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In Topic: 1904 De Dion Bouton

18 October 2014 - 03:01 AM

Harry, All your brass-era models are so 'cool' and this is no exception.  I still think it's time you did an article in the magazine showing the whole collection and background.........something delightfully non-mainstream and super-interesting. I'd certainly enjoy seeing them all together in a multi-page feature.


In Topic: '57 Dodge D100 Basic Pickup

09 October 2014 - 04:02 PM

Very nice, better than Museum Quality.

 

I'd love to learn how you worked the polycarbonate windows. Care to share?

Polycarbonate (assuming the gauge isn't too thick) is relatively easy to cut with good scissors to the rough size you'll need, and then the gentle folds (wrap-arounds) are bent with your fingers and sort of rolled to the correct shape. Usually, the bend has to be overdone because it'll spring back a little. Delightfully, it isn't brittle and it doesn't go white at the bend like cheaper clear plastics do. I bought a small sheet of the stuff from a plastics supplier but I often find it used on product packaging and I save it. The heat formed packaging type often isn't smooth and clear but I have kept some diecut and folded clothing packaging that is really good.

The last step is carefully filing or sanding the edges to the exact fit required and then running your fingernails along the edge to remove the fine burr that the filing leaves.

I usually run a black marker along the finished edge to keep the edge from looking white.

Don't be upset if the first attempts don't fit or line up perfectly...........you can use them as a template for the next try with the modifications factored in.

I also sometimes find that the neck area of plastic liquor bottles can supply decent canopies or compound-curved glass.  Try it...practice makes perfect!


In Topic: '57 Dodge D100 Basic Pickup

07 October 2014 - 10:49 AM

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Since this is a basic truck, a '57 Dodge flathead six-cylinder replaces the V8

 

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Simulated hood hinges fabricated in brass

 

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I've added brake-lines, tubing exhaust with handmade exhaust clamps, and stepside running boards.

 

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In Topic: Another car never kitted, much less mentioned

04 September 2014 - 07:01 PM

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My brother, Larry, and I have a penchant for all sorts of small cars, and one of the cars that we've totally restored is a '49 Crosley wagon, pictured here (evidently the wagons are the  most plentiful of the various Crosley models). We've also collected some Braje speed equipment for the Crosley, and ,since most of the Braje equipment is 'bolt-on' stuff, it might be fun to bolt a bunch of the speed equipment on for a while and surprise a few 'Tuner Guyz' at one of their gatherings. Although the Crosley motor is diminutive, it was a fairly advanced, lightweight, over head cam motor that was quite popular in TQ Midget racing as well as in boat racing 'back in the day'.

 

I'd certainly love to find a decent model kit of any stock Crosley.    I do have a couple of 1/43 diecast Crosleys....wagon and sedan delivery.


In Topic: 1952 International L110 Panel Van

05 August 2014 - 01:32 AM

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These two pics show the original Napa promo with the '53 grille as well as the incorrect (for the panel version)

tailgate rear door.

 

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