I pondered over which title to give this thread as there are many routs I could go down . After almost a lifetime in this hobby ; some fifty years more than a lot of people manage to stay on the right side of the grass. I look back at the changes of casting paints and materials which both have moved in leaps and bounds . Re paints , I changed to oils when Humbrol started messing with paint formulas and eventually lost their way , but even oils have not escaped the medlars , namely with cadmium and chromium colours and of course Lead and zinc white ; not all for the bad . Very recent article here on metallics using all sorts of compounds which was the way 20 odd years ago then came along Humbrol rub and buff ' great stuff till they feked with it , new substitute GW metallic which I cant remember the name of , but again more messing and we end up with Leadbelcher a poor substitute for the latter , and of course we have all the golds to deal with now most of which although much better than the ubiquitous Humbrol gold are still far too grainy . I have managed to master a technique using PD Models (Dino) gold powder and hope to try his silvers with the same results . Castings ! we have also come a long way in 50 years but even so there are still a few gems of times gone by that really cant be bettered of which I have a couple , Richard Almond and Ray Lamb mounted Dragoon , wish I still had his Cuirassier standing by his horse . Resin quality has also improved but there is still a lot of not so good stuff kicking around also , Verlinden resin was very good and an Avant Garde leader at one time , even bases are so different from the wooden pastron switch mounts we used to use . To conclude I am cleaning oot the man cave that has prompted this little nostalgic rant " I have just to many models for this modest Hoose " to many Keyboards ,guitars and all other types of amalgamated shit .