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Brian Austin

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    General vicinity of Boston
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    Brian W. Austin
  1. Anyone make these truck wheels?

    Many petroleum plastic promo trucks have similar wheels. These models turn up at shows for reasonable prices. (Listings linked below for purpose of illustration) https://picclick.com/PHILLIPS-66-VINTAGE-TRUCK-BANK-JMT-Marx-222817657118.html https://picclick.com/Exxon-Marx-1993-Aviation-Gasoline-Tanker-Truck-Bank-382592177232.html https://picclick.com/HUMBLE-AIRFLOW-TANKER-MARX-Toys-1994-TRUCK-Coin-323452253870.html
  2. Pre-digital Dioramas

    Heh, sorry David those particular 4x5 shots aren't anything to write home about. I do have a bunch of 35mm slides to scan of the diorama, which was constructed for the shoot. For fun. It had a 1:48 scale RR track on a plate girder bridge crossing over a road. On the street below I had placed a few of my 1:43 diecast cars, including a truck hauling a representation of a disused wooden electric trolley car (i.e. tram) body...barely passing underneath the bridge. I had the pleasure of having one of those slides published in Model Railroader magazine in the readers' photos section.
  3. http://www.curbsideclassic.com/uncategorized/cc-outtake-homemade-camper-for-the-apocalypse-that-never-happened-yet/
  4. http://forums.aths.org/95965/What-Am-I-for-Monday-90610
  5. 56 f100 backwoods project.

    Are you planning on adding bolt holes in the bed sides for the rear fenders?
  6. Pre-digital Dioramas

    I've done a few model RR diorama shots with a 4x5" camera in B&W back in the '90s.
  7. 1:25 siding

    Evergreen makes this type in various scales. FWIW: 1:25 can fall into the "G Scale" umbrella. Many accessories published as 1:29 scale will be suitable for 1:25.
  8. For those wanting to make their model really accurate... Images from an eBay listing. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1962-chevy-c10-truck-cab-chevrolet-1960-1961-1963-1964-1965-1966-c-10-truck-/322758065568
  9. FWIW, it appears the Suburban roof is taller than a pickup's, so then it can cause trouble when making a crew cab with it.
  10. Suburban kitbash

    What are you guys doing for the chassis and interior? I'm planning a couple of kitbashes involving the Revell Suburban and AMT '60 pickup kits, and am curious as to how you're approaching yours. The AMT chassis should be correct (for a a '60-'63 2x4), but the Revell floor doesn't really want to fit, particularly at the toeboard area. Door interior panels and dashes are very different as well from the two kits as well. So it seems the body backdating could be the easiest part of the conversion. :-)
  11. 1931 Model AA Ford truck

    Russian газ-AA (GAZ-AA) trucks were license-built Model AA's, with running changes made over the years. In Scale Auto Enthusiast's truck column some time ago there were some газ-AA drawings published as Ford Model AA reference. The drawings were similar to this: http://www.armchairgeneral.com/rkkaww2/galleries/trucks/GAZ_AA.htm Here's a good source for Ford Model AA truck reference, including the various body types offered: http://aafords.com/aa-chassis/
  12. Interesting old rig

    Wow...I love it!
  13. Again, these aren't mine. I'm just fascinated by film/TV special effects. For a scene in Men In Black involving a New York City tunnel several Monogram 1/8 scale car kits were used, along with some others that were mastered by the special effects crew. Note the custom-cast SUVs and several Chevy Caprice taxis mixed in with the more familiar Monogram Firebirds, Corvettes and a Jaguar or two. http://www.moon-city-garbage.agency/meninblack/ Here a nicely detailed Ford station wagon was scratchbuilt and cast in fiberglass for the film "Mom & Dad Save The World". Another body was pulled from the mold and that model was used in the production of "Terminator 2". http://jim-logiudice.tumblr.com/page/7
  14. For what it's worth, heavy truck lines shared cabs with their pickup siblings. I've always been fascinated by the '60s Ford N-Series, so pickup kits do offer some truck kitbashing potential. http://www.curbsideclassic.com/curbside-classics-american/storage-yard-classic-1963-65-ford-n-series-super-duty/ Would make a cool car hauler
  15. Who came up with the 1:20 scale kits and why?!

    In model railroading scales can vary due to different issues. Even HO and 0 Scales have their variations. Sometimes there's just the convenience of a round number, such as American 0 Scale's easy 1/4th inch-to-the-foot 1:48 vs. British 7mm-to-the-foot 1:43 or Eurpopean 1:45.). On other occasions a scale is fudged in order to fit the then-available motors and axle drives inside the model body shells. British N scale is oversize due to this issue. Japanese models tend to be overscale too, but because their trains (excepting for the standard-gauge bullet trains) run on narrow-gauge track. The British H0/00 thing was mentioned earlier. This was also due to space considerations, to allow the dainty British locos to run on H0 gauge track the scale increased a bit, and as major manufacturers jumped in the compromise stuck. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OO_gauge. I should point out that at the very start, when German toy manufacturer Marklin instituted a range of gauges in the early 1900s or so, they cataloged each gauge with a number, #0-5, ranging smaller-to-larger like artists' paintbrushes. 0 then should be read as the number zero, not a letter. H0 is literally half of 0, and was introduced many years later. Gauge #1 was the next largest after 0 in Marklin's lineup, and in later decades became the foundation of the garden railroad mess..."i.e. G Gauge". It should be noted that actual scale for toy trains was never a consideration at the start, these were just toys. I happen to have a clockwork 0 Marklin set from around 1902 or so, and it even came with an original paper catalog, which must be fairly rare these days. Proportions are "cute" rather than "correct" to say the least! Scale accuracy didn't begin to matter until the '20s or '30s or so. By then gauge standards were forming, with new ones arriving. New scales wound up with letter designations due to marketing forces, straying away from Marklin's old neat and tidy cataloging system.