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Offline Solomon Zorn

Plastic Model Building
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:31:14 AM »
It's not nearly as popular as it was in the '70s, but there are still a lot of us out there. :geek:

I've been building Sci-Fi models for about 43 years. Back in 1984, when I was a fanatical Christian, I threw them all in the trash.

I resumed the hobby in 1990, just in time for some interesting kits.

Right now, Sci-Fi models have seen a new resurgence. There are some really great kits out there, both in styrene and in resin.

Here are photos of my collection, broken down into subjects: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login  Paul Muad Dib is my Sci-Fi username.

In an online contest, I won first place and editor's choice with this one:
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Offline SGOS

Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2014, 07:42:43 AM »
I used to like putting models of old ships and bi-wing aircraft together.  I didn't get into the cars.  Cars are just cars and not a big deal, but old things, and to some extent, sci-fi models have some interest for me.  I haven't been into that kind of hobby shop for years.  I don't know what's out there right now, but I had fun with it, and I've wondered if I should do a model again, just for old time sake.

Offline Solomon Zorn

Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2014, 07:45:31 AM »
There's not much Sci-Fi at Hobby Lobby. But they have a lot of military and car models. For Sci-Fi models, you can find a lot of great stuff online. Here's a good place to start: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
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Offline Solomon Zorn

Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2014, 08:06:18 AM »
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I used to like putting models of old ships and bi-wing aircraft together.  I didn't get into the cars.  Cars are just cars and not a big deal, but old things, and to some extent, sci-fi models have some interest for me.  I haven't been into that kind of hobby shop for years.  I don't know what's out there right now, but I had fun with it, and I've wondered if I should do a model again, just for old time sake.

Back in the day, I built a lot of military models too. Mostly jets and ships + a few tanks.

Recently I found car models of almost all the cars I've owned. So I decided to take a unique approach and do them all to look like my cars did when I last saw them. My Car Junkyard: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login (Note the bird poop on the black TC3)
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Offline SGOS

Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2014, 10:20:59 AM »
I loved the VW Beetle.  I owned three of them.  I went to buy my fourth, but it was their last year, the price was too high, and the new ones had been gutted.  I couldn't believe VW could put a stripped down car like that on the market.  Didn't even have carpet on the floors.  Just bare stamped metal.

Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2014, 07:06:25 PM »
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There's not much Sci-Fi at Hobby Lobby.
Goes without saying, right? I doubt the Christian owners are overly fond of HR Ginger dick art, lol.
You have an impressive collection. Love me some Alien stuff. How big is the Space Jockey model?

Offline Jutter

Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2014, 10:24:45 AM »
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I didn't get into the cars.  Cars are just cars and not a big deal
Stuff other than cars/bikes needs to be scaled down further. So the obvious appeal of cars and bikes would be, that you can work on a larger scale, so it becomes easier to make it look realistic down to the small details.
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Offline SGOS

Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2014, 12:07:54 PM »
I would of course make an exception for classic cars, but I can't imagine gluing together a model of a 2014 Ford Fusion.  But anything before 1950 would be kind of fun.

Offline Solomon Zorn

Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2014, 06:36:49 PM »
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Goes without saying, right? I doubt the Christian owners are overly fond of HR Ginger dick art, lol.
You have an impressive collection. Love me some Alien stuff. How big is the Space Jockey model?
Hobby lobby drove both of the local hobby shops out of business. Those stores had larger selections of Sci Fi stuff.

The Space Jockey is one of my favorites! It's a vinyl kit that came out in 1992, I think. It's about 10 inches in diameter. The Nostromo was released at the same time.
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Offline Solomon Zorn

Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2014, 06:43:35 PM »
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That is so cool and beautiful. Congrats.
Thanks, Shoe! That was a great episode of Big-Bang Theory. I'd love to have the full sized one. I found an article about the restoration of the original prop, when I was looking online for painting-references.
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Offline Solomon Zorn

Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2015, 07:14:35 PM »
This one is the Colonial Movers ship from Battlestar Galactica's rag tag fleet. It's 3 inches long (7.5cm). Resize the photo as big as you can get it and you can read the words on the side.

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Offline stromboli

Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2015, 07:59:36 PM »
Used to build the Airfix 72nd scale models, but my two all time favorites were the Monogram Fokker Triplane and Sopwith Camel, which were like 32nd scale and quite large. I really liked the WW1 planes the best. I also built tanks and other military equipment.
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Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2015, 04:53:27 PM »
You guys are way beyond what I do... great work.  I really need to clear a surface that I can dedicate to (getting back into) modeling.  Still have an ISS to finish.

I completely <3 that Time Machine -- the other classic design for temporal travel.  :)
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Offline Solomon Zorn

Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2015, 01:28:17 PM »
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Still have an ISS to finish.
If you get started on it, feel free to post some progress pictures.
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Re: Plastic Model Building
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2015, 03:20:02 AM »
It's still partially buried from my most recent move... gonna have to dig it out.

It's the nice Heller one; bits of it are visible behind my Gemini:
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I don't mind saying you're well more advanced than I.  :)
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