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  • Birthday 09/22/1958

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  1. Has anyone ever see these kits?

    I sold a Luke Skywalker van. If I remember correctly it brought more than I expected although that was a decade ago.
  2. Ferrari P4

    I am in: absolute awe absolute lust amazed at a beautiful build not sure this is really a model all of the above
  3. Slixx decals cracking

    Do you apply the Future before or after you decal the car?
  4. They shoot horses, don't they?

    Every time I look at this build I want to start trying to replicate it. You're doing a great job on this.
  5. 1950 Ford junker - Learning curve thread

    For your holes, work from the back side. As for your flats. Those look really good. REALLY good. I'd knock off the shine with lacquer thinner and get them dirty.
  6. Another rip off

    Fred.....first off, very good explanation. I teach in a Graphic Design/Printing Technology program and cover intellectual property such as copyright, trademarks and patents although not directly related to model cars. Students typically get more into topic discussing music and other forms of pop culture. Fred's explanation is dead on with one exception. " Someone copying from a decal printer who has the rights to the design could get a cease and desist from the original car owner or designer but not the decal guy. (If the copyright owner assigns exclusive use of their copyright or trademark, this would be the only time the decal guy would be able to get a cease and desist order) If you didn't get the rights to reproduce a design and someone duplicates your work, you got nothin. To go a bit further. Trademarks apply to corporate goodwill such as trade names like Ford or Chevrolet. A better legal protection for a 1:1 racer might be a registration of their name although if you use a brand name such as Jungle Jim, or Blue Max that can be trademarkable. The use of a driver's name and likeness is considered protected by an individual's ability to control their right of publicity. It has long been held that individuals have the right to control how their likeness, name or image are used. Technically almost all resin casters violate copyright when they reproduce a scale replica of a 1:1 automobile. Even such "dead manufacturers" as American Motors or Hudson live on in trademark, both owned by FCA who bought the prior Chrysler Corporation. Copyrights have a limited life span with several factors the effect their length. Trademarks last as long as they're considered in use. That's a rather nebulous term. For example the old Topper Toy trademark of Johnny Lightning was considered abandoned and Playing Mantis was able to reuse the JL name. They tried to do the same with the Sizzler name, only to be rebuked by Mattel. I believe this is one reason we see exclusive runs of limited edition toys at chains such as Target during the holidays.
  7. A bit of a disagreement. Late 50s-early sixties, A/G. A B/G would be a small block. AA/G if you add a supercharger. Mid sixties, is when the Anglias and late models came in. It'd still be a legal A/G, just not competitive like the 409 Impala I was offered in '75 for $350. Still classed as a top of the class Super Stock but it couldn't compete with the hemi Darts. One of several bad auto investments I made.
  8. Dumping the Magazine heard

    Media mail, I'll take them for shipping and something for the effort. Unfortunately old magazines seem to be quickly becoming recyclable with things on the net or CD Rom access.
  9. They shoot horses, don't they?

    Before you do that, let's talk. I'm sure I can find some suitable options.
  10. They shoot horses, don't they?

    Its great.....but. The mock up seat is a 70's pro stock unit. I know as I search for them. I'd suggest either a bucket out of a Cobra or Little Red Wagon. You could also use the stock seat. Very few cars of this era had a head rest.
  11. They shoot horses, don't they?

    Just found this......yet another great piece of inspiration. Absolutely love it.
  12. 50 Austin coupe chassis

    Guess that hint didn't work.
  13. Throwing in the towel. Need some advice

    Are the kits opened? If so fold the boxes down and use gallon bags to store the contents. You'll be amazed at how much air you store on your shelf. The spray booth will break down by removing 20 screws. Unless you have a lot more than in the photos, with the exception of the spray booth, all you have will store in 3-4 medium size boxes. I'll admit I sell on eBay and other spots. With the amount of reissues on the market, older non first issue kits just aren't bringing what they used to. I'd keep them. Even your paint may last. Store decals in zip lock baggies with minimal light. Resin bodies need to be stored to prevent warpage, which may be your biggest challenge.
  14. 50 Austin coupe chassis

    This I can say unequivocally, it's heads and heals better than the Revell original. It ALWAYS drove me crazy that this car was called a dragster with a round tube chassis. Gasser rules required either a stock chassis, until about 1966, or a rectangular fabricated chassis. A round tube chassis would kick it into the altered class. I'd gladly trade what you have for the Revell original.
  15. Dumping the Magazine heard

    If you could ship (Priority Mail flat rate boxes or media mail), I'd like them to see what you have to fill in spaces in my collection. I'm in West Virginia.