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  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Favorite cars , that led to Models
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, October 27, 2017 8:41 AM


   What I would like is to hear from you modelers on what is your favorite car , Why you built the model , What was the build experience like and have you ever driven the real thing ? Now for reasons of safety no race cars will be included . Near race , road ready , will be acceptable .

 I ask this because I find my collection dwindling due to parting with some models to acquire the ones I drive , have driven and owned plus the miniatures in  , Coupe , Sedan , Convertible and Station Wagon ( if such existed in that make )

 Some of my favorites are these . 49 Ford Club Coupe .( first car I owned and learned to drive on ) 57 Chev Bel-Aire 2dr ht . ( first new car ) 58  Cadillac Coupe De Ville  ( First Caddy ) and the " Beast " 65 Chrysler New Yorker 9 passenger Wagon Definitely a military , post to post transportation vehicle .

 Lastly my first sports car , An Austin - Healy-3000 , Just like the Revell box cover car. Sadly . my last three no one makes models of . Ah Well , who cares   ? they looked like different sized  "People Pods " ( my name for the last ten year crop of average cars ) 

    Now lets see the model too if you can , if not I'll take your word for it !  T.B.

  • Member since
    April, 2009
  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Friday, October 27, 2017 12:10 PM

I seldom build car models, but recently saw a 1959 Cadillac El Dorado at Hobby Lobby, so I grabbed it.  Why?  It's very close in appearance to my first car, a 1960 Cadillac convertible.  The only difference is the tail fins were tamed down a bit for 1960.  I painted it to match my old car- red body, black roof and black interior.  This is a Revell model, and is a very accurate reproduction of the real thing.  (Sorry, I don't do the photo hosting thing anymore.)

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

  • Member since
    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Friday, October 27, 2017 12:29 PM

First car I really liked was '65 Mustang, have owned two in past years, coupe and fastback, along with a '69 fastback with a transplant 428CJ, that would plant you back in the seat in all 4 gears.

Built the '65 coupe further back in history than I care to remember, and was it ever a gluebomb.  No pics from way back then, can only thank the modeling God's for that.  Would hate to have pics of that thing surface now, knowing what I do about building now.  Would have to go hide in shame.

Want to build models of my '81 Cherokee 2 door widetrack (with the steel factory fender flares) and my '88 Cherokee.  The '88 body is available through Shapeways, going to have to get it one day, and make a replica of my camo'ed rig.

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    January, 2010
Posted by CrashTestDummy on Friday, October 27, 2017 2:27 PM

I was building models LONG before I cared anything about 1:1 cars, other than to use as transportation to the BX!  Now, however, I'm catching up by trying to locate representations of what I have driven, or are interested in, and putting them in my stash for when I'm too poor to afford any more kits.  :-)

Gene Beaird,
Pearland, Texas

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    July, 2014
  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, October 27, 2017 3:02 PM

Mid 70's Corvette, but I can'r find one in plastic other thab the 78 pace car which I may have to go with.



1/72 Airfix Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV
1/72 Revell Eurofighter Typhoon Twin Seater
1/72 Revell MiG 29 UB Fulcrum
1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

Yes, it's a lot!

In Que

1/72 Airfix Dakota Mk. IV

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    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, October 27, 2017 5:16 PM

My first car was a '53 Chevy convertable bought in '58. Couldn't find any models of it but I did find '54s. Bought the kit and built it as the '53 using scratch parts and my first attempt at chopping the top off a car kit. Turned out pretty good, for what my skill level was at the time. Don't have any pics of it and the car was in a bad accident while going from one house to another.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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    January, 2010
  • From: Saskatchewan Canada
Posted by RichfromSask on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:06 AM

I had a 1984 Nissan 300ZX n/a.  I built Tamiya’s Fairlady Z kit.  Only differences were that the kit car was a turbo, and did not feature t-tops. The box art was the same colour as mine, the horrid steel-blue and blue leather interior.  Fun car though,  and had some innovations ahead of its time.

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    July, 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Monday, November 27, 2017 6:07 PM

Many.... Many years ago I built Jo-Han's Haulin Hearse and wanted the real thing after that.

In 2002 I finally bought my "Dream Car" A 1975 Cadillac Sayers & Scofield Custom Victoria.

After many car shows, and years and years of working at Haunted houses, and renting myself out for Prom's, Wedding's, and Strip club bar hopping, She finally succumed to the MAG CLORIDE that Nevada spray's on it's dirt roads. The cancer spread fast. This is the last picture I ever took of her.

This was shortly after we moved to Nevada. Our brief ( 6 year ) stay, totally destroyed the frame and inside the doors and body pannels. Her roof was Black padded vinyl and I was in the procces of replacing the top when this pic. was taken.

I have since then picked up a Jo-Han Heavenly Hearse and am going to build it like my car. But it's not quite right .  The Heavenly Hearse is a 1967 and I'm not even going to try to "HACK" it up to match a 1975.

BTW I titled this picture: Who Say's You Can't Take It With You?

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".




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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, November 27, 2017 6:45 PM

Not until someone comes out with a 1967 BMW 1602.

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 8:55 AM

I have always loved the Kurtiss Kraft midget race cars.  I think they are the best looking racing cars ever.  I was thrilled a couple years ago when Revell released their new KK Midget model and I was not disappointed when I built it.  I have built a second, and have two more kits in the stash to build a diorama of the cars on a track.  Beautiful kit- too bad it was not a success in the marketplace.

 I also loved the old Watson Roadsters.  I have built several of the old AMT kit, a so-so kit but for years the only game in town.  The ultimate Watson Roadster kit was the Etzel Speed Classics kit, which is a star of my collection.  ESC Miller is the best kit of that car, too.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    January, 2005
  • From: Portland, Oregon
Posted by fantacmet on Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:02 AM

Built models of, driven, but never owned........


Corvette.  Lotus.  Viper.  International Prostar.


Only thing Ive owned(still do) and built a model of is a Ford Expedition.  Not because Ive always wanted one.  The real thing was cheap and in decent shape.  The model was thebonly thing to pull thebGalaxy ltd trailer.


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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, December 17, 2017 3:09 AM

I've got a 65 mustang notch back in the works - modifying to look like my GT coupe.

I did my Charger - though the paint job went south, but here's the real car and the model (aftermarket wheels which looked close to my Boss338 20")

I would love to do my 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca.  Revell makes a Boss 302 kit but I can't find the Laguna Seca decals.




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