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About randyc

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    1/24, 1/25

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    Mt Airy, NC
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    Randy Carlisle

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  1. I'm almost done with the 1/24 Strat that came with the Dodge Magnum kit. Painted to match mine of course. I have a sunburst too, but thought the blue one should go with the Caddy. Plus the wife bought me the blue one. So far, the family loves the Caddy too. getting lots of positive comments on it with it sitting between two Mint cars. They comment based on appearance. They have no idea the difference in a Mint car and a $10 diecast. They just know "pretty" which is fine by me. I like it sitting with the others.
  2. Well, it's a custom which allows the body to be weirdly proportioned and it does look good as is. I have a 66 or 67 GTX convertible from MAlibu INternational (I think). It's From the "Tommy Boy" movie supposedly. I've never seen that movie. I detailed the wheels and put some embossing powder on the floors for carpet. And put it back in box for now. As for the hood fit on the 54, there is usually something deep within the car that wasn't assembled quite right. Finding that can be very frustrating at times. That applies to any diecast car with a hornery panel that won't close properly. Nice model.
  3. So... what kind of motor oil is best??? LOL. Interesting discourse from a couple of well-known members of the hobby. Thanks guys for the mostly enjoyable debate. I finished my Porsche Rally Fujim EM kit yesterday. It has a beautiful engine. My skills were not up to it when I started the kit a gazillion years ago. But it's still a nice piece. And covered up. It could have no engine and no one would know the difference at this point. It will go in a case and never be opened up again most likely. I should have built it and displayed it on the stand, but that just wouldn't be right to build a model without the enging in place. If it has one. I used to think a proper model had an engine. Not so much anymore. But the headlights are always an issue when they are chrome. Some can be made to look reasonable if ya really gotta have a kit. Last kit I did with the chrome headlights was the 59 Imperial. I think I have a few coming up though.
  4. Yep, I can FiNALLY say it is done. I really do like the EM kits, but they are not for the faint of heart and skills. I might have been better to leave the hood in place. The hood doesn't fit in the opening as nicely as it could. But all that detail begs to be accessible. But I'll never open it up after it is complete. You can see I had some issues with mating the body at the front. That could be because of the placement of the rear bumper, which I glued in when I worked on it first time? I did have to do some grinding with the moto tool to get it where it sits now. Scribe the panel lines deeper. I did, but then my paint bubbled up in the lines and I just wasn't willing to fool with it any more than I did. This is Rusto 2x white straight from the can. A little too heavy. I'll say it again - an EM kit has to be built carefully to get it to all work together. GEt your inspiration on and push to the finish line.
  5. I bought this a looooong time ago. Pre internet so I was using the instruction paint guide. Started it when my skills were pretty basic. I thought I could do it. I was wrong. So it has been partially built and the taken apart to paint correctly. This time, I got it out and evaluated. Decided to just carry on with what I had started instead of trying to repaint the entire unibody. I was missing some rear suspension parts also. In the photos, I forgot the side mirror and exhaust tip. I'll do those later but this is pretty much it. It's ROUGH. But looks okay from a distance. Doesn't really for work my current collection, so not sure it will even get displayed for very long. If building an EM kit now, take advantage of the internet to get your paint correct. And take your time. Lots of parts that have to go together correctly for it to all work. Be patient. It's rough but it's done.
  6. Here's a thought for you guy contemplating working hood hinges. Find a junker diecast from one of the mints or better diecast company and make those work. They are prebuilt. I haven't taken one of these diecasts apart, but they have some beautiful working scissor hinges.
  7. Yes, unfortunately stuff like that happens. Welcome to the board. This one might be a candidate fo the "purple pond" for a stripping and staring over on the body paint. I have two in the bath now trying to get them back to bare plastic. And I've been doing this for like 45 years. Sometimes it just happens. HPI GUY has a good video on you tube about spray painting with cheap paints.
  8. I've built that kit - builds up nicely. I also have three of the color variations of the Franklin Mint diecast - my wife's favorite diecast I think. Good luck with the build - should be spectacular when finished.
  9. Grumpy's Toys were such a big thing when I was a kid. I may do this one right out of the box. I know there will be inaccuracies and lack of details, but it will be a tribute to my childhood models and HotRod magazines.
  10. That would be cool. And a great little day trip for us. And there are a LOT of modelers in that area that could probably produce a whole field or more of cars. I know it's about more than the models though. CT was definitely an interesting character.
  11. Been a long time - not sure if I knew that or not. Was a nice kit for certain though. I built it and the Satco/aoshima 4Runner and Pathfinder as well. All enjoyable builds. This Mustang looks interesting to me, but hte paint scheme ruins it. So I'm looking to see if there is a decal set that excites me.
  12. Watch this video. I was having some issues with paint, so I went back to basics. I watched this. And it helped even though I've been building for almost 50 years now. At 4:06 he starts the painting process. Keeps his can moving pretty quick. He says something like " DON'T HOSE IT. Quick light coats. His techniques will produce a finish suitable for MOST models short of show cars.
  13. Amen to that. I had an 84 4x4. Slant six. Ugh. But it would go just about wherever it would physically fit!
  14. Nice! I'm working on finishing the Rally car now. I sterted it a long time ago with less skills and it is going to show in the finshed car unfortunately. but this kit is going to be finished. Yours is inspiring to get me to the next checkpoint. I'll finish the stage eventually. lol I wish I could justify starting again from scratch. These are such nice kits.
  15. Do you have the original Grand Cherokee that Tamiya did? It was a nice kit. I have a builtup I'll probably sell eventually. Wonder how that one sold for them? Yeah it would be nice to see some newer US cars kitted by the Asian manufacturers. They assemble so nicely.
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