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Russell C

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    1:24 mostly

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    Phoenix, AZ
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    Russell Cook

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  1. Realistic mirrors?

    Or adhesive-backed silver mylar material. As seen in the first photo below, I used material that came free in the mail, but it can be bought at hobby shops. When my sister asked me to do some restoration of the AMT '55 Cameo my nephew had built for her years ago, I couldn't let the massive heat sink dimple in the side view mirror go by, so I cut out a rough circle of this sticker material, stuck it to a flat-topped stemmed piece of plastic which I could chuck into my motor tool, and then I 'lathe-turned' it (for lack of a better description) it into the perfect size circle. Since this kind of sticker is rather stiff but with good re-usable adhesive, I just picked it off the plastic and lightly applied it to the mirror, and it laid completely flat across the surface. The next trick was to 'lathe-turn' an outer rim for the mylar - a same diameter ring. Took a few tries to get it right, and then some more careful tries to get it just right on the mylar, but the result looks dynamite. I wish I could have angled the mirror to aim it back into the cab, but it was good enough for jazz to suit this particular restoration.
  2. The MPC '84 GMC pickup already has the fenders done for you, along with the front bumper, and the rounder side mirrors.
  3. 1955 IH RDTC Highbinder

    With rubber band drive, no less. Always like the models which could pass for 1:1 vehicle shots if a person didn't know better.
  4. What did you see on the road today?

    Leaving from the house across from where my elderly mother lives. It's the time of the year when the snowbirds bring out their classics.
  5. Graphic artist that I am, I engineered my avatar to fit into the prior square format. Would be great if an option was available to go back to that instead of us being forced into the circle fad of Facebook / Twitter & whoever else jumped on that bandwagon.
  6. Unique TV/Movie vehicle

    The Shelby Cobra that Elvis Presley drove in the "Spinout" movie wouldn't be all that unique or unusual, but the Mistral (according to the update at this site) stunt double car he drove into the lake would be different.
  7. Daytona Spyder engine question

    Same here, but around two decades ago with my project, "Ferrari Daytona blasphemy (Itsa Mustang!)"
  8. Hi from New Mexico

    Welcome. I was raised in Tijeras, I remember when Edgewood was hardly nothing more than an empty gas station along with a few other disused buildings.
  9. A custom from the Batmobile?

    Our MCM forum member John Smiley's custom Futura.
  10. Alternate-Reality 1935 Allison-powered LSR car

    Had missed this one from years back. Most interesting!
  11. VW 1300 Beetle 66´ ”Pearl White” Tamiya

    Crisp! Minus a couple of visual clues, the photos of the full car could pass for being photos of a 1:1 car.
  12. Perhaps this one can serve as an inspiration: Town of Newburgh's Vince Lobosco won three awards at the 2015 GSL contest with his phantom '58 T-bird retractable hard top that used many - if I remember right - Danbury Mint parts on an AMT (?) T-bird kit. Click the "next" button here so see several more photos.
  13. Anytime. Top heavy, yes, a bit, but the heaviest stuff such as the fridge, steel dinette frame & driver's side cabinets were at bedrail level or below. Still heavy overall, around an additional 800lbs to what was a half ton truck. Many of these rigs' owners put on rear air bags or overload springs to help out, some converted 'em to 3/4 ton.
  14. They were '76 - '77s only. Brochure links: '76 Blazer Chalet / '76 GMC Jimmy Casa Grande / '77 Chev version / '77 GMC. For some odd reason, GM showed most of these without the front spare carrier, but to the best of my knowledge, all of these left the dealership with the spare on the front - there is no good place to store it inside the camper. Only one color combination (sort of) for the '76s, and 6 for the '77s.
  15. To do the camper units for the Chalet / Casa Grande in proper factory stock fashion, you'd first have to figure out which of the 3 Blazer kits are scaled right in order to figure out what exact size you want to make the camper, and then you'd have to get measurements out the whazoo to get the whole thing right, which includes all the interior bits, and you'd have to also include a correct vintage '76-'77 Chevy / GMC grille. Then you'd have to do the stripe / logo decals, and that would involve clever measuring to make them go around the compound curves onto the back. Plus you'd need the rear bumper bracket extensions and the spare carrier for the front bumper. And then there's the decision of what to do about the pop-up roof - functional scissors lift? Static raised roof with stiff 'canvas' sides and a separate top-down roof panel? These would also need instructions on which paint to select for the assorted factory colors. I owned Chalet #1747 (had to sell it due to a lack of cash to keep it) and I'm the current caretaker of the old BlazerChalet website. Trust me on this, a camper unit to go with the MPC/Revell/Monogram kits would be a major kit effort. But I could probably steer you toward the nearest person I know of who owns one of these if you want to do the pile of measurements.