Modeling time capsules, unboxing a classic Monogram kit
I have a thing for Monogram kits. Not just the nostalgia, which there is a great deal for me, but because they are still decent kits at a good price. I frequent a local hobby shop here in Seattle called Skyway Models. Emil the owner has a great selection of new and classic kits, the place is wall to wall models! Anyway, I have been collecting (to build of course) Monogram kits as of late, trying to come as close to the original release date as I can. the gem of this lot is a 1973 pressing of the classic FW-190. It was truly a time capsule, I built this exact boxing as a teen, sitting at the dinning table watching MASH. Note the 1.17 price tag on the original shrink wrap! Opening it the 44 years between when it was packaged and now have shaken things off sprues, but over all it is in great shape. Decals look ok, but I imagine they may shatter when wet, so I will probably save them as a separate item. I love these old kits as I have fun building them, and I don’t feel the pressure I feel when building an expensive Tamiya kit. I love the 1/32 Corsair and Mustang I built, but I also had a great amount of stress worrying about not mucking them up! Anyway, here is my modeling time capsule from 1973, when Monogram ruled the 1/48 scale sky.
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