I sell model kits and other items occasionally on that well-known auction site. Once in a while I'll say something the effect of "from a smoke-free home". I've often wondered if it makes much of a difference to most buyers, but maybe it does?
Thanks for the photo credit, Tim - I'm happy to provide. Great write-up on the display and contest! Sorry I missed meeting you there - it would have been good to get a picture of you and Keeler in front of the display.
Thanks, Steve. Nothing is soldered - it's all just (the same dimension) individual strips, bent & glued, so I'm guessing it's a camera angle/illusion thing if they look different. I know some guys who electroplate their trim, but that's a little beyond my reach - for this build at least.
Larry - I'm just using regular Zap CA glue - it seems to be working just fine. Here's a bit more progress - I've shortened up the interior (as you can see, I'll be using the custom interior panels and seat) and added a package shelf behind the seat.
Out back, I've added yet more brass strip to represent the trim that runs between the taillights. This isn't part of the kit or the resin body, but I didn't want the taillight chrome to just end and float in space. This will give me two clean strips that I can foil.
It's actually a better fit than it appears here - I only need to lightly push the bumper down. As you can see, I've also de-chromed the bumper - I'll Alclad it later. And I think I might as well remove the back-up lights.
Yes, I would definitely say that this saved me time over doing it myself, and the price was right (around $15). Another part of my motivation in doing this one is in preparation for a similar conversion I have in mind that I will have to do myself.
I'll be using the custom front end treatment (grille and headlights) from the 2 in 1 kit. The resin body also uses the kit hood. After some some sanding/filling/sanding, things are starting to fit reasonably well.
The center nose piece is separate (just pushed into place here) and will be attached later.
Hey - nice to know, Kerry! The Ponchomino is a cool idea, especially as I've never been that crazy about the roof on the Catalina - a bit too clunky in my opinion. And of course I dig Rancheros, El Caminos, and utes in general.
I had already cut down the wheel houses as you suggested. The bed floor is up against the top of the chassis pan - I don't think it can go any lower without some major surgery, so I'm going to work with it as is. Thanks.
Thanks Bill! Like I implied earlier, the Flintstone bodies I've seen aren't anything like Modlehaus quality, but they're very affordable and there are some very cool subjects available. Lots of interesting conversions for current kits if you want to do something a bit different.
I've been using Zap a Gap (medium) to attach the brass - it seems to be doing the job. The great thing to me about brass is that it's hard enough to hold an edge, yet can be sanded when needed.