I build Vacforms, I just don't finish many

I build Vacforms, I just don't finish many

Joined: February 24th, 2012, 2:23 am

June 2nd, 2018, 8:29 pm #1

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).

F9F-8 004.jpg F9F-8 002.jpg F9F-8 003.jpg TSR-2 001.jpg P-6E 001.jpg Fok E-V.jpg XP-47H.jpg

Ted Griber
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Joined: May 8th, 2018, 3:12 am

June 2nd, 2018, 11:17 pm #2

Hi Ted,

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. 

Well done.
Regards,

Glen

sales@creativemodels.com.au
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Joined: August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am

June 4th, 2018, 10:13 pm #3

Welcome TPG, and a another vacform builder, especially welcome. You do some very fine work there - most look to be 1/48, am I correct? I agree about the challenge and sense of achievement in finishing  vac off makes you feel all good inside.
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Joined: May 8th, 2018, 3:12 am

June 5th, 2018, 10:09 am #4

So does scotch on a cold night
Regards,

Glen

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Joined: January 18th, 2007, 6:05 am

June 5th, 2018, 7:57 pm #5

Nice work !!

One question, ...what make is the Couger kit???

Bill Shuey
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Joined: February 24th, 2012, 2:23 am

June 6th, 2018, 8:46 pm #6

Bill,

The Cougar is Golden Wings 1/48. It posed some construction issues because the fuselage is divided vertically with two piece wing root divided horizontally. I had to construct a structure to keep it all together. F9F-8 006.jpg

Ted Griber
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