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End of the line?

27 May 2014 - 04:58 PM

The Hindustan Ambassador, which has been unchanged for over fifty years, and was minimally changed from its 1949 introduction, may have finally ended production.




Charlie Larkin

XK-E kits

20 May 2014 - 08:21 PM

Aside from the rare (and I'd imagine rather expensive) Aurora kit and the Monogram kit (which might be the Aurora, and also a bit tough to find and not exactly chump change,) has anyone made a Jaguar XK-E in (preferably) 1/24 scale more recently? I need 1/24 to go with something else.


Little project I have in mind....


Charlie Larkin

How amazing is this?

12 May 2014 - 07:57 PM

In late February, my grandmother, at the age of 102, fell and broke her hip while trying to unzip her robe. She lost her balance and went over. This, of course, after my mother and my aunt telling her for quite some time to sit down while doing that. Not with her stubbornness....one of the reasons she's lived as long as she has.


At any rate, Nana was taken right over to Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston and received an emergency hip operation and pin that following morning. The doctor was amazed at her overall physical health, and said she should be okay in the next 2-3 months, reasonable given her age.


After a couple of months, it was discovered that the pin didn't seat quite right this morning when we were finding a short leg and Nana's recovery not going right relative to the rest of her health.


The answer is a total hip replacement. At 102. That they're able to do this safely on someone her age attests to how much better medicine is.


Now, of course, it would've been best if the original pinning had worked, but we'll take the best possible outcome we can get.


The best part? Although my aunt and my mother will be splitting duty up during the full recovery and after, as she can't see too well anymore, she's still expected to be able to go home.


Even twenty years ago, this would've been very difficult. It amazes me that it's happening even now.


Charlie Larkin

NNL-East personal challenge met!

24 April 2014 - 08:40 PM

All I have to do is install the mirrors, and we're ready to roll!


Mike Laliberte and a couple of other people asked me about this kit.


The good:


1. Body dead-nuts on.

2. Very nicely detailed interior with an intelligent, positive assembly sequence.

3. Looks GREAT when it's done.

4. Nicely-detailed chassis plate that looks almost Tamiya-like when detail-painted.


The not-so-good.


1. Remove the locating pins from the tail lamp lenses and glue them on (I used clear parts cement.)

2. The headlight assembly is not done well- very fussy. If you buy this for a kid, make sure you do that part with them.

3. The very soft, low-grade plastic was rather unsettling. 

4. Rear bumper doesn't like to stay on- I'll probably end up gluing it in. 


See the build here.



These are the completed pictures sitting on my Sho-Case base.


This is the side view. The Tamiya Maroon looks great on this, I think.



The rear with my home-made index card "decals," a Massachusetts "Greenie" license plate (313-IFD to give a nod to Chrysler's brochure license plate of late- the Detroit area code with the initials for their "Imported From Detroit" campaign,) my Masonic roundel (York Rite,) my DeMolay roundel, and two bumper stickers commemorating the "Boston Strong" movement (The 617 runner's tag is to denote Boston's traditional area code, the blue and yellow ribbon reads "Boston Strong" in 1:1, and is the colors of the Boston Athletic Association, sponsors of the Boston Marathon and in memory of the horror of April 15, 2013.)




A front view




And now that it's 2:40 AM, I should get to bed- lotta driving to do tomorrow...well, this morning.


Thanks to all who cheered me on- see at least some of you at dinner tomorrow.


Charlie Larkin

My personal NNL-East challenge Mission accomplished!

20 April 2014 - 01:48 PM

Those who know me know I have three great loves in automobiles.


1. Pre-1970 American cars.

2. Anything weird.

3. (And the greatest, possibly,) station wagons!


With the sub-them of wagons this year at NNL-East, I knew I HAD to have something for this year. Unfortunately, the very cold winter, which super-refrigerated the basement where I usually paint, and about two months of not being able to use stairs easily due to a flare-up of sciatica, along with some other issues, made getting much of anything done impossible.


I took a look at one possible contender, and decided it was going to be more work than I could do, and I was missing some parts.


The other possibilities I had were simply too much to get done.


So, Friday, I went to my preferred hobby shop and was poking around for an idea. And found it.


The Revell Snap-Fit Chrysler PT Cruiser.


This is most of the kit. I don't have pictures of the glass, chrome or tires.




The car will be painted and detailed. And with that few parts, I'm not expecting this to take a long time.


There will be a small amount of body work due to a molding imperfection on the tailgate, in the form of a heavy ridge that will need to be sanded down, re-polished and then painted.




Can I have this ready before Friday? Given the low parts-count and minimal painting I need to do (the interior color is a dead match for the agate interior, needing only detail painting and a some semi-gloss and Dullcote to get the sheens correct,) I think it can be done.


The toughest part will be the body. I intend to use some of the ancient Testors Car Colors Garnet Red Pearl I have, which will provide a nice color over the red plastic, and, at least to my eye, do a good job of simulating the Inferno Red Tint-coat.


Let the challenge begin!


Charlie Larkin