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Where? Yup, Where?- Does the desire to build Models come from?

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Where? Yup, Where?- Does the desire to build Models come from?
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, April 12, 2021 10:41 AM

      I am sure this question has been asked since back when the first ones started to show up!

       It's like the perennial WHY? Why? Well, let's see. You learn how to color inside the lines at an early age .You also learn about that time to draw. Why? It's your mind trying to create in front of you, something you like or love, Like Mom and Dad.

      My pictures of people are laughable. Now my pictures of Houses and Animals and Machines was always better. Especially Boats and Ships, Airplanes and Cars as well. Why? I liked them.Toys were expensive back then, so Christmas or Easter were the only time you would be surprised with them , maybe a Birthday or two.

      I still remember there were Boy's toys and Girl's toys.Yup! Boys got cars and trucks and Girls got tea sets and dolls. Then things like Erector Sets, LEGO and American Plastic bricks came along and Boys were tickled pink.They could build something then. Girls got Dollhouses full of furniture and house sized dolls.

      Okay, then There comes flying Models. Boys and Girls were fascinated with the skill of building and flying these things. My Aunt loved rubber Band powered Airplanes and got me started on them. What fun that was. Creating a miniature Fighter plane or Piper Cub that actually flew. Of course there were ones you could buy, slip the wings in slots along with the tail.Wind them up and let them go or they were just printed gliders that did the same.

       Boat models and Cars were made of Wood-Remember them? But, they got your creative Juices flowing as they say. You could paint them in your favorite colors too. It might not look like much to an adult but it looked gorgeous to you. Why? because you built it!

     Girls felt that way too, but they had to build jewelry because that was expected of them or learn Cross-Stich or Satin Embroidery. That is what Girls were stuck with. really? Yup! But some girls went to the Five and Dime( Remember those) and bought a balsa model and put it together in secrecy because Mom or Dad would think them " Tomboys"

     That wasn't fair, but that's the way it was. So back to the main subject. Today we feel creative and do many things and I have to say, I am surprised and very happy, at the number of Girls and Ladies that enjoy Model Building. They are as excited about building as most Boys and Men are! Especially now, Ladies who were in service now can build a model of a Tank, Plane , Ship or Car and no one even blinks. This is the way it should be. Creativity and Model building go hand in hand. Try it, You'll like it! Mikey and Michelle did!

      There is a flip side to this. Guys I know love to knit( It's repetitive motions are calming) and Satin Embroidery is what I do if I have to go to hospital. Models aren't allowed. My first wife taught me. The things you can create are limitless. Model building is the desire to create in Three Dimensions, with historical colors If that's what you want to do. I once knew a fellow who NEVER put a drop of paint on or in his models. Why? He just loved to build, not decorate them.

     So in ending, think about it and deep down try and figure out when you started in this hobby and whether it was Mom, Dad, Or an Aunt or Uncle that really got you started. That alone can be eye opening.     Model On! 

 Aha! A super P.S.!!! Did you know that in the Early years The REVELL Corproration used entirely Women to build their display pieces that were sent, both the Shows( trade) and to Hobby shops.

  

  • Member since
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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Monday, April 12, 2021 11:00 AM

You just had me thinking about something... Mom taught me to crochet and Swedish weaving as a kid.  Took a few ribbons in the county fair too.  Have forgotten all of it now.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, April 12, 2021 11:49 AM

Mom tought me to knit, sew and cook, dad taught me how to model, hunt and fish.

When I was a kid I always had a great Christmas and birthday. Were they the most expensive, no....except that used Honda 90 one year  , they were erector sets, Lincoln Logs, electric football sets, where the players would go in circles or run to the other teams goal, and the occasional Guillows kit. Man I loved those and they eventually got me into U-control then RC. My favorite toy though was an electric helocoprer, attached to a small cable (kinda like a speedometer cable), a handle with a motor, switch and batteries. Not the one with the base but handheld. I went nuts over that thing.

My first kit with my father was the Revell Constitution, the big one. He would tell me storys of the war of 1812 and square riggers while we built it. That's probably why my intrest in ships.

My wife on the other hand loves planes, tanks, ships and all. She wanted to be an astronaut but was told that ladies just didn't do that, so she received dolls and doll houses.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, April 12, 2021 1:43 PM

Modeling was a way of taking my love of military history out of the pages of a book on to a shelf,so cool to see the machines I read about come alive,whether armor,planes,or ships.Thats why I have no interest in cars,civilian stuff,or sci-fi

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    May 2020
Posted by Keyserj on Monday, April 12, 2021 7:03 PM

I got hooked when I was young because of all of the models on display at the county fair. I have also always been into military history so I find it awesome that a relaxing hobby like this results in my own scale models of the vehicles and equipment used in past wars.

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

John

On the bench:

1/35 Trumpeter m1132 ESV Stryker

1/35 Tamiya m113

                     

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, April 12, 2021 8:00 PM

modelcrazy

Mom tought me to knit, sew and cook, dad taught me how to model, hunt and fish.

When I was a kid I always had a great Christmas and birthday. Were they the most expensive, no....except that used Honda 90 one year  , they were erector sets, Lincoln Logs, electric football sets, where the players would go in circles or run to the other teams goal, and the occasional Guillows kit. Man I loved those and they eventually got me into U-control then RC. My favorite toy though was an electric helocoprer, attached to a small cable (kinda like a speedometer cable), a handle with a motor, switch and batteries. Not the one with the base but handheld. I went nuts over that thing.

My first kit with my father was the Revell Constitution, the big one. He would tell me storys of the war of 1812 and square riggers while we built it. That's probably why my intrest in ships.

My wife on the other hand loves planes, tanks, ships and all. She wanted to be an astronaut but was told that ladies just didn't do that, so she received dolls and doll houses.

 

Ha - I had all the same toys.  That "Vertibird" was an awesome toy.  I had the one built into the styrofome coastgaurd cutter.  Awesome toy.  To you're list I'd add GI Joe - the 12" guys.  Lot's of hours playing with those.

Can't say why I build models today - I like all aspects of the hobby including research, history, finding kits and parts.  I review kits parts and instructions 4 or 5 times before every biulding - also a great part of the hobby that my cat appreciates.  Back when I was a kid there were a couple friends on my street that built models and we'd get together and build models for the afternoon.  

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Monday, April 12, 2021 9:56 PM

I had to learn to sew.  Sew on stripes, replace uniform buttons, holes in socks, ect.  Amazing what youi learn in the military.

Women learn to build models too.  At the last of our contests here I went up against a woman wuo built a model of a Vorlon figure from Babalon 5.  She also did a Babalon 5 diorama of a shadow cruiser attacking a Earth Alliance base near Jupiter.  She did very good work.  I am looking forward to seeing what she has this October.

I got into models partly to try to get along with my two older brothers.  Even though that was doomed from the start, I kept on building because there was nothing else for me to do.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:32 AM

I have been modeling for 75 years now- through college, Air Force, and never stopped.  Don't know why I started- during WW2- it is just a habit now.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    September 2004
  • From: Denver
Posted by tankboy51 on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 11:03 AM

I had a great family.  My mom and dad everything for us.  My younger brother and I still like to build models together, by phone. We are in different  parts of the U.S. Now that we are both retired with grown families of our own, we are back to being kids again.  

I remember in 1963, looking a car model I had just finished, and wondering if I would still be modeling next year in junior high, and thinking that if I did, I would probably be modeling the rest of my life.  A weird thought, but I remember that strongly.  

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