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Why do you build what you bulid?
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 14, 2003 1:02 PM
I am curious. Why is it that it seems like the majority of you out there like to build air planes, war replicas, tanks etc? If you look at the subjects in the forum listing there are 913 posts for air crafts, 618 for armor and for (my favorites) 135 for auto. I guess I could easly answer this my self. I absolutly love building cars and racing bikes. I have a huge passion for them. and thats how all of you feel. Im sure a lot of you 913 air crafters love cars and bikes also, you just dont build them. What makes all of you build what you build?

-graig
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Posted by JChurch on Friday, February 14, 2003 1:26 PM
That's a really good question XC, One which may be hard to answer. I build alot of sci-fi and real space stuff, I guess because I always wanted to go into orbit or beyond and this is as close as I most likely will get, to try to put it all in a nut shell. But it is difficult to really narrow down the real reason I like to build. It is definatley a point to ponder

Your not going to leave it like that are you?

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Posted by berny13 on Friday, February 14, 2003 3:38 PM
Back in the 50's I built cars. I used to go to the local drugstore each Friday when the latest one would be released and buy it for 98 cents. After joining the Air Force in 1962 and being in aircraft maintenance (Crew Chief), I started building aircraft some years later. I still build aircraft and rely a lot on personal knowledge in my building.

Berny

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TF-102A Delta Dagger, 32nd FIS, 54-1370, 1/48 scale. Monogram Pro Modeler with C&H conversion.  

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Posted by coldwar68 on Friday, February 14, 2003 4:19 PM
Myself, I am a history buff with a large slant to WWII. That is why most of the military stuff that I build is WWII. I am also a big car fan...Jeeps and Mustangs are my favorite, but I like all cars and have many different "subjects" to prove it. I do have models to build of the planes that were assigned to the base where I was stationed while in the USAF. And then there is Star Trek, I was always a fan and just loved the ships...they are just aesthetically pleasing to my eyesSmile [:)]. I also paint miniature figurines for gaming...for some reason all of the above relax me.

Jerry

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it. -Jack Handy

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 14, 2003 4:21 PM
Hey XC,

I think my choice in subjects can be explained in two ways. I come from a military family and I grew up on a steady diet of military whatevers. I'm a military historian and ex-military myself and I think it's really cool to build subjects from those eras of interest and have them there as a visual reference while researching for an article.
As a side note, I build sci-fi (remember Star Trek when it wasn't a re-run) and real space as well. I grew up in the 60s and 70s watched most if not all of the moon shots which I think is a way for me to re-live my childhood (which can be applied to my hobby in general). I think scale cars are great, I'm always amazed by those who can make them not look like a toy, but they just don't have the same appeal to me as a dirty, greasy,banged up, piece of military hardware. Thus the source of my (perhaps disturbed passion) for military models.

I'm drooling over the the thought Revell's 1/72 U-Boat release this fall..................Big Smile [:D]

Ciao
Steve
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Posted by shermanfreak on Friday, February 14, 2003 8:29 PM
I too got my love for building armour kits from being an amateur historian. Cars were never a big love for me....just a way of getting from point A to B. I used to build a lot of German armour ( much like 80% of all armour builders do) but having been allowed to play with a 1 to 1 scale Sherman rocketed this piece of history to the number 1 position for me. So that's way I build Shermans, Shermans and more Shermans.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by Papa-Echo-64 on Saturday, February 15, 2003 12:24 AM
I'm kinda strange....I build a little of everything and don't stick to just one catagory.
Mostly SCI-FI but I grew up building WWII aircraft and tanks and there will always be a place on my shelf for a P51-D or a TBM but what attracks me to a kit the most besides 'subject' is the amount of DETIAL! especially INTEROR! I love anything with a good interior and if it don't have one....I'll put one in it!
Straighten up and fly right.....
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 15, 2003 6:48 PM
Good question,

I build 1/48 scale aircraft almost exclusively. For me I was drawn to military aviation because it looked cool. Macho men jumping in their multimillion dollar jets, going mach 2 and protecting me while I slept. How cool is that!!! Since I was a small boy all I have ever wanted to do is be around airplanes. What child doesn't want to be a pilot growing up. I have been lucky enough to have realized my dreams of working in aviation. I think building aircraft for me is just an extension of this life long dream. I truly never get sick of them.

People have always been fascinated by flight. As children we subconciously understand that we are governed by certain laws. Gravity being one of them. To see man and machine unite to temporarily overcome them, that is a fascinating prospect. Even after all these years I think it's amazing that we have achieved flight.

Darren
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 15, 2003 7:43 PM
I started back into modelling in 1992. I just got into going steady with my
girlfriend(now wife) and I had to stop smoking. I started with cars, and then
tried my first Stock Car kit. I was hooked. I've built about 200 Stock Car kits
and my automotive joy, all of Dale Earnhardt's cars from '79-98. But I burned out
on them in '98. Then I got into 1/144 jets, but there wasn't much out there. So I
built 1/72 aircraft from 1935-1955, built about 150 kits, and once again burned out. About 15 months ago I built a 1/48 aircraft of the same year span, and that's
what I'm doing now. I build about 6 kits at a time, and they usually take me about
5-6 weeks from start to finish. I have about 40 done so far. I work in my den about 15-25 hours a week. It's kind of like my therapy, it helps me out. It's not the completed model that I'm proud of, it's the time I spend in my den that makes me a better person. That's my joy.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 15, 2003 7:45 PM
P.S. I just looked. In three months to the date, I haven't had a cigarette in
11 years. WHOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 15, 2003 11:12 PM
Fun topic....for me, aircraft exclusively.

I used to model whatever caught my eye, whether it was armor, an airplane, or a ship. Then came a long break from this hobby...I'm back now (obviously), but I have 2 toddlers.

While I'm thrilled with their curiousity and interest in what I'm building, they (and every other toddler in the world, I'm sure) are very hands-on, need to touch the subject at hand. Completed aircraft look pretty decent hanging from a ceiling, out of reach of those curious little hands...trying to explain to people why you have an Sherman tank or a battleship dangling from above is a bit more of a challenge! :)
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Posted by weebles on Saturday, February 15, 2003 11:24 PM
I build mostly aircraft due to my love of aviation. I build military aircraft because I've always wondered how these young men and now women do what they do. I've always admired their courage. Sometimes I build subjects because I read about them and develop an interest. But I always return to aviation. I guess I was born with a flying gene.
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Posted by Papa-Echo-64 on Sunday, February 16, 2003 1:28 AM
quote:
Originally posted by bernndye

P.S. I just looked. In three months to the date, I haven't had a cigarette in
11 years. WHOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



My hats off to ya Pal! Way to go!......now put that lolly pop down right now!Tongue [:P]
Straighten up and fly right.....
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 17, 2003 3:51 AM
This seems like a hard question to answer other than to say I just like airplanes. I consider building airplane models nothing more than an extension of my overall lifelong fascination (maybe 'obsession' is a better word?) with airplanes. I took up photography for the same reason. I bought better cameras and learned more about how to use them to get better photographs of airplanes. Why I did not get interested in cars, trains, etc I don't know because it's been airplanes since I was old enough to comprehend what an airplane was.

Regards,

Pat
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 17, 2003 7:18 AM
Mine is fairly simple, I am in the Canadian army and have been around armourd stuff so much that that I get sick of looking at it some times. Don't get me wrong I still like building them, I am currently working on a M113 engineer section vehicle, but my true passion is aircraft.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 17, 2003 7:33 AM
I'm glad I'm getting such a good response to this question! I think its great hearing from my fellow modelers. We all have the same love for the challenge and the detail. I just love seeing a brand new Yamaha YZF R-1 with a custom paint job sitting in front of me. Or a Ford Bennegton F1 on my desk. I know that I will never get to own or even drive any of the things I build. So its as close as i can get. (i think we all have that one thing in common). Everyone knows that if my house catches on fire, Im goin strait for my favorite models. No one could ever appreciate what it took to finish the models that i have done. Does anyone ever look at one of their models and just go into a daze thinking about what it would be like to be in it?
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Posted by djmodels1999 on Monday, February 17, 2003 7:41 AM
I'd like to echo on what xcmbike was saying up here. As a kid, I mostly build fighter planes I wish one day I'd fly - never happened of course! -. Nowadays, I build a bit of everything, but a lot is about things that make me dream of travel (airliners), dream car (Ferrari), or things I like a lot or means a lot (cartoon caracters). AFVs are another thing, though. I mostly build those for customers, and obviously, the main reason is financial in this case, but I can always say 'no'. What makes me accept a job is the challenge a particular vehicle brings... and I get a lot of satisfaction in overcoming those challenges.
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Posted by propfan on Thursday, February 20, 2003 8:20 AM
I'am exclusievely building Airplane,s, Airliners and propliners, X Planes due to the historic value. I'am preaching peace so I can't afford having fighters and bombers at my home.

Happy modeling

Bert   IPMS SIG Airliners and Civil Aviation 90002

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 20, 2003 6:18 PM
Just really getting back into model building took a little hiatus ( approx. 15 yrs. ). I really don't have a favorite type to build, I am leaning more to restoration and detailing of what I currently have and have gathered during that hiatus. Getting involved in doing a lot more research this time around than before. Will, get on a roll once I get the room completed for this hobby.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 20, 2003 7:17 PM
I build aircraft, mainly 1/48th. I've built a few cars, but it seemed that all of the kits that I built were the same (generic kit design) - even between different manufacturers. You get a chassis/frame, interior tub, engine, and then a one-piece body goes over all of that. Even the NASCAR stuff seems the same way to me. Aircraft are different (at least to me, anyway). Sometimes, the wings are molded with the body (Monogram F-16). The fuselage could be upper and lower halves, or left and right. I've seen 4-piece fuselages (Italeri 1/48th C-130). The interiors are almost ALWAYS different. You can put different weapons on them - bombs, rockets, fuel tanks, external guns, etc. Camoflage (I hope I spelled that correctly) is fun to paint. I just believe that it takes more skill to build and paint an aircraft than a car (I know that comment will ruffle a few feathers!!), and this makes building aircraft a lot more fun. Also, the world history aspect of aircraft has a lot to do with it. With an aircraft (just about ANY aircraft), you can study its role in world affairs, such as its contribution in a war, etc. It's hard to do this with an automobile. Automobiles in general, yes. But it's rare to do this with a single automobile. With aircraft, you can build multiple versions of a type, representing a type's progression through its design life (F-4B, F-4C, F-4E, F-4J, etc.). Don't get me wrong - I think that building car models is a great thing to do. I've seen some car models that looked better than the real thing!! It's just not for me. Hell, I'm even ASE-certified, but I'd rather work on them than replicate them in plastic. Anyway, that's why I build aircraft models instead of other models.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 23, 2003 10:31 AM
I have always had an interest in modern military weapons . When I started modeling at about 14/15 yrs old I was into all types of Aircraft ... jets , bombers , and choppers. But After spending 6 yrs active Duty in the Army , I found out that trying to detail modern armor was easier because it was what I knew about . Also being Airborne and Air Assault I have seen the inside of many Aircraft . So I guess now I model what I do because of what I know.
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Posted by tigerman on Monday, June 9, 2003 2:22 AM
I started out building Monogram 1/48 airplanes as a kid, because they were cool and cheap. As my knowledge of WW2 grew, so did my appetite for the weapons. I really became interested in the Eastern Front and all the tanks that clashed there. So naturally my modeling of armor took off. I would love to build some airplanes, but am scared off by the intricate masking and cammo jobs on some of my favorite planes. Maybe someday i will take the plunge again.

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Posted by paulnchamp on Monday, June 9, 2003 9:08 PM
Another amateur historian checking in - with WWII to the present as my focus.
Aircraft and warships do it for me, with a dose of SF and real space on the side to balance it off. I can count the number of cars I've ever built on one hand, and as far as armor - well, I did build an M1A1 Abrams a few years ago (came out pretty good for my first armor attempt) along with a Humvee and a Willys Jeep.
Nothing gets me excited faster than a plane or warship, though.

Although I do think Shermanfreak is starting to get to me - that Tamiya Sherman kit I saw in the hobby shop this afternoon does look rather inviting. . . Wink [;)]
Paul "A man's GOT to know his limitations."
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 9, 2003 11:14 PM
I build what I build for two reasons only:
1. Because I like the subject (cool cars and planes are always my favorites...)
2. Because there is something unique about the 'build' that I like to do (ie. perhaps a special paintjob or building material). I've recently seen some 'paper' kits that have really tweaked my interest!!

Murray
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 9, 2003 11:20 PM
Like many, I started out doing cars as a wee tike playing racketball off the curb. After several years, cars just didn't interest me anymore. I guess there just wasn't enough of a challenge in it.

When I joined the Navy a few years back, I had already begun to get interested in aircraft. When I finally went to sea in an aircraft carrier, it clenched it for me. The first time I walked out into the hanger bay and ran my hand down the nosecone of an F-14, I nearly cried, it was so beautiful. Now that I'm out of the service, my love of fast birds continues. Don't get me wrong, I still love armor, or anything else that catches my eye. Chalk it up to dealing with other branches of the military so much, and through the military, the study of tactics. WWII is always a favorite subject.

Sorry, shermanfreak. The only Sherman I have is a cheap 1/35 Wasan, but it does fire BB's! I can blow up other tanks! MWAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
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