MCM Staff

Dave Pye, Associate Editor

Dave Pye has been with Model Cars magazine for 10 years serving as an associate editor and writer. In what little spare time he has, you’ll probably see him working on a 1960s-era drag racing car or street rod. But, in the bigger picture, he is building it to go in a diorama. Slices of life and moments in time are Dave’s speciality, as well as a wealth of knowledge about the machines built for the strip and street back in the “good ol’ days.”

He is passionate about his collection of automotive magazines of the 1960s, vintage Revell kits and his Aurora T-Jet slot cars and accessories. He sees a car, or even an engine or chassis, as a painting needing a frame. And his dioramas are those frames.

A former professional model builder, he resides in Colorado and enjoys both camping and model building with his son and wife.

Alclad Chrome How-To

Model Cars Magazine Video How-To: Spraying Alclad Chrome

Check out this YouTube Video on spraying Alclad II Chrome

 

 

Barnes & Noble

Model Cars Magazine in Barnes & Noble Bookstores

Well, that day has finally come. No, I didn’t win the lottery. This is even better. Well, for me it is.

After almost 13 years, Model Cars Magazine is finally on the shelves at Barnes & Noble Bookstores. I have been trying to get it onto the shelves all these years, after repeatedly being told that no, you’re not big enough, no, we’re not interested, or the “Consultants” who would tell me: “Sorry, no, we don’t think you will be accepted into their programs, but guess what? Let us charge you $1,500, plus a monthly service fee, and we will show you how you can get in…” Yeah, right.

I was born at night, not last night. Unfortunately, this is the way it is for many magazine publishers, especially us smaller independent ones. Then there’s the fact that even though we send out hundreds, if not thousands of copies of the magazine to the distributors, and they sell, we don’t get for many many months. It’s not a good way to run a business, waiting to get paid for that long, but heh, what are you going to do?

Enough of the griping.

Model Cars is in Barnes & Noble.

What more do I need to say?

 

 

Keith Kaucher, SketchPad

Santa Monica Hidden Talents: Customs Car Designer Keith Kaucher

Keith Kaucher’s design career started professionally in 1994 getting his first custom car design a ’69 ZR-1 powered Camaro concept published in Car Craft magazine, but in reality Keith career really started a long time before that.

 If anyone was destined to have a career in the car industry, it was Keith. Born in Santa Monica, CA in October 1960 to Martin, and Elizabeth Kaucher, He could literally name every car on the road by the time he was three, when he was five his father Martin an aircraft engineer started teaching him how to draw cars.

 Though he learned his drawing skills from his father it was his mother Elizabeth that he inhere rated his strong sense of balance and flow in design.

 Keith was nine when he started building scale models of his favorite street cars, and at 15 he began putting his design skills together with his model building skills creating one off custom cars.  

 Another big influence on Keith was his Uncle Alec also an avid car enthusiast he had several hot Chevys when Keith was growing up.  One of those Chevys was a 1966 SS 396 Chevelle.  It was silver with a painted black roof from the factory and his Uncle had modified the car with a set of 15 x 8.5 American Torq-Thrusts.   Keith just loved that car and remembers that car being a part of a life defining moment for him.

 It was in the Summer of 1971  Keith was 10 years old, his Uncle Al, Uncle Jerry, his cousin Geno and himself went to a Mama Papa burger aka  A&W  in Selma CA. one afternoon.

 He said his Uncles were in there early twenties at that time and popular with the girls locally so soon as they pulled in, these beautiful young women came up to the car a couple got into the back seat with Keith and his cousin Geno.

 The girls played up to the two youngsters in the back seat rubbing their heads and hugging them.  The song In a Gadda Da Vida was playing on his Uncle’s 8 track player.  Keith realized at that moment that this was going to be his life.  He had no idea that it would be in the design field at that time, but he knew he was hooked on the lifestyle.

 That car and that moment was such a big deal to Keith that he still has a picture of his Uncle Al and the SS396 Chevelle hanging over his design table to this day and his favorite custom wheel is still the American Torq- Thrust.

 It was about six years later that knew he wanted to be involved with car design. He started writing letters to General Motors asking about how to become a car designer and submitted work to them, they were impressed but surprised when they found out that Keith was only 16, but wrote him back with letters of encouragement.

 Keith’s fascination didn’t stop at car design, at 14 he began working with his next door neighbor Frank on a ’62 Corvette that he owned since 1963.  Keith honed his mechanical skills and became fascinated with engines and how to build them up for racing.

He double majored in Santa Monica High School in Art and Auto Mechanics.  After graduation he worked as a mechanic in Speed Shops and in various other automotive related jobs, while he attended Santa Monica City College.  He then went on to California State University of California where he graduated with a BA in Industrial Design.

 In 1995 Keith was hired by Superior Industries to design OEM and Aftermarket wheels, while he worked there full time he continued designing customs for clients on the side.  In 1999 he left to pursue a freelance career, it was about then that his career shifted into high gear.

Since then Keith’s work has graced the pages of Rod & Custom, Hot Rod, Truckin’ Classic Truck, Mustangs & Fords, Mustangs Illustrated, Popular Hot Rodding, Kit Car,and Hot VW magazines, not only contributing artwork, but writing the accompanying articles as well.

Keith’s success designing custom wheels for the aftermarket wheel industry fueled Kaucher Kustoms’ drive into the custom car market.  Keith was producing several custom car designs a year when his brother Mitchell joined the team in 2005.  Mitch, formerly a practicing attorney, partnered with Keith as Kaucher Kustoms began to grow. Mitch has proven to be a great addition and a fast read since he joined the team. Mitch now manages the business, sells their services, negotiates and writes contracts and sets up all show venues for the company.

In 2006 Keith and Mitch showed up with a customized 1954 Ford Victoria at the Grand National Roadster Show and left with a first place for Best Post War Hardtop Traditional Custom.

The slick looking Ford went on to be featured in several magazines, collected 17 1st place trophies out 19  California custom car shows entered, including Blackie’s Fresno Autorama  and was a feature car at the 2006 SEMA show in Las Vegas Nevada.

Since then Kaucher Kustoms has designed more than thirty custom cars ranging from ’36 De Soto Airflow to a ‘09 Camaro.  In April of 2009 Kaucher Kustoms was asked by the Good Guys organization to design the 2010 Grand prize Give Away car.  Keith designed a ’70 Mustang he named the Boss Snake, part Shelby part Boss 429 this car now completed is a real eye turner.

There are still about 15 cars still under construction now and we should begin to see them hitting the car show circuit by mid 2010.  So keep your eyes peeled at shows for cars with design by Keith Kaucher of Kaucher Kustoms on the sign board.

Wayne Moyer, Collector’s Showcase

Wayne Moyer, writer/builder

Wayne was born in a small Ohio town in 1941 and began building model airplanes as soon as he was allowed to hold a single-edge razor blade: X-Acto knives hadn’t been invented yet! With the advent of plastic model kits he branched out into car and ship models as well.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati as an AeroSpace Engineer in 1964, Wayne began a 37-year career as a Conceptual Design Engineer at Wright-Patterson AFB and participated in the preliminary design of most current USAF systems, retiring after serving as Lead Engineer for the ATF (now F-22) Conceptual Design/Evaluation Phase.

Wayne wrote his first model story (on Ford GT’s, a continuing interest) in the Fall of 1972 and became a reviewer by accident; John Day liked a story he wrote about Day’s second 1/43 scale kit and sent him a box of kits with the request “do it again, please”. Since then he’s written somewhere around 2000 stories (“1778 that I’ve been paid for at this point and 200-300 more for club publications or magazines that went out of business owing me money”) for at least 43 different model, aviation, automobile, and racing magazines. From 1983 to 1994 he was a weekend photojournalist covering NASCAR, Indy car, IMSA, SVRA, and SCCA races and provided photo documentation to several 1/43 scale model manufacturers.

A private pilot since 1969, Wayne’s biggest kit project to date has been building a Van’s RV-12 two seat airplane, making its first flight in September 2010. Wayne and his wife Kay have four daughters and eight grandchildren, none of whom share his interest in model building.

Scott Colmer, How-To Articles

The first model I built (or rebuilt) was a partially assembled Monogram Black Widow that I found at the bottom of a large wooden toy box that my Great Grandmother kept.  That was 1966. Since then I have built nothing but cars. Race cars, hot rods, and custom creations are what I like most.  I always strive to produce something unique and entertaining.

I live in Southern California with my wife Nani and our two sons Kyle and Justin. I also have a son, Sean, who lives in Spain. I have built models with all of them.  The pleasure of teaching family members to build a model is very close the same fulfillment I get when producing a How-To article explaining how to construct a part of some sort. I have enjoyed building models and being part of the modeling community for over 45 years. 

 

Simil’R Model Company

SIMIL’R MODEL COMPANY

Simil’R Models is a new model car company from France, and they sent a few of their new kits.

The first one is the Pescarolo Judd 01, in 1/24 scale.

This model is fantastic! It may only be curbside, but the details, quality of the plastic, fit, and the Cartograf decals are top-notch. I am building this one first, since it’s the easiest, and am waiting for the correct Pescarolo Blue color before I continue. I’ll update this article along the way. check out Similr.fr You can also get the Simil’R kits from M&S Hobbies and Strada Sports

Revell’s Bass Pro Shops Sprint Car

 

Revell has released a slightly modified version of the Monogram Sprint Car from 1987. The major changes are the newer Gambler style of two-piece body  work, the newer style of top frame rails, and newer rims. Everything is pretty much the same from 1987.

Our thanks go out to Damian Fontes for building up this review sample for us. Mahalo nui loa, Damian!