Old Pics VIII, 8/13/18, AMT Kits. What I'm eventually trying to do here is to gather all of my old model photos from my old photobucket album into one entry, now that the new format will allow additions that won't be buried somewhere a million pages back.
These are AMT kits from the 70's, with most of mine built in the 70's, as a teenager. The good news is I was pretty good back then, the bad news is I still build like this. :)
First up is AMT's 1/520 scale Hindenburg. The rest of my model photos from here on in should be 1/48 scale unless otherwise noted. Spray cans and brush paint unless otherwise noted as well. I did try my hand at airbrushing on a few models but not many. I did like the results but I didn't like what I considered to be a lotta extra jagging around, too much like work. I never really got the hang of using the Aztec, have since bought a Badger but it's still in the box. Maybe when I finally break outta my current funk I'll break it out and try it, we'll see. Anyway, the Hindenburg:
This is the series of 1/48 kits by AMT. They made more but here's what I have. No empty boxes in this photo, even the ones I've already built are full. Round 2 has now been reissuing these but mine are originals. They're not much on fine detail but they're very tough models when finished, probably why mine survived:
My birdcage Corsair. I had built this one as a kid, finished as a very young adult, one of my very first projects when getting back into it. Marked with some Corsairy-looking decals from the spares box. Not enough information and too many episodes of Black Sheep Squadron but at the time researching a specific aircraft wasn't part of my hobby yet, and not knowing I'd be building more Corsairs I just wanted a model that represented the entire type so with that philosophy in mind it had been a success. This photo was taken years later on my work shelf, I had it there to refinish it more accurately and this was to be a "before" picture but I didn't have the heart to mess with it, would be like losing an old friend so it still looks like this. Back then it represented the Corsair for me, now it represents lost innocence:
Again not terribly accurate but as a kid I couldn't just get paint whenever I wanted to so I had some gray left in the can from doing Revell's 1/77 F-102 and put it to good use on this one too. Again started as a kid and finished as a very young adult, all I had left to do was the blue trim on the cowling and wheel pants. I still had the decals for that trim but wasn't sure how they'd work on all the curvy surfaces so I hand-painted it. Lockheed Vega:
In 1998 my Son and I had just finished a Monogram pre-war TBD-1 which I considered a rather intense job so after that I was looking through the stash for something with like eight parts. Bingo! Spray-painted with Testors Metalizer, buffed and sealed, MiG-15:
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski