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  1. My '07 Crown Vic barfed the transmission, and buying a used car right now is a horror show. I still managed to do it. Now close to being eligible for antique registration, but I have my reserved special plate on it. 1999 Buick LeSabre Limited in Bronzemist with the neutral (tan) leather. Every option except the Gran Touring Package. When I got it, practically every sensor was malfunctioning as it turned out, along with the fuel pump and pressure regulator. My garage and I were thinking computer even after all the bad sensors were replaced and it still wouldn't run. Turned out to be the MAF, the one sensor we didn't change. Still needs a few little odds and ends, but it runs, drives, and gets pretty decent mileage.
  2. Amazing...especially the interior. Charlie Larkin
  3. This is exciting. I'll be watching. Charlie Larkin
  4. I love the 1959 Imperial kit, and have a bunch to build. I did find the window unit is a little tough to get to seat, so be ready to play with it a little; I used some Testors clear parts cement on the top runner to hold it in place. Good tip on the front ensemble; I forget what I did to mine to get it to sort of work, but I'll try that. Story goes that the chrome parts tree was missing, so Dave Burkett, who underwrote the first two modern re-issues in 2005 and c. 2009-'10, paid to have a new plated parts tree made. Supposedly, the parts fit better than the original. Photos have given me mixed signals on antenna placement. It appears that most were front-fender-mounted, but power antennae might have been on the rear. I'm doing one of my cars with a rear-mounted antenna because, correct or not, I think it looks better, and I can confirm that most of the '58s I've seen photos of had that, so it is possible to have had it re-mounted. This is the one I've finished so far. At this point, I have one more hardtop in Gray Rose that will receive the Crown Landau treatment (stainless roof insert and vinyl top), a convertible in Nocturne Blue, and one of the 2006-issue kits with a body I messed up rather badly. I'm putting a Hettick LeBaron 4-door on that chassis, and one more unbuilt kt that I plan to make some modifications to the interior, and make it into an Imperial Custom coupe that will be in Persian Pink. Here's my built '59 in Highland Green. Charlie Larkin
  5. This is coming out very nicely. I like the dull red for the interior. I'll have to get a can. Charlie Larkin
  6. Never thought of knife blade tubes for really small stuff. Good idea. I still use 35mm film canisters....because Dad and I still shoot film. If you have a good full-service camera store near you, you might be able to get some just for asking. Charlie Larkin
  7. If you're still on Facebook, try sending a message there. You can also download Messenger separately on a computer. Charlie Larkin
  8. Wonder how tough it would be to tool up a new, stock body/interior? Charlie Larkin
  9. Can you show us what needs to be done? Barring that, if yours gets cast, sign me up for one or two. Charlie Larkin
  10. Scale Finishes can mix you a bottle. Or MCW. If you'd rather not go that route, I remember Jo-Han's Police Fury recommending plain old Testors gloss green. Perhaps that with literally a drop or two of black to one bottle, thinned for airbrushing, would be right? Charlie Larkin
  11. There is now one on Grafton St. in Worcester, where Building 19 was. Charlie Larkin
  12. I wonder if you could use the Post-It flags that you use to mark pages in a book for hinges? Interesting about the glue. Send a few of the old hinges to a lab for a fluoroscope exam to get a spectral breakdown of the glue? Charlie Larkin
  13. The new Revell spray colors had a color (flat light grey) that was about what I wanted for an interior, so I gave it a try. The paint can has a lot of pressure in it, and it gushes out. That's the down side. The upside is that because of the gushing, it covers very well, and out-gasses and thins out quickly. It dried pretty quickly 25-30 minutes), and in a nice, thin coat. Two coats, and I was done. I've also found the Humbrol spray lacquers are pretty nice, and you get a bit more for the money than you do with either the Tamiya or Revell paints. Charlie Larkin
  14. So, just to make sure I understand....one of the old U-Haul-esque trailers (or a re-creation), AND the engine for this next release? Yes, please. Charlie Larkin
  15. I don't even do rods, and if they included the figures (especially the red-head), I'd buy the kit simply for those. Bronco pickup is neat. Might go for one of those. And yes, I want a stock Henry J, too. If I could figure out how to build that one stock, I'd build it, even if it was a stock curbside. Charlie Larkin
  16. This is a good idea. I may try this next sink hole. Charlie Larkin
  17. AK Interactive and Vallejo both have chrome metallizer-type paints. I think I might be trying one of those. Charlie Larkin
  18. So, I have a couple of possible projects coming up, and in order to do them the way I'd like, I'll have to cut up the interior tubs from early-era kits that have seats and everything moulded into the tub. What have people found is the best way to cut off the door/rear panels, particularly at the back seat, where getting a razor saw, even one of the small ones in an Excel/X-Acto handle is going to be quite difficult, at best? What have you found is the best way to re-assemble things? I was thinking of gluing a small piece of L-channel along the ends and perhaps the bottom, clearances permitting. Thoughts? Charlie Larkin
  19. The hard work continues to pay off. Charlie Larkin
  20. None of the shops in my neck of the woods got 208, or if they did, they were gone before I had a chance to get there. Can I order a back issue? With a semi-regular job again, I'll have enough to subscribe, and will probably do so in July after my next pay cheque. Charlie Larkin
  21. Absolutely remarkable on all counts. You should seriously consider bringing this to the final GSL next year. Charlie Larkin
  22. A very interesting approach to the conversion, combined with truly impressive workmanship. Charlie Larkin
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