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Everything posted by smellyfatdude

  1. 1961 Pontiac Catalina

    The build thread is here: Finally 100% done with this, and now it's ready to go in to the brand new display case I've had kicking around here all year. The one that's been waiting to have something in it. First build of 2018, this is. Can't say I'm a fan of these newer Moebius kits, but then I got spoiled doing the Hudson Hornets and Chrysler 300's. Still, I did the best I could with it. It was kind of a write off, weather wise for painting outdoors, this year. But if I bought only one model, and build only one model this year, I guess I've still broke even for the year, he. If you look close, you'll notice there's no Pontiac script on the grill. This is actually the grill/bumper from the ' 61 Ventura kit, and I couldn't begin to tell you why the script is missing. By the time I noticed, I had it all done, and since the paint job and the tires already make it look like a day two car . . . . well, we'll just say this a repaint after some accident damage, with a slight goof on the part of the body shop. We can make up any kind of stories we want, to go with our little toy cars, right?
  2. 1961 Pontiac Catalina

    Thanks all, I'm glad you like it. I just had to add one more detail, so I carefully drilled a hole and added a parts box aerial.
  3. 1957 Ford Thunderbird.

    This isn't the first model I ever built, 'cause that one was a gift. But it's the first kit I ever bought for myself, the AMT ' 57 Bird Modern Classics issue. You've done an outstanding job on this example, in a not often seen color.
  4. 1961 Pontiac Catalina

    Thanks again, everyone. Here's one more angle, again with that pesky grill peeping out. Lesson; don't ever go to bed and leave those modeling gremlins unattended.
  5. 1961 Pontiac Catalina

    Thanks for the feedback, it's appreciated. This kit was indeed a bit of a challenge, and I actually had to use voluminous amounts of adhesive (superglue and five minute epoxy) just to get that stupid grill to set in place. Even so, as it dried it managed to push itself out a little bit. All while I slept, of course. Oh well, it's done and that's what counts. Thanks to those who followed the wip thread, and yes, I really love that color on the car!
  6. Moebius ' 61 Catalina Finished

    Well, I probably shouldn't be starting any wip's, but I am commited to finishing this. Just 'cause I went out and bought this kit, simply to use the paint I found at Wal-Nuts. This is the only model I've purchased this year, and it was on the condition I get it done. Krylon satin Bright White over Rustoleum satin Seaside, and cleared with Tamiya TS-13. No factory color match, but I just knew when I saw this paint on the shelf that it belonged on this car. I was right. This is just a test fit to check the stance, and without the interior and firewall it's a perfect fit if you ask me. I removed the back bumper from the fin caps, so there'll be a natural looking seperation there, like on a 1:1. Also took off the mold lines on the front bumper, and used ultra bright bmf to recover the sides. I googled for pics of a factory stock interior, and managed to replicate it with a couple of Duplicolor and Rustoleum paints I already had in my stash. And as you can see, just your ordinary out-of-box Pontiac twin four under the hood. The full wheel covers and Firestone tires are from a ' 61 Bonneville kit.
  7. Moebius ' 61 Catalina Finished

    Thanks, fellas. I still have to touch up some of the paint along the bottom, and try to wrestle the decals for the Pontiac emblems on the front and back, but other than that, it’s certainly nice to be done with it. Now, I can resume working on this, a ‘57 Bel Air fuelie convertible that’s been hanging around here way too long. Might get my usual two builds done this year, after all. 😉
  8. Moebius ' 61 Catalina Finished

    It’s all done. First day of fall here, and of course we’re getting a nice rain/snow mixture. I’ll take some shots outside, once the weather smartens up. 🤨
  9. Moebius ' 61 Catalina Finished

    Thanks folks. No hassles with the interior in. Gotta love it when the parts actually fit, a little massaging notwithstanding. And the glass fit looks okay. From here, anyway.
  10. Moebius ' 61 Catalina Finished

    Thanks. Don't know about showstopper. . . . I think I'll settle for "looks nice". Got the engine bay and interior, all wrapped up. Strictly out of box, but there's nice detail in this kit, including the dash decals. For those curious about such things, those seats are epoxied in. Nothing more disconcerting than to be sliding the chassis in to the body during final assembly, get it just about there and be treated to the sound of one of the seats popping loose. Don't ask me how I know that, but that's what I do about it. Got some fresh foil here, so I guess that, and another test fit are coming up.
  11. Moebius ' 61 Catalina Finished

    Thanks again, everyone. I did another test fit, after I finished detailing the firewall, and everything still lines up just as sweet as before. Hopefully the interior doesn't give me any grief, once it's in place. Also, got the grill washed. Time to pull it apart, finish off the engine bay, and get busy on the interior.
  12. Moebius ' 61 Catalina Finished

    Thanks all for your interest in the Catalina. I added the foil to the hood, and stuck the pan in to the grill/bumper. You still see a slight gap in the picture, but when it's pressed firmly to where it's going to sit, everything lines up beautifully. The back edge of the hood, the trim, the gap between the pan and the hood are all a perfect fit. My goal now is to get that firewall done, then finish the interior. Going to have to hit the lhs tomorrow, for a few supplies. Yes, I will get this one done.
  13. Moebius ' 61 Catalina Finished

    Lots of trimming there already, too. It looks slightly off in the photos, but when I press the grill firmly in place, it sinks in all the way. So, during installation I plan to press firmly, along with some superglue.
  14. Moebius ' 61 Catalina Finished

    Duplicolor Bright Calypso and Bright Aqua metallic, and Rustoleum ocean mist. Here's the reference pic I spoke of.
  15. Moebius ' 61 Catalina Finished

    Lots of test fitting with the glass, already. And more to come once everything's foiled. But I think I've got everything sanded and shaped for a good enough fit. Next will be detail the firewall and interior, then I'll start on the body.
  16. 1967 Toyota 2000 GT

    Sweet build, and the most delicious shade of turquoise I've ever seen!
  17. Some of my "Unbuildables"

    Looks like you beat every one of those kits in to submission.
  18. '57 Chevy 150 Utility Sedan

    If you really want to do up a six banger version, I'd suggest the engine from an AMT ' 60 Fleetside kit. Drops in like it belongs there. Reposition the radiator, and you're good to go. I used one in my ' 57 Bel Air. Gorgeous build, btw!
  19. 1969 Dodge Superbee -- photobooth pics added

    What a piece of junk! I mean that literally, of course. You really pulled off the "seen better days" look, and then some!
  20. Just two . . . .again.

    Only managed to turn out two builds again, last year. But, I like my choice of subjects. Moebius ' 65 Comet, and a Jo-han ' 68 Ambassador vert.
  21. Just two . . . .again.

    Sure. Here you go.
  22. I've had this kit for awhile, and since it looks like it's Moebius season at my house, this one's next. 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.
  23. Sorry for the long delay, but I got sidetracked by some other projects. And of course, my pictures that were hosted on Photo*uckit disappeared, like everyone else's. Finally have the clear coat polished, and I started the foil, this morning. Since the drag kit had full side windows, I cut off the portion of the quarter windows, foiled 'em and stuck 'em in, to see how it'll look. I think the answer is . . . . . nice. And there's more story, to help put you to sleep. Of course, there were plenty of other rides in Joe's car, as the Satellite was always known. Usually, it didn't take too much convincing for gramps to grab the keys, and take Kevin along on some "errand", whenever they were visiting. Kevin thought the car was cool, and indeed it was unique. Karl knew that, though over the years all he had really told Kevin was Joe had gotten a good deal from someone he knew at Chrysler, and it was some kind of test model. Then there were the family trips out of town, to the lake for fishing. Karl would usually bring Joe's car, and grandma would insist that Kevin sit up front, with his grandpa. There were stories aplenty along the way, with the occasional murmur from grandma that Karl was telling that story yet again. As long as grandma had her knitting with her, she was usually in her own little world. That's why she really liked sitting in the back. Kevin listened intently, to every tale that his grandfather told him. Especially to the tidbits about the Satellite, and how it was the only new car Joe ever had. Once, gramps let it slip that the car had a high performance engine, and indeed over the years Kevin never did see another ' 65 Satellite with a hemi badge on the fender, like Joe's car. It was around the time he'd just turned thirteen, when he and gramps were heading to the hardware store in the Satellite, and he had mentioned that to Karl. "Well, like I told you, it was a test model. They didn't start building the Satellites with the hemi engine until ' 66. This is one they tried it out on, a year early." Kevin was even more curious now. "But gramps, how did Joe end up owning a car like that? And who gave him the deal on it?" I mean really, was the whole thing that mysterious? Karl tapped the brakes lightly, and started peering around from side to side. Kevin sensed he was looking for a place to pull over, and he motioned with his hand at the mini mall that was in the next block. Karl slowed, and pulled in. It was virtually empty, just a couple of kids in front of the convenience store, and one other car. He parked at the far end of the lot, and after a few seconds, shut the engine off. There was a long and very awkward moment where neither spoke, but Kevin sat patiently, silently. He sensed that grandpa was trying to find the words to tell him something, that wasn't easy to talk about. "You know . . . . I hope the world never has to go through anything like that, ever again. I hope you never do. That stupid war . . . . . " "The devil's curse". Kevin had hear his grandpa say it, enough times. Karl's eyes widened. The boy had actually been listening! "That's right! That's exactly what it was! What for men have to fight like that? Over land? Bahh! There's more than enough room in this world, for everybody. Now, in Europe, maybe a peaceful exchange of populations would have been the answer. I don't know, I'm not a politician. Never paid much attention to such things . . . . and that was the trouble". Karl looked out the driver's side window, then back at Kevin. "That madman! He did so many good things for our country, it's like we were all willing to turn a blind eye to the evil, that was right under our noses. But sometimes . . . . you just can't look away. That's the kind of man Joe was, you know. He couldn't stand to see anybody being mistreated. Not even an animal. Did I ever tell you the story about old Heinrich?" It seemed like gramps wanted to tell him something light hearted first, before the serious part. Indeed Karl was wearing a bit of a grin, while Kevin had reached down to push the seat a little farther back. Kevin shook his head. "He was the town drunk, back home. Used to start his every morning with a schnapps, and usually by the time lunch rolled around, he'd be plastered. Heinrich had a dog, a great dane that he used to keep tied up in his yard. But he was usually too drunk to tie a proper knot, and sometimes the dog would get loose and go running all over town. If it came back before Heinrich woke up from his nap, he would stand in his yard, yelling at the neighbors for untying his dog. If the dog hadn't come home yet, Heinrich would stagger up and down the streets, carrying his crooked old walking stick and calling out the dog's name. When the dog would finally come running, he'd drag the poor mutt by the collar all the way home, and give it a beating with that stick. Joe and I never saw him do it, but you could hear the dog yelping sometimes, and after awhile the poor thing had a bad limp. So, one evening Joe and I had taken our fishing poles, and walked about ten kilometers out of town to the creek to try our luck. It was a Saturday, but there was no pretty girls to chase, and I hadn't met your grandma yet. We were about seventeen, I think . . . . I know we had just started our apprenticeships. We didn't catch a thing, but it was a good way to relax. As we got back to the edge of town we could hear Heinrich's dog yelping, and sure enough when we passed by his house, there he was in the yard laying in to that poor mutt with his stick. Without a word. Joe thrust his fishing pole at me, tore the gate off of Heinrich's fence, walked right up behind the old man and punched him, in the back of the head. Now the dog, he starts barking and growling at Joe, protecting it's master. So I called the dog over, and held him by his collar. Heinrich might have been old, and a drunk, but he wasn't about to take that from a seventeen year old kid. He got to his feet, called Joe a bunch of dirty names, and lunged at him. Joe grabbed his arm, picked him up by his belt, lifted him over his head and threw the old man right against the side of his own house, like he was tossing an empty barrel. Old Heinrich, he landed on his back with a thud, in the flower bed. Joe picked up that stick, walked right over to him, and put his big boot square on the old geezers chest. He told Heinrich that if he ever hurt that dog again, Joe was going to take the stick and make him feel it like the dog had, only worse. Then he jammed that walking stick in to the ground so hard, it was just about stuck halfway down, and he helped the old man to his feet. I'd never seen him so angry, before that. He grabbed his fishing pole from me, and we walked home without a word. I could tell he was embarrased over losing his temper, but I didn't feel one bit sorry for that old drunk. He had it coming to him, and the good Lord just made sure someone was around to finally help that dog". Kevin could feel a new respect growing, for Joe. From the little bit Kevin remembered having been around him, he had always seemed distant, and somewhat uncaring about most things. Perhaps he'd been wrong. But now, there were even more questions.
  24. Ferguson Tractor

    That is a work of art. You should be proud of your efforts.
  25. 1968 AMC Ambassador SST convertible

    Once again, the car that American Motors never produced, but that Jo-han did. The build thread is here. The ironic thing is, interior wise this is probably the most accurate Jo-han AMC kit that I've built so far. Of a car that isn't real! The only non-box item is the side mirror.