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Howard Cohen

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  1. HI Mark - the sheet says that the El Camino puller was built by the late Bob Gaudard, I just own it
  2. A year ago today, I was charging my camera batteries and clearing my SD cards to prepare for Motorama Toronto. I have been attending car shows since 1963 and have been a part since 1964 when I had my first model car display. I started showing a friend's full size cars in 1970 and worked as a producer's assistant since 1974 at Motion Auto Shows. I still do shows now although mostly as a photographer. Since the show was cancelled, maybe some pictures from past shows will cheer you up and keep you happy for a few minutes Enjoy... https://public.fotki.com/HowardCohen/motorama-2020/ https://public.fotki.com/HowardCohen/motorama-2019/ https://public.fotki.com/HowardCohen/motorama-2018/
  3. I have wanted the Autoart Corvette Manta Ray for a long time but when they show up, they are too expensive, until this weekend. A local guy was selling this and I jumped at it, If you haven't see this car in real life or in scale, it is stunning. Yes, it is the 1966 era Mako Shark (remember the MPC kit) rebuilt. The details, the overall proportions and the finish are very good. While I was there, he also had a few other cars that I picked up, well, I was already there
  4. I have the Gunze GTO and Bob Dudek gave me the Revell Germany kit with lots of extra detail parts. Interesting that the two bodies are different, so maybe not the same serial number GTOs. Watching yours come together is very educational. As for the convertible...I was at the Concours of America many years ago for the Ferrari 40th anniversary and someone showed up with a Daytona 365GT convertible. They checked the serial number against the factory list, then disqualified the car from the Concours, made him park away from the show field. He told the organizer that he had the car converted in the U.S. but not by a Ferrari approved coachbuilder.
  5. FYI...Rustoleum has owned Testors for a long time, both being part of a larger company, RPM. They announced the end of the Testors line last year so this is not new.
  6. This kit should be a big seller, not only for us over 50 guys but also for the youngsters who are catching on to 1960s cars. There are many possibilities for this kit with some simple parts swapping. I see mine with wire wheels (65 Riv), lowered, scallop paint, maybe even a bubble top If this one sells well, maybe we will see some other vintage kits reborn. Thanks for sharing the kit Tim.
  7. When 'Scale Modeling by Chris' was around, before he passed away, he made a 25th scale telephone booth. You could also check with doll house stores for 12th scale.
  8. This is a Modelhaus teardrop trailer in resin that I covered in Bare Metal Foil about 35 years ago. Over time, the foil has crinkled a bit but it still looks like aluminum because BMF is aluminum A few years ago, I did the Van Zinger in BMF also.
  9. Super Clean was sold off by Castrol several years ago. Purple Power is a Walmart weaker version. I am in Canada and most stores only carry Super Clean. Fill a plastic container with Super Clean, then drop the chrome parts in the Super Clean and walk away. If your container has a top, put it on, prevents splashing, spilling, cats drinking it. Also, make sure you wear gloves to protect your skin as it may cause burns or other problems, especially if you have a cut. I have used Super Clean to remove chrome and paint and found that after about 30 cars, it gets weak
  10. I have been part of this 24 Hour Build since 2009 and several others before with local groups. It is always a challenge to find the right kit and then get it finished. This year I chose the Airfix Aston Martin DB5, curbside kit. As I don't have a spray booth where I am staying, I had to allow time to go to my apartment and do the painting, also why I choose a curbside kit. The colours are as follows: Tamiya Racing Green (from a 1962 ad) body; Tamiya Black chassis and interior bucker; Tamiya Gunmetal chassis bits; Tamiya Red Primer seats & dash. Add in a bit of Bare Metal Foil and the car was done. It's a simple kit that goes together well. If this was a normal build, I would have left it for a day, then wet sanded and shot another coat. Here it is, done
  11. Last week I picked up 10 Corvette kits, some of them painted by a decent painter I polished a few of the cars and started to assemble them. There are 6 2005 Corvette kits, so he must have really liked them, and they are all different colours. Here is one I am assembling and a few others that will follow.
  12. I picked up these two custom made 6 slot shelves today. Soft wood, strong enough for model cars. Each slot is 12 inches x 4 x 4, big enough for almost any car in my collection, as you can see by the display. Made by Dan in Port Hope, who advertises on Facebook Marketplace.
  13. Out of the bath, still needs some cleaning, even the trailer is good
  14. Question - has anyone ever made a transkit to turn the old Hubley (re-issued many times) into a Bentley? It should have a new grille, rad ornament, lights, logos, wheels. Thanks.
  15. One of the race guys makes this 3D printed Mosport display, about 13 inches from Turn 1 to Turn 5, about 8 inches from Turn 3 to Turn 7, complete with elevations. I really like it If you have never been to Mosport, it is a very interesting and exciting track to drive and watch. There is NO level piece of track, even the pit straight slopes down to Turn 1. The elevation difference from the pit straight to the dip between Turns 4 & 5 is about 125 feet; even exiting 4 has a drop of about 75 feet. Watching it on television may not give you the full effect but going around in a race car will. The video is me in a Porsche Carrera with a passenger seat driven by Scott Hargrove at a 1:40 pace...about 15 seconds slower than the car is capable of. Still not the same feeling as being in the car and feeling your breakfast come up through your ears
  16. Next into the bath is this overly painted 1961 Ford pickup, fair condition, complete, no body cracks but possible a custom hood...
  17. Project time...refinish this AMT 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix...I will put it in the paint remover tomorrow and let it soak for a few days before painting it with the new Revell spray paint. It came apart very easily as there was very little glue on the body. It looks like the interior and chassis have lots of old paint to remove. After this one, I will do a few more oldies
  18. I owned two different '75 Nova coupes. The first one was a trade in at the dealership where I was service manager in 1980. Part of my job was to test drive each used car. I had a 68HP Fiat that I rallied at the time. I took the Nova home and bought it the next morning. It was a 350 with lots of guts once it started moving. I think it had a police package but I am not sure. I think the gear were 2:73. I installed a tach and at 3000RPM, the speedometer read 100MPH...it would run to about 4500RPM before it ran out of power . I once drove from Toronto to the race track in Shannonville, about 120 miles in about an 1:30, ran out of gas pulling into the parking lot My second '75 Nova had the 265. It needed valves, so I took the heads to a local engine builder I know and got a set on exchange, slightly done up. That engine was almost as fast as the 350. Sadly, both cars died due to rust Who makes the resin Nova 4 door body you have? Thanks...
  19. I decided to build this as a friend has a regular SS in his garage. But the motor look underpowered...it needs more power. The 2016 Corvette engine has more power, also a torque tube and rear mounted transmission...hmmm, what to do. Well, I better try the Corvette chassis. It almost fits but it needs some cutting and sanding and fitting but it should work. The Corvette wheels and tires should fit, maybe the bucket seats too.
  20. A few weeks ago I was interviewed by the writer, Norris McDonald, about my hobbies. Norris wrote about me in 2012 when I did the 24 Hour Build during the Daytona 24 Hours. This is what he wrote about me this week, enjoy https://www.wheels.ca/news/howard-cohen-loves-building-duesenbergs/?fbclid=IwAR2i240gSakdWhBdP59nQInZCxceMrox03s42eIG97OKfH5rkukbXuSCdyI
  21. A few weeks ago I was interviewed by the writer, Norris McDonald, about my hobbies. Norris wrote about me in 2012 when I did the 24 Hour Build during the Daytona 24 Hours. This is what he wrote about me this week, enjoy https://www.wheels.ca/news/howard-cohen-loves-building-duesenbergs/?fbclid=IwAR2i240gSakdWhBdP59nQInZCxceMrox03s42eIG97OKfH5rkukbXuSCdyI
  22. This is a neat idea. I just picked up these two built cars and was thinking about rebuilding them but not sure how. Now I may rebuild them as Cannonball cars
  23. ...and a few more to add to the stash collection...model collections are like that bunny...they keep growing and growing and growing...
  24. I started building model cars about 1961 and still build, and collect, to this day. I have built hundreds of models over the years, sold many at shows, traded a few and gave some away as gifts. I have built about 200 Corvette models, several dozen Chaparral race cars, hot rods, customs, show rods, trucks, motorcycles, a bit of everything. I also have some diecast and built models that were built by friends. I recently moved in with my lady friend and now I have a nice space in a finished basement to use as a workshop and display area. Last week I spent several days photographing all my built models and kits, almost 500 total. Here is a link to my new album, enjoy https://public.fotki.com/HowardCohen/model-cars-2020/
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