Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Model kits from the 1950s and '60s. Who builds these things, anyway?
And yet, there is a bigger selection of models than ever before, and some of these kits are more detailed than the older versions ever dreamed of being. There are aftermarket parts and custom spray paint colors, tools and materials that can make a model kit look like a real car.
It's true that you don't see many model kits in your local department stores anymore, but unlike the old days, everything you'd ever want or need to build your scale dream car is as close as your computer. Between eBay and all the aftermarket model parts distributors, there are things out there you didn't even know you wanted.
Obviously, there are some great new projects out there, and it looks like the scale model hobby may indeed be in good hands.
I like them for a number of reasons. One is that I have a soft spot for the past, and I remember all of these being around forever. They remind me of my dad, and I still enjoy the stories he tells about building some of these--even if I've heard them before. Unless you're new here, you know I love old cars and models, and I enjoy studying these just because of what they are. And there's plenty to study. Everything from the box art to the way the model company decided to handle a certain detail can be interesting.
The slideshow below contains a few model kits from the late '50s/early '60s. Click the dialogue bubble at the bottom left if you want to read the captions.