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  • Birthday 12/18/1948

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    1/24 & 1/25

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    Bountiful, UT
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    George Yoke

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  1. It's kind of funny, the Bentley model which is best known is the least successful. The unblown 4.5 or the Speed Six are the ones which dominated Le Mans. The blower overstressed the engine into unreliability.
  2. Rick Mears has always been one of my favorite drivers. He was a thinker, always adjusting the car to suit changing track conditions. But he could turn it on when needed, as his six poles and four wins at Indy 500 can attest. This is the AMT Penske PC17 kit. Mears won the race from pole that year. There is good detail in the kit. It includes the option of using the flush wheels used in the 500. The photo is the all-Penske front row for the race. Note three holes in the wheels. The only problem with the wheels is that they came with six holes instead of three. This requires a modification. Here are the covers still on the sprue. The extra holes were plugged with .080 rod and sanded flush. This is the finished disk painted Model Master chrome. To be more correct, I should have glued the disk to the wheel and filled the gap.
  3. Just imagine all the stories told of real-live race drivers driving the first of the Z06 Corvettes from St. Louis to their various destinations?
  4. Thanks for the tips! Tom's diagram reminded me of when I was working at a computer all day. He's right: feet flat on the floor, arms at 90 and adjust everything else to fit.
  5. Yes, the day wasn't perfect. Look at photos of the front end in the day to see there were at least two prangs. But they got the job done.
  6. I think you see that your complaint is not unique to you. IMHO, anyone who has not screwed up enough to put the project aside for a while is just doing bone box stock kits with no paint. When I lose something, I forget about it for a while and usually find it looking for something else. If a project is giving you frustration, put it aside for a time. The problem will percolate in your subconcious, so when you do get back to it, the solution will present itself. Happy building!
  7. I just got back to model building after a 3-month hiatus due to illness. But I have noticed that sitting at the bench for more than an hour gives me pain in my back I had not noticed before, limiting the time I can work without a break. Does anyone have any techniques/tips for this problem?
  8. Nice collection! Are the stripes on the van decals or paint?
  9. As I remember, they used the red-orange through the 70's. CE Red is a red-orange, as opposed to Chrysler orange, which was more of a yellow-orange. I use the Model Masters Chev red, which is close as my memory goes. In 1968 I actually had two cans of Chevy red spray paint I used on the wheels of my 61 VW. In 2007, after my parents passed, I found they still had the paint! And it still worked.
  10. The wire wheels were part of the kit. One of the best parts. To CHUCKYG1: The seats are covered with the kit decals. The only change from the kit is the Union Jack decals on the head fairings. The photo shows them, but they may not be original. The decals are from Vintage Racing Miniatures (VRM). Thanks for the kind comments.
  11. I too find myself becoming a bit pedantic about details only I would know about. I have to take a breath and ask myself: "Is this really fun?" I indulge detailing, but to a more limited degree. But this does not keep me from admiring the skill level required of those super-detailed projects. They are just amazing. Model on!!
  12. I wanted to do something different in the racecar area. This car won the 1955 Mille Miglia, an open-road race down the west side of Italy and back up the east side. Driver was Stirling Moss, with Denis Jenkinson navigating. Jenkinson prepared course notes in advance and fed Moss directions as they went. Moss later said he completely trusted Jenkinson's directions: if the said a curve could be taken flat out, it was taken flat out. They averaged just under 100 mph for the 1000 miles. The photo is Sir Stirling Moss giving Jay Leno a ride at Laguna Seca, I believe. Notice the inboard drum brakes! There is lots of detail in the kit, but I experienced some fitment problems. I had to tweak and modify some parts to get the proper fit with the major assemblies. One oddity of the car: The engine is not only tilted to the right (to get a lower hood line), but also shifted to the left to keep it in the center of the car. This means the clutch pedal is on the left and the driver has to straddle the transmission to reach the gas and brake! '50s tech.
  13. That's right! Elwood P. Dowd is my hero. Reality came calling and he said:"'No thanks." "Harvey transcends not only time and space, but any objections."
  14. There are many from this movie, but here is one of the best: "Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it."
  15. I have to add my amen to what has been said. If you start feeling bad, DON'T IGNORE SYMPTOMS!!! I just got out of hospital with congestive heart failure after ignoring symptoms for weeks.
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