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    Richard "Call Me Snake" Mesner

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  1. Revell '67 Corvette Roadster

    I didn't get them perfect, but they're hella better than what comes out of the box. Did this a couple years before I had internet and the ability to google-image a million pics of Vettes from every possible angle in two seconds. All I had to work with was the pics in a couple Corvette books, and a couple old AMT and MPC bodies for comparison. Turns out the AMT and MPC bodies aren't right either, they're just wrong in a prettier, less eye-jarring way. Oh well, it is what it is. I'll do a "good" one someday.
  2. Glue Bomb Rescue: '72 GTO

    I thought this toy-show find would be another quickie cleanup, polish-out and Snake-Fu project, like the '69 Charger I did a couple months ago. The dark blue metallic paint looked solid, even though it had a few dust boogers and runs; the thing seemed to have "good bones." 90 percent of the paint polished out quite nicely, but in color-sanding out the runs and boogers, I burned through in a few places. But I determined that the paint was Model Master Arctic Blue, or something VERY close to it, which I could match, so I drove on. This was a great chance to try out my new $20 Walmart C&H double action airbrush, using it to touch up only the burned through areas and a brief spot around them, just enough to try to blend it in with careful polishing. Here's what the paint looks like after touchup but before polish-out. (Final polished pics will be in Under Glass pics--hopefully, very soon.) What red you still see will either be touched up with brush, or Silver Sharpied (i.e., wheel opening trim). No, it's not perfect, but it could pass for a home garage or high school shop paint job, or a perhaps a partial repaint for accident or rust repair. It'll look good enough for a late '70s high school hot rod, daily driver or street bomber. Thanks for looking, as, as always, comments welcome.
  3. '57 Chevy 150 w/Pontiac 389 under the hood.

    I like this a lot, and your paint looks very close to '57 Harbor Blue, my favorite '57 Chevy color. Well done and model on!
  4. Out of the box , almost 1965 Chevelle wagon

    Very nice! I built one of these a couple years ago and was shocked at how crisp the body emblems still are on this kit.
  5. Let's See Some Glue Bombs!

    Thanks! I found out last night that I can scrape the black paint off the wheel spokes with a wooden toothpick, but it's slow and tedious going. If it doesn't work out, gray spokes will definitely be Plan B.
  6. Let's See Some Glue Bombs!

    I didn't, but I just went and looked it up. Is it better than it was? And did you have fun doing it? Then you did it right. Model on!
  7. 1971 thunderbird and Jaguar

    Recycling and repurposing old junk is always cool. Good for you! Well done and model on!
  8. 1970 Monte Carlo

    Very nice, Jim--as ususal!
  9. 70/1 Camaro wheel question

    They would have been in the pipeline, as still being offered (standard, I think) on '70 Chevelle SS. It would have just been a matter of proper size and backspacing to fit the Camaro.
  10. Let's See Some Glue Bombs!

    Wonders? Sometimes, but not usually. But the whole idea with some of these projects is just to have fun, something we sometimes forget in our "serious" modeling.
  11. Let's See Some Glue Bombs!

    It might look a little barn find-y in the pics, but real life it just looks like a dirty model that wasn't built all that well in the first place (though not horribly, or I wouldn't have messed with it).
  12. Dick Landys 68 Charger

    Very cool! I'll either be airbrushing Testor Arctic Blue, or use a can of a dark blue "pearl" enamel from them I got awhile back. While I've rattlecanned a good deal of the new Testor lacquer, and airbrushed gallons of their enamels cut with lacquer thinner, I literally can't remember the last time I rattlecanned any of their enamels. BTW, here's the unrestored survivor MPC Charger I built in 1968. Would like to build this one along the same lines, but, you know, better.
  13. Let's See Some Glue Bombs!

    Couple recent toy show finds. Monogram '70 Challenger TA. Looks worse here than it is. It's molded in that pretty metallic brick red (first issue?) and should respond to a general cleanup, plastic-polish, and detailing. Missing the taillight(s), if anyone just happens to have a spare set (if not, I'll just scratchbuild some). Could use the kit TA stripe decals, too, if anyone can spare them. MPC snapper '33 Willys, a kit I always managed to just miss. It's not in bad shape. The idea will be to lower the ridiculous stance a bit and get the whole thing to look a bit less cartoony. The Paddy Wagon junk will come off and I'll try to polish the blue plastic. Seems to be a snapper Revell '34 Ford. Again, not in bad shape, just dirty and in need of a little Snake-Fu to bring it to life. The flames seem to be tampo printed. I really don't like them, but will probably leave them for now. I don't want to paint the thing, and I don't want it all-black, either. I probably have some better flame decals around here somewhere. Should be an easy, fun project just to get to displayable condition for the shelf. This '65 GTO just spoke to me--OB seemed to have gotten the sit and attitude just right for a late '60s-early '70s street fighter. I dig it! Should respond to a good cleaning and polish, and black paint is easy to touch up. It's complete except for the hood scoop insert, but that's not a deal-breaker--I can either sili-clone one from a kit, or just leave it open--I'm sure that was done at the time. Kinda looking forward to getting stared on this little monster. Gonna see if I can re-chrome the Cragars with a Molotow; if that doesn't work, will probably paint the spokes gray/steel and call 'em knockoffs.
  14. Dick Landys 68 Charger

    I bought a Revell '68 Charger yesterday just to use a 50% Michael's coupon. Thinking of doing it in dark blue as a "Then and Now" build to match with the MPC I built in 1968. No one has any comments about my suggestion that the side sculpting is overdone on the Revell body? I guess I'm the only one who sees it that way, then.
  15. What did you get today? (Model Car Related Items)

    Had 50% off coupons for both AC Moore and Michaels this week, so added them to my Hobby Lobby run. Nothing I really needed at HL, so spent my coupon on the AMT boat, which I've never had. Absolutely nothing I needed (or even wanted, that I don't already have two of) at AC Moore. Used the coupon on some Elmers Carpenter's Wood Glue (sandable), which I've found is a great putty or filler in certain situations. My old bottle had dried up last time I tried to use it. Same story at Michaels. Spent my coupon on a Revell '68 Charger--never know when I might need another one. It was open, but I checked and it's complete.