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1956 Mercury

09 June 2015 - 12:20 PM

I finally started working on this Modelhaus 1956 Mercury Montclair, resin, curbside kit.  It got a Westleys Bleche White bath for a couple of days, a good scrubbing, and then air dried.  Only about 3 very small pinholes had to be filled with CA glue on the bottom edges of the body.  I glued on the skirts and when the CA glue fully cures I'll sand any rough spots and clean a minimal amount of flash from the parts.


The kit comes with the body with hood molded in. chassis, metal axles, wheel backs, chromed spinner hubcaps and wide whitewall tires.  The front bumper/grille and rear bumper are chromed as are the taillight bezels and trunk emblem.  The headlight lenses are clear resin and the taillight lenses are red.  The interior is a 7 piece assembly, consisting of the floor platform with the rear seat, front seat, dashboard, steering wheel, steering column and separate side panels with great engraved detail. 


The only thing missing (per a note in the kit) was the chromed airplane style hood ornament...... but I have a couple of similar parts to those in my parts stash.


Here's what all those parts look like...




After searching for reference pictures on Google this is the color scheme that really caught my attention...






I might add a continental kit to the model but I'm not sure of that yet.  I also may go with some wire wheels too, but, again I'm not sure.  It's not a convertible but that's OK because it is the color combination that really caught my eye.  Now here's hoping that I can get it to look that good.  Any and all comments, critiques and suggestions are welcomed and appreciated as always.  Thanks for looking in on this.

Can't seem to get my motor going...!

08 June 2015 - 11:15 AM

Since I returned home on Memorial Day weekend from my NNL East trip and my stay in NC, I just can't seem to get my model building motor going...  


I've got plenty of new stuff to work on - Modelhaus '56 Cadillac kit

                                                            -        "          '56 Dodge kit

                                                            -        "          '56 Mercury kit

                                                            - M.A.D.'s chopped '50 Olds body to use with the Revell '50 Olds Custom kit

                                                            - Moebius' '54 Hudson Club Coupe kit - - along with the '52 & '53 Hudson kits which are already in my stash

                                                            - Moebius' '56 Chrysler "Tim Flock" kit to use for building a surprise 30th Anniversary NNL East Theme Car for next year's show


Plus I've still got loads of other 1950's kits and promos in my TO DO pile...


I also picked up some great EBAY scores to fill in the "holes" in my '50's collection - 1950 Chevrolet 1/24 diecast

                                                                                                                                  - 1953 Packard 1/26 diecast

                                                                                                                                  - 1956 Nash Metropolitan 1/24 diecast

                                                                                                                                  - 1957 Cadillac 1/24 diecast

                                                                                                                                  - 1957 Plymouth Fury 1/24 diecast


Everything is put away where it fits in, all the paints that I stocked up on are in their place, and all of the aftermarket parts I got are in their respective, labeled slots... 


Now if I could just get my motor going to just sit down and start working on something I'd be much happier.   This seems to happen to me at some point every year.  I know I'll get the "mojo" back...... maybe I left it in my suitcase......


Happy Birthday to Bob Dudek

27 May 2015 - 05:14 AM

Hope you have a great day Bob.

I'm Baaaack.......... Now check this out.

24 May 2015 - 01:39 PM

 Hello everyone.  After attending the NNL East show in Wayne, NJ and helping my buddy Tom Valenta in choosing models for MCM picture coverage, I travelled with him down to his home in Hendersonville, NC and stayed with him for about 6 weeks.  Tom and I have been friends for over 20 years since we both lived on Long Island in NY.  


When I got back home yesterday I had several boxes waiting for me.  The Modelhaus order that I was unable to get at the show was shipped to my home.  It had the '56 Cadillac, '56 Dodge, and '56 Mercury that I ordered.  I also received 3 diecast cars that I scored on EBAY.  I got a 1950 Chevy, a 1953 Packard, and a 1957 Cadillac.  I was able to get all three cars for about $100 total including shipping.  A great score.  While at the NNL I picked up a chopped '50 Olds resin body from MAD to use with the '50 Olds Custom kit.  These cars along with all of the 1950's cars still in my pile will keep me very busy at my bench for quite some time.


While in NC I attended two of Tom's model club meetings.  Tom is a member of SCMA (South Carolina Modelers Assoc.) in their Spartanburg, SC chapter.  The club now holds their monthly meetings in a new hobby shop.located in Spartanburg which is about a 40 minute drive from Hendersonville, NC.


Now what could be better and more inspirational than having a model car hobby shop located in a real, 1:1 Hot Rod Shop...???  The place is Mason's Hot Rods and Hobby Shop located at 1714 New Cut Road in Spartanburg, SC.  Chuck Cox is the Hobby Shop Mgr. and can be reached at 864-541-9080, or, you can reach his wife, Doreen Cox at 864-541-9137.  They carry a great selection of new and older model kits, spray and jar paints, glues, photo-etched and resin aftermarket stuff.  If you don't see what you want, Chuck can get it for you by making a phone call.  They will be adding more and more stuff to their stock as time goes on so if you live in the area GO CHECK THEM OUT... you won't be disappointed.


While you're at the hobby shop you can check out the 1:1 eye candy in the Hot Rod shop that is being worked on, or the cool cars parked outside that are either finished up or awaiting their turn in the shop.  The Hot Rod Shop owner is a great guy named Alan Mason.


Check out these pictures of some of the cars that were parked outside...




Here's the "Shop Truck".... an Edsel Villager wagon.






An old Nash that has obviously seen better days




a '53 DeSoto




A '59 Ford Skyliner






Some other Fords















And then there are the cars that were in the shop...


a '56 Merc








and here's a tired old Deuce in disrepair...












I would think that any modeler would get great inspiration for builds seeing the stuff in and around this shop.

Happy Birthday Chuck Most

08 April 2015 - 09:53 AM

Hope you have a great day Chuck.