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Doug Knecht - Posted - 12/06/2021:  17:34:18

My doctor told me to find a hobby interest in order to help my brain stay focused. I always liked putting model trucks and cars together, but I haven't done it for so long. I'm going to start saving up and getting supplies like paint, brushes, knives and files. Then I'm going to choose either a semi-truck, pick up truck, or a car to start on. I'm thinking the 1:25 scale model kits.

Anyone else do this as a hobby? Where do you buy your supplies and kits?

bubbalouie - Posted - 12/06/2021:  20:01:52

I used to build models as a kid. Cars, dragsters, motorcycles & airplanes.

I bought a really nice Harley 45 WLA model as an adult & only got the wheels together!

Some young guys were helping me with firewood & I saw the model in my shed. I asked them if anyone did models anymore. I would have liked to see somebody take it & finish it.

They didn't have a clue what grandpa was talking about! When i was a kid in the 60's & 70's you had to have a note from your parents to buy airplane glue.

Brian T - Posted - 12/06/2021:  20:39:59

Doug: There's half a dozen different styles of wood carving, most of them are bench work.
Chip carving, Flat Plane, Whittlings, Ornaments, Caricatures and others.
A basswood stick and a carving-sharp knife is a a start.

There are some absolute monster models to be built of the Star Wars machinery.
So big, they come in monthly installments of modular part sets.

Coolest? Radio-control model submarines. Some 4-5' long.

cobra1 - Posted - 12/06/2021:  20:45:36

Hey Doug,
Try Hobby Lobby in Pekin. They have a pretty good line of models. The price has gone up on these kits.
They have a complete line of anything you need for the projects. I do woodworking but, I think model trains, ho scale would be fun hobby but they take too much room for the layouts and you could drop a fortune.

good luck and have fun


Paul R - Posted - 12/06/2021:  22:29:24

I built plastic kit model planes and ships in elementary and high school. I especially spent a lot of time building and painting Airfix 1/72 scale model airplanes, and hung them from the basement ceiling, in flight. There was a hobby shop in Westmount, Montreal, that carried kits and paint. I think stuff like that is much harder to find now. The shop in Kingston closed a few years ago. Good luck finding what you need.

tbchappe - Posted - 12/07/2021:  04:48:52

I hadn't built a model in almost 20 years. In 2019, my wife and I were in the United Kingdom (England and Scotland), and while we were in the Cotswolds, I happened upon a model and crafts shop. I still love walking around in those stores, even though they're becoming less common, these days. A kit for the "Mary Rose" (a 16th century Tudor Warship) caught my eye. I started building it after we returned to the states, and it's like riding a bike. If anything, I'm much better now than I was then. I have more patience. And car/banjo restoration has given me a better attention to detail.

Hobby Lobby will probably have everything you need.


steve davis - Posted - 12/07/2021:  06:22:51

I've got a stack of 1:35 military models of the vehicles from my early 70s NATO motor pool.
Jeeps,deuces,5 tons,Sheridan tanks and the motor pool building.
Whenever playing music slows down I'm going to put some of this stuff together.

I also have a couple of wooden boat kits stashed.

Jbo1 - Posted - 12/07/2021:  06:24:18

Doug, I still build models. I have a room I call "The Hobby Store" that is filled with all different types of models: tanks, ships, planes, cars. They range in age from brand new to kits from the 1940s (wood). It can be very relaxing and fun. Judging by the model shows and swap meets I attend there aren't a lot of young people involved, which is a shame.

I tend to buy a lot of my kits online, particularly eBay. But there are a few locally owned hobby stores in the Phoenix area that I like to give my money.

dat - Posted - 12/07/2021:  08:20:12

When i was a kid i used to put together models, i never painted or went past any stickers that might have come with them, now i catch myself looking at models at the store sometimes and think about getting one, have thought about radio control airplanes, then get out of my daze and go back to what i need to be doing, but one of these days, I might get back into hobbies like that. The want to is there, time to set aside isn’t

1935tb-11 - Posted - 12/08/2021:  05:38:14

i put all kinds of plastic models together as a kid ,,cars ,,ships,,trucks .,planes whatever,,

i do rememeber one that really sticks out as my favorite. it was called the dragon wagon.....

steve davis - Posted - 12/08/2021:  07:59:41

I built lots of models as a kid including that rare Cord 812 1:12 kit.It even had roll-up windows and working steering at the wheel.

Wow! It looks like they've reintroduced this wicked model for $110.

I may build this again.

Edited by - steve davis on 12/08/2021 08:08:10

RB3 - Posted - 12/08/2021:  10:22:06

You might want to take a look at building and flying radio controlled airplanes. I really got into it back in the Eighties and it was a lot of fun. It's the only thing I've ever tried, for which I seemed to have a natural aptitude.

The best flyer in the club I joined, told me that he had observed that every one of his students who learned to fly very quickly, also played a stringed musical instrument. He theorized that the right and left hand coordination skill that's needed to play a stringed instrument is the same skill needed to manipulate the controls of a radio control transmitter. You're a great player; you also might be a natural RC flyer.

dat - Posted - 12/08/2021:  11:19:39

From what i hear, flying them is easy, landing them in one piece isn’t so much an easy task.

What would a good starter plane be? One thing i run into many times is a “starter” turns out to get set aside quickly as you want to upgrade to something easier, more useful, etc, kinda like going to walmart to buy a kayak, you soon realize it was wasted money and go get one that actually fits.
That’s one thing that has stopped me from radio control, not knowing if it’s the one I’m gonna want six months from now

steve davis - Posted - 12/08/2021:  11:57:42

You can learn a lot about flying with a good com program.Start with a cheap eiectric plane,imo.
A good way to get good at landing is to fly over yourself as you face the landing spot,same way as the plane.

overhere - Posted - 12/09/2021:  14:05:57

Everything related to modeling today is very expensive. (What’s not)...when I was a young lad amt car kits were only a couple dollars. Testers paints were around 3 or 4 dollars for a whole set of colors. I forgot what things like xacto knives and things cost then. But I saw the other day in Michaels a model kit Chevy costing 32 dollars....gulp/ do kids still do this as a hobby???? They must have high paying jobs.

But anyway....I would start slowly. Most kits can still be built without doing fancy paint jobs and most all you need are glue, xacto knives sand paper and a nice large flat table to work can always ad things as you go an deep your eyes out for deals. Whys spend a fortune if you decide you don’t really like what you’re doing......I also use to build those 1/8 th scale models....Jaguar was then 35 dollars.....Highboy 32 ford was 35 dollars....T bucket ?....I see they’re going for big bucks used over 100 dollars and high as 250 or more.....eeesssh I’m glad I aint a kid anymore.....but deep inside me still yearns for a chopped ford I must have built a million cars when I was young....gave em all away....EGads.....My sons got into Radio Controlled cars and rockets.....that was fun also.....I guess we never grow up

Edited by - overhere on 12/09/2021 14:08:14

steve davis - Posted - 12/10/2021:  06:13:57

When models were a couple bucks gasoline was 35 cents.I guess stuff got more expensive.

Jbo1 - Posted - 12/10/2021:  06:20:42

overhere That's one reason I'll buy used kits at swap meets or eBay, in addition to local hobby shops.

And talking with Greg Deering at a banjo seminar I discovered we have a shared interest in old balsa airplane kits, particularly Cleveland kits. Of course, finding time to build is always a factor.

steve davis - Posted - 12/10/2021:  06:44:54

We used to spend a little more and get the elastic band driven prop balsa planes.After a good soaking of lighter fluid we'd send them aloft in all their flaming glory.

overhere - Posted - 12/10/2021:  13:12:09


Originally posted by steve davis

We used to spend a little more and get the elastic band driven prop balsa planes.After a good soaking of lighter fluid we'd send them aloft in all their flaming glory.

hahahahahh ahahha ah.....its a boy thing lol we also would tie cherry bombs on them.....if kids did these things today holy moly....

dat - Posted - 12/10/2021:  13:15:17

We used to float oxygen and acetylene trash bags with a fuse, pretty stupid, but it was fun

bubbalouie - Posted - 12/10/2021:  21:13:28

I saw rockets in the hobby shops when I was a kid but didn't get it until a friend was building one with his son.

We got together on the weekends to build them & shoot them off. One time out by the airport we were launching some . There was us 3 adult guys & 3 boys. We had a rocket on the launchpad hooked up to the battery of the van when a cop pulled up.

He asked what we were doing & we showed him & asked him if he wanted to see it go off. 

We learned to use streamers instead of parachutes if you ever wanted to see them again.

It went straight up & everyone thought it was gone for good so we went back to talking. We heard a whistling sound & buddy yelled "Heads UP!"  It came straight down & bounced off the hood of the cruiser!

One of the kids had a cheap movie camera that was only recording audio &  you could hear the THUD & us all  all laughing including the officer. Wholesome moment.



donc - Posted - 12/11/2021:  18:50:35

If I had any talent for wood craft I would build a banjola. [For those who don't know that's a banjo made entirely of wood just like a guitar] Building a standard banjo would also be interesting but I'd probably have to buy several pre- manufactured parts as opposed to a banjola which would be all made of wood. As a wannabe banjo player its one product that would get me enthused. I come from a blood line of carpenters and cabinet makers but none of those chromosomes made it this far. I can cut a piece of wood 3 times and it is still too short.

northernbelle - Posted - 12/11/2021:  19:22:43

If you've been out of of modeling for years the NUMBER ONE really important tip I have, is to use the more "modern" liquid versions of the old tube glues.

If you remember from building as a kid, the uncontrollable goop often spoiled an otherwise beautiful build. Using liquid plastic solvents with a plastic applicator (pipette or dropper) or a very skinny brush yeilds superior results.

Even the old Testors has a liquid version and I like to use the citric based water versions because they're non toxic and the wife can handle the smell in the house.

I'm a model railroader.

Helix - Posted - 12/12/2021:  03:07:41

I did family chores on Saturdays and worked for a living so I could go see the cartoons at the theater or I could buy a model for $1.69
Mine was a single mom raising 5 kids
In the 50's you could only get the Maserati 250F, The Mercedes W196 and the Vanwall in 1:24 scale.
By the time I was 18, I was making my own toothpick frames for rear engine F1 and using front engine parts because no new cars were available yet.
I had every B-25 and fighter escort hanging on black thread from the ceiling, too, Paul R, coincidence.

About ten years ago, I was building from Bamboo flooring and the scrap was very useful.
I bought 25' of 4-lane HO track where they use the new rare earth magnets.
You can't buy 1/64 models of any of the old cars, so I started making my own with photos and my wrist. I would hold the model to the photograph angle and pull the model towards me until the tires matched up until my model driver's helmet was sitting inside the photo.

I learned this stuff new, so you can hold the 1/64 model out at arm's length and it appears to be sitting in my cul de sac 64 feet away.

So now I have ALL the models I want. I glue little nails into the bamboo bodies that get held on by the magnets, very fast body changes, I clip the nails flush with my fret cutter.
I cut my own tires out of real rubber tubing, Theraband tubing like for the Capos is available in colors. Real rubber tires are quieter and smoother and give real suspension.

then I bought a 5 amp power supply for $50 which got even better with the new can motors, my old bodies fit the new chassis perfectly and I barely use .5 amps.
I have 40 feet of two lane in a 48" x 60" table with banjo rims and green towels as hills and curves.

I have my own Helix F1 cars, 5 Ferraris, 3 Alfas, both Maseratis, both Mercedes, both Scarabs, the Bugatti, the Eagle, Lotus , etc.

All HO comes with brakes built in , but not hooked up. Buy 1/32" controllers and no more "run coast", now it's run stop and worthwhile racing.
I use white speaker wire for steering wheels, exhaust, roll bars.
I use scotch tape for windshields.
Satin acrylics then lacquer produce shiny automotive finish
My shapes are accurate, but kind of Fisher Price like, but at 200 mph, I got a shark nose Ferrari.

When no one is around, I run two cars, one in each hand. I made myself more ambidextrous this way about 5 years ago, my Osteo doctor made fun of me, wrong. It helps me build banjos.

Holling Clancy Holling wrote a book titled "Paddle to the Sea." It was read to me. We found a copy on Ebay, it changed my life , I read it to young people when I can.

Richard Hauser - Posted - 12/12/2021:  09:36:11

I used to carve birds. Out of wood - not a turkey or chicken. I attended a long class on carving waterfowl. Then I bought a lot of books and tools - which I still have. I think this is really more of art than just wood carving. A quality carved bird looks like it could just fly way. Creating this type of bird takes a lot of skill and time. Buyers often keep these birds in glass cases to prevent deterioration. They are not cheap.

Carved a bunch of different small Santa's. Easy to carve. My kids visit and "midnight requisition" them.

bubbalouie - Posted - 12/12/2021:  18:16:48

So Doug what IS your new hobby?  I'm guessing playing banjo/ bluegrass & beating the girls off with a stick! smiley

Ron C - Posted - 12/13/2021:  22:06:53

I have had an interest in the development and technology of military aircraft for decades. My favorite models are the large, 1/18 scale aircraft that come mostly formed, with minimal assembly. Some have over 2 foot wing spans. I just don't have the time to build models with 100's of parts. The 1/18 scale models came out in the early 2000s, then disappeared from the market. You can still get some off the net, but for very premium prices. I do have 1/35 and 1/48 scale, with a few 1/72 scale around.

wrench13 - Posted - 12/14/2021:  05:45:56

Models. I built almost all of the "Rat Fink" Big Daddy Roth models, ones like Leaky Boat Louie and others. The Dragula Munster car and I don't know how many others. Then I got into HO trains, buildings and a whole trainboard (got that particular addiction from my Dad, who had a 3 5'x10' boards that got set up and taken down each X-mas). Got into U-control gas engine planes, built one from scratch, using sheet aluminum. That started as a full size 36" wingspan and progressively cut down and cut down (too heavy) until it was nothing but a wing, alerion and engine. Nicknamed The Ginsu, after the knife, we used to lop off the tops of watermelons with it, and no sane person would stay anywhere near the flight circle when we were flying. Never got into RC tho, too $$$ back then. Modeling went dormant when I discovered music in the late 60's. Got into motorcycles, starting w/Ducati 350 Desmo, and owned bikes ever since and wrenched on all of them (hence the wrench13 screen name).

Recently got into live steam locomotives and I have a 7-1/4" gage Rainhill type locomotive, 0-2-2 configuration (think Stourbridge Lion style, years in the making) and run at the local live steam club here on Long Island. LOL, think 1:18 is expensive? Live steam models can go for 10's of thousands $$ USD.

Edited by - wrench13 on 12/14/2021 05:47:12

1935tb-11 - Posted - 12/14/2021:  06:45:08


Originally posted by dat

We used to float oxygen and acetylene trash bags with a fuse, pretty stupid, but it was fun

grandma would not let us have any trash bags (THEY COST MONEY !)  so we would use old dry cleaning bags,,she gave us all we wanted we would make giant parachutes out of them and kite string.  would would take old bike inner tubes and cut a big fork off a branch and build a giant sling shot and launch those babys then chase them down,,,,cheap entertainment  

Doug Knecht - Posted - 12/14/2021:  19:38:58


Originally posted by bubbalouie

So Doug what IS your new hobby?  I'm guessing playing banjo/ bluegrass & beating the girls off with a stick! smiley

yeah right...  I have been trying to get interested in something new.  I bought those birding binoculars, and am looking into some model semi truck to put together.  Banjo has gone by the wayside for awhile.  Nobody to pick with these days.

steve davis - Posted - 12/15/2021:  08:30:03

I put a few dozen car models together from 1960 to 1967.
In 1968 I blew them all up with firecrackers.

BanjoLink - Posted - 12/15/2021:  13:54:29

I love the P38 Lightning. A few years back I visited a WW II P38 pilot that lives up the street from me. He told me that he had completed flight school and was training in the P38 is California when the war ended, so he never got to fly one in combat ...... probably a disappointment to those guys who wanted to enter the fray. The P38 was a very versatile fighter in both the Pacific and European theaters ..... great plane.

Ron C - Posted - 12/15/2021:  20:13:06

Even though the P38 was developed relatively early in WWII, it was state-of-the-art in design and performance.

My aircraft interests extend to WWI aircraft.

BanjoLink - Posted - 12/15/2021:  21:43:16


Originally posted by Ron C

Even though the P38 was developed relatively early in WWII, it was state-of-the-art in design and performance.

My aircraft interests extend to WWI aircraft.

The second photo is one of my sister-in-law's uncle flying the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Smedley Butler, in I think 1926 in China.  That is also him in the other photo, but not sure who is in the back seat.

Edited by - BanjoLink on 12/15/2021 21:44:53

Ron C - Posted - 12/16/2021:  11:43:40

Looks like a Curtis "Jenny" in your photos, Banjolink. With its Curtis OX-5 V-8 engine of a whopping 90 horsepower, it could sling itself through the air at a speed of 75 mph. Most WWI North American pilots trained on Jenny's.

It's interesting to trace back to ancestors flying these machines!

BanjoLink - Posted - 12/16/2021:  15:09:33


Originally posted by Ron C

Looks like a Curtis "Jenny" in your photos, Banjolink. With its Curtis OX-5 V-8 engine of a whopping 90 horsepower, it could sling itself through the air at a speed of 75 mph. Most WWI North American pilots trained on Jenny's.

It's interesting to trace back to ancestors flying these machines!

Ron, my sister-in-law's uncle went on to be the Commanding General of Marine Aviation in the Pacific in WW II.  He was Major Gregory Boyington's commanding general and mentions him several times in correspondence that I "inherited" from my sister-in-law when they were cleaning out her father's attic.  That is where I got these photos.  Her uncle was a Citadel graduate and started flying at the end of WW I, but did not fly in Europe, as the war was ending before he could get over there.  I also got and still have all of his records and correspondence, flight logs, scrap books, and other memorabilia (Mamaluke sword, several samurai swords, his cover, (hat) with 3 stars on it) that belonged to him.

Ron C - Posted - 12/16/2021:  15:26:57

THAT is very exciting and quite a treasure!

I recently found and scanned into digital format my father's documents that include his ticket on the small carrier, the Lake Champlain. The carrier carried him home from the European theater of war. He landed on the Anzio beachhead (he didn't know how to swim!surprise) and fought in the mountains of Italy.  Came back from an R&R late in the war and found that his duffel bag and foot locker were labeled with a Pacific destination. He was going to be one of the soldiers who were to land on the Japanese Islands, a plan that was scrapped after the atomic weapons were deployed.

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