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Art Anderson

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  1. 49 Mercury Woody Wagon

    Interior panels of the Ford and Mercury '49-'51 Station Wagon bodies were plain, simple Honduran Mahogany plywood paneling, varnished just like the exterior. Seats were upholstered in a medium-brown leather or vinyl. Art
  2. The real Daisy's Jeep is an AMC Jeep CJ-5, which has a longer chassis and longer engine bay/hood (to accommodate the AMC inline 6-cylinder engine). MPC's kit (kitted in the late 1960's) is the earlier Kaiser Jeep CJ-5, which was built to accept the Jeep Hurricane 4cyl engine, and by the middle 1960's, could be had with the former Buick V6 engine--shorter frame (very much the same as under the Jeep Universal, the old CJ-2A style bodywork). When AMC bought Jeep from Kaiser about 1969-70, they quickly went about stretching the frame and the engine bay, so as to accept their inline 6. Interestingly, AMC then sold all the tooling and rights for the V6 BACK to Buick, at considerably more $$ than Kaiser had paid for that when they bought the then-discontinued-by-Buick V6--and the rest of that story is history! Art
  3. Those were based on the then-cuurently available factory stock model kits. Art
  4. New kid on the block ?

    And, just where did Accurate Miniatures end up?
  5. Creating NEW Panel Lines

    Believe it or not, I've used a razor saw blade (sans handle) to make panel lines for years now: Makes perfect straight panel lines easy. For making curved corners, I simply have drawn the curve right on the body shell (sanded the surface with 400-grit to start with, then very carefully score the curved corner by eye, but using the back end of the razor saw blade, gently pushing the saw blade BACKWARDS to start the groove, and then simply deepen it to suit my needs. It's always possible to get a scratch or two along the way, but a tiny bit of CA glue (my preference) or a small swipe of body putty takes care of those extraneous scratches perfectly for me, every time it's been tried (and I've used this technique since the 1970's. Art
  6. Amnesty build-Monogram 1934 Ford Cabriolet

    BTW, I'd love to know just how you painted that "mottled leather" upholstery--that just looks SO fine! Art
  7. Amnesty build-Monogram 1934 Ford Cabriolet

    Eric, just yesterday morning, while looking up reference pics online for my 34 Coupe project, I found a couple of pics of a Cabriolet, with leather upholstery. I believe I'm correct in stating that Ford, from Model A forward, used leather or vinyl (yes, vinyl was around in the 30's--actually invented in the 1990's!) for all open car interiors, cabriolet's and convertible sedans included. Art
  8. 1925 dodge - Body mods begin

    Uh, Both of the Dodge brothers were gone by 1925, Dodge was being managed, for the widows of John & Horace Dodge, in 1925. But, nonetheless, this project is fascinating me to no end!
  9. Is Wet/Dry sandpaper available larger than 9x11?

    Any good, well-stocked glass shop that does windows should have what you need.
  10. Is Wet/Dry sandpaper available larger than 9x11?

    Bill, I second your motion re: Tempered Plate Glass. I was fortunate enough, for the past now-12 yrs, to have worked in the building which housed the Physical Facilities Department at Purdue--the architects and engineers, and construction inspectors: Over the years, I was handed several tempered plate glass Thermopane samples, each about 16" square or such. Those are quite tough, and have their edges taped with heavy vinyl tape, which virtually eliminates chipping. I use the three I still have (gave the rest of them to my fellow model car club members here, for use as perfectly flat "building" surfaces), for not only building surfaces, but also wet-sanding platforms. If there's one problem with Formica, it's warping, no matter what substrate it's glued down to. Any full-service glass shop should be able to supply tempered plate glass in small sizes, and likely in thicker pieces as well--they don't often simply throw out small scraps. Art
  11. Hobbico - BANKRUPT!

    OK, time for a quick "tutorial"here! In bankruptcy, as in this story, there are two types: Chapter 7, which is "liquidation", meaning that it all shuts down, and ultimately all assets of the company are sold off, to the highest bidder. The other is Chapter 11 (which is what the news story clearly states!) which means "re-organization". In Chapter 11, the petitioning bankrupt seeks protection from collection agency activities, while they are reorganized. That can mean many things, including layoffs, selling off non-performing assets, mitigation of outstanding debts and so on. Chapter 11 is by far the best alternative here--pretty much everyone gets something, very few get nothing. But in the end, either way, bankruptcy will affect all suppliers to such as Hobbico, to some degree or another. I was a creditor, in a minor way, when Lesney went bankrupt back in 1981--I was left holding on to over $3500 in charges for doing trade show and box art models for Lesney-AMT. I received, very quickly, from the bankruptcy court in Detroit MI, a list of all the assets of Lesney AMT, and all their liabilities (monies owed), and then sat there, pretty much writing my $3500+ off. Then, in late August or thereabouts, a certified letter from the bankruptcy court came, informing me that all had been settled, and a couple of weeks afterward, a check came in the amount of what I was owed. It quickly turned out that all the AMT assets had been sold to the Ertl Company--no matter to me at the time, I'd been paid in full. So, in the bottom line, all is not lost, there will be an end, and likely it will be reasonably positive.
  12. 1930's-40's Ford Commercial Wheels

    When I was doing All American Models resin kits, I mastered the 1.5 ton wheels, which BTW were continued by Ford all the way out to 1953. Those were a feature of my Ford Model AA, Model BB and later V8 Ford truck kits and chassis. Art
  13. Hobbico - BANKRUPT!

    But, this does affect outside suppliers, such as Moebius. Only time will tell, so hang on for the "perhaps bumpy ride" for the model car kits we all love to see!
  14. missing versions in kits

    Mark, a test shot of any new model kit will have all the parts that are considered for the first, and say, the second release. I see that with all the Moebius test shots I get here. Art
  15. Hobbico - BANKRUPT!

    From my sources, this has been coming for some time. Hobbico started out as "Tower Hobbies", about 1969 or so, as a "garage operation" (LITERALLY) in the small Illinois town of Hoopeston, which is just 35 miles (give or take) west of where I live in Lafayette IN. Tower was a PIA for us in the retail hobby business, taking orders for RC systems, then placing them with the Mfr--such as Kraft RC. They then branched out into model airplane engines, same story. When I started The Modelmaker Hobby Shop here in Lafayette, in 1984, I set up an account with Tower (as they were then known entirely, so as to get the lines of RC car kits they offered (Kyosho), but very soon dropped them, as I learned very quickly that I was but a showroom for them--guys would come in, see what was the latest, then order the kit from Tower. Then, to add insult to injury, they'd come back to me, expecting ME to help them assemble the damned things. That ended my relationship with them, pronto. Today, it's much the same thing: AMAZON. Far too many who populate this, and other hobby boards lament the lack of "brick and mortar" hobby shops, but fail to realize that those mail order outfits are the ones who suck the lifeblood out of the local hobby shop. Not that every local hobby shop owner is the epitome of the rising saviour, but still..... I know this has been said more than a few times before, but here goes again: IF YOU WANT A LOCAL HOBBY SHOP, SUPPORT THEM TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY! YOU WANT THAT BOTTLE OF PAINT, THAT TUBE OR BOTTLE OF GLUE AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE, SUPPORT THEM! GLUE AND PAINTS DON'T KEEP THE DOORS OPEN--IT'S THE LARGER TICKET ITEMS THAT DO. Now, I'm not stupid enough to ascribe divinity to LHS owners, but they will not survive if all you do is "showroom shop" them, and then go online and order the kit. Think about that! Art