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Howard Cohen

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About Howard Cohen

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  • Birthday 12/20/1949

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  • Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Full Name Howard

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  1. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic regency era street rod   

    Very well done! I am sure Ray would like it  
  2. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic Tires, and why are they "rubber", anyway?   

    I seem to recall the first time I saw 'rubber' tires in a kit in the 60s, I was thrilled Wow, I didn't have to glue the tire halves together and paint the tires  Lettering the sidewalls was a little tricky but I managed. And you could flex a rubber tire over a solid wheel without having to glue it in place  
    Over the years, tires started to melt, in some cases. I have a few that have melted but only those I kept in a box. The tires on my finished models are good...where is that horseshoe?  I do have a couple of models that I got out of collections where the tire and wheel have melted together but when I looked at them, each one had a layer of glue on it, so perhaps the glue is what causes the tire and wheel to melt together  
    When I get an old model now, I take the wheel and tire and drop them in the Super Clean. That seems to work very well. 
  3. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic Air Trax   

    I bought your Corvair Bertone (beat my friend Steve to it) and it is very well done. I understand that it may be a fictional car as the real Corvair Bertone did not look like your version. In any case, it has moved near the top of my build list to go along with my other Corvairs, including this nearly completed mid-engined version  


  4. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic Customer Service @ AMT   

    It's on the website, check under 'contact'. Their service is very good. 
  5. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic Harry Pristovnik   

    Hi Amy -
    Over the past many years, I have helped with estate sales of models car collections, some numbering in the thousands of built cars, some of friends, some not, some by direct sale, some by auction. I have purchased models built by friends who have passed away and they are cherished memories of long friendships. Some of these life long collections have been donated to museums and sadly, not all the museums have the space to display them. 
    Harry's family and friends should have a remembrance of Harry before you dispose of any models. Then contact the museums closest to you so that any time you want to see them, you can visit them or take friends to see the collection. Dean Milano is indeed an expert in model car history and values and may be the best person to help you with your Dad's collection. I have known Dean for many years and his knowledge is far-reaching. Dean is also very honest and trustworthy. 
    Contact any local community museum that might have interest. Then contact all the car museums in the area. Many of them will talk to you over the telephone and give advice on how best to share Harry's work. Selling them by auction is difficult and time consuming (I know a car auction house in this area and it takes a lot of work to auction off any collection) as is selling on Ebay. 
    Gather all the information, then discuss it with your family, then make your decision. Make sure you are all happy with your decision. We will all be happy with your decision. 
    P.S. here are some photos I took in 2008 of a collection just before it went to a museum for display. To date, the cars are still in storage in the museum basement due to lack of space  
    http://public.fotki.com/howardcohen/collection-hanover-2008/
     
  6. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic Chrome Marker versus Bare Metal method?   

    Here are a few tips I have learned about using foil for the past 40 years:
    1 - make sure the paint is fully cured, dry is not good enough. Fully cured may be an extra few days or week, depending on the paint you use. If the paint is not fully cured, you may damage it.
    2 - apply a coat of non-silicone wax before you foil. It leaves the surface smoother and makes the foil look better, no bumpy or grainy finish.
    3 - cut small straight strips and apply them straight. You can trim they easily with a NEW blade. I use stainless steel surgical blades, much higher quality and better edge for cutting. 
    4 - I always burnish with the flat side of a toothpick or with the side of a small plastic paint dabber. 
    5 - apply a coat of wax after to add more shine. 
    6 - This is an original 1963 Corvette and all the foil was done with 1 new blade, a fresh sheet of foil (if it is cracked, use only the smooth bits, never try to smooth the cracks). This is about 4 hours of foiling. 


  7. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic Let's build a " Little Duece Coupe"   

    Many years ago I picked up a t-shirt at a Beach Boys themed show. The car on the shirt was the blue coupe you see. I followed the song words as best I could to create this model, painted Boyd's Pacific Blue. The gold car is a copy of a 1:1 car that someone built and I got in a collection. Both are Deuce coupes  The car that is shown on the album cover is closer to the words of the song 'Custom Machine' They used it on the album cover because it was available. 



  8. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic NNL East 2017............My take!   

    To quote Yogi Berra...'no one goes there anymore, it's too crowded'...  
  9. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic Larry's '51 Jaguar XK120 coupe....In his own words   

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
  10. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic NNL East...more :)   

    Parolees  
  11. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic More on Molotow pens   

    This is direct from the Molotow website. Remember that it is not paint, it is 'INK' and may react differently over time. Many inks fade with age. Notice also 'smooth, non-absorbent surfaces'  There is lots more on their website, so be sure to read it all  
    As I have said before, this is not the saviour of the model car hobby, it's another tool you have to learn to use  
    I just got a Revell parts pack from Bob's Chrome and it looks infinitely better with plated chrome than with painted chrome, in my opinion  
    "LIQUID CHROME ™ - the 20 year edition! The long-awaited liquid chrome is the unique result of a long-lasting development of the BURNER ™ ink. For the best mirror effect on smooth, non-absorbent surfaces."
    Now go BUILD SOMETHING  
  12. Howard Cohen added a topic in Contests and Shows   

    NNL East...more :)
    Is it possible to have too many photos from NNL East?  I only took photos of models that I really liked. To take them all, you would spend all 7 hours taking photos, no talking, no visiting, no shopping, no bathroom breaks...  I took a few hundred photos, did some shopping (yes, I found some excellent bargains), talked to lots of people and that is from Thursday when I arrived to Sunday morning when I left  Make the trip if you can, don't worry about where you stay, so many hotels and motels in the area are 15 minutes from the PAL  Enjoy...
     
    https://public.fotki.com/HowardCohen/nnl-east-2017/








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  13. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic NNL EAST 2017   

    As I will be visiting the Yogi Berra Museum on Friday, let me borrow a quote to refer to NNL East...nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded...  
  14. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic NNL East roll call.   

    Yeah, kinda hard to miss...being that you are 5 foot tall, quiet as a mouse and no one can see nor hear you  
  15. Howard Cohen added a post in a topic NNL East roll call.   

    4.000.000...and that is just for you and me