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Member Since 27 Jan 2007
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Watch me work?

29 January 2014 - 03:45 PM

A lady that I have recently been keeping company with actually said, "I'd like to watch you work on a model." after seeing some of my finished builds. Frankly, I'm MYSTIFIED by this. I imagine that it would be like watching paint dry. I was able to talk my late wife into building a model in (I think) 1988, when we were dating and she was 18. Can someone explain this request from a woman in her late 40s? I reckoned that a woman of that age would know better.


I got BIG LAUGHS...at a funeral.

20 January 2014 - 05:41 PM

My father was tragically killed while riding his bicycle on 13 January 2014. I wrote, and read, this at his funeral service yesterday. He was 73.

 

     Now, first off, let's have a show of hands from everyone that Pop might have “screwed with” at some time or another. OK, I'm a little disappointed that I'm not seeing 100% participation. Pop routinely enjoyed a ridiculous gag or prank at someone's expense. But the things that Pop really enjoyed were fairly simple. Biking, hunting and fishing with his buddies, spending time with the kids within his sphere of influence (especially his grandchildren, Bridget, Erin, and Peter), traveling, and I certainly won't neglect to mention that I think that he was at his happiest with Brenda. Brenda did manage to grind a few of the “rough edges” off of the old man, but he needed that.

     One of those “rough edges” was Pop's penchant for frugality that was the stuff of legend growing up. A good example of this was his enthusiasm for the Ford Pinto. Pop LOVED Ford Pintos beginning in the late '70s and lasting until well into the '80s for a number of reasons.

 

      1. They were cheap, thanks to the slipshod engineering that rendered them a fiery deathtrap in a rear-end collision. The bottom fell out of the market on Pintos once word got out about that.

      2. Good fuel economy.

      3. They were cheap.

      4. Pretty dependable, and while they were crude even by the standards of the day, easy to repair.

      5. Did I forget to mention that they were cheap?

 

     Anyway, Pop owned FOUR of those wretched conveyances, torturing his own children by forcing us to ride in vehicles devoid of ANY optional comfort or convenience equipment. You know, like air conditioning. Would've been nice in the summer. I think all four of us learned to drive in a Ford Pinto. The signature “Ford Pinto Episode” occurred when Pop pulled into a gas station and asked the attendant to put in something like three bucks worth of gas. This was back in the days when you could buy more than ¾ of a gallon of gas for three bucks. A half penny short of the desired amount, the nozzle shut off, and the attendant began to pull the nozzle out. Naturally, Pop wanted that 1/200th of a dollar's worth of gas in his Pinto, because everyone knows that a Pinto with a full gas tank represents entertainment value. For the fire department. A spirited discussion ensued, and ultimately, Pop got that half-penny squirt of gas. Yes, it WAS ridiculous. I gave the old man hell about that incident for more than 30 years. And he didn't mind that I poked fun at it. That's what Pop was like in real life. He realized that we are all the butt of a joke at some point. Here's where I graciously bow out, and allow someone else to share a tale that might cause a smile. Bring on the crazy story of poor judgment or stupid humor. I think that's what Pop would have wanted. Have at it.

 

My brother, scheduled to speak next, asked, "How the hell am I supposed to follow that?"


Now what am I supposed to do?

05 August 2013 - 06:00 PM

My wife, Lisa, has passed. She was kind, decent, generous, intelligent at a genius level, and was all that a man could hope for. She thought of model building as good, clean fun, and a harmless pastime for me. Lisa encouraged building with my nieces and especially my nephew, Jared, and never thought of it as something that I spent too much money or time on. She was 43, and suffered terribly from rheumatoid arthritis, the worst complications of which are what claimed her far too soon. My life, as I have known it, is now over.


Hurst Hairy Olds

02 May 2013 - 06:33 AM

I picked this kit up in unbuilt condition at a flea market for $3. Since the kit was somewhat lacking in detail by today's standards, I kept it pretty much box-stock to avoid making the build into a big Hollywood production. My only real gripe with the kit was the quality of the decals, which for reasons that I can't explain, silvered a bit.


'72 Hurst/Olds

24 April 2013 - 06:30 AM

Here's my take on the Revell '72 Hurst/Olds. Largely box-stock, I used Model Master enamels and Metalizers, Bare-Metal Foil, and I machined correct trumpet-style exhaust outlets out of sprue. Thanks for looking!