A few years back for my own curiosity, I took a GM anniversary gallery photo of a Suburban and wacked out vertical slabs from the middle, to see what a phantom Blazer of that vintage would look like ....
Eek, the dreaded project count. I'm behind on updating photos for my Quicksilver progress, while I'm stalled on my MG glue bomb restoration, pending how I'm going to resolve the realistic wheels problem. Then I just got this Ranchero to restore/refine which I already started disassembling. Outside of that, I have long stalled projects, such as my V12 Cobra Berlinetta and surrealistic Ford dually … plus two other really old projects from the 1990s. Category 2 would be my "acquisitions" pile, meaning parts piles accumulated but not started in any way: A Chevy Luv, GMC Jimmy factory stock, NASCAR Chevy pickup, 3 street rods, a '61 Vette, and a Mustang fastback where people will say, "that's not a Mustang … oh, wait, I see it now." So, all together, that's 7 projects and 9 "acquisitions", while the ideas that I'll never get around to acquiring is an ongoing count that I pile up as "virtual projects" in this thread.
When I search particular categories, some mass-sellers regularly use repeated words for their items. What I do is put a minus sign right in front of the repeated word, and that usually wipes out that seller. Say for example if some guy is selling hundreds of parts made of brass, which I currently have no need for, he gets screened out when I just have the word -brass in the Parts category search window.
Stay tuned for a small W.I.P. thread on it in the near future. I see the 'artistic goal' of what the original builder had in mind, it just begs for better craftsmanship and specific materials to carry it through to being a completed concept.
Rancheros are just so cute, ya can't let 'em go unloved. This one has been languishing in ebay's Automotive Vintage section for a month or two, and the latest price drop was too tempting to ignore. Entertaining concept going on with it, but it needs a bit of refinement and realistic color to the interior ....
Thanks for the kind words. Meanwhile .... The Tijuana Green Hornet Taxi Always laughed at that overall old Tom Daniel design, but never cared much for the front end treatment. If you swapped that part out for the Monogram Green Hornet, you could go with a somewhat de-tuned comic element with the Hornet rear wheels & tires, along with a bit of a chop to the roof and a green paint job. (image credits: Peter Hirschberg 3D Tijuana taxi rendering & Tom Geiger's image-reversed Green Hornet, mashed by me into what you see here)
I wouldn't sell one of my models, either, unless someone really made it worth my while, such that I could afford to take time off what I'm currently bogged down with, to remake what I just sold. But now let's examine the flip side here. Suppose I just won the lottery, and happened to see one of your models that I really want, which I don't otherwise feel like duplicating on my own. If you won't sell me the original, how much do you want for an exact duplicate? Assuming you have to take time off from work to work for me, what wage do you want, combined with all the parts, paint & extras that go into creating the duplicate? And what premium is it going to cost me for you to sign it as a "J Patton"? As I implied at a similar prior thread, put all that cost together for a model that ought to place no worse than 2nd or so in its category (other than a pure box-stock, perhaps) at a major national contest, and you are looking at a top-flight model costing a grand or two.
One other option, if you rather not do all that scratchbuilding & kit piece gathering, is to find one of the Memory Lane toy versions. Steeply priced on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Santa-Claus-Comin-Town-Vehicle/dp/B0001WUZM0 , but I got mine several years ago via an ebay sale for around $30. If I was to guess, it looks like maybe 1:12 scale. It's now part of my Christmas decorations every year, I loved that show when I was a kid.
Well, got a quick response to my email from Mark Gustavson, which he asked me to repeat verbatim below while he is in the process of getting his old login info in order to respond directly: Hi Jack! Wow, I can't believe you're on the Forum. Please note that I did NOT receive your e-mail note about your great vintage model! Please e-mail me directly at the addy below. The Museum's Clone the Past program is alive and well -- we are cloning the most important models in the history of our hobby. Noted builder John Teresi did an incredible job replicating the "Herndon Special": it was presented at the Museum seminar at GSL-XXVI in 2015 (go here for details on GSL: http://www.gslchampionship.org/ ). Here's a link to the Clone the Past Museum program (a new website is pending so forgive the dated one still online): http://themodelcarmuseum.org/Programs/Clone/clone.html I'm presently writing the 2016 Museum newsletter (go here to see older issues: http://themodelcarmuseum.org/information/Publications/publications.html I would like to interview you and get photos of your models. Please e--mail at the addy below, and we'll talk.
Sorry again that your earlier attempts to contact me/the Museum didn't work out for you. Welcome to the Forum! Wow -- it's great that you're still into building. Thanks for your enormous contributions to the model car hobby!
Cheers, Mark S. Gustavson Founder, International Model Car Builders Museum firstname.lastname@example.org
Been able to exchange a few emails with the main guy at the Museum, so I gave it a shot at alerting him to this thread. Might do the trick for getting some communication going. Welcome back to this part of the hobby. Hope you can find a way to attend the next GSL contest, which features visits for attendees to the Museum. Part of that attraction will be (if I have it right) the public re-introduction of one of the co-winning models from the '64 Revell-Pactra contest. The other co-winning model is already on display there.