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BRE Datsun 240Z

28 October 2014 - 05:05 PM

I was at work today and one of my friends/coworker stops me and said he had something he thought I'd like.  So I followed him to his office and he handed me a FIRST RUN issue of the Revell BRE/Datsun 240Z!  I was just flabbergasted!  I've seen many of them in the past, but all have been re-issues.  This one was absolutely complete, the box in near perfect shape, instructions, decals, the whole enchilada!  I wanted to offer him some money, but since I didn't have any to offer, I proceeded to tell him the value of this kit.  I wish my camera/phone was working, but it wasn't.  I may still offer him some money, but he's an avid race fan, so he'll likely end up keeping it.


While I was looking at that, he pulls out a post card that has the Sox & Martin Barracuda and I think it was a Charger.  Then I noticed it was autographed in BALL POINT PEN by Ronnie and Buddy themselves!  My jaw hit the floor!  I don't know that this will top the Sox and Martin postcard, but the then pulls out an autographed ad for Hertz Rental with a picture of O.J. Simpson and his signature in silver paint pen.  


I guess when you grow up racing, you are open to all kinds of cool things because you are basically the "star of the show" and racing events and when fame shows up, they typically get the run of the place.


I'll try and get some pics if possible.  


I just thought I'd share today's experience.  

alternate sources of modelling supplies

25 October 2014 - 01:02 PM

I was at Lowe's today and I was looking for a garage sale sign.  Easily found.  While looking at the signs, a LARGE for sale sign, 18X24 inch, is made of what looks to be polystyrene, probably around 1/32" thick.  $10


Oates epoxy plumber's putty.  Just like Mili-put white, 8 or so inches long, roughly 4 times more material than mili-put.  Both parts in one log.  Simply cut off a hunk, kneed it, spread it where you want it, but work quickly, it hardens VERY quickly, right at 5 min to be workable with a cheese grater, REALLY rough sand paper, hobby knife, etc,.   It's fully cured in about an hour and able to be machined, sanded, dremeled, even drilled and tapped (low torque bolts.  Sticks VERY well to just about any surface including styrene.  $6


Clamping forceps, tweezers, scissors, sometimes disposable scalpels.  Just try to cut your finger off and go to the emergency room and ask for the sucher kit when they're done with it.  I've been successful in getting about 5 of these kits throughout the years.  While you are there getting your finger sewn back on, grab some non-powdered gloves to keep your finger prints off your models.


Lowe's also has brass and aluminum rods, angles, and other metal shapes for fabrication in the hardware section in the "HOBBY PROJECTS" drawer.   


If you have a good source of hobby supplies, please post it up!  I am ALWAYS looking for supplies in odd places.

got side tracked

19 October 2014 - 12:08 PM

I was looking for some parts, not being very successful and decided that I needed to organize my parts bin.  At this point, I have pulled most of the wheels, tires, interior buckets, seats, engines and bumpers/grilles out and have a LONG way to go before I am satisfied with it being organized.


I think there's somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 different model kits donating parts to my parts bin.


bumpers, hoods, tires, wheels and engines



Bodies, chassis and interior buckets



and all the rest that still needs sorting.  There is yet another crate like this one that still needs sifting through.  but it contains mostly parts still on sprues and larger pieces.


Wicked Colors paint at Hobby Lobby

12 October 2014 - 05:41 AM

So I've bought a few of the Wicked Colors water based airbrush colors at Hobby Lobby.  I like the way they lay down, but I haven't had good luck with clearing it.  enamel and lacquer clears either fog, craze or fisheye.  I would like to get paints local, but don't want to spend $60 on 2K at the body shop.  Is there a one step urethane available that I can get at a local shop like lowes, home depot, any auto parts store or body shop?


Another thing I'd like to know about the colors, is with their blacks.  There is a Wicked Black and a Wicked Jet Black.  Is there enough of a difference in the two that a two tone paint job can be done or is it only a difference sheen or is one metallic or pearl?  



Elenore II I got a crazy idea

28 September 2014 - 10:59 AM

So I saw the post Custom Mike made in my 57 Fairlane paint test thread which shows his custom 1975 Matador.  I didn't know what kind of car it was, so I asked.  He replied and sent a few extra pics to show me the whole car.  Fan-dang-tastic build!  He took a hideous car (sorry if that offends you Mopar guys, but the Matador is ugly) and built a gorgeous custom.  I have a theory about cars...there really is no truely ugly car, just cars that don't have the right wheels, tires, stance and paint.  Ok, the 70's yielded some rather atrocious specimens, but most if not all of them could have befitted from wheels, stance and removing the park bench bumpers.  


After seeing Mike's matador, I was inspired to grab an ugly car and make it outstanding.  So I found what I considered to be one of the ugliest cars in my stash.  AMT's 1977 Mustang II, which is the ugliest MUSTANG ever produced....ever!  (ok the Mach III takes the ugliest mustang ever award, but it was never produced.)  



What is the most popular mustang ever?  here's a hint It's in a film with all the earmarks of a classic Nick Cage film: yelling, explosions, speed, a hot chick, plus a certain Shelby GT500....You know her as Elenore.  You've all seen the many renderings of people's takes on her from clones to convertibles to late model look-a-likes, but one I have never seen is the Mustang II.  So I started drawing.  This is just a sketch which incorperates the side scoops, the Shelby style rear spoiler, molded bumpers, the GT500 styled front end and the trademark Power Bubble on the hood.




I added and left out only a few other Elenore characteristics  to try and make it flow a little nicer.  I never really cared for the little spider eye looking lights that were on the original so I left them out.  The GT500 bumper mounted off-road lights had to be there because they're just awesome.  The rear is going to be created using Shelby parts from probably the 69 or 70 model, which ever one that was that Monogram made with the chrome insert with the mesh and Shelby letters.  Side pipes are either going to be stolen from a viper or fabbed from win and awesome.  


The wheels were drawn as just a simple 5 spoke design, but looking through the parts box, I found some old wheels from an AMT 64 mustang. I only found 2 so I may be hitting someone up for a kit or just some parts 



They were obviously not going to work to give it a very tough, modern look, so I grabbed some Pegasus 17" sleeves and re-hooped them.  


I have a vision of the car sitting on a tube chassis or something like that because the kit is just awful.  I haven't even a clue where to begin looking for a chassis to go under this to make it even remotely close to original, so I think since it's a take on a shelby, why not a chassis based on the AC Cobra?  


I hope you all understand, this will probably never get done, but I really hope it inspires someone else to take on the ugly ducklings and turn them into the swans they deserve to be.


Thank you for tuning in.