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  1. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Satellite box art build. . . . with a twist. Update 05/08   

    Ed, that's a great bit of history, and I thank you for sharing that in such a timely manner! The rest of my fictional story probably won't be very accurate, as far as the actual history of Chrysler. Hopefully though, it's at least entertaining.                                                                                                                                                                     I have some pics taken of the finished chassis/interior, and the first test fit to the body. I'll post 'em up, as soon as I have the next installment jotted down.
  2. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Satellite box art build. . . . with a twist. Update 05/08   

    Thanks for the interest, mrmike, regarding both. The story has been floating around in my head, for awhile now. Just had to build some more of the model, before the next update. Currently the chassis is finished, and it should be up on wheels in a day or two, with the finished interior assembled. I'll post some new pics, and another installment of my "what if" Mopar tale, once I have that accomplished. For now, I've decided on one deviation from the box art theme. And I'll explain the reason why in an upcoming chapter.

  3. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic 1963 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible   

    That's a beautiful replica, of a gorgeous sixties car.
  4. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic A bunch of my recent builds('80 Ramcharger, '70 Cuda 440-6, '70 Mustang Boss 302, Anniversary Camaros and more)   

    They all look terrific, but the Boss 302 and the Z/28 really do it for me!
  5. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    This arrived yesterday, courtesy of my favorite ebay seller. A Jo-han ' 62 Lark hardtop promo, with original box. I intend to carefully, and I mean c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y take it apart, clean up the body, scribe the panels, polish out the plastic and foil it. I'll detail the interior as best I can, and call it good. So, if anyone has any advice on what's involved in the reverse assembly, like how hard are those pins holding the chassis on to remove, feel free to pipe up. Snake 45, where are you . . . . . ?

  6. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Satellite box art build. . . . with a twist. Update 05/08   

    Much thanks, mrmike!
    Here's the fully assembled hemi, using the exhaust manifolds from the Revell ' 70 cuda. I'll no doubt have to "adjust" the length of the exhaust pipes, but that's to be expected. I wanted to add plug wires and hoses, but my eyes simply aren't up to it, at the present time.

    And here's a quick mockup, showing the interior work so far. The panels and console are foiled, just have to detail the dash, foil the seats, add the decals, etc. Everything seems pretty accurate, and the level of detail is pretty darned nice!

    And, on with our story
    As he drove along, Kevin couldn't quite remember all of the details, about how Karl and Joe had ended up in their new homeland. It had been so long, since grandpa had been around to tell him that story. Having decided to try and make their way to Spain, Karl had procured a large delivery van, that had been sitting in his shop since the owner had died. His widow, unable to pay for the repairs had told Karl simply to keep it. Joe and his wife, Johanna, being a family of six with another on the way, travelled in the truck. Joe's boss had an old Mercedes that he let him have, but it needed a muffler. "Forget about getting car parts. You were lucky if there was enough to buy at the market to eat, by that time", grandpa had told him. "So you know what he did, Joe, that bugger? He made one! Took him about an hour. After that it sounded like a new car. And that's what your grandma and aunt Helena and I used to travel in. Once we'd reached Spain, and trust me it wasn't easy to get there, we applied to come here as refugees. But Mrs.Joe was expecting already, and there was some complications. So they had to stay behind, while she was admitted to hospital. Joe wanted me to go on ahead, and find us all a place to live. So your grandma and I arrived first, and I found out pretty quick that Detroit would be a good place to settle, that there would be jobs there for men like us who were used to building and fixing things, working with our hands. It turned out that was true, though it was a little bit of a rought start, at the beginning".
    Grandma and grandpa ariived in Detroit, and grandpa found work first as a construction laborer. Their first home had been a two room apartment, with no hot water. Still, they had more than some people did, and grandpa for one wasn't about to let the oppurtunity to start fresh get away. There was still a chance, even in his forties that he might be able to live a decent life in a peaceful land, have a decent job, a home, and give his children the oppurtunities that he himself never had.So Karl pushed along, working some days, some not. Very often he and his family had to rely on the charity of the local churches, for a meal or some clothing. After three months in the city of Detroit, someone told him that this would be a good time to try the automakers. Chrysler in particular,  still had military contracts to fill, and car production was set to resume. So he went and stood in a long line of men, all of them applying for chance to work there. When they asked him about his background, and he told them of his years fixing all types of vehicles back home, they hired him. As a painter, of all things! Karl was put to work in the paint shop, and while that was not the part of a car he was used to having anything to do with, he relished in the chance to learn a new skill. And it was work. A steady paycheque. A roof over their heads and food on the table.
    "So Joe and his family arrived about a month later, after I started my new job. Mrs.Joe was finally well enough to travel, and when they got here, they rented the apartment right above your grandma and I. Can you imagine? Six of them in those two rooms, and she's out to here with her belly, expecting one more. I had begged my landlady to hold that apartment for them, and I promised her that Joe would give her the rent money from his very first paycheque. And he did. It wasn't easy for him to find work. Could barely speak any English, and when he tried at the plant, my foreman in the paint shop wouldn't hire him. He wasn't sure what they were going to do. But they gave him a job on the line as a welder, and he thrived there. God, that man was good at making stuff! You give a him a torch, a hammer and some metal to play with, and he could build anything! You remember when you were small, and I finally got around to finishing the basement? I was all set to go buy the heating ducts for the two bedrooms downstairs, and he said no, he'd do it for me. He took the measurements, went home to his shop, and came back about two hours later, with the ducts all made up, ready to install. Welding up cars and trucks? Joe could do that with his eyes closed!" Karl sighed a bit, then looked at Kevin as he finished.
    "And you know, those first few months here in Detroit . . . that was the first time Joe and I had been apart, since we were this high" Karl held his hand a couple of feet off of the floor. Kevin couldn't help but smile, when he recalled that part of gramps' story. It had taken a few years to fully understand what an inseperable bond the two of them had shared, since boyhood. And how much grandpa truly loved Joe. And it was obviously mutual.
    After all, grandpa had Joe's car.
  7. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Board malfunctions on Firefox?   

    Try clearing your browser cache, and any cookies. I'm running a very old version of Firefox, as newer versions no longer function with my XP 64-bit operating system. While the site is slow at times, I've never had any issues posting or replying to posts.
  8. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius 1955 Chrysler 300   

    Looks terrific! This is one of the Moebius kits that I actually enjoyed the final assembly of, as the parts fit was excellent.
  9. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Satellite box art build. . . . with a twist. Update 05/08   

    None at all. I did use Duplicolor filler primer, and primer sealer, like I do on virtually all my builds. But that wasn't always the case. I've shot Duplicolor paints on many different kinds of primers, even the cheap red oxide stuff. Never had a problem with crazing, or any other issues. But, try their primer next time. If you use any clear coat, try sticking with their brand of clear as well. It's no golden rule, but if the primer, paint and clear are all from the same family, they should play well together. Good luck!
    I've had virtually no time to do much with the Satellite. But I finally caught a break weather wise, as the sun is shining and the wind speed and humidity were low enough that I could get the clear coats on. Tamiya TS-13 is beautiful stuff, and while you can't really see it in the picture, it has a very, very deep shine. Woo-hoo! So far, the paint work is flawless. If it ends up with any glitches, it'll probably be my own doing, and not the fault of the paint.

    And while nothing is set in stone, I think once the Satellite is done I'll keep the Moebius builds going, and get to work on the ' 61 Ventura I painted last year. It's not Dawnfire Mist, but Tamiya TS-59 pearl light red is close enough for me. So, it''ll be a "day two" car.

    And as promised (threatened?), here's the first installment of the story that goes along with the Satellite. We'll find out, over the course of the build how the car came to be, and how our main character, Kevin Abbotsford came to own such a rare, one off Mopar. Since I'm using the name of a real company, and making reference to places that are real, I just feel compelled to add a disclaimer.
    The following story is a work of fiction. Any similarity to any actual person or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    It was hard. sometimes, for Kevin to even remember what Joe looked like. Except for the cap. The English style cap, that was always perched on his head.. He hadn't lived next door to grandma and grandpa since Kevin was around five. But then, it was sometimes difficult to even remember grandpa's face. He'd been gone enough years now, and time had taken it's toll on Kevin's memory. Usually if it bugged him enough, he'd go dig out his mother's photo album. There was a picture of grandpa and Joe in there, taken on their last fishing trip, not long after Joe retired. With the two of them smiling, holding up their catches and wearing those goofy fishing hats, they didn't look like a couple of stodgy old German grandfathers. But that's what they were. Through and through.
    "Two old fossils from the old country". That's what grandpa used to call the two of them. Usually when he said that, Joe would slap him on the shoulder, and smile a bit.
    Karl and Josef. Karl Warkentin and Josef Friesen. The two had been inseperable, practically since they were old enough to walk and talk. Born not quite six months apart in the same town in what eventually became East Prussia, they were neighbors, then classmates, and of course became the best of friends. As the years went by, Karl grew tall and thin, and somewhat gangly looking. Joe was the exact opposite. Short, stocky and powerfully built. Karl had been rather pale and sickly as a child, and was subject to frequent teasing from some of his classmates. But Joe was usually there to put a stop to it. Joe was his protector. If you picked on Karl, you had better be ready to take on Joe. And that wasn't an easy thing to do, according to gramps. As they grew older, they did what young men were supposed to do. They finished their schooling, and they both learned a good trade. Grandpa as a motor mechanic, Joe as a sheet metal worker. They married, had children, and went to church every Sunday. Both of them were convinced that their lives had been mapped out, and that they would live, work and die in the same place that they had been born. Everything was as it should be, and that was just fine with them. Then came the ugliness of war.
    "The devil's curse!". That's what grandpa called the war. Before the fighting was even over, the two of them decided that they were going to take their families, and leave this land of chaos that Europe had become. Joe and his wife already had four children, two boys and two girls, and had just found out that they were expecting a fifth before they left Germany. As for grandma and grandpa, they had two daughters. His aunt Helena was born in Germany, and Kevin's mom Sarah had been born in Detroit. Helena could still speak German, his mom not so much. When Kevin was small, and whenever the family was together, out would come the mother tongue. But when one of them spoke to her, she would usually answer in English.
    "It just saves me from having to hear them laugh, and then correct me", his mother had told him once, when he asked her about it. Kevin might have been half German, but his own father had English/Irish ancestry, with a bit of Dutch thrown in somewhere. Kevin resembled his dad very strongly, and with a name like Abbotsford, no one was ever likely to take him for being German. Still, he was proud of his heritage, and he loved his grandparents dearly. They were a link to the past, and to him, that was important.
    . . . . . . to be continued
  10. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic Moebius ' 65 Satellite box art build. . . . with a twist. Update 05/08   

    He, figured I would mrmike! I'm sticking to the box art theme for the outside appearance, full wheel covers and whitewalls. I'm also going to use the quarter windows from the Model King kit. The ' 66 cars had a 426 hemi badge on the lower front fenders, but I'm going to use the badge decals from the ' 68 Charger that just say "hemi", as though that detail wasn't finalized 'til later. And of course, under the hood will be that hemi powerplant, that somehow snuck in to this full sized Mopar a year early. Just like you are fond of telling a story to go along with some of your builds, I'm going to do the same, to explain how this car came in to existence. This particular build of smelly's will come with the usual pictures, and build details. And some really long winded babbling, as well. So, as I go along we'll find out how this car ends up in the garage of Kevin Abbotsford, grandson of a Detroit Chrysler worker.
  11. smellyfatdude added a topic in On The Workbench   

    Moebius ' 65 Satellite box art build. . . . with a twist. Update 05/08
    I've had this kit for awhile, and since it looks like it's Moebius season at my house, this one's next.
    The paint is Duplicolor Bright Teal, which looks close enough to me like the illustration on the box. I shaved off the scripts on the front and back, as well as the Satellite badges on the fenders, and I'll make life a little easier for myself by using the decals.

    So, what's the twist? I'm going to build a "stock" Satellite, but I'm using the hemi from the Moebius/Model King Melrose Missile. Here it is wearing the manifold from a Revell ' 70 Cuda, with the carbs and air cleaner from the Revell ' 68 Charger. I've mocked it up already, and the whole thing clears the stock Satellite hood, just fine. The interior is done in Krylon satin Sea Glass. I clearcoated it, then masked everything to spray the Duplicolor Bright Aqua

    Last year I was chatting to someone on the forum here, about the idea of building a "what if" Hemi car. Something that would look just like it had rolled out of the factory, because it did. His opinion was that he wouldn't be surprised if one or two had got built for research purposes. I like to think he's right. It's almost a safe bet that with Chrysler planning to debut the hemi in next years model, the boys at Plymouth would have dropped one under the hood of a ' 65. I can picture a car like the one I'm going to build coming down the line, wearing a production sticker that shows its destination as engineering. Then after the conversion, the car gets a few hours logged at the proving grounds where they measure the performance, handling, braking, and decide on any mods that need to be made. So then, what eventually happens to such a car, once it's outlived its usefullness? Crushed and sold for scrap? Cut up for parts? Put in to storage, for an eventual spot in a museum? Ahhh, but what if one of these test mules got away, slipped out the door . . . . . and ended up in private hands? That's what I'm going to ponder here, while I go along.
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  12. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic 1965 Mercury Comet   

    Thanks again for all the feedback. For those who might not have seen it, here's the one I did own, that got away. This one hurts a little more, 'cause my replica in this case is identical to my old 1:1

  13. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic '64 Ford Falcon T/A   

    This is going to be great! You're right about the scale issue, and now I wish when I built mine I had thought of doing a chassis swap. The Trumpeter chassis, well let's just say it leaves something to be desired.

    Looking forward to more of your Falcon!
  14. smellyfatdude added a post in a topic 1965 Mercury Comet   

    Thanks for the interest, folks. Nice to have my first build of 2017 in the case. Incidentally, what I ended up with from that two hundred dollar loan was a ' 63 Pontiac Laurentian 4-door sedan. Similar to this, but long past it's prime. Six cylinder, three speed, and I had to run it on 4 quarts of oil, 'cause the fifth would just come slopping out of the rear main. My mom wasn't too concerned that it needed more things fixed on it than the Comet. I think she was just happy 'cause she knew I wouldn't be trying to beat any other cars on the road, obviously. The price was $65, and the registration and insurance for a year was $68. I was too embarrassed to tell the other kids at school that my licence plates were worth more than the car.