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  • Location Riverside, Iowa
  • Full Name Craig Cermak

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  1. Carmak added a post in a topic 3D printing quality   

    So I just looked at their site. I think they are castings mastered off of a rapid prototype. Nice looking work! Carmak
  2. Carmak added a post in a topic 3D printing quality   

    Those do not look like they were printed on an Objet or an FDM (the melted plastic type) machine.
    They look like SLA (pool of liquid) or SLS (box of sand) pieces.
    At work we HAD and SLA (it cost 250K) and when it was retired it was replaced with an Objet. I have pruchased both FDM and SLS parts also.
    The trick with many rapid prototype machines is support material (what hold a shape the juts out sideways as it is being made). The FDM uses a bulky scaffold matrix, the Objet uses a material similar to crumbly cheese, the SLA uses a delicate scaffold matrix and the SLS uses it's own sand (hard to explain). The only one where you can reach in an pull out a part and not have to remove support in SLS (removing support often destroys delicate details). There are some new hanging SLA builds and I do not know what they use or need ofr a support.
    I would guess that they are SLS parts.
  3. Carmak added a post in a topic Hi from Iowa   

    Welcome from Riverside, Iowa (just south of Iowa City).
    I belong to KKIM based out of the Quad Cities. I have been building since the early 80's.
    I love Des Moines, We have a week long family camping trip each year ending in the Good Guys show. If you are going to be headed to Iowa City send me a PM and we can swap stories.
  4. Carmak added a topic in General   

    Revell's 1962 Mopar annuals - possible that tooling still exists?
    On one of the Fasebook goups there are people talking about the Revell 1962 Mopar annual tooling. They say the tooling exists and could be re-issued except they do not have the mold for the tires.

    Can anyone here confirm or refute this?

    I know these models were only fair by 1962 standards but the subject matter is so cool.

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  5. Carmak added a post in a topic How many kits do you have in your stash?   

    I had to move two years ago after living in the same house for 20 years. I got boxes that would hold 12 standard kit boxes. I stopped counting at 100 boxes.

    I guess it's too many as I don't have any place to put them (more shevling is needed).

  6. Carmak added a post in a topic 2015 Hot Rod Powertour   

    I did a day of it last year in my 71 GTO 4spd and it was a blast. Also attend the night before get together - amazing car show from all over the country!

    If it gets even remotely close you need to do it!

  7. Carmak added a post in a topic Carburetors for V8 engines   

    Greg nailed it! Good performance with good drivability and mileage.

    I have had a couple Pontiac tri-powers as daily drivers. Tiny center carb has great response and gets good mileage. Step into it harder and you open up the larger outside cabs and away we go.

    Notice that most of the mainstream dual quad setups on factory cars in the mid 50's were replaced with tri-power setups by the late 50's and used into the late 60's/early 70's.
  8. Carmak added a post in a topic AMT 1965 GTO   

    I did this wagon conversion in the 80's with a brown GTO and a yellow 65 Chevelle wagon.

    I used a parts box modified stocker GTO rear bumper just have something different.

    It's a 2drHT phantom rather than a correct 4dr.


  9. Carmak added a post in a topic MPC Daisy Road Runner kit - Something I Don't Know?   

    Odd side topic. Back in the mid 80's a good friend had a white 74 Satellite Sundance. The interior was over the top with yellow, orange and brown stripes on the setas! It was a 318 bench seat car - super reliable but slow.

  10. Carmak added a post in a topic Road Runner - Missing in Action   

    Revell / Monogram has been selling that 1:24 70 Plymouth B-body (it started as a GTX and then was modified into a Road Runner) since the mid 80's. As long as it sells they will continue to sell it.

    I personally would like to see a 68 Coronet (Super Bee or R/T). I have a couple of the original MPC kits but I would like more - I have a 1:1 68 Coronet 500 convertible. At this point I am not expecting one to ever be released

  11. Carmak added a post in a topic Road Runner - Missing in Action   

    To address your original question it is quite probable there will never be another new Road Runner kit.

    For absolute best body proportion your best bet may be to get JoHan 69 and 70 Road Runners off e-bay (expensive).

    For best detail I would say the AMT 68 is the best we will likely get.

    Many people (myself included) have combibed AMT and JoHan Road Runners in an effort to get the best total results.

    Lastly the Revell 67 GTX is 1:25 and is top notch kit.

  12. Carmak added a post in a topic Polar Lights 64 GTO   

    I really like this kit but I have one bit-o-advice one building it.

    Test assemble the rear suspension to see if you like the look. It sits too high in the rear for my taste (near stock build) so I lowered it to get it closer to level.

    The next one I build will be lowered a little in the front also (lowered in the rear a lot to keep it level) to get a more agressive stance.

    Riverside, IA
  13. Carmak added a post in a topic Lindberg 61 Impala "Marketing sample" box   


    I would agree. The "hotties" on the box art are a bit much for a kid.

  14. Carmak added a post in a topic Lindberg 61 Impala "Marketing sample" box   


    The non-coke branded car kits in regular size boxes were $10, the Coke stuff and cars/trucks in bigger boxes were $15 and the L-700 with trailer sets were $20.

    I think someone has bought all of the kits as a single lot now so the party is over

    There were a couple 2010 era MPC retro re-issue kits (which I though strange for Lindberg to have). Other than that I did not find anything else unique, just a few kits I felt I needed. I stopped short of going crazy as i am happily married and i would like it to stay that way.

    I used to find interesting stuff at the ERTL outlet store in Dyersville, IA back the the AMT/MPC era but never a marketing sample.

    You are fairly close to Revell/Monogram. Do they have any kind of an outlet store?

  15. Carmak added a topic in General   

    Lindberg 61 Impala "Marketing sample" box
    Last week I stumbled onto a liquidation sale at the former Lindberg warehouse in Cedar Rapids, IA.

    In one of the boxes of models I discovered a 61 Impala convertible kit with what I assume is marketing sample artwork. The box art artwork was ripped off of the top and two sides but what remained are really interesting. They are just taped on the box with clear tape.

    The artwork contains printers alignment marks and hash marks fro where the box would fold. It also has a new kit number "73304".

    Although the box art proclaims a "Free Hotties Figurine" the kit is completely stock.

    Enjoy the pictures.


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