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    Kitimat, BC, Canada
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    Mark McAlister

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  1. MAN - Burnt Out Cab

    Wow, that is some impressive work. I have seen in person the odd burnt out vehicle and the only thing I could say that is missing is the melting/dripping of the plastic that makes up such a huge portion of todays cars and trucks. Mind you if the fire were hot enough and no one put it out it is conceivable that all the plastic was completely consumed in the blaze. Either way, you did an outstanding job. Mark.
  2. how to get figures to fit in cars

    I don't know if this helps at all, but I also had problems getting seated figures to sit in a car seat properly. Not only did I have problems with arm and leg length, I also had problems with the figures height/head room in the car and the figure not fitting between the seat and the steering wheel . After pondering over the problem for way too long I discovered 2 things: First off, the figures "rear-end" was too round/full and not flattened/squashed from his/her weight sitting on it and sinking down into it. Second was the seat of the car was not depressed where the person would be sitting. The same issue presents itself for the figures back and the back of the seat, thus pushing the figure too far forward in the car, hence the arms and legs seem too long when in actuality they are not. Filing/removing material off of the figure where they contact the seat (you could also hollow out the seat where the person sits, but it is easier to alter the figure than the car seat) will sit them into the seat more naturally and realistically and hopefully give the necessary room to get them into the car. If you take a close look at the pic of the American Diorama driver figure there is a lot of material missing from his butt and the back of his legs and as David mentioned he is missing everything below the knees, which once in the vehicle, even with close up pictures, is barely noticeable, if at all (might be more noticeable if the car was a convertible). Even doing this you may still need to alter the bends of the figures joints (knees, elbows, shoulders) so that his hands will grab the steering wheel where you want them to. IMHO 99% of figures need to be modified/altered in some way or another so that they will do what you have pictured in your head. Mark.
  3. '51 Chev Fleetline Deluxe Restoration

    After a winter hiatus I'm back to making some progress. I know winter is the time when stuck indoors lots of hobby work (usually) happens. But with being laid off from work, getting a new job and adjusting to new work schedules etc. I couldn't get my mind on task. The dust is settling and I have blown the dust off the Chevy. I got the front suspension finished and is now a roller. Test fitting went great but after getting it all glued and assembled the drivers side wheel has a bit of a camber to it. It is glued and pinned together so I am not going to disassemble it to try and fix it. It will just have to be that way. It also isn't nearly as obvious with the body on it so I think it will be ok. I got the engine all finished as well. Somewhere along the way I lost the coil so I scratched one out of a piece of sprue (turned in a drill with a jeweler's file). Plug wires are made from stripped cat-5 wire and painted. I'm 98% sure I got the firing order right. The belts were shaved down as in scale they would have been well over and inch thick. The fan and top of the air filter were painted with a Molotow pen. I'll let the paint dry for a bit and hopefully this evening I'll get the engine in, the exhaust hooked up and maybe if I really get on a roll I'll get the inner fenders and radiator all assembled. Now if I could just get some decent lighting for my pics I'd be stylin' (the background is actually white). Thanks for looking and feel free to comment.
  4. 71 f100 beater

    I'm loving how the rearview mirror has come unglued and now takes its place on the seat. Had that happen to me more than once in real life - and more than once in the same car!
  5. '51 Chev Fleetline Deluxe Restoration

    Greg, I've lived up here now for the past 6 years and I really like it up here - really beautiful, peaceful, and quiet. A slower pace of life for sure. You come up here to the end of the road to go fishing?
  6. '51 Chev Fleetline Deluxe Restoration

    Thank you. I checked out your facebook page - that is a beautiful collection of cars you have. I really liked the black/red '67 Chevelle SS - not sure what it is about '67 Chevelles, but they really speak to me. Mark.
  7. '51 Chev Fleetline Deluxe Restoration

    My model building got sidelined for a bit as some events in my life left me unable to focus on any of my builds. But I think things may be returning to normal and have I felt motivated to put in a bit of bench time. Progress is slow, but any progress is good progress. I managed to finish up the interior this week and am really happy with the end results. All of the brightwork in the interior is done with a Molotow pen. Here are a few pics... Next step will be figuring out the ride height in the front and getting the chassis into a roller. Thanks for looking. Mark.
  8. My first model - Revell GTI mk1

    First off I'd like to say your doing an incredible job for your first build. Keep up the good work. I have a soft spot for the old VW's. Of all the vehicles I've owned in my life, my '86 Scirocco is the only car I wish I still had (it was a silver 1.8l 8v Karmann edition with snow flake rims, lowered 2" with bilstien shocks/eibach springs - that was a fun car). I had the exact same problem with the vallejo paint. I laid down a perfect paint job on a '67 Chevelle in the same Gun Metal color you are using and even after letting it sit for over a month, the paint rubbed off with the lightest touch (ended up stripping it and repainting it with Model Master Graphite Metallic, which is just slightly darker, but otherwise it's very close). I think the vallejo paints may be better suited to the Lexan RC bodies as opposed to the Styrene that model kits are made from. Got rid of all my vallejo paints after that. Mark.
  9. '51 Chev Fleetline Deluxe Restoration

    Sorry it's been so long, I haven't been getting much bench time in, but I got a few things done (or mostly done). Passenger side door panel is finished and installed. The driver's side is getting touchups and not having it installed makes for a better pic. Just don't zoom in too far - these high res. pics make details not visible to the naked eye look horrible. The dash is almost finished. I just have to figure out how I'm going to do a trim ring around the clock. The gauges are from Best Model Car Parts (I have the clock face too). Once the interior is all assembled I can do a quick mock up to check the front ride height (choice of front axel spindles in the kit - can't remember which I used previously as I pulled the others out of the parts box and got them mixed up) and then get the chassis all buttoned up. Mark.
  10. '51 Chev Fleetline Deluxe Restoration

    Quick update... Haven't been getting as much bench time in as I would like as real life has been getting in the way, but I have been getting a few things done. I scratch-built the first piece of glass (rear passenger side) out of a blister pack. I got the engine cleaned up, trimmed down the insanely thick belts (the belts would probably have worked out to be close to 1-1/2 scale inches thick before I thinned them up a bit to look more realistic). I started on wiring the engine (this process always fights back for some reason). I got the first bit of red color on some of the small bits (dash, top of door panels and front & rear splash pans) - the results I couldn't be happier with. Once I get the interior trim painted I will post some pics. Mark.
  11. Chevelles

    Snow on the ground! In August?!? How for north in Ontario do you live?? Seriously though, that is a great looking bunch of Chevelles. I have always loved the '67 SS396.
  12. #5 1958 Impala

    That's a nice looking Impala. I really like it in that color. It gets me thinking about mine... Never painted the body so the blue plastic discolored, and looking at all the broken/missing tiny chrome bits has me question whether or not I'll fix mine up or use it for parts. The front fender chrome yours is missing - 1 of mine seems to have disappeared and the other is broken in half. I understand completely about leaving the chrome around the windows, if it were me and the car was all apart I'd be all over it, but without taking it all apart and risking breakage in the process I can't say I'd be too eager to do it either. I have a few cars on the shelf I would make a minor change or two to, but force myself not to just so that things don't go sideways in the process. I use those cars to remind me of how my knowledge and skills have progressed over the years and to keep that momentum in future builds.
  13. '51 Chev Fleetline Deluxe Restoration

    Well preserved under 1/8" of paint!
  14. '51 Chev Fleetline Deluxe Restoration

    Terry, yes - that's pretty much what I had in mind. It looks era correct, like it would have come on the car. If your interested in parting with it let me know, I'll pm you my address. Mirrors, I believe, were an option in '51. All of the scans of brochures, etc I have found online for the '51 Chevy lineup shows them all with no mirror. All of the useable ones I have look like a generic mirror you would find today on the rack in an auto parts store for $5 - that's not what I in mind.
  15. '51 Chev Fleetline Deluxe Restoration

    So I know I said I was going to get cranking on the engine today, but I took a slight detour. I set out into the stash looking for a suitable mirror for the car, something simple, with a round head on it. Well I didn't find one that could be stolen so to speak. However, I came across a treasure I didn't know I had, the exact wheels that she had been asking for. The wheels are off of the Revell California Wheels '59 Impala, a kit in the stash that I had done nothing more than open it and put it in the closet. The tires I had picked out, unfortunately, were too small and the wheels wouldn't fit in them. Back to the stash I go, open up the most unlikely candidate, a '64 Chevy pickup (Revell California Wheels edition) pictured with a gorgeous set of mags and low profile tires. Low and behold there's a perfect set of Firestone tires with white wall inserts in there!! The wheels and backs were both slightly loose in the tires so they had to be glued together with the tire sandwiched in between. Thanks again to those who offered their wares, while I won't need them for this build I do still appreciate the offers. After a week of fighting the paint in the purple puddle, I switched to Easy-Off late last night. Checked it this afternoon - Done. I couple of little spots where the silver paint was a bit stubborn, but nothing that won't get taken care of when I sand all the mold lines out of it - and there are a lot on this car. I will try and get the engine worked on tomorrow. Mark.