The model car ritual!
This is what I go through every month. The Thursday before our upcoming model car meeting on Saturday I dig through my model cars. These are the ones I will be dragging along to the meeting for “show and tell” (for lack of better description!). I begin looking them over and polishing them up Here is the important part of putting the broken parts back on! Seems like every time I take a model out the storage box its living in to take to meeting or contest something is broke. Low and behold; broken off wheel, missing mirror, loose bumper etc! So out comes the glue, drill or whatever tool of the trade I may need to fix my “finished” model so I can take it and show it my “people”. How this crazy ritual began is in my blood.
How the ritual began.
When I was growing up the ritual my mom went through before company come from out of town drove me nuts! Everything had to be perfect! Super clean house, beds all clean, linens etc. I just could not understand it AT ALL! Well I have since grown up and it makes sense now! I have rituals just like her, just about different things (the apple doesn’t fall far from tree, just ask my wife!) In my younger years I had a show car. Every weekend it was the same thing clean, polish, wax, get up early, go to car show and repeat! We all have our our rituals.
Now that I have grown up(well depends on who you ask!)and have 5 kids and I cant afford real cars any more. So, I build plastic cars! They are cheaper, easier to store and such! Well I have joined a club, Scale Automotive Builders Society (SCABS) where we have a monthly meetings. This is where my model car ritual will come in, so stick with me!
The repairs on the ASA Thunderbird model car
Case in point, this month we just had our meeting yesterday. So, dug out a few old cars I had laying around here for our theme “Race day any race car”. I usually take NASCAR cars for this type theme, but I thought I would go a different route this time and bring something new. I got out a ASA Thunderbird I built many many moons ago (oh and how my skills have gotten better, but that story is for a different day), a 62 or 63 AWB (altered Wheel Base) Tempest Drag car and a Firebird Funny car! Well 3 cars no biggy right, WRONG! Beginning with the ASA car I had to glue one wheel back on and repaint some stuff (go back a few sentences about getting better). Then I tried to put an oil tank back on that had fallen off, NOPE! Eventually it went flying into the abyss of my hobby room floor to never be seen again ( somewhere there is a little gremlin with A LOT of model car parts in his stash).
The repairs on the AWB model car
OK, onto the AWB model car, HA! Lets see, missing wheel that I had to drill a hub and axle to put a pin in it to reattach the wheel. Then, the body had came loose from the chassis, so some more tweaking cutting and fitting and the body is reattached. Well with all this I knocked off the “moon” tank so more glue and cussing and it came back together! Finally I move to the funny car, nothing broke? WOW! But it is missing the little rod that props up the body, soooooo I dig through my plastic rod till I find some I can make one out of. Repair of rod made ready to go. Then, guess what? Found the original rod! Put the custom made one back into rod stash and check everything for any thing else I may have missed. All good and now I’m ready to go to my meeting Saturday!
So this is my Model Car Pre Meeting Ritual I go through EVERY month! Just with different cars. Very rarely do I pull models out of the box to take that don’t have to do something too!