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nearsightedjohn

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  1. You did a very nice job detailing that hemi. I’m particularly impressed with the scratch- built injector throttle linkage. Be careful with TS-13 clear coat over decals, I had a bad experience destroying some $$ decals once after applying a TS-13 wet coat before I had adequate thin dry coats applied to act as a buffer for the wet coat. Looking forward to watching you work magic on this classic old MPC kit
  2. Incredibly well done! Brings back fond memories for me of rides to high school in my friend Gary’s Dauphine. I got warmed up for first period on some days when he would put me to work helping to push start it when it would die at a stop sign. Your build inspires me to try to locate one or two of those great old 1/32 Aurora sports car kits that I recall buying for half a US dollar at the Woolworths in my youth.
  3. Your water effects ended up highly effective! I get a little sea sick looking at it! Beautiful job on the Fletcher as well!
  4. Beautiful job on what looks like a much nicer XKE kit than what’s been out here for 50 yrs. Really looking forward to the roadster version that is scheduled to be released soon. Wife wants me to build her one in red.
  5. Latest aftermarket indulgence for me: a “Mad Mike” 1/24 cast resin Ford 289 with four Webber carbs. I ordered this from Model Builders Warehouse (modelbuilderswh.com) for use in either a ‘65 Mustang (Revell 1/24) or ‘65 Comet (Moebius 1/25) for a B/FX drag car. May need to make a few mods for a drag racer (oil pan?). Model Builders was kind enough to send me a replacement carb for the one with the imperfect air funnel. Separating these parts, cleaning up the gates and painting and assembling these castings should be a “learning experience” for me.
  6. Gorgeous build! My favorite parts are the vinyl roof (looks so real!) and the heat discolored mufflers. Great job!!!!
  7. I really want to paint and assemble this favorite F1 subject from my 1/20 F1 stash: My anxiety is due to 1) this kit is OOP and sky-high $$$ on eBay and 2) of the three Ebbro F1 kits that I have completed (Lotus 49B, 72C and Tyrrell 002), all three very very challenging. I bought this kit for $40 USD when it was first released in 2013. If I screw this 49 up, there’s little of chance of purchasing a do-over kit. Like my WNW aircraft in my stash, I’ll eventually build this Lotus, just need to work up the nerve and test-fit like crazy as I go! A nice problem to have in big scheme of thin
  8. Wow, your Nagato qualifies for display in a ship museum. Fabulous job! I have this kit but have been putting it off until I get a few more ship builds under my belt. If/when I get to it, your build will be a great reference source. I have used a Fly hawk PE set once and found it very challenging/ delicate/ unforgiving compared to WEM/Toms. Your PE details came out great.
  9. Love your response John L. Wouldn’t it be fun to travel back in time and watch and listen in on the styling design review meetings for cars such as this Gremlin, or the Pacer or the Pontiac Aztec or the Edsel or the... the list is long. Decisions by committees run amuck?
  10. Saw this today parked in Cambria, CA while out wine tasting with the wife in the beautiful Paso Robles area. An AMC Gremlin being used to advertise a fudge shop! I think my dad test drove a car identical to this car in 1970(?), he decided against it for cost (and weirdness) reasons and he purchased a Toyota Corolla instead (probably a much better car). I learned to drive a stick in that Corolla, darn fun to drive and oh so light and tinny. The appearance of the Gremlin has not improved with time you think?....
  11. Best weathering job I’ve ever seen on an automotive subject. I’m not a big fan of foil on trim (never mastered it myself) but I love how it looks on this ‘56 with the weathering added. The door handles and key hole beneath it looks so real - are these the stock as molded Revell features or did you do some enhancement? Also love your background graffiti wall - is this photoshopped or did you buy or scratch build it? It complements the car perfectly!
  12. Here’s my “spot of (paint color) of the day”, a Pearl rose VW bug. I think the paint shop used Tamiya TS-59 light red Pearl lacquer on this one. Bugs use to be plentiful in California but are getting quite rare. I’m no expert but this appears to be a late ‘60’s pre- super beetle, the last of the classic bugs before the ugly bumper years.
  13. Molotow pen option: I agree with comments above on it 1) being very fragile and 2) difficult to control without first masking the edges. BMF: a good option if you first practice it on a junk model(s). My experience with BMF is it will not hide a bumpy surface underneath so surface prep is a must. Also, it’s an art to avoid getting kinks/ fold lines when cutting/ handling long pieces. I’m still learning but others here are masters at applying and cutting it. Unlike Molotow or paint, it’s easier to remove and redo if you mess it up. I’ve used it on small parts and bright work on car
  14. Love these late 68-69 Chargers, brings to mind the coolest car chase ever filmed IMO (Bullitt). This Revell kit looks like it’s originalvintage (1997?) offers the excellent more recent engineering and tooling from Revell (like the ‘50 Olds, ‘57 Fords, ‘57 Chev). I may need to look for a stock version of this kit along with a 1/25 ‘68 Mustang 2+2 to recreate the chase in my display case! I’m speculating here but I doubt your paint problems are due to “silicone” ( mold release spray from Revell?), not something I’ve ever encountered in any Revell kit. I doubt Revell would use a styr
  15. Where did you get the cool printed cardboard display stand? Did this come with the kit, an original store display or did you make it from scratch? It’s very retro cool. Barris was an interesting character, he did some really beautiful tasteful customs in his early years but then seemed to concentrate on movie prop cars from the 60’s on, probably more lucrative? I saw him at a custom car show a year or so before he past, still hanging out with car crazies and seemed to be having fun. He was sitting at a booth with the big goofy Munster-mobile signing autographs. It was cool to see a legend
  16. Thanks Six, yeh that’s the article I found on line after I was close to finish with this build. I try to research subjects (part of the fun of scale modeling) but in this case I got impatient and went ahead with best guesses, oh well, it’s all good fun accurate or not! I painted and mounted the ladder bars, they look smaller/ more realistic in semi-gloss black. I’ve got a triple build going on the bench now, AMT’s really bad ‘65 Mustang AWB “funny car”, AMT’s Grumpy’s Toy #1 ‘66 Nova A/S and the Moebius ‘s 65 Plymouth Melrose Missile Hemi SS. I’m enjoying trying to make a half-
  17. Thanks Tony. The 15” Halibrands are from Speedcityresin.com, item # SC-38, $8 USD including inner rims. Expensive but worth it to get the right period look I think. I agree with you about these early SS years, I think it’s partly nostalgia (first drag race I attended was in around ‘63 or ‘64 at Lions) but also the fact that some of these cars were sometimes very close to what one could buy from a dealer (particularly the Mopars). Modern drag racing pro stocks and funny cars do nothing for me but then that could just be my geezer age.
  18. Thanks JeroenS, I think I will go ahead with adding the challenging diagonal ladder “steps” and paint and mount these puppies. They’ll probably look a little smaller once they are painted a dark silver or black. Thanks everyone for the compliments, I’ll keep building and posting as I make progress on my super stock collection.
  19. "GTO by Pontiac....for those who think young!"....... This is my interpretation of a famous "match racer" S/FX super stock drag car from my childhood, Arnie "the Farmer" Beswick's supercharged 1964 Pontiac GTO. Some claim this car is the first "door slammer" to do a 1/4 mile in under 10 seconds (and some say it was some other car....). The base of this build was Revell's excellent 1/24 kit to which I added after-market 1/25 resin front wheels and a Hilborn fly-catcher injector as well as scratch-built headers, some PE linkage and a few odds-and-ends from my spares box. Decals are from S
  20. Very nice build! You nailed that ‘60’s “ivory/ bone” off-white that was so popular on sports cars back then. Your photography is excellent as well, several of the shots could be mistaken for a 1:1 car.
  21. Not a crazy price considering the amount of resin and PE. Too bad it’s a curb model, wonder if they’ll make an engine version some day (or Fujimi conversion)? Looking forward to seeing one of these built up with paint.
  22. Oops....senior moment....look’s like I listed 11. I could drop the ‘58 Caddie if need be.....
  23. I’m not sure what constitutes a “classic” but from the standpoint of styling advancement/ milestones my list of 10 would include the following: ’48 Cadillac Series 62 sedanette - first tail fins ’51 Kaisers ’53 Studebakers ‘55 Chevy ’58 Caddie Eldorado ’61 GM “bubble tops” ’62 Studebaker Avanti ’62 Cobra (New to USA at least) ’63 Buick Riviera ’63 Corvette Coupe ’65 Mustang coupe and 2+2
  24. Beautiful clean job on this classic racer. I’ve never been a fan of injection molded wire wheels but yours look very good on this build. I think painting them a natural full metal/ grey and not polished aluminum or chrome really helps.
  25. Beautiful job on and excellent kit. I built the Rio Rancho wagon version of this kit a few years ago and everything kit together so well and the finished model just “looked right” (realistic, accurate proportions). Your build makes me want to build a stock or early drag gasser version of this sedan kit.
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