scale modeling database | stash manager
Over the past week, I have added about 400 issues of the defunct American publications, Scale Modeler and Military Modeler. I believe that I have covered all years of each run. There are, however, missing issues in certain years. Please feel free to add them. Also feel free to upgrade any cover photos.
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January 01, 2019
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November 30, 2018
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September 26, 2018
Bad engineering on the part of AMT/ERTL. They shoehorned a mid-seventies grille onto a post-1979 model with the corner turn signals. No such model ever existed.
26. September 2018 at 17:17:43 Share
July 21, 2018
When did Pyro change their logo from the "pennant in a circle" to the rectangle?
21. July 2018 at 02:14:18 Share
June 25, 2018
Hello, Hubley aficionados, I know you are out there. Being one myself, I have improved the database for these diecast car kits. I have split Hubley and later subsidiary Gabriel into separate entities and updated timelines accordingly. I have also expanded coverage of subsequent reissues by Ertl subsidiary Scale Models of Dyersville, Iowa.
In expanding Hubley, I incorporated their many plastic kits, released between 1959 and 1963. If you know of any other issues, please add them.
So, who is a "masochist" who enjoyed the pain of building Hubley diecasts? Let's hear from you.
25. June 2018 at 00:35:40 Share
June 01, 2018
added the Lindberg Battlefront Four (1:64) to his stash
Battlefront Four 4 Model Kits in Every Package
1991 | Model set Multitopic
01. June 2018 at 19:45:10 Share
May 31, 2018
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May 30, 2018
I just added several issues of the Monogram 1/32 scale Tom Daniel Funny Car series. If I have misidentified the issue date on any, please feel free to correct.
30. May 2018 at 18:06:57 Share
In compiling Revell Snap-Tite cars in 1/32 scale, I made a discovery. Those labeled "Snap-Together" are from 1974. Those labeled "Revell Snap-Together" are 1978 reissues.
30. May 2018 at 14:35:27 Share
May 23, 2018
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May 04, 2018
Does anyone have any information on A Plastics Corp? Per this website, with 2012 dates, they appear to be a small independent reissuing vintage Aurora kits. auroraplasticscorp.com
04. May 2018 at 15:14:12 Share
April 30, 2018
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30. April 2018 at 17:03:20 Share
As I rediscover the scale model hobby, my memory takes me back to my childhood in the early 'seventies. Back then, the neighborhood drug store maintained a decent inventory of plastic kits. Many of them sold for well under a dollar, which meant that a kid with a pocketful of change could afford them. What stands out most in my memory are those 1/32 scale models of 1930's and 1940's cars by Palmer Plastics.
Like AMT and MPC, Palmer offered a series of "annual" kits, featuring cars from the current model year. These were the "bad" kits to be avoided. Palmer's outdated molding process meant multi-piece bodies with shallow interiors. The individual parts were poorly-engineered with terrible fit and often with inaccurate shapes. Again, these were "junk" models, only of interest to nostalgic collectors.
Not all offered by Palmer was "junk," though. Through a mold-sharing program with Pyro, Palmer offered a budget version of Pyro's "Table Top" series. These were a selection of 1930's through 1950's cars in approximately 1/32 scale. Price was kept at 29 to 60 cents through the omission of clear or chrome parts.
Although these "Budget Pyros" were basic by today's standards, they were fairly accurate in their overall shape and detail. Engineering was fair-to-good with decent fit, in spite of multi-part bodies. The primary weakness of these kits was aging molds leading to excessive flash.
I built about a half-dozen of these Palmer cars in the early 'seventies, and really enjoyed them. Most were later reissued by Life-Like and Lindberg, and remain available. An experienced model builder can make these basic kits look rather nice.
30. April 2018 at 16:35:32 Share
March 29, 2018
I recently came across some reissues of the old Pyro "Table Top" series and absolutely love turning them into little gems. I have run into one problem, though. I seemingly cannot keep my hand steady enough to paint white side wall tires neatly. Does anyone have a tip for this somewhat tedious task? Can anything be used the mask the plastic tire so that one can paint a perfectly straight white ring around the wheel?
28. March 2018 at 17:00:36 Share
28. March 2018 at 17:23:01
Add a comment » Jim Hutter
Gorby, I like this idea. I can imagine using this tool to cut concentric circles out of white adhesive paper or plastic to make "stick-on" white sidewalls.
29. March 2018 at 00:41:49
March 26, 2018
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March 21, 2018
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19. March 2018 at 17:21:09
Thank you, Alec. These are the first airplanes that I have built in over 30 years.
20. March 2018 at 12:55:11
Add a comment » Alec K
Glad you are getting back into it
. A lot, and I mean a LOT has changed during last several decades. Don't be a stranger, and I hope you have fun!
21. March 2018 at 22:08:22
March 20, 2018
20. March 2018 at 19:11:57 Share
How many model builders have limited time and finances, but nonetheless love the hobby? If that describes you, then we are like-minded individuals.
Per my recently created photo album, I wanted to show what can be done with limited time and money. Being over 50, my mentality is very 1970's. I like to work with off-the-shelf kits and do as much as I can with stock parts. While I appreciate the attention to detail in 21st Century model kits, I do not appreciate their higher cost. Therefore, I work with older issues, often by manufacturers that are not considered "Top Tier," such as Lindberg.
Are there any other hobbyists who share this viewpoint? I would love to hear from you.
20. March 2018 at 13:00:53 Share
March 19, 2018
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March 16, 2018
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February 26, 2018
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