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Phirewriter

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  1. I typically will keep kit boxes or at least the tops if the art appeals to me, usually vintage kits. I've framed some of the box tops and sides for my basement walls and now that I finally bought a mat cutter can make them a little classier. I also have vintage 60's magazine ads that will be framed, they include model kits and accessories, slot cars and other cool toys and diecast subjects. As far as parts, I have a lifetime accumulation and simply try to keep them organized and give away/trade anything i don't think I'll use. Between my friends and my local model club someone always seems to be in need of something. I'd rather help a guy out if possible instead of just throwing away unneeded parts. I've also made parts bags over the years and sold them at local shows as well.
  2. My late father built one when it came out, I still have it although it needs some TLC after being stored for many years. He was an engineer so complex kits appealed to him as well as the subject matter. He was able to assemble it with all the functional features. I have a MIB that he also had along with the Ertl reissue. As far as I know the only thing that was simplified was the elimination of the rotating headlights and possibly hollow vinyl tires instead of the solid rubber ones in the first issue. I'd have to pull both from my collection to compare sometime. Eventually I'd like to build the later issue in Ivory with a saddle interior, his was molded in a rich dark red which he simply polished and detail painted the rest of the kit. FYI styrene addiction is genetic and can be passed on to the next generation 😁
  3. AMT/Round2 had a number of parts packs engines available not too long ago, one had a nice Hemi paired with a turbo Corvair motor. Out of production but shouldn't be too hard to find. I'd think it could be finessed into the Fiat with minimal fuss.
  4. The 392 is in the Miss Deal kit along with a number of other partial Parts Pack items.
  5. Richard Carroll tires. Have a few sets of those waiting for the right project.
  6. Slot racers definitely will buy bodies. There's a commercial raceway near me and I've worked with a number of racers painting bodies for both regular tracks and their scale 1/4 me drag strip. The oval and road course guys generally aren't interested in details that can come off after the first de-slot. The drag guys often have cars built to slot racing concourse standards and want all the details. Many cars at first glance don't look like slot cars as much as a static kit build. Drag cars are a mixed bag as far as interior use, otherwise most classes they're almost never used, just a cardstock or vacuum formed interior plate. I've acquired many donor chassis, engines and interiors over the years from racers at very reasonable prices or trade paint and assembly work for extra model parts. One thing to keep in mind is that many classes only use certain body styles while the drag guys are open to just about anything, at least at my local track. Something else to consider, many slot racers can whip up a really nice brass chassis but often can't do nice paint or modeling work. If you're local track has a dragstrip you might consider doing some painting and body assembly. The drag guys around here want their cars to look as good as they perform and have paid local modeler's good money for their services.
  7. A couple more photos, the GT40 is a re-boxed Fujimi kit. The were new boxes for the Buick GSX, '67 Vette and the '37 Ford pickup although he didn't have any examples of the new decal sheets included with them.
  8. Ed Sexton was at the Milwaukee NNL today with a number of test shots for upcoming releases. The Camaro's have great decal sheets for multiple paint versions.
  9. Ed Sexton was at the Milwaukee NNL today with a number of new release test shots and graciously answering questions. The revisions to the rat rod look really nice.
  10. I learned how to drive in this... And a 1931 Model A town sedan which I unfortunately don't have a digital image of, after mastering spark advance and choke adjustments, 3 on the tree, non synchro shifting plus a fussy Columbia 2 speed rear end I could drive anything modern. He had me driving by the time I turned 13.
  11. Excellent job, probably the nicest build of a Hubley Ford kit (wagon or sedan) I've seen to date!
  12. Would be great if someone would do it...
  13. They both look great! Nice to see the AMT 43rd scale kits built up that nice. If any of the the molds still exist it would be nice to see Round2 reissue this line of kits.
  14. While your box dates back to the early 60's release the contents are from the mid 70's release, the Checkmate.
  15. That turned out really nice! Based on your comments about paint quality and color selection I wasn't sure about the end result but it looks great.
  16. Very smooth rendering for standard cold press. Beautiful painting! Really like the choice of colors and the way you handled the lighting and shadows. As for a "basic" paint set, what brand did you use? Your blacks are really rich as well as the color saturation on the darker colors, something that entry level or less expensive watercolors have a hard time achieving for some brands.
  17. Hot Wheels as a matter of fact make this...
  18. Can't add much to what's been said previously, awesome build of a great car! Always nice nice to see these built stock as they're such a good looking car.
  19. I really like were this is going! The louvered panel is a great touch as well! A one piece frame for the Mysterion would be a great time saver for building that kit, in addition to being much stronger than the multi piece assembly. I'll be watching with great interest. A printer is in my future as well, we're exploring this technology at the company I work for but on a bigger scale (indoor and outdoor signs) so hopefully I'll be able to utilize what I learn for my purposes. I'd like to be able to design my own stuff as well as utilizing existing files.
  20. Rembrandt's "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp"
  21. As you stated you didn't want to get into special tools for your chassis, but... Most of the AW chassis, both T-jet and Magna Traction chassis suffer from a lot of slop in the axle holes. If you're pulling off the wheels you might want to address this as well. It makes a big difference in performance. There's a really nice axle peener available from Scale Engineering: http://www.scaleengineering.com/Product Pages/TJetTools1.htm Or you can apply a coating of oil or petroleum jelly to the axle and apply a small amount of super glue to the inside and outside of the chassis. If you don't want to go the wheel puller route a small needle nose pliers can be used to gently leverage the wheels off. Work slowly and don't use too much force. Unfortunately unlike the originals the AW axles can be bent rather easily, plus the newer chassis are a bit soft as well. There's some very good low/no buck tuning tips if you search on Home Racing World and Slot Car Illustrated forums as well. Putting a little effort in these chassis will really wake them up.
  22. I haven't paid attention to these on eBay, if they're getting expensive I have to admit I'm kinda surprised. I still see them at local shows for not too much money and have picked up a few here and there with ideas for modifying them, IF that time ever comes. My dad started a Duesenberg but never finished it for some reason, going to get to that soon hopefully. It's definitely much more involved and fiddly than the "A" kits. The A's seem to be the simplest of all the kits. The '32 Chevy he built was unfortunately damaged beyond repair after one of my young relatives got ahold of it at a family gathering years ago. He never had any of his finished builds in secure cases since even at a very young age I had respect for his stuff and he knew I wouldn't mess with anything. Some people's kids....
  23. Nice build, turned out really nice. Thanks for posting your WIP. My father was a car collector and had several Model A's over the years. He was also a model builder and he had all of the Hubley metal kits in multiples including the Duesenbergs, Packards and '32 Chevys. As R Schnell and others stated, I too have fond memories of building these with him when I was young and thankfully still have them. I'm hoping to build a few more of his Hubley Model A kits. A few years before he passed he gave me his kit collection.
  24. Awesome, thanks! Never showed up on my numerous Google searches.
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