I agree, when you come to a PUBLIC FORUM and post a build, expect anything. Everyone's builds are unique to them, If your happy with it - great - mission accomplished. Harry pointed out a few things before I was going to point out a couple more, such as the odd position of the wheel centers, in relation to the axle & the ill fitting hood also; maybe you rushed it? perhaps you didn't test fit, or plan things? Whatever the reason, there is no shame in it; just make notes & move on - use this info to try better next model; I have many that were built years ago, that I see have many faults & flaws, now that I have a few under my belt & probably at least a couple that look like total junk & should be stepped on, or placed in the BBQ, but I'll keep them as a reminder to what doesn't work & try to correct in the future. Customs can be really challenging it takes a lot of trial & error & lots of patience to get it all right; at least give yourself credit for trying - I'm far from a trophy champion, I don't even enter contests - I have zero desire, I'm thrilled just to build for fun & produce a decent shelf model. Building is a hobby for me, among many other interests & day to day projects & commitments, some guys do this to seek glory, & the spotlight ..... their usually the ones that have very little else going on in their life, ( maybe still live in mommies basement even ) . ..... THIS is their life; good luck to them, if I did models from morning to night; every day ; I'd be getting bored real fast & would hope they would turn out pretty close to perfect. Don't take it to heart, or take the critique as a personal attack. Do it for fun; if it becomes too serious - something aint right.
Very honorable for you to come to John's defense, but I think you read me wrong, I wasn't peeing on the parade, or questioning exactness, I know the model is based on a different body ( as pointed out in the "On the workbench" section, by Johnny ) ; I was well aware of this fact ....... yes, even before reading the "On the workbench" post ( hey, I guess I'm just naturally gifted, being able to tell one car from another, & models from 1:1 vehicles, even without seeing John's wife's hand ) ...... My comment was aimed at "others" here, who seem slightly confused , seemingly having the problem of distinguishing the difference between a spectacular Carl Casper built 25 T Ford 1:1 show rod , from a 31 Ford 1:16 car model
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Actually ,in a sick / twisted way; this is a sort of interesting tale. The part I've always wondered about; is why no one has come forward with any new info; regarding the UT; I mean someone, somewhere; must know more than just the same old slop being regurgitated from Scott .
I think he should expand this empire of his. On even days, strum a banjo in front of the liquor store, and work a squeegee on odd days. Seriously though, he may have got the big bucks for a couple of the original kits on E-Pay, he had stashed, & this is what started this frenzy of his.But, at some point, if he would stop & think of how much time he's wasted with this whole kooky scheme; it probably works out to .... oh, about ZERO overall. He continues to self destruct; obsessed by stupidity. If he actual had a real passion for the Kustom car world; then he should have stayed in it. It amazes me, that he has shut his mind to the truth, that was FORTY YEARS AGO !!! . As I stated before, the part of this whole thing that fasinates me, is how people could ever believe that he was responsible ( A 17 year old kid ) for the planning, construction, engineering, finishing & gather parts for the UT 100%; from start to finish by himself .... now THAT - is just plain silly. I would have prefered he just faded away gracefully.
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First off - let go of all of the inhibitions - forget your an adult. Offer various activities, which will help you to see what ones he is attracted to, such as colouring books, playing in a sand box, Tonka Toys, etc. Only commit to as much time as YOU are comfortable with. This may be an awkward situation, but it may not remain as one, you may be surprised to find; the end result could be the opposite as it is now ....... but don't sweat it !! - Relationships take time & some will never happen; it sounds as though your concerned enough to ask for advise; and that is a very important first step toward building the future relationship with your nephew - give yourself credit for this & move onward.