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A Happy and Safe Independence Day Holiday To All.

03 July 2014 - 12:45 PM

Allow me to wish a very happy, healthy and safe Independence Day Holiday to all my fellow modelers.

'54 Chevy kit... Is it any good..?

14 June 2014 - 09:23 AM

Does anyone know if this is a decent kit or not..??  Thanks for any help.



1957 Pontiac -- Class of '57 -- Entry #4

21 May 2014 - 05:24 PM

I picked up a '57 Pontiac Star Chief promo on EBAY at the end of last year.  It is one of those Cycolac plastic promos with a metal friction chassis.  I had to get replacement grille & bumpers and the side spears from Modelhaus at NNL East.  The windshield glass was "fused" to the windshield frame.  I tried prying it off and also immersed the whole thing in water and stuck it in the freezer for a few hours, but it would not come off.  I had to mask it off completely before priming, painting and clearcoating.


The body is painted Duplicolor Bright Silver Metallic and Tamiya Coral Blue.  The grille was given a blackwash.  The whitewall tires are from my parts box as are the mirrors and door handles.   The antenna is a piece of guitar string inside a piece of surgical stainless steel tubing.  I still have to add interior visors.









The interior is painted Tamiya Coral Blue and Silver.  The carpet is flocked in Black and the dashboard is painted body color with BMF and blackwash with clear epoxy gauge lenses.  Pieces of shirt pins were used for shift and turn signal levers.  Resin cranks and handles replaced the molded in ones.





I'm not totally happy with it, but it looks good on the shelf.  Any and all comments are welcomed and appreciated.  On to the next victim.

Saturday with my Grandson

20 May 2014 - 05:32 PM

This weekend my daughter, her husband and my grandson will be up here in western PA from VA for the Memorial Day weekend BBQ & "party" at Brian's brother's home about 20 minutes north of us in Zelienople.

On Saturday my daughter is going wedding dress shopping with a friend who is getting married this summer.  She will be dropping off my 3 year old grandson with me so he can spend the day with Grandpa.  I have 3 snap kits all ready for us to work on... an Impala Police Car (he likes "Official vehicles" as his daddy works for the FBI, his uncle works for Homeland Security, and a neighbor in VA works for the Secret Service.  They all have "official work vehicles".), I also have a Humvee, and a Helicopter (he likes them but calls them "Hockalipters".


I'm looking forward to having a great old time with AJ.  When we talk on the phone he always asks "What did you build for me?"  

First we had the "S" word............ Now how about the "R" word.

15 May 2014 - 09:10 AM

OK, I've had just about enough of spring rains already..!!  Every day for a week or so gets real old, real fast.  The grass and weeds make the yard look like a jungle (my lawn service is due to show up any day now).

I can't paint, even in my basement, because the lacquers blush..!!  70 to 90% humidity just makes everything feel "sticky".  I feel for all of you guys in Florida and other areas who experience this all the time.