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I have decided, in my infinite wisdom, to try and build all the Airfix aircraft I never built when young.  There are quite a few I didn't do, either they didn't appeal to me then or I just never got round to saving my pocket money to buy them. Perversely, I do remember making some a couple of times over. This does raise a question, is it OK to build vintage kits? 

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2 minutes ago, Shide58 said:

This does raise a question, is it OK to build vintage kits? 

You might as well ask if it's okay to play table tennis or to watch Strictly or any other such thing. If it gives you joy (and you're not, like, painting them using the blood of babies), then yes, of course. They were meant to be built. For fun, even!

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2 minutes ago, Shide58 said:

This does raise a question, is it OK to build vintage kits? 

There’s nothing wrong with vintage kits. I’ve got several in the stash, mainly because they’re often the only kit of that particular type available.

 

Thing is, don’t expect the vintage kits to quite stack up to what we get nowadays. That doesn’t, of course, prevent you adding detail as you see fit.

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I don't really have any qualms about building older kits, just wondered if some regarded them as 'historical model artefacts'. I'll build them pretty much as intended as an 11 year old me.

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By ok do you mean because they are collectibles or ok because they are old? I don’t see why it is wrong on both counts and I miss my childhood stash of built and unbuilt kits. I got taken by the snobbery that it was all hasegawa, Tamiya etc as a teen then got rid of my collection. I would love to do the same as you are doing as I never had a Stirling nor did I ever build a Grumman duck. I just have nightmares over the Catalina......

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1 hour ago, Shide58 said:

This does raise a question, is it OK to build vintage kits? 

Yes indeed, in fact it’s mandatory if you join up to the Models I built as a kid GB which sounds a great place for you to reprise one of your favourite models from yesteryear. Why not add your name to the nostalgia fest?
 

I have acquired an old 1/72 Me109e for it and hope to get as much pleasure and awe out of it as I did say back when the Beatles were in the top ten

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56 minutes ago, Shide58 said:

 

I don't really have any qualms about building older kits, just wondered if some regarded them as 'historical model artefacts'. I'll build them pretty much as intended as an 11 year old me.

indeed, I suggest you look up the work and threads of @TonyW who specialises in this sort of build, some of which are fascinating as historical artefacts

 

He's done builds as part of shop displays as well.

 

There have been displays at model shows of aircraft built as the box art...

OK, found it

https://www.themodellingnews.com/2012/11/telford-ipms-kicks-off-first-of-our.html

 

Some old kits can scrub up very well.   I did buy a few very old kits a fe years back that were my oldest modelling memories, 3  at least were disasters as a child,  but by the time I was 8 I happily knocked out kits as fast as i got them.... the remains of a few still survive in the shed.

 

We get lots of "I used to build models X number of years ago " and now I found this forum...   Post your work up, share and enjoy.   

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By all means do it. But like climbing Mount Everest. Needs a lot of effort and you can easily die trying. 😉

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Willdo, haven't actually built anything 'old' yet but on the list......... Never made the Catalina, Fokker Friendship, Black Widow & Dornier among others but did build Lancaster, Stirling, Wellington & B-17 and probably more, two or three times over! First on the list is the Blenheim. I'll post up the results when finished.

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2 hours ago, Shide58 said:

I have decided, in my infinite wisdom, to try and build all the Airfix aircraft I never built when young.  There are quite a few I didn't do, either they didn't appeal to me then or I just never got round to saving my pocket money to buy them. Perversely, I do remember making some a couple of times over. This does raise a question, is it OK to build vintage kits? 

Of course. I don't care how old a kit is. There is (quite literally) no law against building any kit.

 

1 hour ago, Wince said:

By ok do you mean because they are collectibles or ok because they are old? I don’t see why it is wrong on both counts and I miss my childhood stash of built and unbuilt kits. I got taken by the snobbery that it was all hasegawa, Tamiya etc as a teen then got rid of my collection. I would love to do the same as you are doing as I never had a Stirling nor did I ever build a Grumman duck. I just have nightmares over the Catalina......

I've built all three (I assume you're referring to the Airfix kits), and I may well build them all again, as I have another of each in my stash. In the case of the Catalina, I also have two of the Academy kits, but that's not enough of a reason for me to not build the Airfix kit again. There are other old kits that I've decided to sell off now that I have newer and "better" toolings, but everything is judged on a case-by-case basis. There are many unbuilt kits in my stash that would have to be prised away from my cold, dead fingers. The Monogram Grumman Albatross comes to mind, but there are others.

 

Right now, I'm building the Airfix F-16. Yes, that early 1980's kit that is still in the catalogue. Why? Because I feel like it. Even though I've got some very good F-16s in my stash (Revell, Hasegawa, Fujimi), I've plumped for this one. I'm not seeking perfection, and with a kit like this, I don't feel any "pressure" to be "perfect", even though I will still put in a lot of effort into it. Actually, that only previous time I built an F-16 (from Matchbox), The Empire Strikes Back was the big movie of the day. Quite why I've waited so long to build another, I have no idea, and I'm not going to try and rationalise it.

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Go for it. Next thing you know you'll be driving a sports car and dating 20 year old blondes. :)

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2 hours ago, Shide58 said:

I have decided, in my infinite wisdom, to try and build all the Airfix aircraft I never built when young.  There are quite a few I didn't do, either they didn't appeal to me then or I just never got round to saving my pocket money to buy them. Perversely, I do remember making some a couple of times over. This does raise a question, is it OK to build vintage kits? 

 

In my world it's compulsory to build them, and to save a few as well!

 

 

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3 hours ago, Shide58 said:

This does raise a question, is it OK to build vintage kits? 

There are a series of extremely popular groupbuilds that center on classic kits only. The Matchbox was at the end of 2017 I think. The Airfix build and Frog last year were most Recent. The Heller one is in the fall. They are quite popular and the Frog build  had 171 kits built. 
 

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/663-frog-squad-gb/

 

I think its ok to build the kits provided it isn't one that is extremely rare. 
 

Dennis

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1 hour ago, Brad said:

Go for it. Next thing you know you'll be driving a sports car and dating 20 year old blondes. :)

I do that every night..........

 

after having cheese at supper time that is

 

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Go for it, they're your kits.....  if your Spitfire ends up fluorescent green with jet engines and sidewinders under the wings that's entirely your call :)

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5 minutes ago, Shide58 said:

how do you post pics up?

In order to show photos on this site you will need a photo host. The site is run on a very small budget (you may have noticed that there isn't any advertising) so can't afford a server big enough to store all the pictures that are uploaded. There are other reasons like security etc. All you need to know about posting photos is here (don't worry that it's several pages long, all you need is the first post on the first page):

 

There is a document on suitable photo hosts here:

 

Posting photo's on here may look complicated at first, but it it is much easier than it sounds.

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7 minutes ago, Shide58 said:

Just discovered an old kit, made a few years ago. how do you post pics up? 

Check out the many threads in FAQ's. And don't forget that you need to have uploaded them to a hosting site first. You can't post them direct from your computer.

 

John.

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Absolutely, I do it with cars so why not with kits?

 

Even better buy up the actual kits from your youth to wind up collectors 🤣💩

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Asking if it's ok to build vintage kits is like asking if it's ok to drink vintage wine.

 

Yes, but in some cases the wine will have gone off, in others it may be so expensive you think twice!

 

Airfix Bond Bug group build anyone?

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Buy as many as you can to dive into your childhood nostalgia. Open them, smell them, cut the pieces, test fit them.


Then go out and buy their modern equivalents and build those. 

You will have a much more decent and effortless build.

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5 minutes ago, Earnest said:

You will have a much more decent and effortless build.

I can’t argue with that, but sometimes I really enjoy the challenge of bringing an older kit up to a more modern standard. I call it "modelling". ;)

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7 hours ago, IanHx said:

Go for it, they're your kits.....  if your Spitfire ends up fluorescent green with jet engines and sidewinders under the wings that's entirely your call :)

Totally agree! One of my Airfix HMS Belfast kits was given a "tune up" in 2007 -

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I don't think it had anything to do with a mid-life crisis...... but it was a lot of fun!

 

Dave

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2 hours ago, Bullbasket said:

Check out the many threads in FAQ's. And don't forget that you need to have uploaded them to a hosting site first. You can't post them direct from your computer.

 

John.

OK, I don't subscribe to either flikr or photobucket.

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