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Chuck Most

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  • Birthday 04/08/1982

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  1. Hmmmm. So despite the rules of every show and contest I've ever been to or read coverage on, police cars aren't in the Light Commercial category now? Huh. Guess I'll have to make a note of that.
  2. This was an MPC Dukes of Hazzard Dodge Monaco. It was treated to a Plymouth grille and 6 hole police wheels from Ra-Sti on Shapeways, a Campesino Plastics rear bumper and taillights, Chimneyville decals, 1940 Ford sedan delivery spotlights, a scratch built hood light, and a modified Johan Rambler beacon. Kit is curbside with only lower engine detail because this kit is a raging dumpster fire. 🤣 Eventually it's getting an antenna and front bumper guards. Maybe. It's numbered 141, meaning it is based out of Post 14 (now defunct Ithaca post) car number 1, just like the 1997 Ford I built 6 or 7 years ago. So they're the same unit two decades removed.
  3. Built the Plymouth Arrow (MPC Dodge D50) some time ago. Just finished up a base for it. Base itself is an old AMT Prestige base, the rest is mostly ols scale railroad stuff. The pumpkins are some dehydrated things I found at a local craft shop. The signs are all made from craft sticks. The leaves are from AK Interactive. They're 35 scale but since as far as I know leaves aren't a standard size they look fine in 25 too.
  4. A while back I did a brown over gold 1989 Chevrolet C2500 extended cab, starting with the AMT 1993 snap kit. I had the GMC grille (phantom dually piece with the GMC logo from a Sonoma) done some time ago, and I had another perfectly good extended cab (or Club Coupe as GMC called it) kit so I decided to do a slightly newer GMC version with the color scheme flipped. Wheels and tires came from an AMT Escalade EXT, and the 2500 emblems and Sierra tailgate badge came from @echoxrayniner, aka Ray's Kits Decals. The gmcers.org sticker was printed off the internet. Needs a little foil touch up but it's a decent shelf model and a nice companion to the 1989 Chev.
  5. This was a Heavenly Hearse kit I've had laying around for years. The idea was to make it part of a Halloween display. The overall rundown appearance was inspired by a 1:1 70s Oldsmobile hearse used by a local haunted attraction. Other than some AMT wheels and tires and a crate in back it is box stock. The graphics were done by my buddy Erik. Eventually the rear will be full of ghost hunting equipment (hence the crate) and set on a base.
  6. This is the @IceMan Collections printed resin kit. It was a limited run and I managed to nab one of the last of the milk truck version. After debating on a paint scheme I thought "why not just use the supplied graphics?" It's tubbed at both ends to represent an "aired out" suspension with Pegasus wheels and tires. Paint is good old Krylon chalky rattle can paint, distressed with salt, Vallejo rust washes, AK Interactive weathering pencils, and Monroe powders. Inside is a GM tilt column, a ridiculous stereo system, the air suspension components... And a crate containing a quartet of milk bottles.
  7. The wrecker is the new Sunoco reissue. I kept it mostly box stock aside from some 53 F100 wheels and some extra junk in the bed. I used the kit supplied 390 but I wanted something a bit more utilitarian than the three two setup, so that was replaced with a 4 barrel intake and heads from a Moebius F100. The street rod is a 2000s Lindberg reissue but was inspired by the AMT Sunoco box side panel. Again it has F100 wheels and covers this time. The pleated tonneau cover came from a 1992 Lindberg reissue. Decals, of course, are left over from the Wrecker. About those decals. They adhere right now and don't like to budge once off the backer. Wetting them and the doors with soapy water was a must to position the things. Not really a problem... If you're expecting it. 🤣
  8. Been a long time since I built a hot rod. So here we are. The cab and bed are from the AMT/Ertl reissue of the old MPC '29 Ford Woody/Pickup. The cab was modified to fit the firewall and interior from the Revell '29 Model A Roadster, and the bed was cut down. Speaking of the Revell Roadster, that's where pretty much everything under that cab and bed came from. The entire chassis from that kit was used, along with the radiator, grille shell, and headlights. The wheels and tires were donated by a Revell Rat Roaster. The kit's Chevrolet engine was swapped out for the 5.0/AOD combo from a Revell 1932 Ford street rod. It was capped off with the staggered dual quad intake and twin McCullough superchargers from the AMT Barris Surf Woody. The conical air filters are from Scenes Unlimited, and the hitch is from Scenes Unlimited. The blanks were filled in with minor scratchbuilding and kit parts.
  9. But that would mean we would need to change the way we do things, which would be hard. So why not wait until the consequences come around to bite us? Then we would need to change the way we do things, which would be hard... but we don't have to worry about it right now. We can do it later! (Note: For the people seated in the back, my remark is what we call "sarcasm". Tom has a salient point here.)
  10. That's just typical Sony. They really need to stick to consumer electronics.
  11. Fun fact... the vehicles and gadgets in these movies were designed to be "toyetic", a term Schumaker had said he'd never heard before helming these Batman flicks. Basically the producers worked with the prop designers to make the movie props easily marketable as toys. Probably explains quite a bit for how this version of the Batmobile looks. I know this because I watched the special features on the Batman and Robin DVD... the movie makes a lot more sense then. Pretty bad when the behind the scenes featurette is more interesting than the actual movie.
  12. I didn't so much build this kit, as put it out of it's misery. Sheesh. This thing had more warp than five seasons of Star Trek. Which series? Pick one. The best parts on it are the Missing Link hood and wheel covers. Said hood fit perfectly, better than the kit hood, even... until the chassis was inserted. Now it's a little high at the driver's rear corner. It was worse but with a little trimming to the underside and a bit of gentle bending I got it somewhere near presentable. Other than those and the tires (robbed from an MPC 1978 Dodge D150) it's box stock and coated in Testors Root Beer. Well... the plates aren't fromt he kit. The front one is from Best Model Car Parts and the rear one is from Three Inches Under. I managed to find a small strip of unused BMF from before it was "improved" so at least I wouldn't have that headache on this one. Kind of a junker but I'm guessing the actual 1973 Satellites weren't any kind of master class in craftsmanship either, so I guess it fits. At least that's what I'll tell myself. I've heard blowing up models with firecrackers is fun, but it's a decent enough looking shelf model for what it is so I suppose it doesn't deserve that kind of fate.
  13. It hit me as I was working on this that, despite 30+ years of building models, I had never tackled a monster truck. Originally I bought the Coke-branded reissue of the USA 1 as a parts donor, and for the decal sheet (which includes some new badge decals as well as two sets of gauge faces) with the mind to cut down the suspension and build it as a mud truck. The first thing I did was test out the Testors Root Beer/Pure Gold combo and the Ray's Kits Decals (2500, Silverado emblems, 4x4 markings and tailgate banner). I figured worst case I would have a painted body to use on a stock '88-90 annual. Yes, the 4x4 markings are oversized. Neal at Ray's knows about this and is working on addressing that problem. I used them anyway because in this case I thought they went well with the oversized tires. Despite my original intentions I kept an awful lot of the box-stock parts. The exceptions to that are... '88/89 grille, stock hood, bed rails and roll bar from an '88-90 annual kit. The monster truck kit has a roll bar but I liked the one in the 2wd kits better, so I went ahead and used it. The lights themselves are the same in both kits. I used a 454SS interior tub because it has no hole for the shifter and omits the molded clutch pedal. Each differential has a parts box rotor/caliper casting. And finally the engine, which is an old Ross Gibson "Alley Rat" 502 backed up by a 350 transmission robbed from a Lindberg street rod. The USA 1 plates came from a '57 Chevy Sportside decal sheet, as a nod to the monster truck kit's origin. It may eventually get some door graphics, and maybe I'll hang a hook off the winch fairlead, but otherwise it's done for now.
  14. It's from the phantom dually kit. Fit isn't great but it looks good once everything is fitted and blended.
  15. I didn't say it was. Somebody asked if that Facebook page was related to the distributor for Ray's on ebay, which it is.
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