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  1. Thanks for the comments. The red one cleaned up pretty good. "Reaming out the horns and lights?" Nah. A little cheap water base paint slopped inside the horns and orange with clear over the top on the lenses. I'm too lazy and cheap for much more than that. Thing 4 turned out real good and went for the full "drama" shot. It is actually dark blue and went together with no fuss. I normally weather and beat up models but the guy wanted a shiny one so here ya go.. For the pix, I just put a couple of layers of green painters tape over the flash. Cue Twighlight Zone music. Just a hint of camera shake really whacked the stacks and several other pieces out I can only guess as everything is straight. I promise!!!!! It was a long exposure. Then again, maybe it was the death ray from Andromeda. . Ahhh, night shots. Always enjoyed doing those. Hides a multitude of sins - doesn't make them go away but something to be said for the cover of darkness when it comes to a plastic model kit anyway.. Peace .
  2. Very cool builds! Nice shots. Even better stories! Well, the dude that wanted thing 1 and thing 2 wants 2 Petes now. Far from lucrative but it keeps me out of jail or the insane asylum and covers material costs. I got to go back and work on the Peterbilt emblems a bit and straighten the visor,otherwise call it done and another slam together pure stock build. Like many have said over the years, getting the wheels/rims to align on these kits is a pain. On the rears, I simply left out the "spacer" between the duals. It is such a thin gap only the rivet counters will ever notice and eliminates a lot of misery while helping out looks quite a bit. The other thing was the "pin" used on the headlight lenses really screws up their appearance. I simply shaved it off, scuffed the entire back side of the lens with 400 grit and glued it in. The "divider bar" is just a quick swipe of silver with a toothpick. One of those little things that does not take much skills or money but makes a big difference IMO. Peace.
  3. 1/87 Freightliner build

    In days past I used to do HO. You have pulled off a heck of a nice job on some tiny tiny stuff! Consider moving the thread over to the under glass section. Peace
  4. Have been requested to build this kit for a friend. If anyone has one available for trade, please PM me. Box condition does not matter as long as it is complete. I trust those on the good trader list far more than taking a chance on EBAY. Peace
  5. American LaFrance Dump Truck

    A dumper pumper?....nah...that name has to be saved that for the septic tank version. Hmmmm.... Such a combo could justify keeping the lights and siren. Just saying..... We have big old IH S series ambulance that visits town serving coffee and donuts with lights going. "Let us help you with your caffeine and sugar emergency" or some thing of that sort plastered all over it. Anyway, hope you will finish it out. Have fun with it! Peace.
  6. Well, if the red/orange one is "thing 1", then this will be thing 2. Again, a quickie other than a visor and a poorly made decal for the drivers door. Passes the arms length test and grand kids will probably get hold of it soon enough anyway which is fine. Paint is GM blue engine paint. Black and gold stripes were some 10+ year Titanic model and model airplane decals. A little off/crooked and short but considering the number of pieces they fell crumbled into, will do in a pinch. The crooked side hood emblem bugs me more than anything. SURELY that happened when the decal setting solution dripped down LONG after it was perfectly placed and set aside to dry. That is the conspiracy theory I will stick with for the moment anyway.. Funny, I just finished it up and got a call from the guy...He never knew I messed with them (I tend to stay real quiet about such things)."Hey, I just found out you built that model upon the shelf at the truck stop...Why didn't you say something? Would you build me one?" That (to me) is how it is supposed to work. "sure...I will have it to you this evening.". A little patience, faith and keeping quiet pays off at times. Thanks for the prayers. Oh, and for the photography folks...the "red/soft filter?" try putting your finger over most of your flash. Cant beat the price. Peace
  7. Thanks JT. Confession....it is just the lighting that makes it look orange. Sorry.... When Dollar General gets the $2 cans of enamel in orange, I am on it. It IS what was wanted as the fellow getting this is in eastern Tennessee. Go Vol's! Peace.
  8. Got a couple of friends who drove down with serious health issues and figured a little pick me up might be in order. So, the 1/16 Bison project remains on the back burner for now. Totally box build of the 1/25 "snap" W900 other than the addition of the visor. 2 are in the works, here is the first. "Road" is 230 grid sandpaper and the picture was some cheap framed thing I found at Dollar General in the scratch and dent section. Serves the purpose. This surely is a nice little kit and glad Hobby Lobby seems to usually have them in stock. With the coupon, it works out real good. I hope it stays around a while. Should have the second one done in a few days and will post. Just got to see what is in the paint and decal stash Prayers for my friends would be appreciated. Thanks Peace
  9. 1974 Dodge Bighorn - Done!!!

    For what it is worth, consider using window screen or similar as a template of sorts. Set the screen over the grille, hold it in place with some tape and have a blast. Once you get a hole drilled, insert a toothpick, piece of wire or ???? so the screen does not "walk" on you. This part is never much fun and as others have said, and fraction of a millimeter off becomes an eye magnet to the builder. I'm fighting a similar battle on exhaust heat shields right now. Words normally subject to potential censorship seem to become quite tempting. Good luck. Nice project. Keep us posted. Peace
  10. 1974 Dodge Bighorn - Done!!!

    very nice and really like your "shop". Just to throw one more power plant oddity, keeping in the bloodlines of Mopar, and seeing your obvious talents, how about a Chrysler "eggbeater" tank engine? Peace
  11. 1973 Road Commander Aerodyne

    You have hit a home run on this one! A grand slam IMO. Don't forget the metal thermos and a full bottle of coke somewhere to clean the windshield! As info - Perhaps White had something better, as I am an old GM guy. GM's foot operated "siphon pump" windshield washer system of the early 70's was only a fraction of an inch away from totally worthless on a good day. Shaking up a coke bottle and spraying the windshield was pretty common way of bug removal while rolling. Again, fantastic work and thanks for sharing. Peace. .
  12. 1973 Road Commander Aerodyne

    And now you are topping it off with "mismatch" flap to boot.. WONDERFUL! This thing keeps getting better every day! Since this wonderful work of art predates (and far surpasses) the "Road Commode II" era, to dare use such a term borders on an insult. A more fitting name seems in order So below is a link to a list of 101 other names for commode. Lots of good ones and most are suitable for all ages. To spare a few the time and inconvenience of following the link, I am partial to - #37 "House of Ease" emblazoned on the back of the cab in fancy script and a few jugs of SAE 40 resting between the fuel tanks and frame rails. Airbox drains slobbering like a Saint Bernard on a summer day and flames coming out the stack. Rock on brother! https://www.rotorooter.com/blog/101-names-for-a-toilet-marking-101-years-since-thomas-crappers-death/ It is a truly great work. Thanks for sharing. Peace.
  13. 1973 Road Commander Aerodyne

    Well there ya go my friend. You could probably sell them not only to us old vintage trucker modeler sorts but the 4 wheeler modelers as well. I place my order for Cledus Maggard and the Citizen Band...(song - White Knight) in 1/16 scale for the Bison project. Peace
  14. Need 2 new, used or slightly molested 1/16 seats. Ideally from Revell/Monogram 1/16 KW/Pete kits. Don't know what is out there cars or military but certainly willing to consider as long as high and straight...not "leaned back" like in a Vette or Mustang. Could also use 5 cab roof clearance light lenses to really push my luck. Could offer scratch building type stuff for trade. Peace.
  15. wheel help

    And should you really decide to run yourself into a mental abyss on this whole issue, do a little digging into what is called "bridge formulas". Especially in California and Florida in the 1970's and 1980's. While it is still "bad" even today, it is nothing like it was. Remember...no computers or smart phones to do the math. Inmates running the asylum utilized more logic. I am convinced it was a mandated apprenticeship for once intelligent minds brainwashed and drugged into desiring employment with the IRS writing US tax code. "Let us see just how complex you can make this. Pay is based on word count and ensuring the inability of the common man to every truly be compliant no matter how hard he tries too." Tragic.... Peace.