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1956 Chrysler

22 December 2014 - 12:46 PM

I've had this idea for awhile to try to replicate the car pictured by Harry back around when this kit first came out.  The picture is this one...




I started out by sanding off the very faint mold seams on the body along with the scripts, badges and keyholes.  I added some thin plastic strips to sort of replicate the custom side trim.  I'm debating whether or not to try to cut out the vent holes in the trim in front of the doors, or to just "black them in".  The wheels are a set of Pegasus wheels and tires that I've had sitting around for some time, and they're just taped in for the pictures.


I haven't painted an Orange car in almost 20 years so this one will be different for me.  I've got a couple of cans of HOK colors (Tangelo Pearl and Ultra Orange Pearl) that I've been wanting to use so I'll have to experiment to see which color I like the best for this car.


The rest of the car will be built pretty much stock with maybe some "bling" added in the engine room.  I'm also debating whether or not I should just glue the hood shut and just make this a Curbside model.







Thanks for looking in on this new project.  As usual, all comments are welcomed.  Further updates to come as they happen.


1958 Mercury Parklane convertible - Class of '58 - Graduate #11

19 December 2014 - 06:05 PM

I finished this one up tonight.  It is a Modelhaus curbside resin kit that I got from them at the NNL East show back in April.  It is painted a Dark Cherry/Maroon color by Dyplicolor.


The grilles were given a blackwash with The Detailer and the chrome headlights got a coat of white acrylic and I flowed some clear epoxy over them.




I added an outside mirror and a guitar string antenna.




The hubcaps were given a blackwash and the rear quarter insert was painted with Brass metalizer.




Taillights were given a coat of Tamiya clear Red as were the rear bumper reflectors.  The backup light part of the taillights was coated with white acrylic.  The continental kit extension and tire cover came with the kit.






The interior was first sprayed Tamiya White primer then painted with a Maroon flat model railroad paint.  The carpet was flocked in a maroon color that I made by mixing red, gray and black flocking.  The dash is painted body color and detailed with BMF, chrome silver and aluminum paints and The Detailer.  The steering wheel is White with a piece of straight pin for a turn signal lever.  The side panels have BMF trim and resin cranks and handles painted chrome silver.






The "snaps on the convertible boot cover are PE pieces.






Thanks to all for looking in on this latest completion.  Any and all comments are welcomed.


Now it's on to the next one.

Black and White TV

17 December 2014 - 06:20 AM

Here's some stuff to remember............  If you're old enough...



Black and White (under age 40? You won't understand.)
You could hardly see for all the snow,

Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.
Pull a chair up to the TV set,
'Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet.'

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter and I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE...and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.
Flunking gym was not an option.... even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then... Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and th en Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either; because if we did we got our butt spanked there and then we got our butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off.
Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house.
Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family.

How could we possibly have known that we needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes?

We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac!

How did we ever survive?


1958 Mercury Parklane Convertible

13 December 2014 - 07:59 AM

Here's one that we don't see very often, if at all.  This is another Modelhaus resin kit that I picked up from them at the NNL East Show way back in April.  After a bath in Westley's Bleche White the parts got a good wash and very minor cleanup.  The castings on this one are wonderful as usual.  The body has been primed and painted a Duplicolor shade of Burgundy / Black Cherry (Sorry, but there was no color name label on the can).  It has also been clearcoated and polished.  The color kind of matches the Burgundy Poly stock color of the car.




The interior bucket needed a minor amount of cleanup and will be done up in shades of maroon and gray with a dark gray/maroon flocked carpet along with some BMF trim on the side panels.  The dash has been painted body color and still has to be detailed.  This is the first interior bucket that I've gotten from Modelhaus that fits the body opening perfectly and needs no widening or narrowing at the sides.  I'll post some pictures of the interior as soon as more work is completed on it.


Thanks for looking in on this new project.  Any and all comments and critiques are welcomed as usual.  Further progress to come as it happens.

Should I change my Avatar picture?

12 December 2014 - 06:55 PM

My younger daughter, who is 31, came home from Louisiana last night where she has been working at a Renaissance Fair for the past 2 months.  Jamie has always "marched to the beat of a different drum, and when she said that she wanted to travel around the country to work at these Fairs, I equated it with wanting to run away to join the Circus.


One of the stories that she was telling us was how Gnomes are popular "characters" at these Fairs.  She bought herself a pair of rubber gnome's ears and a pointed hat that she modeled for us.  I thought it looked cute, but I also wondered how I would look wearing them......


Soooooooooooooooo.................  Prepare for a good laugh..............  I've been letting my white beard grow since the beginning of Fall because my older daughter wants me to wear a Santa suit for my 3 1/2 year old grandson for Christmas.  I think that the beard fits the "Gnome look" perfectly.  I look like one of those garden gnome statues that you'd put in your garden...!!!


So.......... Do you think I should make this my new Avatar picture...???