By Hank Borger
Why resin (plastic)? As a 50 plus year car modeler I can hear the naysayers already, but bear with me a bit and I'll explain.
Somewhere in the '60's I was going my merry old way building a lot of model cars (and warbird planes) and things were good. It was the golden era of car modeling and I'd even hooked up with a major car model magazine. The plane kits were piling up somewhat, as car kits were being released at a high rate of speed. So many kits, so little time.
As was my habit with any modeling I put a lot of effort and time into it. I displayed and attempted to preserve what I did due to time and money spent. No firecrackers in models for me. Then I hit a wall that stopped car modeling for 5 years. I was primed for that day, due to other disappointments, anyhow. That fate-full day came as I was looking at older builds on the display shelf. It came when I noticed the ugly melting of plastic where wheels met the tire. There was a reaction between the vinyl tire and the kit plastic, most noticeable with Revell tires. Thinking frantically of a hundred corrections I came up with none.
Nuts (Cleaned up expletitive) on this I thought! It was the straw that broke the camels back and I sold everything. I kept a small hand-full of favored kits and built-ups, but everything else in cars went away. Besides, there were so many of those beautiful P-40 warbirds to do.
Years went by and it was good. Although I was modeling mostly warbirds I still bought new car kits, and older "must haves". Why don't car kit makers go to resin tires, I wondered? Just like airplane kits. More years went by until I started learning resin molding. About a year or two ago the light bulb went on and I never looked back. If resin/plastic was common for planes, why not cars?