Sort of a continuation of posts about Renwal.
The idea is what's the weirdest thing you ever did a model of. Started with
discussions of the Renwal Ontos.
There were some really strange machines that were offered by the hobby
Blohm and Voss 141, US Ontos, Flying Jeeps etc.
So what's the weirdest kit or kits that got your attention, why it inspired
you to do it and how many weeks allowance did you spend on it.
Wow... Haven't started it, kinda scared of it. A seriously limited
run kit (don't know who made it, Amodel?) of the An-72 made into
an AWACS with the rotodome on the top of the fin. Looks cool
as heck, but I've never done resin before and this one has a VERY
messed up fuselage section. Gonna need some work and skill
on my part.
Anyway, it looks really funky!
Biggest was a Red Baron, Revell funny car kit, cost $8. Fortune when
I was a kid. Snuck it into the house after carrying it home on my
bike. Dad never asked about it after it was built.
I wish a lot of the old 50s and 60s Revell kits were back out. I liked
the huge A1E they had. Back when it was a Navy airplane and Vietnam
was barely on the news. The Airpower series? Had the AF numbered
airforces on the box. One was a tanker refueling a B-52. I don't even
care if they still have the 'real ejection seat' bit on them. That
sort of made them fun.
I can just see the IPMS getting their panties in a bunch. #$%@$@# em.
Or Hawk. Remember the parachutist? took forever to get the chute
together and they do all the risers on it. I must have made that a few
I think Revell released a atomic cannnon a decade or so ago. Same with
some of the missiles. I'd like the old Regulus and Snark and all that.
Revell says they never sold well. Loved all that.
Read all the old SAC histories, the crews used to make models while
waiting on alert. Dad did some at home and was really good at it. Way
before all the stuff we had, some were as good as the best we create
now. And them it was an exacto knife or a razor blade and basic
colors, no airbrushing.
The weirdest was probably the kit of the Gutenberg printing press. Came
out pretty nice. I have a mill-type stationary steam engine (Airfix) on
my shelf. Also have a Hubble Space Telescope model in the queue.
I'd like the old Regulus and Snark and all that.
Revell says they never sold well.
I also built many of the old Revell kits - haunted the local 5 & 10 and
variety stores when the kits were due to be released. Very frustrating when
they were 2 months later than promised in the catalog. I passed on the
Snark - mainly due to the flight test red with white lines color scheme.
This seemed to me would be nightmare to get the decals down and even
without bubbles etc. I just bought two of the re popped Linberg Snarks - now
I have an airbrush - I'll paint the stripes.
I have the original Snark in stash and have been putting it off due to
all the extra bits and pieces. Definately will be an airbrush job on
the main missile as I find red and brush painting don't go together
Would be interested in a build report once you have it/them finished
I find red and brush painting don't go together
Some years back I was reading an artists handbook which had a section on the
available oil paints and their ability to cover. It seems all pigments are
not created equal - in particular yellows seemed to provide poorer coverage.
This was something I had noticed but never really unnderstood. I also do
military miniature figures - after than article I tended to avoid figures
with yellow areas - and when I ended up attempting one I air brushed basic
yellow first using something like Floquil, let it dry a week or so and then
attacked the final shaded effect with artists oil washes.
I remember that one! Had some rubbery type blocks you could assemble
into a few lines of print, and a scale page from the Gutenberg bible, as
a single block. I think it wasn't glued together but assembled with
wedges, like the wooden prototype? Who was the manufacturer of that one?
The Beam Engine, and Trevithick's locomotive I also recall from ages
ago, late '60's or early '70's. I can't remember if they were Airfix or
another manufacturer back then. Motorised, with the Trevithick loco on
a stand driven by a rubber sleeve on the electric motor's spindle.
I've got the Minicraft Trevithick and Stevenson's Rocket locomotives in
the stash. It's a shame they aren't the same scale, and that the Rocket
has a strange conically-shaped chimney.
I have both of the two locomotives mentioned (only built the
Trevithick) and also have a Horse-Drawn Trolly and a 1:12 Rickshaw by
Nitto. Interesting kits, but the Trolly is stuck with paste-on
stickers instead of decals and I didn't know enough to make my own
decals yet when I built it.
I thought that was how all of us miniaturists painted with oils:
First, "block in" the basic color with enamel, acrylic, whatever -
and then go over it with oils - either complete color coats, or
just the highlighting and shading. Even the best-pigmented oils
have a problem completely covering a primed surface.
"> I thought that was how all of us miniaturists painted with oils:
When I first started with artists oils I would apply them in thin coates to
build up the color. I put the oil paint on a white index card - the card
would absorb much of the oil, good grade of turpentine then used to thin and
lift paint to be used. Faces were a lot easier since they didn't have to be
dead flat so a slightly thicker oil paint with more oil was usable. I've
also used floquil thinner piant in a airbrush to get an even first coat.
This works great for yellow - floquil reefer yellow.
Well, you could add the Airfix Cadbury's chocolate mini bar dispensing
machine/money box. I've just received details about that today in my
in-box but I didn't realise that they had anything to do with it the
first time I remember it as a Christmas toy some decades ago.
For the lazy at heart, I don't think it even needs putting together!
Actually these aren't ~that~ weird. I'm currently working on a series
of Kryomak Walkers from Fantasy Forge. They're about 1:72 and very
detailed, with resin bodies and white metal legs. And I'm digging into
my decals scrap bins for some stencils and numbers. I bought these at
a going-out-of-business sale for about three bucks each and saw years
later that they can bring in close to twenty-five bucks each.
Also have a BV 141 stash. Oddest kits in my collection are 1/8 scale
bicycle from Fujimi and one of the Honda P2 robot. I keep being
tempted by the 1/12 Deckel Model FP1 Universal Precision Milling
Machine and the 1/20 Vertical Machining Center Makino V33i both from