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Worf101
02-10-2006, 08:11 AM
The first WWII model I ever build was a 1/25 scale DeHavilland Mousquito. It was a brilliant kit ruined by my inexperienced construction techniques, but I loved it anyway. Last night, before taking Poot Butt to Hockey practice and before the Ole Lady Shanghied the Puter again, I climbed into the pit of a wooden wonder and proceeded to take out four Ace A.I. Me 109's offline...

To a poor kid from the projects, raised on grainy black and white movies that played over and over in his fevered mind like a crazed mantra, it don't get much better than this. The hours I spent doing fake strafing runs with that busted up model on my green army men... sigh... some dreams semi do come true.

Worf101 99th Pursuit Squadron, 332nd V.F.G. "Spit Fire"

knightflyte
02-10-2006, 08:20 AM
I felt the same way when I got to fly the P-40.
That was my first model.....
I'm glad I'm not the only one to strafe green army men. (The mine sweeper and radio guy were the first to die)

iroseland
02-10-2006, 08:27 AM
Nope

you are not alone. 8^)

My first modle kit was a lancaster. I think I was 9 when I built that. After that I was hooked for a few years. WW2 bombers, I built a couple of fighters as well. But I really enjoyed the bombers. They had all of those engines and looked kind of mean.

BSS_AIJO

Bearcat99
02-10-2006, 08:29 AM
My first kit was a P-51..... and those green army men didnt stand a chance the poor b@stards...

Hey Worf.... if I am not called out tonight.. Ill be seeing in the coops tonight. You better get that woman off that PC... tell her it's Friday ..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Unknown-Pilot
02-10-2006, 08:32 AM
I thought you were going to say you wanted a mini-battleth. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

stathem
02-10-2006, 08:32 AM
Similar...

For me the first 'grown-up' book (well it had sex and swearing and graphic death) I read (when I was about 10) was a 633 Squadron book. Cheesy but beat the pants offa Biggles.

Mosquito was my first love, roaring along a few feet off the deck, blasting 110's in the dark.

A dream come true.

Worf101
02-10-2006, 08:33 AM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:
My first kit was a P-51..... and those green army men didnt stand a chance the poor b@stards...

Hey Worf.... if I am not called out tonight.. Ill be seeing in the coops tonight. You better get that woman off that PC... tell her it's Friday ..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
Aye Aye Sir!!! I'll "man up" and heave her from in front of the puter. One question, do we have to go to a different room in HL now that only uses 4.03? If so, how much of the Squadron/Group has yet to patch up? Man I miss you guys.

Worf101 99th Pursuit Squadron, 332nd V.F.G. "Spit Fire"

Worf101
02-10-2006, 08:37 AM
Originally posted by Unknown-Pilot:
I thought you were going to say you wanted a mini-battleth. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Pbbbst! Philistine!!! LOL http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

Worf101 99th Pursuit Squadron, 332nd V.F.G. "Spit Fire"

Feathered_IV
02-10-2006, 09:03 AM
Who manufactured 1/25 mosquito kits?
Revell did a 1/32 job back in the seventies, but I never heard of one larger than that. Was it an RC job?

Worf101
02-10-2006, 09:17 AM
Originally posted by Feathered_IV:
Who manufactured 1/25 mosquito kits?
Revell did a 1/32 job back in the seventies, but I never heard of one larger than that. Was it an RC job?

This was "back in the 60's" by the by and I don't remember. I know it was a LARGE kit but I could be off about the scale.

Worf101 99th Pursuit Squadron, 332nd V.F.G. "Spit Fire"

horseback
02-10-2006, 09:36 AM
My first models were the Airfix 1/72nd scale Spitfire, rapidly followed by the Lancaster and Wellington (which my Mom -who turned 73 day before yesterday-painted the brown & green camo patterns on for me). I had just turned seven.

My Dad was stationed in England with the USAF at the time, the Battle of Britain's 20th anniversary had just been celebrated, and there was a surfeit of Spits standing 'gate guard' at RAF bases. I think the prop blades outlasted the landing gear and antenna by a couple of days.

I used these fine aircraft to strafe hand painted Britain's brand toy soldiers, a class above the basic green army men (and much more expensive-as my folks constantly pointed out).

I'm betting that Worf's big scale Mosquito was the Monogram 1/48th scale job that came out in the mid-late sixties. As I recall, the 1/32nd scale Mossie by Revell was a glass nosed bomber version-hard to strafe with.

cheers

horseback

U-731
02-10-2006, 09:38 AM
AH! Childhood memories ^^ I build my first kit when i was 6, with the help of my father (he's a ww2 aviation lunatic as well). It was a p39 (revell i think)...I loved the little engine cover that could come off http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Kupper
02-10-2006, 09:41 AM
Hey...re: those little green army guys...remember the cool "bzzzzt...bzzzzt" sound of the dripping plastic when ya set 'em on fire? My computer room is still full of model planes (I'm 50)some of 'em 25 years old...

SeaFireLIV
02-10-2006, 09:54 AM
Originally posted by Worf101:
The first WWII model I ever build was a 1/25 scale DeHavilland Mousquito. It was a brilliant kit ruined by my inexperienced construction techniques, but I loved it anyway. Last night, before taking Poot Butt to Hockey practice and before the Ole Lady Shanghied the Puter again, I climbed into the pit of a wooden wonder and proceeded to take out four Ace A.I. Me 109's offline...

To a poor kid from the projects, raised on grainy black and white movies that played over and over in his fevered mind like a crazed mantra, it don't get much better than this. The hours I spent doing fake strafing runs with that busted up model on my green army men... sigh... some dreams semi do come true.

Worf101 99th Pursuit Squadron, 332nd V.F.G. "Spit Fire"

Good words, Worf, good words. i built a couple of airfix planes myself (badly), but what i remember was when i copied a picture of a Mosquito out of my old comic Battle nearly 26 years ago ... Hmmm, I wonder if that pic`s still around?

knightflyte
02-10-2006, 10:33 AM
I loved the artwork on the model box covers. I'd look at them for so long....soaking in the details of the particular model.
Revell always had a brief history of said model on the first page of the instruction booklet. Then I'd study the schematic drawings....Mm this goes here...and that's gonna fit over that...

I love the P-40. It's got the best place in my heart, but my favorite model was the 1/32 scale SANDY. I must have bought that three times. I think I even did Monogram's 1/48 scale version too.

I eventually got into the Pacific Theatre.....

Back in the day I never knew there were other model manufactures other than Revell and Monogram. The local discount store only sold them. (Everything in suburbia was soooooo white bread boring)

Worf101
02-10-2006, 10:50 AM
Too all who have responded, thanks for the love. Didn't mean to get emotional but the innocence of it all back then. No politics, just play, good guys and bad guys, and long lazy afternoons spent day dreaming. I guess we never shook the habit of "playing army" cause here we all are, still playing Army. But it's much more sophisticated now...

And the world intrudes a bit too much as well. We argue here almost as much as we play. We all still need to play... and day dream...

Worf101 99th Pursuit Squadron, 332nd V.F.G. "Spit Fire"

Waldo.Pepper
02-10-2006, 10:54 AM
I wonder how many billions of green army men have been made over the years!

I mowed those poor guys down by the cart load too.

Great thread Worf. Thanks!

Low_Flyer_MkVb
02-10-2006, 11:01 AM
This thread has put a smile on my face. Brought back a lot of happy memories. Thanks. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

tagTaken2
02-10-2006, 11:07 AM
Originally posted by Worf101:
Didn't mean to get emotional but the innocence of it all back then.

No politics, just play, good guys and bad guys, and long lazy afternoons spent day dreaming.


The interesting thing now is that almost anyone on this forum is old enough to do a Travis Bickle...

my first model was an Avenger ( http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif) I made with my late father. If we were ever to get the TBF flyable, I think I would have to leave an open tube of Tarzan's Grip beside the pc... and not just for the buzz value.

msalama
02-10-2006, 11:14 AM
Worf,

Wise and beautiful words from a wise man. S!

Breeze147
02-10-2006, 11:27 AM
My first real one was a Revell B-25 Mitchell. God, I loved that model. I also remember an F-86 Super Sabre that just kicked b utt.

Me and my little brothers would get all of army set up for battle. We must have had 300 men between us. After we got set up, I would fly over in the F-86 and drop an A-Bomb on them and knock all their men down. I can still hear them crying!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

knightflyte
02-10-2006, 11:45 AM
Anybody have the Fort Apache plastic 'soldiers'?
Indians and cavalry soliers.

I had the cavalry fort, Indian tee pees, horses, and all...... It just didn't feel the same as the plastic army men. Fun... but not the same.
SIGH!!!!!

ytareh
02-10-2006, 11:47 AM
U731 said that he loved the little engine cover that could come off the P39 kit he built as a kid.He must REALLY like the Tempest as when it gets hit the engine cover flies off revealing the engine block!!!

danjama
02-10-2006, 02:05 PM
Originally posted by Worf101:
Too all who have responded, thanks for the love. Didn't mean to get emotional but the innocence of it all back then. No politics, just play, good guys and bad guys, and long lazy afternoons spent day dreaming. I guess we never shook the habit of "playing army" cause here we all are, still playing Army. But it's much more sophisticated now...

And the world intrudes a bit too much as well. We argue here almost as much as we play. We all still need to play... and day dream...

Worf101 99th Pursuit Squadron, 332nd V.F.G. "Spit Fire"

ah man you gettin me emotional http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Yous spot on though. I remember building my first 72 scaleSpitfire mkI with my uncle, and painting on theclassic brown/green bOb paint job, the canopy never did glue on right but i still loved it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Ah, to be young and careless eh

danjama
02-10-2006, 02:06 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkVb:
This thread has put a smile on my face. Brought back a lot of happy memories. Thanks. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

danjama
02-10-2006, 02:08 PM
Originally posted by Breeze147:
My first real one was a Revell B-25 Mitchell. God, I loved that model. I also remember an F-86 Super Sabre that just kicked b utt.

Me and my little brothers would get all of army set up for battle. We must have had 300 men between us. After we got set up, I would fly over in the F-86 and drop an A-Bomb on them and knock all their men down. I can still hear them crying!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

I remember my first Revell was just a couple of years ago, and i noticed that i really preferred it to the airfix kits, not sure why. It was a 48 scale BF109F4 i think, i painted it all nice (forgot the interior paint, as you do) and was all proud. What a lovely plane. Shame it got broken when i moved house last year, along with the rest of my models http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

I still have a 48 scale SpitMk14 though, D-Day stripes and all that stuff, love that model, its a revell too. Very cool thread.

Kupper
02-10-2006, 02:54 PM
Someone mentioned "fort Apache' guys... never had them, but had all the WWII soldiers...By Marx, I think...used to set 'em up in the backyard and have "wars" with my mates...German, U.S., and even Japanese guys...very good detail, as I recall. Anyway...wife and I bought house I grew up in from family after grandmothers death...lived there for 15 years...once 'bout 15 yrs. ago I was excavating back yard for a patio project...and what do ya think I found? Yup...one of my "long lost" soldiers...snif...

Worf101
02-12-2006, 10:46 AM
Originally posted by Kupper:
Someone mentioned "fort Apache' guys... never had them, but had all the WWII soldiers...By Marx, I think...used to set 'em up in the backyard and have "wars" with my mates...German, U.S., and even Japanese guys...very good detail, as I recall. Anyway...wife and I bought house I grew up in from family after grandmothers death...lived there for 15 years...once 'bout 15 yrs. ago I was excavating back yard for a patio project...and what do ya think I found? Yup...one of my "long lost" soldiers...snif...


Man that was deep. A real "Time Capsule" moment. Hope you held on to that guy. He's got lot's of mojo. I'd keep that suckah in my pocket till it melted. That's good karma that.

Worf101 99th Pursuit Squadron, 332nd V.F.G. "Spit Fire"

Dash_C.
02-12-2006, 11:26 AM
My first model was a 1/72 B-17. When I finished it and painted it I took it in to show and tell at school. I built many more before I stopped sometime when I was about 13. None of them are around today because I destroyed them all. I don't know why, but for some reason I would always destroy models, drawings, etc. after I made them. If it weren't for my parents saving a few right after I made them, there'd be none left.

I guess that was a bad habit because I really miss them now.

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slo_one23
02-12-2006, 11:54 AM
Originally posted by Dash_C.:
My first model was a 1/72 B-17. When I finished it and painted it I took it in to show and tell at school. I built many more before I stopped sometime when I was about 13. None of them are around today because I destroyed them all. I don't know why, but for some reason I would always destroy models, drawings, etc. after I made them. If it weren't for my parents saving a few right after I made them, there'd be none left.

I guess that was a bad habit because I really miss them now.

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my first one was a b-29 im still waiting for that in game and well u sound like the military after ww2 destroying all those great planes http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Treetop64
02-12-2006, 01:09 PM
Originally posted by Waldo.Pepper:
I wonder how many billions of green army men have been made over the years!

I mowed those poor guys down by the cart load too.

Great thread Worf. Thanks!

They were all made in China! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Covino
02-12-2006, 01:15 PM
An A-26 Invader was my first model. even though i slapped it together with the diligence of a rabid squirrel, it still looked like the most beautiful aircraft in the world to me.

Kupper
02-12-2006, 03:27 PM
Worf...Oh yes...I kept him! He stands in a place of honor on top of my monitor... B.T.W., my first model (gonna date me, I know...) was one of those old "Lindbergh Line" kits with the clear "window" so you could see all the bits inside...an Me-109 I think. I can clearly remember bugging my dad about helping me glue it together. Got her done (on the kitchen table, protected with waxed paper) and I loved it, even tho it was all but unrecognizable...kinda limp and droopy from too much glue...

Gold_Monkey
02-12-2006, 04:12 PM
They were all made in China!

Not back in the 1950s.

danjama
02-12-2006, 06:23 PM
As soon as i get paid im out to buy me a model, i think ill get that 32 scale Dora i had my eye on a few months back, this thread has inspired me!

Low_Flyer_MkVb
02-12-2006, 06:41 PM
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y231/Low_Flyer/14780.jpg

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wayno7777
02-12-2006, 09:07 PM
Oh boy, down memory lane. Can't exactly remember the first one, but one of the firsts was a Me 109. I remember it cause it was in maroon plastic. Other near first was a four pack in 1/72nd scale my dad bought me. I was so excited that I used Elmer's glue to put them together cause I couldn't wait til the next day for plastic glue. It had a P-51, P-47 and two others I don't remember. The army men didn't stand a chance til they went in the puddle. Flying low the 51 got wet and the Elmer's glue softened up and it fell apart. Anyway, thanks for the memory. Haven't stopped building them, but it takes so much longer to finish them....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/wayno77/FB%20shots/Models/l.jpg
The kit is a 1/32 BF-109E3 that I'm currently doing, the 109 in front is a 1/24th scale I did in the early '80's....

Viper2005_
02-12-2006, 09:13 PM
1:72 Airfix Spitfire, and a 1:72 Airfix Bf-109, both constructed at the same time over 10 years ago(!)...

cmw1980
02-13-2006, 05:27 AM
Originally posted by Worf101:
Too all who have responded, thanks for the love. Didn't mean to get emotional but the innocence of it all back then. No politics, just play, good guys and bad guys, and long lazy afternoons spent day dreaming. I guess we never shook the habit of "playing army" cause here we all are, still playing Army. But it's much more sophisticated now...

And the world intrudes a bit too much as well. We argue here almost as much as we play. We all still need to play... and day dream...

Worf101 99th Pursuit Squadron, 332nd V.F.G. "Spit Fire"


Well, let's hope we never stop day dreaming! I amlost completley forgot, but I can see my old bedroom ceiling right now. It was completley covered with airfix kits, wingtip to tip, tail to tail across the whole room!
Oh, happy days http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif I still have one spitfire mk1 left. My girlfriend thinks I ought to be embarrased about it now though (sigh)

willyvic
02-13-2006, 06:46 AM
Originally posted by Kupper:
Hey...re: those little green army guys...remember the cool "bzzzzt...bzzzzt" sound of the dripping plastic when ya set 'em on fire? My computer room is still full of model planes (I'm 50)some of 'em 25 years old...

A smile on my face when I read these posts. My childhood shenanigins come flooding back. And Kupper's really hit the spot.

Model building was my escapism in my youth. Aircraft, ships and cars were my passion. I built three PT-109 models and used them in the bathtub.

And I discovered during one of my high seas adventures that airplane glue will burn on top of water. Had me a great time simulating boat damage and sinkings. Little glue spots all ablaze.

Discovered another thing that day. Plastic models, when burning, not only smell to high heck but give off little tiny black wisps of charcoal like material that clung to anything it came into contact with. Such as the shower curtain, the walls, the ceiling, and me, to name a few. Geez, did I catch it from Mom. Stuff was a nightmare to get off the paint. But you know what, I would do it again in a second these 40 years later if I knew the fine bride wouldn't brain me.

Thanks for the memories guys.

WV.

Worf101
02-13-2006, 07:20 AM
Originally posted by cmw1980:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Worf101:
Too all who have responded, thanks for the love. Didn't mean to get emotional but the innocence of it all back then. No politics, just play, good guys and bad guys, and long lazy afternoons spent day dreaming. I guess we never shook the habit of "playing army" cause here we all are, still playing Army. But it's much more sophisticated now...

And the world intrudes a bit too much as well. We argue here almost as much as we play. We all still need to play... and day dream...

Worf101 99th Pursuit Squadron, 332nd V.F.G. "Spit Fire"


Well, let's hope we never stop day dreaming! I amlost completley forgot, but I can see my old bedroom ceiling right now. It was completley covered with airfix kits, wingtip to tip, tail to tail across the whole room!
Oh, happy days http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif I still have one spitfire mk1 left. My girlfriend thinks I ought to be embarrased about it now though (sigh) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Don't be embarrased not one bit. I think your girlfriend should be proud of a man with sentiment and a love for the past. These are real emotions. I'm glad you and so many other enjoyed this thread.

Worf101 99th Pursuit Squadron, 332nd V.F.G. "Spit Fire"

Low_Flyer_MkVb
02-13-2006, 07:54 AM
Some evocative stuff on a site I found by accident...predates a lot of us, I know, but I found it fascinating.

Apparently in 1936, two guys had an idea...

http://www.frogpenguin.com/

1940 catalogue...
http://www.frogpenguin.com/pics/frog_cat_1940f.jpg

The oldest all plastic models in the world...
http://www.frogpenguin.com/pics/pic_penguins_1936.jpg

http://www.frogpenguin.com/pics/pic_frog_add_meccano_194012.jpg

Worf101
02-13-2006, 08:10 AM
Wow... I wonder how many of these kits were snapped up by German spies???!!! Amazed to see so many frontline and then brand new British fighters and bombers in this lineup??!!!

Da Worfster

Low_Flyer_MkVb
02-13-2006, 04:36 PM
Don't know if that's a peculiarly British thing, Worf. I seem to remember Airfix bringing out kits of most planes I can think of very soon after they entered service, if not before in some cases. It was a bugger finding kits of modern Russian stuff when I was younger, though.

Another thing I remember was the adverts in imported U.S. comics over here along the line of "Huge battle set with soldiers, guns, tanks, jeeps and planes" or "Roman wars" with the promise of two huge armies to fight with, and a trunk to keep them in. How I wished I could get hold of those sets then (and being confused as to what a 'zip code' was!) Back then America really did seem like the other side of the world - if you get what I mean - did anyone here actually have any of those exotic toy soldier sets that distracted me from my D.C. comics? I'd love to know what they looked like - where they really as good as the ad-men would have little British boys believe? Or is someone going to tell me that they were microscopically small pieces that came in a small shoe box?

wayno7777
02-13-2006, 08:28 PM
bump

Werg78
02-13-2006, 10:53 PM
my first model was a 1/72 alphajet. it was completly covered in glue and looked kinda shabby but my uncle fixed and painted it for me.

a bit later i was already addicted to aircraft models. built various ww2 fighter planes in 1/72 with mixed success and dig through my uncles collection of old model builder magazines.

nedless to say most models did not survive the epic battles me and my brother had in the sandbox.

today iirc i have only one never opened b-26 kit left buried deep in the cellar

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danjama
02-15-2006, 02:20 PM
Originally posted by Werg78:
nedless to say most models did not survive the epic battles me and my brother had in the sandbox.

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Sandbox, ah now that really does take me back. I made my mum buy me one when i was like 8 just so i could simulate full scale battles (ala D-Day) with my huge army toy sets. Damn that was so much fun!!

vanjast
02-15-2006, 03:46 PM
I am still a kid, but my wife and kids don't believe me. I have my eye on Flugwerks FW190 AND when I have enough petty cash, I going to play with one of those... running up and down the garden.

RRRrrrrrrrrrrr ratatatataatt , kabooomm whooshhhh.... vvvvrrrooooommmmm! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

nicolas10
02-15-2006, 04:03 PM
My first kit was a P40. The green army tigers didn't stand a chance against those 0.50 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

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SnapdLikeAMutha
02-15-2006, 04:11 PM
My first ever EVER model was a Bf-110. I think I was about seven, and the bastard canopy was missing from the kit http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

nicolas10
02-15-2006, 04:19 PM
Originally posted by wayno7777:
Oh boy, down memory lane. Can't exactly remember the first one, but one of the firsts was a Me 109. I remember it cause it was in maroon plastic. Other near first was a four pack in 1/72nd scale my dad bought me. I was so excited that I used Elmer's glue to put them together cause I couldn't wait til the next day for plastic glue. It had a P-51, P-47 and two others I don't remember. The army men didn't stand a chance til they went in the puddle. Flying low the 51 got wet and the Elmer's glue softened up and it fell apart. Anyway, thanks for the memory. Haven't stopped building them, but it takes so much longer to finish them....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/wayno77/FB%20shots/Models/l.jpg
The kit is a 1/32 BF-109E3 that I'm currently doing, the 109 in front is a 1/24th scale I did in the early '80's....

Mate, I've got that very same kit at home!

Nic

blakduk
02-15-2006, 05:00 PM
I remember having a model of a Mossie- it was a 1/32 scale bomber version. It was cool that i could open the bomb door and see the fully loaded bomb racks. I got it from a great uncle who was a fitter in the RAF (we had a picture of him working on a Tempest, i thought that must have been the best job next to flying it).
My favourite toy soldiers were a 1/72 set of green plastic guys in Afrika Korps uniform. When i was a kid we could still get fireworks- you can imagine what happened to those poor guys. I think i reconstructed the battles of Tobruk a hundred times in my sandpit. A little mate of mine had a model Stuka that we tried to launch with skyrockets- he lost his eyebrows http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif and i got thrashed by my Dad for scaring the neighorhood again.
I really, really hope my kids dont do the things i did. I have no idea how my brothers and i managed to survive with all our limbs intact.
When i was a kid i dreamed flying those planes or at least having a simulator that could enhance my playtime. Thanks Oleg http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
Great thread Worf

BTW- i have no idea where all those old models or toy soldiers ended up, but thanks to kids like me fireworks are now banned.... sorry http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

wayno7777
02-15-2006, 09:24 PM
Originally posted by nicolas10:
Mate, I've got that very same kit at home!

Nic

Yeah, a Matchbox kit. IIRC I paid, like, $2.99 for it about 10 years ago. No, it was $3.99. The sticker is on the box. Still cheap compared to the prices these days.
Most of the kits I built were Airfix, Revell, Monogram, Linberg, and Testors. Somebody mentioned the box art, I used to cut out the covers and save them. That was up until a few years ago when the wife had me cleaning the basement. I think I threw them out....http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

Worf101
02-16-2006, 07:15 AM
Do you notice something common in the this thread. We lovingly, or not so lovingly, build a kit then immediately proceed to either "destroy" other things with it or destroy the model itself. LOL... What a bunch of heathens we were. I always dreamt of building a huge model of the BB Bismark and shooting it with BB's until it sank... Repair, refloat, rinse and repeat...

Worf101

iroseland
02-16-2006, 11:08 AM
Another thing I remember was the adverts in imported U.S. comics over here along the line of "Huge battle set with soldiers, guns, tanks, jeeps and planes" or "Roman wars" with the promise of two huge armies to fight with, and a trunk to keep them in. How I wished I could get hold of those sets then (and being confused as to what a 'zip code' was!) Back then America really did seem like the other side of the world - if you get what I mean - did anyone here actually have any of those exotic toy soldier sets that distracted me from my D.C. comics? I'd love to know what they looked like - where they really as good as the ad-men would have little British boys believe? Or is someone going to tell me that they were microscopically small pieces that came in a small shoe box?


I got those. They were kind of a downer in the end. Very brittle plastic everything was flat and it was pretty much a shoe box. They were nothing compared to the green and grey plastic ones. My grandfather kept me very well supplied with those. 8^)

Kupper
02-16-2006, 11:18 AM
Geez you guys...all this talk of destruction...We had a small creek running near the house,perfect for wading, cooling off, and (heh-heh) "sailing" model ships/boats. I had built one of those old Revell aircraft carriers,'bout 1 1/2-2 ft. long I s'pose (U.S.S. Ranger I think),and of course, I soon tired of just looking at the thing. Buddy had access to fireworks too,(smuggled from neighbor state)and we decided to send her down in a blaze o' glory. Had to weight the port side 'cause of the island, in order to get her to float straight,packed her with one of those great big red firecrackers(M-80?)lit the fuse, and cast off. The current took her downstream, trailing a wisp of smoke from the fuse...then,BLAM!! Pieces of grey styrene rained down for what seemed like forever...nothing left bigger than a dime...

MJDYKAS
02-16-2006, 11:27 AM
What a cool thread, I've read them all and it has indeed brought back fond memories of growing up during the early sixties. The Maroon Me-109 was made by Aurora !!! I think I built and destroyed each Aurora kit 4x. I still have a scar on the tip of my index finger from a burning plastic soldier, I was napalming ants !!
I always wanted to do a dig at one of my childhood homes to find buried treasures, army men, matchbox vehicles etc, etc.
The earliest mosie I remember was monograms, and even in the sixties it always seemed to be out of my allowance price range. I have built many models from my past again only done the right way this time. I have been modeling since at 7 and I'm 52 now so I have seen my share.
It's funny how we all played army back then, had tons of toy guns, watched combat on TV...boy those were the days. None of that stuff is politically correct now...funny isn't it. I'd love to post some pics of my built up models, but I'm at work now.

Mike

danjama
02-16-2006, 01:53 PM
it has to be said http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

Low_Flyer_MkVb
02-16-2006, 02:05 PM
Originally posted by iroseland:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">
Another thing I remember was the adverts in imported U.S. comics over here along the line of "Huge battle set with soldiers, guns, tanks, jeeps and planes" or "Roman wars" with the promise of two huge armies to fight with, and a trunk to keep them in. How I wished I could get hold of those sets then (and being confused as to what a 'zip code' was!) Back then America really did seem like the other side of the world - if you get what I mean - did anyone here actually have any of those exotic toy soldier sets that distracted me from my D.C. comics? I'd love to know what they looked like - where they really as good as the ad-men would have little British boys believe? Or is someone going to tell me that they were microscopically small pieces that came in a small shoe box?


I got those. They were kind of a downer in the end. Very brittle plastic everything was flat and it was pretty much a shoe box. They were nothing compared to the green and grey plastic ones. My grandfather kept me very well supplied with those. 8^) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for the info - it's one of those silly little things that has bothered me for the past few decades. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

telsono
02-16-2006, 03:44 PM
I can't remember the first kit that I built, there wee so many! Monogram was my favorite, 1/48 scale kits for $0.69 each!
One fond memory have is when I hear "Hello/Goodbye" by the Beatles. At that time I was building mostly 1/72 WWI kits, Revel and Airfix. When that song is played, I can visualize my older brother and I listening to it on the radio with a Sopwith Tripe in my hands and a DH-2 and Fokker Tripe sitting on the shelf.

knightflyte
02-16-2006, 04:16 PM
Aahhhhhhhhhhh playing ARMY. (My friend insisted on playing Green Barets)

His father planted shrubs, and I remember him telling us when we got older we'd be able to hide in them to play army. We were 6. By the time they got big enough to hide in them would be in highschool. What did we know? We believed him.

Little did I realize then thet the shrubs were for privacy and to keep us from sledding down his hill into and through my yard.

I always wanted the Monogram B-52. It was HUGE.
My parents wouldn't buy it for me....(I wonder why? LOL) By the time I had a paper route and could afford it I knew someone who had it. I lost interest in it after that.

I used to hate the flashing some of the models had on the parts tree, and lots of times on the parts themselves. Sometimes it was thin enough to bend off. Other times you had to cut it off the part itself if it was thick.

My fingertips STILL have modelors putty in the grooves of my fingerprints.LOL

I used to melt the plastic parts tree to make aerial antennae for planes. Mmmmmmmm loved that smell until I burned one to much and it dripped on my exposed leg and onto the carpet.
Parents weren't pleased that day. A red Kool-Aid stain with a burn mark on the carpet is so hard to match with curtains.

Then I got into building old sailing vessels. Cutty Sark (twice)... The U.S.S. Constitution.....HMS Bounty....The eye strain trying for days and days on end to tie up the rigging. My eyes still go cross eyed for unexplained reasons.

SidCheshire
02-16-2006, 04:23 PM
Lol - I love this thread...sort of sums up what all this is about for me. The IL2 series and computer games in general is an extension of my childhood...the sort of thing I dreamt about in the '60s and 70's. "General Jumbo" in the comic strip with his remote controlled army - I spent many an hour daydreaming when I was fishing as a young'un - working out how I would assault the opposite bank.
First model was an Airfix Handley Page Hampden - Dad painted the camo. Most of my models ended up on the ceiling in the bedroom with Dad stringing fishing line and cotton wool as tracer between dogfighting Spitfire and Me's. He even built a B24 with a battery operated searchlight - superb.
My lad is growing up and is sharing the experience of modelling - we are building a Revell 1/32 P38 and, yes...he has planes hanging from the bedroom ceiling...his, not mine!!

Messaschnitzel
02-16-2006, 06:44 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkVb:

Another thing I remember was the adverts in imported U.S. comics over here along the line of "Huge battle set with soldiers, guns, tanks, jeeps and planes" or "Roman wars" with the promise of two huge armies to fight with, and a trunk to keep them in. How I wished I could get hold of those sets then (and being confused as to what a 'zip code' was!) Back then America really did seem like the other side of the world - if you get what I mean - did anyone here actually have any of those exotic toy soldier sets that distracted me from my D.C. comics? I'd love to know what they looked like - where they really as good as the ad-men would have little British boys believe? Or is someone going to tell me that they were microscopically small pieces that came in a small shoe box?

Here's some pics of the "100 toy soldiers in the footlocker":

http://www.timewarptoys.com/footlocker.jpg
http://www.timewarptoys.com/flats1.jpg
http://www.timewarptoys.com/flats2.jpg
http://www.timewarptoys.com/flats3.jpg
http://www.timewarptoys.com/flats4.jpg

When I was 7-8 years old, I ordered the "Medieval Knights" set. It supposedly came with a castle, complete with towers and gates.
The ad stated to allow 6 weeks for delivery. The 6 weeks turned into 3 months, IIRC. I had forgotten all about it.

The box was approx. 12"x6"x1" thick. Even at that age, I was thinking that how in the he-ll could they manage to stuff a castle and several armies into that itty bitty box! The "castle" was a folded up sheet of plastic with an overhead view of said castle drawn upon it. The "Knights" were a bunch of HO scale Airfix types that had mold flash all over them. This ended up being a learning experience for me that taught me patience as far as waiting for something is concerned. That, and if the deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!

Did anyone have the Bachmann miniature airplanes that were already painted and assembled? I used to spend most of my hard earned cash on these things. I remember that they were 80 cents apiece, and I had most of the WW1 and WW2 planes. I liked them because they didn't take up much room, and the paint jobs were always better than I could manage!

slo_one23
02-16-2006, 09:14 PM
since you all are talking about models
does anyone know how much or what those big models at walmart are? there 1-2feet long they look pretty detaile d in a quick glimpes and i think i'll get one but i havent got to go to walmart in a few days so anyone know what they called ? o and the have a pilot standing next to them i think all you do is screw the wings andmaybe tailfins on so if anyone knows what im ramblin bout please tell me nd maybe show pic? i couldnt find them on walmart.com but well who can they aint got jack on there

knightflyte
02-17-2006, 01:01 AM
You could be describing anything, slo_one.
I'd guess it could be a toy radio controlled airplane.

If it is and, you decide to buy one they are meant for near perfectly windless days. My friend bought one for his kids and the wind caught it. Zoom gone out of sight in a matter of seconds.

Kupper
02-17-2006, 05:45 AM
I think slo_one must be talking about the "21st Century" line of stuff. Check 'em out at www.21st (http://www.21st) Century Toys.com Really amazing detail for a ready made/store bought deal...especially for someone (like me) whose scale modelling days are over (50 year old eyes just won't focus close enough for that detail work anymore...bi-focals or no...)

Low_Flyer_MkVb
02-17-2006, 07:40 AM
That's exactly the advert Messaschnitzel - oh, the memories! Thanks so much for posting.

http://www.timewarptoys.com/footlocker.jpg

Just as well my poor parents were never forced by a teenie tantrum to cross the Atlantic for those, eh? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Unknown-Pilot
02-17-2006, 08:29 AM
Just saw something last night that made me think of this thread, and what d'ya know, it's still on page one. lol

When Worf101 was a kid -
http://www.durfee.net/startrek/images/Alexander.jpg


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Blutarski2004
02-17-2006, 09:43 AM
Originally posted by Worf101:
Do you notice something common in the this thread. We lovingly, or not so lovingly, build a kit then immediately proceed to either "destroy" other things with it or destroy the model itself. LOL... What a bunch of heathens we were. I always dreamt of building a huge model of the BB Bismark and shooting it with BB's until it sank... Repair, refloat, rinse and repeat...

Worf101



..... Go here -

http://www.swampworks.com/Articles%20page.html#anchor61415

That's EXACTLY what these guys do.

knightflyte
02-17-2006, 09:48 AM
My toy soldiers didn't come with the footlocker..... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

They were in plastic bags hanging on an endcap display. Eventrually the plastic bag would get ripped or lost, and all the soldiers would end up in WONDER BREAD bags. How ignominious for toy soldiers..... the mainstay of every 1960s boyhood toy chest.

I thought the TAN guys had the better tank.

Low_Flyer_MkVb
02-17-2006, 04:14 PM
Found a site devoted to 'comic book soldiers'. Like Messaschnitzel's original find, they bring it all flooding back....

http://home.att.net/~1.elliott/comicbooksoldiersRomansAd.jpg

http://home.att.net/~1.elliott/comicbooktoysoldiersintro.html (http://home.att.net/%7E1.elliott/comicbooktoysoldiersintro.html)

Scroll down to links for lots of pics.

slo_one23
02-17-2006, 06:27 PM
Originally posted by Kupper:
I think slo_one must be talking about the "21st Century" line of stuff. Check 'em out at www.21st (http://www.21st) Century Toys.com Really amazing detail for a ready made/store bought deal...especially for someone (like me) whose scale modelling days are over (50 year old eyes just won't focus close enough for that detail work anymore...bi-focals or no...)

that link didn't work for me what do i do now?

nevermind i figured it out but how much are they i realy hope they arent more than 20 dollars because i passed up a p-47 on sale at walmart for 15 so anyone know the prices?

Messaschnitzel
02-17-2006, 06:49 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkVb:

Found a site devoted to 'comic book soldiers'. Like Messaschnitzel's original find, they bring it all flooding back....


http://home.att.net/~1.elliott/comicbooktoysoldiersintro.html (http://home.att.net/%7E1.elliott/comicbooktoysoldiersintro.html)

Scroll down to links for lots of pics.

Wow! Great find, Low_Flyer_MkVb!

I had the "Gold Crown" set of knights. They even printed the rules that came with the set on their website. Rules?! Back then, my philosophy was that if I couldn't quite manage to kick the front gate in with my army, then I'd trot them around to the back door and try to sneak them in that way. I also had a set of "American Bricks" http://www.architoys.net/toys/toypages/ambricks.html
that I would use to make the castle. The great thing about the bricks was that you could take the walls down with a peashooter using bb's and a soda straw.

Anyway, the site that you posted brought back some fond memories. I still have a box full of comics with those very same ads somewhere that I have not looked at since the early 70's. Most of them are read to tatters unfortunately, but I know that as ragged as they are, I will never throw them away. Seems kind of strange how small stuff like this can influence the way that we all turn out as adults. Makes me want to buy an old Red Ryder bb gun and a big bag of army men and go plinking out in the back yard! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Treetop64
02-17-2006, 07:10 PM
Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkVb:

http://www.timewarptoys.com/footlocker.jpg



Note the the pair of innovative, "Dive Bombing" B-52s!

Also, why are the soldiers shooting at ships using rifles and machine guns? Who's their C.O.? And who are the rifle-armed solders in the back rows shooting at? Oh, they must be the guys who keep the soldiers from retreating. I see...

"Not one step backwards! ...or fowards, either, for that matter!"

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slo_one23
02-17-2006, 10:55 PM
Originally posted by slo_one23:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kupper:
I think slo_one must be talking about the "21st Century" line of stuff. Check 'em out at www.21st (http://www.21st) Century Toys.com Really amazing detail for a ready made/store bought deal...especially for someone (like me) whose scale modelling days are over (50 year old eyes just won't focus close enough for that detail work anymore...bi-focals or no...)

that link didn't work for me what do i do now?

nevermind i figured it out but how much are they i realy hope they arent more than 20 dollars because i passed up a p-47 on sale at walmart for 15 so anyone know the prices? </div></BLOCKQUOTE> ..

slo_one23
02-17-2006, 10:56 PM
if anyones intrested there is a site with lots of ship and plane models from ww2 and lots of rc stuff to most of the models 10-20us dollars so here it is
www.hobbytron.com (http://www.hobbytron.com)

wayno7777
02-17-2006, 11:14 PM
slo_one23, ask Bearcat99 or Crazy Ivan, they both get those 1/18th scale planes. I heard they go for around $69.99 at some Walmarts....


Gawd! I remember those ads and the toy section in the Sears catalogue....

slo_one23
02-18-2006, 12:02 AM
70 freakin bucks?!?! well dang i passed up a p-47 for 15 dollars (on sale obviously)

willyvic
02-18-2006, 01:10 AM
Originally posted by Treetop64:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Low_Flyer_MkVb:

http://www.timewarptoys.com/footlocker.jpg



Note the the pair of innovative, "Dive Bombing" B-52s!....



http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hmm, you sure those aren't the super secret YB47C we had back then? I think I can tell by the cockpit. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

WV