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Tom Geiger

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How About Some Box Art Cars?

11 May 2015 - 10:32 AM

I recently went to the GSL in Salt Lake City. One of the events is an auction to benefit the museum. Revell / Monogram   donated some of their older box art cars and I was lucky enough to bid and win a few...




First up is an older release of the Revell '57 Ranchero with the chopped top.  








And here's a Monogram 1/24 scale Bronco.  Note that they outlined the decals on the box.  There is often airbrush work done on the published photos.  






Here's the Monogram 1959 Chevy convertible low rider edition.  Very well done! The model is missing the sun visors, the up top and one vent window.  




You can see that this one was quickly built to just be photographed from the top. Note the flat black chassis and missing engine!  Hood is glued shut.


I have a few more posts to make here....   

Jean-Jacques Lillette's Amazing GM Futurliner

26 April 2015 - 08:54 AM

Every year Jean-Jacques Lillette travels from France to NNL East.  His English isn't that good so it's difficult to have a conversation, but he's big into US 1950s everything!  This year he surprised everyone by bringing a GM Futurliner that started with a rough resin he bought on eBay.  We think this is one of the Joel Dirnberger pieces.  Anyway, this was such a sight that our club agreed to award him "The Joe Cavorley Award - the model Joe would've appreciated most".  Joe was a master truck builder and really would have enjoyed seeing this model in person!  






The above photos are my two quick shots taken for the NNL East results page.  Below is the entire build album, that he has posted on Facebook.   I believe you will need to log into Facebook to see.   If there  are enough people who cannot see, how we can upload this album onto our Fotki page.



Decal Storage

23 February 2015 - 06:51 AM



Here's a tip for decal storage that comes from my involvement as a stamp collector.  This is a SuperSafe brand stamp stock book. It has 16 pages, each with 10 glassine strips to store stamps.  Each page has a glassine leaf between them for storage.  


Hobby Lobby sells this book for about $15, but using the magic 40% off coupon, the album is less than $10 including sales tax. The store nearest me only stocks one of these at a time, and when I'm there and don't see anything I need for models, I grab one for my stamp collection.


Then it hit me... this is the perfect decal storage book!  Since both stamps and decals require flat dry storage, and they come in all sizes, from an individual decal cut from a sheet, to full sheets.  They sit nicely behind the glassine storage strips and you can see the whole decal sheet, unless you over lap the sheets.




How About A Bit o' Ertl History ?

05 February 2015 - 11:45 AM

I am currently working on an International Scout II, which was tooled up by Ertl before they acquired AMT.  I looked up into the body, so that I could sand off mold marks and such, and up on the inside of the roof is the lettering "(copyright sign) 1978 VICTOR COMPTOMETER CORP."  What?  This was an Ertl kit, so I did some digging on the Internet.


I found that Victor Adding Machine Company was one of the first companies to build adding machines in the early part of the 20th century.  They produced some technical products like compasses, gun sights,  meters and gauges for the USA during World War II and came out of that a richer company that went on to produce adding machines, calculators and cash registers.


They started to evaluate the computer market in the 1950s and in 1961 merged with Comtometer Corporation, which produced calculating machines and a communications device called the Electrowriter. They became the Victor Comtometer Corporation. In 1965 they produced the Victor 3900, a fully electronic calculator with multiple functions, three storage registers and a CRT display.  The unit incorported an early MOS integrated circuit for processing and storage.


I don't know why, but in 1967 Victor acquired Ertl. It doesn't seem to fall within their business.  There is no mention of Ertl in the Wiki report on the company, but on the Ertl site it just states they were acquired. It would be interesting to know what the strategy was. Or if the owners just liked toys!


Victor was acquired by Kidde Inc. in 1977 and was renamed Victor Business Machines. In partnership with Sirius Systems Technology and marketed one of the earliest PCs and some of the first dot matrix printers. Victor was eventually purchased by Sirius and eventually sold to Tandy Corporation...  no doubt the source of the early Tandy PCs sold in Radio Shack stores.  Apparently Ertl stayed with Kidde during these transitions. We've all seen  the Kidde name on older Ertl kits.


Kidde was purchased by Hanson LLC in 1987, who eventually sold Ertl (which owned AMT since 1981) to Racing Champs in 1999.  And we all know where that went.


I find it interesting that Ertl was part of Victor, an innovative company that was always at the head of technology during that period.   I'll bet you never knew that the Tandy PC and my Scout had a common heritage!

Do you or don't you?

05 February 2015 - 08:06 AM



I stole Tom TBill's photo from the 6 Pack Camaro thread as illustration for this thread.   No criticism, there is no right or wrong here.


The big question-  Do you or Don't you paint all the surfaces of your model cars?

You can see both illustrated in Tom's photo, so he's done it both ways here.  I tend to paint everything so if those were mine the rest of the chassis would be all black.   I also paint the inside of the body, and the outside of interior buckets.   Why? My reasoning is that you don't know what will be visible up through the wheel wells etc once the model is assembled, and I don't want to see bare plastic, or even to be able to make out things like the edge of the interior bucket etc, so I paint it all flat black.  And probably because I'm a bit anal!  


So what do you do and why?