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Is this a guy's only hobby?
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 - 03:31 AM UTC
I just had a thought. Why aren't there more women in this hobby. You would think with more women serving in the military that there would be more today than say 20 years ago. I know a couple of people have said their wives are "kinda" into it, but not actively building anything.

I guess building machines of war is just too macho for women?

Thoughts?

Jim
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 - 03:42 AM UTC
I've only encountered three women who actively participated in the hobby over the last 15 years. My wife participates in what I do, and even has her own stash of armor kits and a complete aribrush / compressor setup in my workshop, but she hasn't taken that plunge into building one. I think she has more "fun" critiquing my efforts...

Jim
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 - 03:59 AM UTC
I have never met a woman who builds armor, but my sister builds and paints fugures. Like you said, maybe too macho for women to build machines of war. Good question though, because I'm courious now if there are any women out there building armor.
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 - 04:15 AM UTC
My 8 yr old daughter builds models, sometimes my old Tamiya ones. There are several women who frequent the RMS board that build military models.
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 - 05:01 AM UTC
I was wondering the same thing about kids, they don't seem to be into models like when I was a kid. They have their PC's, Internet Chat and Playstations and MTV's Real World.
I built hundreds of models when I was a kid, of course most of the models I built had their life ended with firecrackers. Or in a flamming pile of plastic behind the garage.
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 - 06:46 AM UTC

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I built hundreds of models when I was a kid, of course most of the models I built had their life ended with firecrackers. Or in a flamming pile of plastic behind the garage.

Mine too. Remember, when we bought those kits they were 79¢, real expensive ones were $1.98. Testors tube glue was 15¢ and the same little jars of paint sold today were a whooping 10¢!
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 - 06:48 AM UTC
Rob, while I do remember them being less expensive....I think you may be dating yourself here! :-)
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 - 07:05 AM UTC
Hello guys
That´s interesting point, and I actually never know a woman making models, maybe it´s because the genetics of woman where she´s not so interested in activities that envolves a lot of concentration and has the side of beeing war machines, it´s linked to warriors gens of man... Just some thoughts
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 - 07:57 AM UTC
My wife has her own hobbies, mainly scrapbooking and stamping. I don't know why it is. I guess we (men) grow up playing army and they play with dolls. I also remmeber blowing up and torching my old models. I grew up close to a reservation and could get some really nice fireworks when I was younger. I only burnt down one bush in the backyard in the process so it wasn't to bad. I really wanted my aircraft to fly so we would strap some big bottle rockets on them and let them go, then watch them blow up in the air.
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 - 12:03 PM UTC

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I built hundreds of models when I was a kid, of course most of the models I built had their life ended with firecrackers. Or in a flamming pile of plastic behind the garage.

Mine too. Remember, when we bought those kits they were 79¢, real expensive ones were $1.98. Testors tube glue was 15¢ and the same little jars of paint sold today were a whooping 10¢!



Take me Back - Take me Back - to them good ole days - but send the model tools of today back with me. I'm with you on this one Rob - Oh how I remember those 15 cent tubes of Testors glue - strung out like spider webs across the kitchen table & my 56' Chevy model. Hey remember them Dracula, Frankenstein, & Wolfman Model Kits ???
As for Jims topic, I have yet to meet a woman who actually is into the whole process of Scale Modeling. One thing I notice , is I see more young kids at model shows with their Mom's then with their Dads.
- ralph
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 - 12:44 PM UTC
This cost of kits thing is bugging me. I am trying to remember how much some of my early kits were when I was young (we are talking 1972-76 here folks). I was thinking that Tamiya was still rather expensive compared to the car kits and Monogram armor. I am thinking like $5-8 for a medium to large tank. Does that sound right Rob?

Jim
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 - 08:27 PM UTC
Sounds about right to me Jim. I remember those $1.98 airplane kits. Used to go to Woolworth's and Ben Franklins to get them.
I most vividly remember going to a huge hobby shop in Closter NJ called Sports Center Hobby Shop. We used to walk there when we were kids. Seemed like miles as we would take the train tracks and through the woods to get there and blow a month's allowance or pennies from shoveling snow or some other odd jobs we'ld do in the neighborhood.
Back than those race cars on the electric tracks was a big thing in our house...what were they called???? They were made by Tyco and or Aurora!
I remember saving for a couple of months just to get that new and beautiful kit from Tamiya of the Flak 88 with a full crew and motorcycle too. Eyes like saucers when I finally got it.
But for the most part, these are the things that "guys only" do. Maybe one day a woman will register here and change all our point's of view.
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 - 09:39 PM UTC
Honestly, growing up in the sticks in Vermont, I never ran into a Tamiya kit until the early 80s when I went to college. I did have many of the old Aurora movie monsters and an almost complete set of the prehistoric scenes. My first "real" kit was the Monogram Avenger TBM, painted entirely with Testors little bottles of paint. Imagine that big blue plane with the bottom painted white by hand with a little paint brush.
By them time I found Tamiya Armor kits, Testors was repackaging Italeri kits in the yellow box with a photo of the completed kit. I loved it since they had the list of paint and supplies necessary printed on the outside of the box.
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Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2002 - 12:35 PM UTC
Geez...this cost of kits thread is really taking me back. The kit prices were on the end of the box. The last digits of the kit part number IIRC, usually underlined. In fact, I noticed when Revellogram reissued some of the aircraft kits, the original pricing codes were on the boxes. The Testors paints were a dime and so was a tube of Testors cement. God, I'm getting old!
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Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2002 - 11:54 PM UTC
I know of 2 ladies that are model makers,one makes Us aircraft and the other makes armour(well i've seen some of her posts on another site)
I made my first kit in 1969 (a ship) and i've been on the go ever since.nowadays it's modern british armour.A10 warthogs, harriers,spitfires and B17s that have my interest.
Regards
Peter






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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2002 - 05:37 AM UTC
One of my daughter-in-laws used to build cars. My wife did a kit or two long ago.
The other day I was in the local hobby shop making my weekly contribution and a young lady with copious body pearcings was buying a kit for her boyfriend. She said she had built the kit and thought it would be a good kit to get him started in the hobby.
Chuck :-)
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2002 - 07:19 AM UTC
My wife just came back from shopping - somehow the Super Bowl isn't appealing to her :-) - and she brought me back Italeri's M7 Priest and Italeri's new USMC M4 Sherman. She might not build 'em, but I like her level of participation in the hobby!

Gunnie
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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2002 - 11:22 PM UTC

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Sounds about right to me Jim. I remember those $1.98 airplane kits. Used to go to Woolworth's and Ben Franklins to get them.
I most vividly remember going to a huge hobby shop in Closter NJ called Sports Center Hobby Shop. We used to walk there when we were kids. Seemed like miles as we would take the train tracks and through the woods to get there and blow a month's allowance or pennies from shoveling snow or some other odd jobs we'ld do in the neighborhood.
Back than those race cars on the electric tracks was a big thing in our house...what were they called???? They were made by Tyco and or Aurora!
I remember saving for a couple of months just to get that new and beautiful kit from Tamiya of the Flak 88 with a full crew and motorcycle too. Eyes like saucers when I finally got it.
But for the most part, these are the things that "guys only" do. Maybe one day a woman will register here and change all our point's of view.


Hi Ken - I think the car's you are referring to were the " SLOT CAR'S". In the late 1960's my local hobby shop had a huge track set up in a seperate room, and everyone would be there on a Saturday to race their cars.
I was really never into it. Although I did build my share of the old 50's era Chevy's & Ford's.
The man that owned the Hobby Shop jumped into Normandy on June 6, 1944. He was with the 501 PIR, 101st SCREAMINGEAGLES. His son now owns the shop.
By the way, the "slot cars" are making a come back.
- ralph

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Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2002 - 11:58 PM UTC
I know less than a handful of women who build
plastic kits. it seems that armor is no female topic
while airplanes, cars and ships are.
I have a lady collegue in athens/greece, who used to built ships. unfortunally I discovered that too
late....

regards, werer
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2002 - 01:26 AM UTC

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Rob, while I do remember them being less expensive....I think you may be dating yourself here! :-)

No problem, born 18 February 1964, will turn 38 in two weeks, counting ROTC time in college (1982-86), I have spent over half my life wearing BDUs.