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Posted by PatW on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 2:27 PM

At the age of 8 in 1956 my father took me into a pram/bicycle/railway/toy and model shop and showed me a model kit in a plastic bag with a stapled on folded card with a picture of an Airfix Spitfire. As he had just de-mobbed from the Royal Airforce as a Flight Sergent after nearly 30 years service, he advised me NOT to buy any German or Japanese aircraft as they would not be allowed in the house!

I'm 74 now and still building!  

Remember , common sense is not common.

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 2:59 PM

I began building when I was quite young, 5-6 with balsa planes and cheap toy kits. Other than those I don't remember the exact kit I started with, but I can remember building the Zingers semi truck. That one sticks in my mind more than any other. I remember building with tube glue and no paint. I started painting cars with rattle cans at about 7-8.

I would love to build another one, but good greif the prices peeps want for those is crazy.

BK

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 3:15 PM

PatW

At the age of 8 in 1956 my father took me into a pram/bicycle/railway/toy and model shop and showed me a model kit in a plastic bag with a stapled on folded card with a picture of an Airfix Spitfire. As he had just de-mobbed from the Royal Airforce as a Flight Sergent after nearly 30 years service, he advised me NOT to buy any German or Japanese aircraft as they would not be allowed in the house!

So he served 1926-1956. That's some history! I have that kit somewhere unbuilt. I think there's a penciled price on the card- 25 cents.

It's interesting about the adverse feelings.

I have a friend named Neal whose father fought in the Pacific. Drove a VW, but disliked Japanese cameras.

My late F-in-Law who served in the MTO joked that I couldn't park my BMW in his driveway, but had a wall full of Sony equipment in his study.

 

Sometimes I think those guys were pulling our legs.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 3:42 PM

My first one was a Spitfire when I was probably about 10 years old. My dad brought it from his trip to England so it was instantly Battle of Britain hero. Dad put it together and the funny thing I remember is that I didn't want it to have the radio antenna so I plucked it out. LOL, the funny thing that sticks with us. The landing gears quickly broke off and so did the propeller but it didn't matter, I played with it forever. It was followed by other kits, MiG 17, 21 and few others. The ol' Spit ended its career in my fleet when a friend somehow aquierd a rocket engine so we cut the tail off, put the rocket engine in and wooooosh. Fun times Smile

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 7:40 PM

Well my first was a dinosaur kit of Styracosaur from Kmart. I've got a photo of the box around here somewhere. Wish I knew what it was, I assume Kmart just stuck their label on someone else's kit but it doesn't look like the Pyro or Aurora kits- Tamiya either. I'll see if I can find it. 

First aircraft was the classic Monogram 1/48th P-38 in this box. I'm tempted to pull the one in my stash out and build it again this year. Will be my third time, first time I slapped the thing together with no paint. Second one I built in my teens, used the Testor's square bottles- made a little bit of a mess. Maybe this one will look a little better... Wink

 

 

Another was this AMT/Ertl John Deere tractor, not sure if I was in this box though: 

 

My first 1/35th scale armour, and as I looked at it at the time my first serious kit was the classic Italeri Panzer IV in this same yellow box.  As I remember it was a pretty decent kit even by modern standards. I need to pick one of these up and build her again... 

 

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

 

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Posted by Tcoat on Thursday, December 8, 2022 8:47 AM

That old P-38 still builds up nice with just a bit of work.

My first model was an Aurora Centurion tank. I would have built it when I was around 6 or so (back in '65 0r '66)

A few years ago I had to get a bunch of stuff out of may parents attic and in the bottom of a box I found several old models. They would have been packed up when I left for military service in '77 and had been there ever since. Most of what was there were bits and pieces but there were a couple of almost complete survivors. That old Centurion was one of them! Not sure how it survived the Firecracker and BB Gun Wars that took so, so many other kits but it did. 

Even more surprising was the still intact, although very warped stretched sprue antennas on an old Tamyia Sherman I would have built around '70. It had spent around 40 years in the bottom of a box. 
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Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, December 31, 2022 9:59 AM

I was 3 in 1970 when my dad took me into a K-Mart.  Went through the toy section when I spied this box:

That was the first model I built.  I remember the glue fingerprints all over it, and I also remember that my dad built the Monogram P-38 at the same time (somewhere I have an old Polaroid photo of both builds sitting atop my parents' stereo cabinet).  I suspect my dad assisted me greatly in building that P-40, but let me actually put the parts together, hence the glue fingerprints.

This was the beginning of a life-long hobby that I only put on hold when I discovered baseball and girls.  Upon returning to the hobby as a professional software engineer in the mid-1990s, I found a bunch of kits in yet another K-Mart (mostly Monogram, but also a Revell 1/32 Beaufighter).  I believe the first one that I actually built out of that impulse purchase was a Monogram Apache helicopter.

And to add to the comments in other posts about WWII vets disavowing anything German or Japanese, I had a couple of similar experiences with my materal grandfather.  He served in the Pacific in the USN.  My parents divorced in the mid-1970s, and maybe a year later or so, my mom moved us in with her parents where we lived for a year or two before my mom was able to get her own house.  I recall watching Baa Baa Black Sheep every week when it aired.  My Papa would sit in his recliner, with the little poodle in his lap, and would say absolutely nothing while this show was airing, but there was something about his appearance that even at my young age I was able to pick up on.  It was a quiet discomfort that I could see in him.  To me, this was akin to Star Wars - old Pappy was taking up his Corsairs and shooting down the bad guys, but I think my Papa was simply going back to that time in his life, where he had been taken away from his young family (my mom was 3 months old at the time of Pearl Harbor).  He never owned anything of Japanese origin.  

Then as a new college grad, I bought a Toyota Camry and returned to my home town to visit family.  I stopped at my grandparents' house and made the mistake of parking that Camry in his driveway.  He let me know that the Toyota would be moved one way or another.  Once I parked it in the street outside their house, he seemed happy.  It was at that moment that one of the two most cherished conversations I ever had with him happened.  I didn't really dig into his WWII experiences (wish I had), but did ask him point blank if he would have responded the same way had he gone to Europe and I had parked a BMW in his driveway.  He thought he would have.  And we as a family have a very strong German heritage.  This was when I really understood what he experienced, at least from a family point of view.  I don't have the exact details, but am presuming there are some shore leaves involved.  He was returning to his ship when he received a telegram informing him of the birth of his second daughter.  And then to have survived sinking of not one, but two, ships to which he was assigned (a detail that I did not learn of until his funeral in 2002), I can readily understand his hatred of all things Japanese.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, December 31, 2022 11:38 AM

Aggieman

Then as a new college grad, I bought a Toyota Camry and returned to my home town to visit family.  I stopped at my grandparents' house and made the mistake of parking that Camry in his driveway.  He let me know that the Toyota would be moved one way or another.  Once I parked it in the street outside their house, he seemed happy.  It was at that moment that one of the two most cherished conversations I ever had with him happened.  I didn't really dig into his WWII experiences (wish I had), but did ask him point blank if he would have responded the same way had he gone to Europe and I had parked a BMW in his driveway.  He thought he would have.  And we as a family have a very strong German heritage.  This was when I really understood what he experienced, at least from a family point of view.  I don't have the exact details, but am presuming there are some shore leaves involved.  He was returning to his ship when he received a telegram informing him of the birth of his second daughter.  And then to have survived sinking of not one, but two, ships to which he was assigned (a detail that I did not learn of until his funeral in 2002), I can readily understand his hatred of all things Japanese.

I'm just a few years older than you, but my parents (and my one surviving grandparent) had the same feelings as your grandfather.

My parents are from Indonesia, which was a Dutch Colony and were born in 1937 and 1940. They lived under Japanese occupation, hence their disdain for anything Japanese.

In 1955 when Indonesia gained independance from Holland, my familiy had to be evacuated to Holland. They met as teenagers on a boat from Indonesia to the Netherlands. Their family had been Indonesians for generations. They married in 1962 and moved to the US later that year.

When I was stationed in Germany in 1987, that's when I found out my family also had a disdain for the Germans. I guess the Dutch in them didn't like the historic adversarial "Huns".

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, December 31, 2022 1:41 PM

I'm not 100% sure but I believe it was the 1/72 Testors Komet back in 81.

Chad

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Posted by disastermaster on Saturday, December 31, 2022 4:22 PM

The other day a distant friend came by and looked in at

my model display.

He asked, "how long does it take to build one?"

My cute reply was -

"Well, when I was about eight I could build one in about an hour and

only using a tube of glue ~  but now (64 years later) I've gotten old

and it might take me three months."

Sherman-Jumbo-1945

"I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now"

 

 
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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 1:16 PM

When I was 7 in 1977 my dad bought me the AMT Pacer Wagon kit. Built it together no paint just tube glue. That started my obsession which quickly morphed into a plane obsession. By the time I was 13 I had over 80 on shelves or hanging from my bedroom ceiling

Oh and I built the Pacer again at the end of 2022

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 1:18 PM

Here is my parents kitchen table probably about 1984

 

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Posted by Tcoat on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 1:23 PM

disastermaster

The other day a distant friend came by and looked in at

my model display.

He asked, "how long does it take to build one?"

My cute reply was -

"Well, when I was about eight I could build one in about an hour and

only using a tube of glue ~  but now (64 years later) I've gotten old

and it might take me three months."

 

The WHOLE tube!

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 3:19 PM

LOL! Yep after homework but before dinner.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by Tcoat on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 5:32 PM

GMorrison

LOL! Yep after homework but before dinner.

 

On the floor.

With nothing but a paring knife with a broken tip.

If lucky some paint by numbers paint.

If REALLY lucky with the one bottle of Testers paint you managed to con Mom into on the deal!

Like this one was built.

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Posted by disastermaster on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 7:51 PM

Tcoat

The WHOLE tube!

Ummmm.... pretty much.

Sherman-Jumbo-1945

"I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now"

 

 
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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 7:54 PM

tempestjohnny

Here is my parents kitchen table probably about 1984

 

Wow, that's quite a fleet TJ! I hope you saved at least one of them? 

And the Pacer looks pretty friggin' cool too! 

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

 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 7:55 PM

disastermaster

The other day a distant friend came by and looked in at

my model display.

He asked, "how long does it take to build one?"

My cute reply was -

"Well, when I was about eight I could build one in about an hour and

only using a tube of glue ~  but now (64 years later) I've gotten old

and it might take me three months."

 

DM, next time someone asks me how long I'm swiping that for my own use! 

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

 

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Posted by disastermaster on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 8:17 PM

Gamera
disastermaster

The other day a distant friend came by and looked in at

my model display.

He asked, "how long does it take to build one?"

My cute reply was -

"Well, when I was about eight I could build one in about an hour and

only using a tube of glue ~  but now (64 years later) I've gotten old

and it might take me three months."

DM, next time someone asks me how long I'm swiping that for my own use!

You got it! ✅

Sherman-Jumbo-1945

"I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now"

 

 
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Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, January 5, 2023 2:32 PM

Gamera

 

 
tempestjohnny

Here is my parents kitchen table probably about 1984

 

 

 

Wow, that's quite a fleet TJ! I hope you saved at least one of them? 

And the Pacer looks pretty friggin' cool too! 

 

Nope none survived. But I have bought most of them again

 

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Posted by black widow on Thursday, January 5, 2023 5:06 PM

mitsubishi zero. it turned out very badly

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 5, 2023 5:07 PM

disastermaster

 

 
Gamera
disastermaster

The other day a distant friend came by and looked in at

my model display.

He asked, "how long does it take to build one?"

My cute reply was -

"Well, when I was about eight I could build one in about an hour and

only using a tube of glue ~  but now (64 years later) I've gotten old

and it might take me three months."

DM, next time someone asks me how long I'm swiping that for my own use!

 

You got it! ✅

 

Thanks!

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

 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 5, 2023 5:08 PM

tempestjohnny

 

 
Gamera

 

 
tempestjohnny

Here is my parents kitchen table probably about 1984

 

 

 

Wow, that's quite a fleet TJ! I hope you saved at least one of them? 

And the Pacer looks pretty friggin' cool too! 

 

 

 

Nope none survived. But I have bought most of them again

 

 

Ah ok. Pretty much the same here, all of old stuff ended up 'recycled' to the spare parts bin.

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

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, January 5, 2023 7:25 PM

When I first started building as a kid, I never painted them.  I think the first one from this phase was the Wright Brothers plane.  Not sure of the manufacturer or scale.  The first one that I actually painted was an AMT Bird of Prey, complete with a garrish silver and primary colored camo scheme.

Robert 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, January 6, 2023 8:25 AM

I do remember it was an airplane in 1/72 airfix,Aurora or the three plane Revell series kits. I know it wasn't like the ones my dad built in 1/48 0r 1/32 $$$,( you learn with the cheep ones) in1964. What I still have is my very 1st airbrushed plane .

 

 

 Nick.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, January 6, 2023 9:14 AM

Hi!

           I was at a Summer camp,(parents wanted time away from us kiddos) boys on one side girls on the other with a fence seperating us. One rainy day the counselor brings these little boxes into the mess hall to our two tables, Each counselor had two cabins(Six Boys each) to work with. They were Comet and Some other brand of Wooden airplane kits. They were solids.

          I wound up with a passenger plane. I believe it was a D.C.6B. Nice little plane surprisingly. I had been in shop class so I knew how to sand and trim wood. Turned out pretty fair I thought. Even with the dry powdered casein Glue you mixed with water! I found one about three years ago and built it again. It was by far, way better then the first. Plus I used Modern Decals on it. It became a gift for a retired Flight Attendant( Who's now since passed) who worked for United. That was the livery I used. She said she liked it betterr than flowers I had given her before.

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, January 6, 2023 10:33 AM

Hello mutter hello fatha here I am at camp Granada.

 

 

 Nick.

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Posted by cwalker3 on Friday, January 6, 2023 10:54 AM

Wow, you guys have some fantastic memories. I'm 68 and started building around the age of 8. I have no idea what my first kit was, but it was probably an Aurora monster kit as they were my go-to in the early days. Of course, when I got back into the hobby 20 years ago, my first kit was The Creature From the Black Lagoon.

Cary

 


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Posted by Tcoat on Friday, January 6, 2023 11:00 AM

cwalker3

Wow, you guys have some fantastic memories. I'm 68 and started building around the age of 8. I have no idea what my first kit was, but it was probably an Aurora monster kit as they were my go-to in the early days. Of course, when I got back into the hobby 20 years ago, my first kit was The Creature From the Black Lagoon.

 

I am not far behind you in age and although I can not tell you what I had for dinner last night I could probably come up with a 95% accurate list of every kit I built since I was 7.

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, January 6, 2023 1:18 PM

This has got to be it. 1960, age 3 1/2, unidentified triple tail aircraft. 

In full disclosure my father was an aeronautical engineer and may have provided a little design expertise.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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