Last year, we explored the world of scale model cars, and how they are beneficial in preparing would be enthusiasts for a live exercise muscle car build. Additionally, scale cars help understand the critical path of assembly, as well as the endless possibilities of modification.
A few weeks ago, while shopping for parts for my latest project, a father and son were standing in the model car aisle next to me. The father was picking out a project car, which they both could build together. Now, yours truly does not have any bambinos on the homestead, but I thought it was a wonderful idea, and gesture on the father’s part.
I assisted the father-son duo in picking out a great beginner project, and was pleased to hear the father say that he wanted his son to share his passion for muscle cars, and was hoping a model car build would spark his son’s creativity and zeal for classic cars.
I believe, introducing children to model cars is an exceptional way to cultivate the creativity in our youth, as it sparks imagination, increases focus, and teaches the fundamental process of timing, and planning.
What truly saddens me though, is the fact that model car building appears to be waning. I can recall a time when every corner store as well as grocery stores carried a wide variety of model cars and supplies. However, even some of the most popular craft and hobby shops have almost stopped carrying scale model crafts in the altogether.
I am grateful though, that I had the wherewithal to purchase a small cache of cars over the years to last me for quite some time. However, nothing compares to shopping for a new model car to build – well except, perhaps buying parts for my real life project.
For those who missed part one of this article; we discussed the endless possibilities of model cars. I can recall my first hybrid muscle car I built about ten years ago. I had always wanted to see if I could shoehorn an LS-1 engine into a 1969 Camaro. What do you know, it worked!
That is the beauty of scale cars; you can combine virtually any combination of parts to achieve customized results that would cost hundreds, or possibly thousands with a real life project car. I am not independently wealthy, so using trial and error of scale model cars has truly helped me identify what I want in a muscle car, as well as how to build the real project.
The latest project completed was a true to life detail, 1969 Camaro SS/RS Pace Car. The goal behind this car was to build one as accurate as possible to the real car by duplicating factory markings, details, and colors. The project took nearly nine months to complete, putting in a couple of hours here and there, but the results were well worth the time.
There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of completing a project, and proudly displaying it for all to see. Additionally, building a scale model car can assist an amateur in gaining the confidence to undertake a real life project. As we have stated before, it is better to waste $20-$30 dollars on a model car and find out that building a muscle car is not for you, than potentially losing thousands of dollars on a real project car.
The winter months are a perfect time to start a scale model car project. There are a number of great sources for finding some truly unique projects, as well as scouring eBay, and other online retailers. I personally like to purchase model kits in person, as you can take the time to read the detail on the box, and see if the project is right for you, and to ensure the difficulty is not beyond a measure of your talents. Conversely, there are some model kits that are seemingly too easy and lack adequate detail.
Whatever your choice, there are still some good resources available to spark your interest in scale model cars. With any luck, together we can bring this dying craft back from the dead, and turn a new generation of future muscle car builders on to miniature muscle.
Well, that is all for now Examiner Universe; thank you as always, and stay tuned for nice update on a sidetracked adventure on the Project Examiner Camaro. We were looking at progressing with the transmission, but the harmony of life and desire often split at the fork in the road. Not to worry, we do have some updates on the vent window restoration, and as soon as some parts return from the plating company, I will share them with you. Happy motoring everyone, and Happy New Year!!