6. Sixties Scenery
The thought of remaining (relatively) true to the first-gen vibe left me wondering about some of the things I've come to rely upon for modern modeling, and one concern was ground cover: I imagined having to resort to dyed sawdust for grass. But flocking ("static grass") was quite prevalent in the 60s; it simply wasn't as well-known in the States. Boyd Models used to import Noch scenery materials, and back in high school I'd purchased their static grass dispensers—indeed, I still have them! In truth, the materials required to make relatively good-looking scenery were around since the early 60s; the difference was how they were used; the prevailing style back then was, for lack of a better word, fanciful.
The scenery base itself will be interesting. One thing is certain: I couldn't have used Styrofoam insulation panels back then, but bead styro was available, if I wanted to get really messy. One modeler asked if I'd be using plaster-soaked paper towels over crumpled newspaper (a.k.a. the old "hard shell" technique, which emerged in the early 60s), and it did have me pondering this option. But, surprisingly, Sculptamold—my terrain material of choice—was around back then; it was simply unknown to most modelers. I'm also considering sanded grout, but at this point it's too soon to say what I'll choose to do.
But the bottom line is, how far do I really want to take this whole vintage modeling thing? Is it really worth it to be slavishly faithful to what products were available when, or do I just want to have fun making something kinda-sorta old fashioned just for kicks? My gut says, do what's fun, and not sweat the release dates for the materials I use. It's the spirit of the project that counts, not the picky little details. If someone calls me out for using some modern-ish items, they're simply not getting the intent.
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