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About tmb727

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  • Birthday 09/03/1960

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    Louisville, KY
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    Tom Benson

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  1. 70 Dodge Charger R/T

    Great pics. Very nice, clean work from every angle.
  2. Carl Casper's Popcorn Wagon

    Two Popcorn Wagon posts only a couple of weeks apart! Gotta love that. Yours looks fantastic. Nice job with the wood grain. Everything else clean and nice too. Wish my kit had those original decals... Well done!
  3. Popcorn Wagon

    Good question. The original MPC kit actually had guidance for this - break up some styrofoam. However, I remembered that when I did that, the pieces were too big and looked like little rocks. Also, I was afraid that if I tried that again and really ground it up, it would not stay in place if the model was moved around, tipped, etc. So I used a piece of grey, foam, weatherstripping, cut it to fit and plucked off the top with tweezers to give it a ragged "piled up" look. Glued it to the base with white glue and dabbed it with paint and pastels. Looks okay from the sides; not quite "popcorny" enough from the back, but I'll take it.
  4. Popcorn Wagon

    AMT/ERTL release of the Popcorn Wagon show rod. Built the original MPC kit as a kid. Don't think the AMT version was quite as good (old forum threads here seem to confirm this) with plastic front tires, a less inclusive decal sheet, and lower quality on the brass parts being some of the issues. So more challenging than I thought it was going to be, but happy with the end result and glad to call it done and put it back on the shelf again after about 45 years... Paint: Airbrushed Testors "classic" gloss red and white for the canopy, seat, and blower hat. Tamiya TS-18 Metallic Red for the body. Chrysler Engine Red for the engine. Minutes after completion: (with replacement front tires from the spares box) And the rest:
  5. Pics of your Showrods anyone?

    Here's three of mine, with a Popcorn Wagon currently on the workbench.
  6. 70 Monte Carlo SS

    That's a gorgeous engine bay. How did you get the texture for the vinyl roof before you applied the semi-gloss black?
  7. 70 Monte Carlo SS454 (AMT)

    And the awesome dashboard? Are those decals for the gauges and, if so, do they come with the kit?
  8. Donn Yost recommends the Paasche H in his airbrushing "how to" DVD. "nuff said...
  9. Thanks for the tip, Ray. I think I'm gonna go with the half round styrene strip as a "connector" between the inner and outer wheel rims, thus trapping the tire between them and - hopefully - holding everything in place. Casey, thanks for the offer. If my solution doesn't work, I'll let you know.
  10. All, Thanks for the feedback. Casey, your "almost never recommended" comment concerning adhesive on tires confirmed my apprehension about trying that. I took another look at it and did some test fitting with half round strips and it looks like the styrene strip/spacer suggestions are my best bet, as the gaps are too big for Erik's BFM suggestion. FYI...They're the slicks for the AMT/ERTL Popcorn Wagon kit. Gotta love the show rods... Onward...
  11. On the current kit I'm working on, the chrome mag wheel covers fit very loosely into the rubber slicks and tires. They also do not meet with the plastic inner wheels, so I can't glue the two together and "trap" the rubber tires between them. Anyone know if super glue would bond the plastic and chrome parts to a rubber tire? If not, any recommendations as to what to try? TIA.
  12. '69 Camaro RS/SS

    First build since childhood and you got those white stripes to lie down perfectly on that hood! After my own frustrating experiences with those stripes, my hat's off to you. Well done.
  13. 1971 Dodge Charger

    Both the model and how you present it in the photos are stunning. Very well done.
  14. Nice, clean work from all angles. I really like how the engine valve covers and the "Mustang" script on the back came out.
  15. AMT 1966 Buick Riviera GS

    One that's on the table right now for me. You've got me re-thinking my planned color choice. Nice work. Are those the kit tires and wheels with the plastic whitewall inserts? Wasn't sure about using them, but yours look great.