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hwhall wrote:
Majorly Impressive! You probably have a small fortune invested in modeling kits parts. That stuff isn't cheap.


Thanks. I do have a pretty fair kit collection but it isn't much compared to what some of my fellow model club members have in their collections. I tend to view kits as potential parts for conversion or scratch building, simply because most of the things I want to build (like the Heinlein models) were never kitted.

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Excellent work! Recently, my nine year old discovered my stash of Aurora models I got from Toys'R'Us a few years ago (re-released stuff), and we're doing them now. Your stuff is so much better...:)


I'm very glad to hear that. Unfortunately, scale modeling as a hobby is in decline even as the technology has reached a peak. Kids today are not drawn to it as they were when I was a kid. Too much competition from computers and games, I suspect.

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I am watching posts in another forum as a modeler makes an absolutely perfect 1/8 scale Cobra from the original blueprints. Without something for scale in the picture, it's hard to tell his parts from the real thing. Simply beautiful.

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Blackhawk --

I live in Huntsville. Did you have some of these on display at a show here at the Jaycees building last year? They look familiar.

What part of Alabama do you live in?

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I think the decline in modeling comes from several sources.

A) the obsession with sniffing glue in the seventies drove the models off the shelves of neighborhood drug stores, Kmarts, grocery stores, and the like.

B) since they are no longer visible to kids, kids don't do them.

C) we are moving away from Yankee know-how, tinkering, do-it-yourself culture. Twenty years ago, all of my students could disassemble and repair their own cars; last time I polled them, two of them could.

D) Patience is a virtue we are losing. Modeling requires patience.

Make sense?


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C) we are moving away from Yankee know-how, tinkering, do-it-yourself culture. Twenty years ago, all of my students could disassemble and repair their own cars; last time I polled them, two of them could.


Within the last year or so, our local junior college ceased its Auto and Diesel Mechanics programs because of lack of interest. Sad, because the few that are interested are having to struggle to find educational certification and on-hand experience even when they want to.


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Twenty years ago, all of my students could disassemble and repair their own cars; last time I polled them, two of them could.


Part of that may have to do with the way cars have changed in that time. It won't be long before the first question a repair shop asks when you call them to schedule an appointment is, "What release of the operating system do you have?"

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Part of that may have to do with the way cars have changed in that time. It won't be long before the first question a repair shop asks when you call them to schedule an appointment is, "What release of the operating system do you have?"


Well, the programs I referred to had full courses for dealing with the latest electronic diagnostic equipment and taught what all of the various errors indicated and how to fix them.


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I am watching posts in another forum as a modeler makes an absolutely perfect 1/8 scale Cobra from the original blueprints.

The car or the helicopter? A Google search turns up both. Have a link you'd be willing to share?

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Well, the programs I referred to had full courses for dealing with the latest electronic diagnostic equipment and taught what all of the various errors indicated and how to fix them.

It's reached absurd levels, though. "Service" has devolved to plugging in a code reader, cross-checking the code in a reference, and replacing the indicated part or subassembly. I suppose there is some good in this, but when I reported to the dealer that my Volvo was trapping a lot of water under the driver's side door in rainstorms (meaning a pint or so would pour out on my foot when I opened the door), the result was "Our tech checked the codes and didn't find anything wrong."

Huh? There's a sensor and/or code for a faulty door seal? Wow. I guess nothing is wrong except that I have to remember to stand back when opening the door after a rain.

As nice as it is to have daily drivers that someone else maintains, having two mid-1960s vehicles that take real tools and real mechanicking skills make up for the insanity of computer-controlled vehicles, dealers, techs and service procedures...

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