I've been building scale models my whole life. My Dad started me before I went to school. He made models from blocks of wood, but I've always been a kit builder. After a while, plastic injected kits started to become very accurate, detailed and expensive. I built Tamiya, Hasegawa and Eduard kits but I was always disappointed with the results. Trying to make the seams invisible, thin coats of paint that wouldn't hide the extensive surface details, rescribing details and working with photo-etched parts produced results that, to me, were no better than the Monogram, Revelle and Aurora (WW1) kits I built.
20 years ago I would start buying vacform kits at shows and flea markets. Most sellers couldn't get rid of them. These subjects were produced as injected moulded kits or resin. I bought a lot of the in those days and really enjoyed them. when I did finish them, they looked as good as the Monograms, Revelles, Auroras, Tamiyas, Hasegawas and Eduards I've built. Today it seams that to purchase a vacform kit you're investing in an artifact from a lost civilization. There are a lot of kits in circulation but it doesn't seem to be a lot of them being built. I build them. I'm always building them. I just don't finish that many. But I enjoy it more then building injected or resin kits. (I don't care for resin kits because I don't care for the materials).
I'd like to share a few of my works in progress (and a few I've actually completed).
Vacforms only hey. Your a braver man then me. Have only ever done a few Miniart Vacform buildings, but nothing like the above.
Some nice work going on there, you can really see where you have put thought into the building, engineering and detailin.