ToyLvr

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  1. ToyLvr added a post in a topic 1969 Chevrolet Corvair Monza convertible   

    judging by the photos you posted of your 1:1 Corvair, I'd say that your carburetor and induction system has been "tweaked" quite a bit as compared to what we had to work with back in the day. šŸ˜‰ So, if your 4-bbl set-up works well for you, my hat's off to you. The ones I worked on 30+ years ago weren't worth #%*&. It's a gorgeous car you got there!
    I'll have to dig up and post the photos of my mid-engined V-8 Corvair that I used to have.....
  2. ToyLvr added a post in a topic 1969 Chevrolet Corvair Monza convertible   

    AMT offered a '63 Monza in convertible form, but all of the other Corvair annuals have been 2-door coupe or hard tops (that I can recall).Ā A few years ago, one of the resin casters offered a '69 Monza convertible body and boot, intended for use with the reissued AMT '69 hardtop as a donor kit. I cannot recall who producedĀ it, but it was very nice, so I bought one. I still see them pop up onĀ evilBay occasionally.
    Nice job on this one, Jason! It always warms my heart to see Corvair models show up on the Forum. Your center-mounted 4-barrel carb set-up was indeed offered by aftermarket suppliers. However, they did not work well; very hard to keep in tune, and didn't operate well in cold weather. Still, it'sĀ realistic to have it on your model.šŸ˜€
  3. ToyLvr added a post in a topic Show me how you pack your kits for shipping......   

    Yeah, this is one of my pet peeves, havingĀ received some damaged models over the years, and then fighting with the sellerĀ to get compensation or replacement.
    A couple of suggestions...
    Always put loose parts in plastic ziplock bags. Even if the parts are inside of a kit box, they seem to somehow find their way out of the box, and then get lost amongst the packing material. I keep a variety of bag sizes in stock for various items. For really tiny parts, like headlight lenses, I use little plastic ziplock pouches intended for separating or transporting your daily supply of medication (available at your local pharmacy).
    Provide a "cushion zone" around each item with 2" - 3" worth of packing material. This helps protect the item from being bounced around during shipment, as well as providing for a crush zone in case the box gets bashed. It's also helpful to place kit boxes inside individual ziplock bags, to help protect against moisture damage if the shipping box gets exposed to weather (like when the idiots leave the box on my front porch, unprotected, when it's raining or snowing outside).
    Shipping built models is the biggest challenge. I've had best results by shipping built models individually. I place the model in a ziplock bag (to catch and preserve any parts that might come loose), then place it in an oversize box filled with packing "peanuts". For best results, the layer of peanuts around the model should be several inches thick. Think of it as a baby floating around in its mother's womb. Yes, this makes for more weight and larger box, which results in higher shipping costs, but well worth it if the model is a high-dollar unit. If you're the buyer of an expensive kit or built up, you should insist on this sort of protection for your investments, even if you have to pay more for shipping.Ā 
    Of course, you can always do the bare minimum, and hope for the best. A couple years ago, some joker here on the Forum (who has since been kicked out) shipped anĀ unbuilt kit to me without any protection at all. He simply taped the kit box shut, then taped a piece of paper containing the ship-to address over the box art, and dropped it off at the post office. Much to my surprise, it arrived in decent condition! šŸ™„
  4. ToyLvr added a post in a topic RAT ROD FRIDAYS!!!!!   

    Built a couple of years ago...my first attempt at a rat rod type vehicle. Was a lot harder to build than I expected, and has given me a whole new level of respect for you folks who build them on a regular basis.

  5. ToyLvr added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    yeah, Scott, I've got that Modelhaus '67 Monza 4-door in my stash. I've got a '65 4-door in my 1:1 collection, and I plan to backdate the Modelhaus unit to replicate it. Should be an easy conversion.
  6. ToyLvr added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Been going steady with the same girl for 40 years. She tolerates all of my cars, both 1:1 and 1/25, even the Corvairs! šŸ˜€
  7. ToyLvr added a post in a topic Parts for AMT '62 Buick Electra   

    Bump
  8. ToyLvr added a post in a topic silver paint   

    I have some models in my collection which are over 50 years old, and the silver paint on themĀ still isn't "dry"!
  9. ToyLvr added a topic in Wanted!   

    Parts for AMT '64 Pontiac Bonneville
    I'm looking for the stock front/rear bumpers, and stock front bucket seats for an AMT '64 Pontiac Bonneville.
    Ā 
    I realize that this is a long shot, but hoping someone out there has these in their parts box.
    I have stuff to trade....
    thanks -
    Mike
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  10. ToyLvr added a topic in Wanted!   

    Parts for AMT '62 Buick Electra
    I'm looking for the hood, rear bumper, and taillight lenses for an AMT '62 Buick Electra.
    Doesn't matter to me if the hood isĀ painted, so long as it's restorable.
    I have stuff to trade....
    Thanks -
    Mike
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  11. ToyLvr added a post in a topic Great Traders List   

    Received help recently from "DisabledModeler" (Mark) and "GardnerPAG44" (Paul), both of whom provided hard-to-find stuff and fair trades.
    Also received much-needed part from "Rodent" (Steve Andrews) who went out of his way to dig it out of his stash for me.
    Also had a great trade with Steve Guthermiller.
    Great Forum members!
  12. ToyLvr added a post in a topic 63 corvette parts   

    If you plan on using an AMT kit as the basis for your build, it'll have the old style chassis that uses metal axles to mount the wheels. I don't recall for sure, but I think the wheelbacks in the kit don't show much detail.
    The AMT/SMP '61 & '62 Corvette kits had some detail on their wheelbacks that looked like a brake drum.
    Someone here on the Forum who has an "Accurate Miniatures" '64 Corvette Grand Sport can perhaps provide some info on the brake details in that kit.
    Otherwise, there's always aftermarket parts....
  13. ToyLvr added a post in a topic AMT 49 Ford coupe out of production?   

    Welcome back to the hobby!
    just post an ad in the "wanted" section of the Forum. I'm sure someone will have that kit.
    If you don't specifically need a '49, keep in mind that AMT/Round 2 has recently reissued their '50 Ford in the "Showboat" version.
    Mike
  14. ToyLvr added a post in a topic Predicta '13   

    As I mentioned in a previous post, I was fortunate to get a copy of Starbird's biography (written by his grandson), as well as reading a bunch of other material on the "Predicta" over the years.
    It is true that Starbird himself ran the car at the 1960 Kansas City AHRA national drag meet. The bubble top wonder hit over 100MPH with its Hemi engine.
    Not just "plausible", but the real deal.....