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About Bowtienutz

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  • Location retired and traveling somewhere in North America
  • Full Name Vinnie
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  1. Bowtienutz added a post in a topic Model T Runabout- unequipped   

    Excellent work great little Ford. 
  2. Bowtienutz added a post in a topic The FLYING WEDGIE is done!!!!   

    That is pretty cool! A little imagination and some great skills add up to one fine model. 
  3. Bowtienutz added a post in a topic Would you be interested in building and donated a model to a tourist attraction that has been in a US for over 80 years?   

    One Thing I can guarantee you will not be listed as a "Donor"  my first visit to Roadside America was when I was a little kid  in 1964 Mom got me a clear trailer and my older brother got a Ford GT car They sold model cars in the lobby at that time.. it started me in the madness of modeling and I've never looked back. I will come up with something special for people that help us out  It's not a mega buck operation All family run with a lot of love and respect
  4. Bowtienutz added a post in a topic Would you be interested in building and donated a model to a tourist attraction that has been in a US for over 80 years?   

    We Are looking for 1/25th scale models preferably curbside. A smaller model like a 1/32 placed in the middle of the display figure 20 feet or more from where you can see it on a mountain Road "forces" the perspective that it's further away. Does that make sense?  No one 1/25 scale car near it only trees and a mountain road. We are not a museum or a mega buck operation. We are not a museum or a charity We just can't afford to do that. I work there for minimum wage part time because I need to deal with my disabiities and with my anxiety. It's very low pressure operation and with mostly a part time staff.   Museums can give a tax donation receipt. Not businesses Take that up with the FEDS if you like. Sorry Howard and others I just can't help you with Tax donations certificates or payments for your models. I would like friends to participate out of the goodness of their heart. All I can promise you is your work will be recognized and I'm sure you will get a kind thank you from an organization that truly loves bringing smiles to people. I you feel that you need more than that There are plenty of slots available for Pro modelers on ebay Sorry I'm not trying to be a smart ass. Sit down with me at NNL East and I'll buy you a beer and try to explain this I'm sure you'll understand where I'm coming from.
    OH and don't expect to get a tax donation receipt  if you  donate to the National model car Museum in Salt lake city either. Rick Somerlot use to live in Salt Lake and was very tight with Mark. Ricks dieing wish was that his car could go to the Museum. He had sold it when he came across hard times. But I was able to procure it and show it to Rick's mom before I left for Salt Lake. I asked Mark for a Tax form for to give to Ricks mother. And he said NO. Rick Somerlot's Candy Red Metallic '39 Chevy had won people's choice award. It was a Model Magazine cover car at the time. I should have taken it  home with me and given it back to Rick's mother. What happened next was Mark Gustovson arrange to have all the models that were to be donated or restored to the museum covered under a white cloth for a presentation.  Much to our Horror Mark came into the room late and put a big handful of binders right down on top of Rick's model smashing it to bits. Much to the horror of many modelers that had other models they restored or were donating to the museum. Maybe someone that still goes to that show can tell me if Ricks Chevy was ever restored that is if they can get an appointment with Mark's model museum. I never got an apology, Rick's mother never got an apology, from him I sure didn't tell her what happened it would have broken her heart. That was the last time I've ever gone to salt lake and I'll never go again.
  5. Bowtienutz added a post in a topic Would you be interested in building and donated a model to a tourist attraction that has been in a US for over 80 years?   

    Pete you got a firm grasp on what is needed. Not all the cars have to be lighted, but I would like to light up as many as I can especially those used on roadways those in parking lots etc. not necessarily . Using the Smaller scale cars is exactly what we try to do force the perspective. Chris I'm sorry but trades would not be worth your effort most of the cars are either badly warped or broken and nothing that I would feel comfortable trading out. You know the kind of stuff that you just cruise by at a swap meet table.
    Thinking back to the era of 1934 when Lawrence had started this he had no idea that the display would still be around 50 years after his death. We often ask ourselves what would Lawrence do with today's technology. He was a pure genius. And has inspired model railroad fans all over the world to build layouts. Roadside America has been featured in lots of modeling and railroad magazines over the decades.
  6. Bowtienutz added a post in a topic Would you be interested in building and donated a model to a tourist attraction that has been in a US for over 80 years?   

    I would prefer to install the led lighting myself. If you could drill out behind headlights, parking lights and tailights that would be very helpful I've set up the design I'm using special low heat Led's and fiber optics and I'm using with special connectors so cars can be cleaned  without affecting the lighting of the display. They can be  moved about the display as we clean and with my hidden connections things will work out well. Making things universal make maintenance issues much simpler. I've found a place on ebay that I was able to bulk purchase seated drivers adding more realism. We only have three guys actually working on the display. I handle electronics and Jeff does painting restoration and preservation of display and Brian works on the trains with help from a guy that really knows lots of stuff about old lionel trains We are a small staff. I'm a disabled Vet I'm only there Tuesdays and Thursdays I wish I could put in more hours I've finally found something rewarding to do. My first visit to the place was 1964 I was about 6 years old. The viewing public can get within a foot or two away from the display but large plexiglass panels prevent anyone from actually being able to touch anything. Someone mentioned odd scale vehicles we have done alot to remove those or putting some of them in an area where you can't really determine the scale because maybe trees would be around it to make them less obvious. Come on by and say hi. It's a wonder way to spend an afternoon.and it won't break the bank. 
  7. Bowtienutz added a post in a topic Would you be interested in building and donated a model to a tourist attraction that has been in a US for over 80 years?   

    We are looking for 1/25th scale. Please post a picture here. Let's see your project. 
    Roadside America 
    109 Roadside Drive, 
    Shartlesville, PA 19554 
    Phone: (610) 488-6241
    Please put attention 
    Brian Hilbert 
    or Vince Putt on your package
    Also mark it Fragile UPS can be..... Well UPS
  8. Bowtienutz added a post in a topic Would you be interested in building and donated a model to a tourist attraction that has been in a US for over 80 years?   

    Thanks Chris for adding the photo. .Because of how large the display is Most of the cars are  1/25 scale Like the picture above part of the town of "Fairview" I guess I should have made that clear in my original post. Jeff, sorry You missed us on a rare occasion we are closed. Normally we are open daily except Christmas Day. Tedd glad to hear you've seen us, The night display is pretty neat You can also view the display from the upper level Stairs are located on both sides of the display giving an incredible view and great photo opportunities we are constantly making improvements and the place is much better than it was just a few years ago. We have some great people that are really dedicated to keeping this incredible place going  
  9. Bowtienutz added a topic in Contests and Shows   

    NNL East Vendors
    With no disrespect to Tom Geiger, I know he's busy. He hasn't announced officially what vendors will be at NNL East. If your a vendor coming to NNL please tell us who you are, include your website or what you will be vending let us know so we can plan expenses
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  10. Bowtienutz added a topic in General   

    Would you be interested in building and donated a model to a tourist attraction that has been in a US for over 80 years?
    Shameless Plug I work part time at Roadside America, Inc. website http://roadsideamericainc.com/ Roadside American has been in operation for over 80 years. I'm the Electronic tech and do general maintenance. This is a 6000 Sq. Ft. indoor Village. The display covers a large part of American history from an Indian Camp, western town, Anthracite Mining operation. A logging operation. A Modern small town in modern America.  I've been a modeler for over 50 years Some of the cars are toy cars and need to be retired and put in a display case. Some are horrible Warped acetate cars that plain need to be replaced. I've talked extensively about this with this problem and he has given me free rein to do what I'd like if maintain the flavor of the display.   I'm looking for people to build a curbside car from the 1900- to 1970. In stock flavor, no drag cars dirt track cars or big rigs, we simply don't have the room for them. We ask the cars to be stock representations of the cars of that vintage they can be used throughout the display. Please consider no one will be able to touch the cars only employees for routine cleaning. Cars need not have to use an engine or chassis if you can mount the tires in the wheel well. We are in the process of redoing a lot of the electronics in the display and would like to have LED lighting to as many cars as possible for a realistic night scene We are looking for factory colors with nice paint jobs and bare metal trim making them as close to showroom stock as possible
    All the modelers will get credit for their work with your name and hometown if you wish in our program.  At some point in the future I'd like to do a modern show car event in the town of Fairfield (the name of the scale town) that we can put on display for the summer months, still curbside but with opening hoods and detailed engines and details as you wish open to all years. These cars will be put on display in our lobby in a display case. If interest, please contact me for more information. Thanks  Vince
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  11. Bowtienutz added a post in a topic Model Builders' Warehouse Update: Scale Production in Stock 9/26   

    Signed up yesterday.
  12. Bowtienutz added a post in a topic Road Boss 2 Integral, photos 03/08/17   

    Thanks for taking the time to do this!! It can really help seeing what's involved and hopefully inspire other to show their work. 
  13. Bowtienutz added a post in a topic Camping trailers   

    https://www.3000toys.com has them for $19,99 each
  14. Bowtienutz added a post in a topic Road Boss 2 Integral, photos 03/08/17   

    Nice work it isn't often that you see how much work is put into constructing a master. Can you please continue and also maybe go back little and show how you made the front end changes and constructed the cab . Maybe by importing the jpgs it into a drawing program and drawing lines and explaining what you did in that area. it'sfasinating to see the work being accomplished. Thanks
  15. Bowtienutz added a post in a topic Kenworth K123   

    Incredible job I Ken i sent you a friend request on facebook. I hope you can respond. I have alot of questions concerning many aspects of this truck.
    Thanks Vince Putt