Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A New Past Time

I'm tired of the blog always being about weather. I'm going back to the roots of this blog, which talked more about life. Here's a new past time for my boys and I, model cars. When I was a kid, I loved doing model cars. I can vividly remember that they were not constructed very well and I frequently left out the little parts that were hard to glue on. Therefore, my cars had no alternators, oil filters, side mirrors, etc. As I start this new adventure with the boys, we're going to try to be a little more meticulous.

Side note: As a kid, I would take a lighter, heat the plastic suspension, and lower cars. I was a pro at making a car have "three-wheel motion". Some of you will know what that is...
The most challenging part has been the painting. A few streaks, a few bubbles, blemish here and there, but I think we're getting the hang of it. I think the key is primer, which we failed to use a time or two. As I mentioned, I did not like the small parts that gave the cars detail as a kid, but adding those pieces really give it a nice touch. My oldest son is a little more "into" the model cars than the youngest and I've been teaching him the parts of a car as we construct them.
Yes... that's an oil filter on the Challenger we are constructing.

I think we will tackle a NASCAR next. If you have ever done a NASCAR model car, then you know that the painting and decals are a challenge. I'll keep you posted.



Steve Parker said...

Awesome Ryan! I am going to try this with my 5 year old son! I'm tired of playing his Playstation games which teach him nothing but nonsense! This will be a great way to spend time with him and teach him something at the same time! I may not have a real Corvette,but I can dream with a model one! I tried tee ball and even stepped up as coach so he would play but he just didn't enjoy it as much as I did as a kid! I was a sports kid(jock) and I want him to try sports! Maybe in time? Thanks for this blog bc it has giving me a great idea to try this w my son! And I might even steal your lowering trick!

Johnzmom said...

I remember building those too, but I can't find the kits anywhere. Besides my hand is more shaky with all the caffeine I drink, don't know if I could trust myself with the Xacto knife anymore lol

Diane1958 said...

Ryan it doesn't matter if you have runs in the paint bubbles or any other mess up. What matter's is the memories you are makeing with your boys. My Childrem are or will be 30 an 36 this year.I have 3 grandchildren 9,7,&17months. I have always told them memories AKA Heart Pictures, are the most importain things in life. Make many HEART PICTURES WITH YOUR SON'S RYAN. That's the one thing no one can every take from them.

Jeff Booher said...

Lots of memories of airplanes and battleships... As far as paint, try several light coats of warm paint applied under low humidity.