disappointing aspect of the kit, the super cheapy paper bowl and flimsy wooden fork:

My wonderful sister gave me a real bowl and fancy chrome plated plastic fork, so fight's on!  The wire with the big clip at the end is meant to hold the fork up, but I am considering substituting a simple wire instead to make it easier to conceal.

Thanks to Phil_H, I found more videos on the faux food kits I bought for my friends.  I forwarded the videos to them to get them to build their kits.  Will it work?  I don't know.  I am a poor motivational speaker.  

I posted this in General Modeling, as there is no "Fake Food and Other Weird Models" page.  Eats

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Posted by Real G on Monday, September 28, 2020 1:50 PM

My friend Dean pulled his kit:

My other friends have the ramen and fried rice.

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 8:32 AM

You gotta be kidding me!  

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 9:36 AM

Boy, Oh Boy:

   Talk about hurting a Sicilian's feelings. Pasta You can't eat?

   Hey I was joking. I actually didn't know until I saw a " How it's Made" Episode that there was something as " Model Food". I guess this proves a very old theory of mine. You can make a model of anything I guess! Love the pics and comments, keep them coming. Anyone out there got a Steak and Potatoes dinner yet?

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:43 AM

Ohhhhhhhh, it makes me hungry. And I can't eat it!!! Angry

 

(well I guess I could eat it, just not digest it very well) 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:45 AM

No Cadet Chuck, it is real.  Surprise

Tanker-Builder, heh heh, a fake steak & potatoes dinner kit just might be out there.

So anyway, here's the real bowl and the paper one that comes in the kit.  I might need to source a smaller bowl, as the pasta supply is limited.

And here is the cheap wood fork and the chrome plated plastic fork:

The "aftermarket" fork looks fabulous.  Big Smile

And here is the kit stand & base, test fit on the bowl with the pasta.  Yeah, I'm gonna need a smaller bowl.

I came across this video showing a guy making tempura coating for a shrimp and a whole cabbage(!) from wax in a warm water bath.  It's all in Japanese, but I think you'll get the gist.  By what he was saying to the little kid, he was giving instructions for the tyke to try it himself.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PPQrNkOgttQ

I realize this fake food stuff is more of a craft rather than a plastic model thing, but it's a fun diversion from counting rivets and drawing red lines on kit photos.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:48 AM

Ohhhhhh cool!!!!! 

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:55 AM

I wonder if that guy could make a Gamera out of wax?  He probably could, but it would look so WRONG lying on a plate with condiments!  Stick out tongue  A "Monster Island" boxed lunch maybe?  The Ebira monster could be a tempura prawn...

https://www.poffysmoviemania.com/godzilla-vs-the-sea-monster/

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 3:07 PM

Real G

I wonder if that guy could make a Gamera out of wax?  He probably could, but it would look so WRONG lying on a plate with condiments!  Stick out tongue  A "Monster Island" boxed lunch maybe?  The Ebira monster could be a tempura prawn...

https://www.poffysmoviemania.com/godzilla-vs-the-sea-monster/

 

 

You could have me puckered up spouting champagne!!!

 

Or I could be the new easter egg candy! 

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:58 PM

Actually, there really is a fake food industry.  All of those commercials you see on TV, for Burger King, or McD's, or IHOP, whatever, show fake food created to make it look delicious.  Have you noticed, when you order one of those burgers, they NEVER are as good as the ones they show you on the commercials?  Just more fraudulant advertising.

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 5:38 PM

Not fraudulent Cadet Chuck, the need of fakery for media presentation.  For example, ice cream cannot stand the bright studio lighting, so they use... mashed potatoes.  But I have to agree that most burgers and such on TV look way bigger and juicier than what is actually passed across the counter.  But such are the vagaries of advertising.

In Japan, most restaurants have fake food displays in their front window which look exactly like the real thing.  From what I have been told, they usually customize the faux dishes to match the menu.  A great way for Gringos to order something in a Japanese restaurant is to take a photo of it from the window and show it to the waitress.

I'm not sure how big fake food is in the US, but in Japan it is kind of a pop culture icon, and they have retail stores which sell stuff to the general public.  A far cry from the fake vomit and "Oops" spilled drinks I saw on the mainland in the mid-1970s.

Next time I'm in Kappabashi, I should look to see if I can get a steak for Tanker-Builder!

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:22 PM

...and a quick lunchtime walk to the downtown Wallymart yielded this find:

A perfectly sized bowl!  Nothing to stop me now.  Unlike all my other builds, this one will have to happen quick due to the need to heat and integrate everything in one bang.

Rats, I should have gotten bowls for my friends too.  And my office is on the edge of Chinatown, so sourcing a ramen bowl should be a breeze.

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:44 PM

Real G
Not fraudulent Cadet Chuck, the need of fakery for media presentation. For example, ice cream cannot stand the bright studio lighting, so they use... mashed potatoes. But I have to agree that most burgers and such on TV look way bigger and juicier than what is actually passed across the counter. But such are the vagaries of advertising.

Quite right. I used to know a woman who was a professional 'food stylist' for an advertising photographic studio. Lots of interesting tricks to make food look mouth-watering...most of which you wouldn't want your tongue within twenty feet of! Big Smile

I am intrigued with the idea of wax as a commercial modeling medium. I look forward to seeing how your 'pasta surprise' turns out!

Greg

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:05 PM

Greg,

You won’t have to wait long!

I think wax is used because the faux food industry started before modern polymer resins were widely available.  The stuff they sell to the tourists might be resin or vinyl; I can’t recall because I never bought any of the pre-made stuff.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:16 AM

Hi Guys:

      I think the majority of Faux Food is now Vinyls etc. The wax is used also. That is more for mainstream advertisers to use in Lite photoshoots. Notice, I said Lite! Wax does NOT hold up well to studio lights anymore than Styrene.

 Oh, Hey ! How many of you have seen those Gorgeous cakes in some High End Bakery Windows. 9 Times out of 10 you are looking at Faux Food. There's no way a three ,four, or five layer cake is gonna stay perfect for maybe a month of say " Wedding Cake Specials"!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:24 AM

Hi;

      I hope you won't get upset by this comment. I belive the connector system you are using for the fork is I hope a temporary one. I would use a thin lexan rod and epoxy it to the fork and the dish. Don't forget the Wad of Pascetti on the fork! The Mispelling and intended mis-pronouncing of that word courtesy of my Little Brother. Now not with us. Never got it right even as an adult!

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 1:13 PM

TB - I had the exact thoughts regarding the stand when I bought the kit.  But watching the video that Phil_H posted, I changed my mind:

https://youtu.be/Xv5V1WkCQpM

The clip will help bulk up the spaghetti around the fork I think.  I am also trying to realign my thought process in building kits, trying to work with what I have versus always being ready to fight and change things.

Okay so with bowl in hand, I glued the stand in:

The base was a little large in diameter to seat in the bowl, so I stacked some sheet plastic to shim the bottom so that the stand support had a solid foundation.

I also got to work on the toppings:

The person in the video used scissors to cut the toppings, but I used a blade from a utility knife, which was just the right length for the job.  By letting the pieces sit in some hot water, the wax softens enough to allow the parts to be easily sliced, yet they keep their detail and shape.

The video had a nice tip about curving the bell pepper slices, which worked out well.

Next up will be the oodles of noodles!

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 1:41 PM

Wow!

In closeup, that green pepper looks good enough to eat. Eats

Bacon looks a little underdone, though....

Greg

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 1:54 PM

gregbale

Wow!

In closeup, that green pepper looks good enough to eat. Eats

Bacon looks a little underdone, though....

Innit?  Big Smile

The person in the Youtube video might have been using water a little cooler than me, since the toppings made a "snip" sound when cut.  When I cut the pieces, it was "just like buttah."

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 4:39 PM

Hope you don't mind me posting here, but this arrived today Stick out tongueStick out tongue

Thanks,

John

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 5:26 PM

keavdog

Hope you don't mind me posting here, but this arrived today Stick out tongueStick out tongue

I know it's been mentioned before, but I love the message on the box:

"Plastic model kit - DO NOT EAT.

Please be careful not to accidentally swallow or eat it."

(I suppose the consistency of some dried noodle products is identical to styrene? Tongue Tied)

Looks like a rockin' little kit, though....

Greg

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:46 PM

Keavdog, I don't mind in the least!  Big Smile

So... will we be seeing this in FSM's "Workbench Reviews"?

Pros:  Pre-colored plastic, snap fit, clever engineering

Cons:  Cannot eat the finished product (Or - Taste of final product is not an improvement over the actual item)

Yeah, Cup Noodle is actually pretty awful IMHO.  I wonder if anything else is coming down the line.  A Big Mac?  Makku-Donaldo Biggu Makku.  Stick out tongue

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, October 1, 2020 3:49 AM

I did it.  It’s not perfect, but it is done.  Things didn’t go as smoothly as in the Youtube video, but that’s the learning curve.

Dang, it’s almost 11:00 pm - better clean up and head for bed!  Pictures tomorrow.  Stay tuned.  Big Smile

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, October 1, 2020 4:44 AM

Waiting-Ba-na-na!

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 1, 2020 11:44 AM

John: I am so tempted to pick up one of those for our Christmas gift exchange. Or even enter one myself in our show whenever we get to have it. If the FSM guys show up to photograph us I'd offer it to Aaron.. Wink

Real G: Ohhhhh, looking forward to the photos!!! 

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, October 1, 2020 12:53 PM

Shogun Sekigawa-Sama sez:

Minna, yoi shite imasu ka?  Yosh~  Sassoku hajimari masu!

Pasta ready for the hot water bath in an authentic Japanese semenki:

Pasta ON!!!

The water temperature was more critical than I thought, as it was initially too hot, so the noodles began to stick.  Then the water began to cool off and the pasta became too stiff to easily drape.  I had to change out the water once when it got too cool.

Okay here is where the in-progress photos died off, because I had to concentrate on applying the sauce and toppings:

I was getting sauce all over the place like a 5-year old, and it was getting messy.  At least my old, grizzled Testors nylon brush got an outing to apply the sauce.  I didn't want to risk a good brush!

And some final shots:

Thanks for following along!

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, October 1, 2020 1:13 PM

Some friends are coming over this weekend (less than 5 people so kosher under current Hawaii COVID rules), so hopefully they will bring and make their kits.  I'll post photos if they do.

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Posted by gregbale on Thursday, October 1, 2020 2:23 PM

That is freaking amazing! Indifferent

What sort of stuff is the 'sauce,' pray tell? It looks perfect.

Greg

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, October 1, 2020 2:48 PM

Greg,

I have no idea what the “secret sauce” is.  It might be gelatin/wax based.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, October 1, 2020 3:04 PM

gregbale
That is freaking amazing! 

Stole my words. That is soooo cool. YesYesYes

I had no idea where you were headed with the fork stand. You should have seen the look on my face when I saw the pic with the spaghetti wrapped around it.

This was great fun, thanks!

On a side note, I wish I'd have known there is a Chinatown in Honolulu when we were there a few years back. Crying

-Greg

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