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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
How Many Models?
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 12:58 PM


     This is not about stashes. This is about something I got fired up on yesterday aftter watching some clips from a fellow in, I think, The Phillipines.(not sure). He goes to areas around local Landfills. What he looks for are model parts, and Models either powered or not. What he does is nothing short of Brilliant!

     He may find a part, Then he follows the path the falling trash takes till he finds the other parts. He calmly walks home with his collection of seemingly broken and useless toys. When He gets home he goes to work. This kind of reminds me of what I told Ya'll about I did as a kid, when I lived The six months of the year with Dad in Florida.

    I believe that All models should be saved if they can. I don't know how many I have restored and given away as gifts. Of Course. My Mattel Vac-U-Form helps where planes are concerned. I have many kits that are pristine, But they function as molds in the Machine. This allows a complete resto of planes. Ships and Boats are actually easier because of their smaller scales. Chotshkes can represent anything in that case.

       I use jewelry too! I have four sizes of Ships wheels and Binnacles.They started out as Earrings! From a Nautical Giftshop. The same with props. I found a pair of unusual Rose looking earrings. Turns out the flowers were made from layered boat propellors! My Greedy little self said Mine,Mine ,Mine! They were perfect for a pair of older REVELL ships that needed them and Evergreen Sheet provided the new rudders.

         See, it can be done and it is fun, Almost as much fun as building a brand New 1/350 Iowa Class right out of the Box with All the Aftermarket that will make your model POP!! Try it, I think in the long run you will see the fun in it too! By the way I haven't forgotten armor. You can Put a thick wall piece of aluminium or Brass in your Dremel and using Emery Cloth turn out a tapered barrel. Shovels and Pry bars are wire and foil. Yes! You can do this. Tracks? All you need is one section and you can build your own passable ones out of, Here Goes! CARDBOARD!

         There are many thickness of it you can use or Sheet plastic if you wish. Did you know that waiting out there is a package, Shaped like a Front of a Cast Body Sherman waiting for you to find it. Then the rest again is Chotskes! The rest is up to you. Use any glue you like, because you are probably going to use two or three, plus Resin. By using all this captured stuff, It allows you to use paint you wouldn't have earlier and have a ball mixing paint and parts, and seeing that creation take form before your eyes, from your mind and hands!     TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT !!!!  Don't Let all the creators of lawn and bookshelf dustcatchers ,(Even though they are paid a pittance) have all the fun. You Can Build a pickup Truck Just from finding the Cab of an old A.M.T. Model!

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, August 4, 2022 9:43 AM

Speaking of Jewelry, I was in Michaels yesterday.  I frequently look at the jewelry department (good place to find very fine wires).

They had a little parts package full of misc. sized gears, AND two steering wheels.  Package was 5 bucks. They seemed to be about 20th scale but might work on 1:25.  But when I scratch build I sometimes do cars in 1:20 or 1:16.  And I frequently need gears.

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, August 4, 2022 9:49 AM

Too much work for me,I'd rather just buy a kit or some AM


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