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About Straightliner59

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    Daniel Himmel

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  1. Oh! The Humanity!

    If you compare it to photos of the Racing Scenes Vega, it becomes apparent that it is, unfortunately, an Aurora body. Oh, well!
  2. What do make headers out of?

    Closest thing I have to weedburners are these. They are made from thin-walled plastic tubing made by a company called Contrail Model Aircraft (https://www.scalemates.com/companies/company.php?id=569 ) . I inserted aluminum wire into the tubing to help it keep its shape through the bends.
  3. Oh! The Humanity!

    While there's no doubt it could be fixed, it's just such a waste! The point is that no one will buy it and fix it, therefore it's pretty much ruined. :-)
  4. Oh! The Humanity!

    I stumbled across this on Ebay. Such a terrible thing to do to a Racing Scenes Vega! It's ruined!
  5. 427 Ford SOHC engine source

    I recall a discussion with Don Fahrni and Tom Hardy, years ago, about the Cammer, and best way to model it. We concluded that the only way to build an accurate replica, is through kitbashing. I don't remember all the specifics, but, the conclusion was that the best cam covers were from Monogram's T'rantula.
  6. What did you get today? (Model Car Related Items)

    That's cool! Kurtis Craft? I'm looking forward to checking them out, and seeing what I can do with them, to dress them up.
  7. What did you get today? (Model Car Related Items)

    The listing on Ebay said the yellow one is Ideal. I won't know for sure, until it gets here. They should be fun to check out!
  8. Honest opinion on my gangreen nova

    That perfectly captures the look of an '80s Super Gas car!
  9. What did you get today? (Model Car Related Items)

    Just bought these in separate deals on Ebay. They're really toys, but, I am sure i can have some fun with them!
  10. Monogram BADMAN

    I'm considering doing a Badman with the engine and Lakewood bellhousing from Monogram's '66 Malibu (I have a red one) and a standard trans. It's in the early planning stages, but I have designed a possible set of decals for it. I don't want to stray too far from the Badman, itself. And, I am going to try to keep it fairly straightforward and simple...uh, yeah.
  11. 1975 Monza Taillight Travails 09/20/18

    It's been a spell since my last update. I still don't have much to show, but, it ain't for lack of trying. These taillights are giving me fits! First off, MPC molded them with the texture on the outside, when it should be on the inner side of the lens. Secondly, while I "get" why they molded the entire unit in red, it's a real pain, trying to attach a section of clear, for the backup lamp, then re-scribe the texture on the inside of the lenses all while attempting to keep a 1/8" X .030" (approx.) butt joint in one piece. Therein lies the rub...the right taillight has had to be reassembled five or six times. Each time it comes apart, it needs to cemented again, then polished...all over, again. All the while, this process makes that butt joint ever thinner! Anyhoo--the right taillight is closer to finished, although nowhere near perfect. It still looks better than the straight MPC item. There's a parting line in the 1:1 that needed to be scribed into the outer side of the lens. I used a fine pen to darken it. I used textured foil to simulate the inner reflective surfaces. I still have one taillight to scribe, and to create the reflector pans. Here are a couple of updated photos, along with a couple of the prototype. Thanks for looking! Comments, criticism, advice always welcome!
  12. Fiat Fuel Competition Coupe - W.I.P. - Update 08-30

    This is freaking cool! Beautiful fuel coupe!
  13. 1975 Monza Taillight Travails 09/20/18

    Thanks, Snake! I still want to see that Monza. No chickening out, man! :-)
  14. 1975 Monza Taillight Travails 09/20/18

    I've finished most of one taillight! Still need to make the reflectors pans and bulbs, and install the reflective inner surface. I may try to find something a bit softer, to make the decorative trim/bezel around the taillight, so I can make sharper bends. The MPC taillights have texture on the outside, which shouldn't be there, and had to be sanded off and polished. Obviously, they made the taillight/backup light lenses one piece, so, I fixed that, as well, adding a small section of clear lens, where I removed the red backup light section. Here are a few photos of the new taillight assembly, and a couple of comparison shots of the MPC promo, the real car, and my model, just for fun!
  15. Post a cool model pic

    Not really anything special about the model, but, I think it's a fun/cool photo.