RancheroSteve

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  • Full Name Steve Roullier

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  1. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    There are a few dead links (the thread is about 7 years old), but If you've got  few hours to waste:
    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/64-65-comets-old-drag-cars-lets-see-pictures.335534/
    And a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-dO-UPe7uo
  2. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    Oh yeah, for sure! From what I've seen so far the Moebius Comet will be many orders of magnitude better than the disappointment that was the Trumpeter Falcons & Rancheros. If we rivet count, it's only because we care!
  3. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    That brace from the Trumpeter Falcon doesn't look bad, but that firewall doesn't resemble any Falcon/Comet part I've ever seen. Don't get me started . . .
  4. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1961 Dodge Phoenix (update 4/26/16)   

    OK, I got it foiled!


    I can see a few small flaws in the photos - funny how it works that way - but it looks pretty decent to the naked eye.
  5. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1961 Ranchero: Back in the groove!   

    Well done - clean & simple!
  6. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport (update 4/21/16)   

    I'm not a Grand Sport expert by any means - maybe someone who is can weigh in - but based what I've read, my guesses would be:
    Zora Arkus-Duntov, who was heavily involved in the Grand Sport program, was not a fan of the split window. Maybe they already knew the split window was going away in '64? Also remember that the Grand Sport bodies were handbuilt, so they could do what they wanted with the body. Finally - and perhaps most likely and importantly, it was probably a little lighter - and they did everything possible to take weight off that car.
  7. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport (update 4/21/16)   

    It's a custom blend at this point. The instruction sheet lists Tamiya XF17 as a choice, so I started with that, but it looked a little too dark so I lightened it up a bit.
  8. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    Point taken Tim, but I have to think the truth will come out in the end, and a good open discussion is a way of getting at that truth. Most people who consider themselves knowledgeable on a subject are careful to not go out on limb - if a factual error is made there are plenty of opportunities for someone to call them on it. In the case of the '65 Comet, it's not really that a rare car and reliable info is pretty readily available.
  9. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1963 Corvette Grand Sport (update 4/21/16)   

    The interior is done. I added a fire extinguisher and a couple of gauges to the dash. I also made a spacer to move the pedals down and closer to the floor.


  10. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1961 Dodge Phoenix (update 4/26/16)   

    It's the "Scale Motorsports" cowhide decal. I bought a sheet a few years back thinking I'd use it someday. After I painted the seats, I was able to use the masking tape as a template. Truth is, it wouldn't be that hard to do with paint if you have slightest artistic sense. Cowhide is a pretty forgiving pattern.
  11. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    I don't see the brace or the wiper motor as a huge deal. Some folks (myself included) who are very familiar with these cars were mentioning a few items that they saw as being less than perfect, but no one said these things would stop them from buying the kit - or that anybody else should refrain from buying the kit, which based on what I've seen looks darn good. The more one knows about a specific car, the the greater the likelihood exists that you'll be a "rivet counter" when it comes to that vehicle.
    In the instance of the brace, it couldn't have been molded in place anyway - it has to be a separate piece, so doing it as an Export Brace makes some sense. If someone wants to do a 100% correct factory stock build, they'll figure out a way to fix it. That's part of what model building is about. To the best of my knowledge the perfectly accurate kit has not been made yet.
    As I said earlier, I'm not going to try to do an in depth critique of this (or any) kit based on a few photos of what may or may not be the finished tool. But I think if somebody sees something they have the right to point it out. I think most of the members here appreciate what Moebius has given us over the last few years and have the sense to not "throw the baby out with the bath water".
    I think it's only natural in this day and age to expect products to be intensely scrutinized. Certainly standards for detail and accuracy are way higher than they were when I was first building models, and information is way more available. I think the dialog is healthy - it's a big part of the reason we come here.
  12. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic 1961 Dodge Phoenix (update 4/26/16)   

    The interior is done.
    Starting with the very basic and shallow three piece interior (tub, dash and steering wheel), I decided to go for something splashy. Red to match the roof with cowhide inserts. I added arm rests, seat belts, window cranks, turn signal stalk, rear view mirror, a little BMF, and Fuzzy Fur for the carpets and the package shelf.


     
  13. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    It would make sense that the Mustang wiper motor would be in the same location as the Falcon's - as I'm fond of saying, a Mustang is just a re-bodied Falcon. The wiper motor (original as far as I know) still works on my '63 Ranchero, so I'd say it's a pretty reliable part.
  14. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Moebius '65 Mercury Comet Cyclone news   

    Yes, I noticed that too. The air cleaner also looks a little too flat to me and there are a couple of other mechanical details that seem a bit off, but I'm trying to withhold my judgements until the kit is in my hands. Enough about it looks right that I'll be buying at least one for sure.
  15. RancheroSteve added a post in a topic Modelshops in Salt Lake City and Denver, is there any?   

    Try to arrange a tour of the International Model Car Builders Museum: http://www.themodelcarmuseum.org/Tours/tours.html
    Nothing to buy there, but lots to see.