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  • Location Ridgefield, CT
  • Full Name Paul Boucher

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  1. PeeBee added a post in a topic Defects, short shots and warpage   

    The quality of Chinese 1/1 auto parts is horrible, too.  I doubt they care, either.  I don't think they're too concerned about repeat business because they know that orders for cheaply made parts will just keep rolling in.  I won't buy parts made in China (or anywhere else) anymore unless they're OEM.  The auto manufacturers can't hide behind the internet so they must run Q&A on their suppliers.
    What I find astounding is that parts I bought with venerable, name brand supplier's names on them (Monroe, for one), and manufactured in China, were so bad that they were unusable.
  2. PeeBee added a post in a topic 1968 Roadrunner WIP Updated Pictures 8/20   

    That's funny, I have an AMT '68 Roadrunner on the bench painted '68 Avacado Green, from Scalefinishes.  Do you mind if I use your interior for reference?
  3. PeeBee added a post in a topic Not even close   

    For general model car hobby or 1:1 automotive related topics ONLY.
  4. PeeBee added a post in a topic Not even close   

    I don't get the car / WWII aircraft connection.  It's either a road vehicle or an aircraft.  I get that some early rods used the seats out of bombers, and perhaps other parts to contain fuel, etc., and those would be neat details to include on a traditional hot rod build or restoration.  But this is like, yeah, yeah, we get the joke already!
    My dad flew bombers in WWII and this would be the last thing in the world he'd ever be seen driving.  Then again, my parent's generation were grown-ups...     
  5. PeeBee added a post in a topic It doesn't make any sense   

    Think of it this way: It would take about the same money (and effort) to restore a '56 Ford convertible as it would to restore that boring old 4-door sedan.

    And, even with the convertible, you have to be careful about how much you're going to spend on a restoration vis-a-vis what the car will bring on the market. You wouldn't want to dump $80-100K into a resto for a car that's never going to return that kind of money. Imagine the bath you'd take on that 4-door (if you could even find a buyer)!

    That's one reason why that car is sitting on the roof of a junkyard.

  6. PeeBee added a post in a topic Post your oldest model picture   

    Brad, did you put that model on your Mom's head when she wasn't looking? Or, was she just being a good sport?

  7. PeeBee added a post in a topic Any "extinct" cars?   

    Weren't the Ferrari 156s ordered destroyed at the end of the racing season? I thought I remembered reading something along those lines years ago. If true, I wonder if it might have had something to do with these being Ferrari's first mid-engine F-1 cars and them not wanting the cars to fall into the hands of other teams. It wasn't exactly new technology though, and Colin Chapman was the showing the racing world where F-1 was really headed by then. Maybe Ferrari was keeping the engine under wraps...(?)

    I've definitely seen more hot-rodded '32s than I have stock over my lifetime (especially coupes and roadsters), but in my neck of the woods stock Model As far out-number the hot-rodded cars. Even the '32 Woody that was my wedding transportation was hot-rodded. It's stock appearing, but the owner switched out the "B" motor for a warmed over Flathead and changed over to a 12-volt system to make the car more drive-able for the Copperstate 1,000 runs he used to go on every year (he passed away about three years ago, but the car's still in the family).

  8. PeeBee added a post in a topic So what's the real story on "Reverse Engineering" ?   

    Wasn't the Lindberg '40 Ford Coupe a "reversed engineered" AMT '40? And, I believe there's an Asian firm (I think it's Chinese) that markets reverse engineered Tamiya kits.

  9. PeeBee added a post in a topic Gimme 5 automotive subjects you'd like to see reissued by Round-2?   

    1. Roger that on the Wild Dream/Tognotti's T kit (my mom let me get that kit back in '63);

    2. '61-'63 Continental Convertible (but with an up-top included);

    3. '57 Craftsman T-Bird (open the hood, add the Revell Supercharged engine and dog-dish caps w/steelies for an F-Code);

    4. '69 ('70?) 1/25 AMX, and;

    5. yeah, the Watson Roadster/Indy Lotus combo (with correct tires).

    I get two bonus picks because I copied two picks that were already made here:

    1B. "The Wild Ones" with original box art (don't forget to include Hot Curl and the Stingray bicycle), and:

    2B. I was going to add the Astro 1, but I see that it's already here, too, so how about the 289 Cobra WITH the Halibrands and original stock steering wheel included this time (add an up-top and correct Lemans-style hardtop if you're really serious about marketing cool kits).

  10. PeeBee added a post in a topic What's with the gaping maw that all cars must have now.   

    At least the Mazda's are smiling. That old Buick has a frown. A lot of cars had frowns immediate post-war. You'd think they'd all be smiling during that era.

    My take on the Audi's and Lexi is that they've been trying to appeal to dog-people, particularly the owners of boxers, Great Danes and bulldogs. Or, perhaps the fans of chocolate ice cream who like to lick the bowl.

    I never tire of looking at the P-51. What a beautiful machine that was.

    Whatever committee designed the heavy-handed new Camaro was obviously made up of kids who grew up on Transformers. Heck, they even co-branded the new Camaro in one of the Transformer movies, didn't they? Anyway, that car's styling doesn't hold a candle to the '69 car it's trying to mock. Same goes for the new Challenger, in my opinion.

  11. PeeBee added a post in a topic Back to the '50s...Triumph TR2 and TR3   

    Terrific TRs! Lee, those would be 1/24 scale, curbside.
  12. PeeBee added a post in a topic 1948 Ford corner (Testors IMC) Post 'em if you got 'em!   

    Clifford, that coupe is really cool.

  13. PeeBee added a post in a topic What did you see on the road today?   

    Saw an i8 parked on 69th and 1st in Manhattan the other day. Other interesting cars I see parked in the street, in that neighborhood, include a '66 Mustang GT fastback (clean); a '70 AMC Gremlin (a real beater); and a Jag XK120 roadster (good driver). All registered daily drivers.

    I was out in Brooklyn not too long ago and came across a '70 440(?) 4-speed 'Cuda convertible parked on the street. I don't think there was one inch of straight steel on that car (it was really bent up!), but it was a registered driver.
  14. PeeBee added a post in a topic Hendrix Mfg. -- Recommendations..?   

    I've been using Alclad for over ten years and the application directions haven't changed, and I haven't seen anywhere that they have issued different instructions for different users (why would anybody do that?). It's very simple: Apply a base coat of gloss black ENAMEL (not lacquer, not acrylic) and apply MIST COATS of Alclad @ 12-15 PSI.

    Of course, you want to make sure the surface you're spraying the base coat on is clean and smooth as glass; Alclad will reveal every imperfection, spec of dust, etc. And, I read on this forum that spraying the mist coats of Alclad at an angle to the work, rather than direct application, will help achieve the chrome-like finish your after. I tried this and it was a noticeable improvement over previous applications I had performed.

  15. PeeBee added a post in a topic 1959-60 GM roof profiles   

    Interesting topic in as that I started to modify a new-tool AMT '57 Chevy Hardtop to accept the new-release Revell '57 convertible top. That Revell body is just so far off, and the engraving so soft, that I decided I would not be happy with the results if I built the convertible out-of-the-box. Especially when compared to (IMO) the superior AMT '57. Even the wheels and dashboard of the Revell kit are off.

    Anyway, after lopping off the top of the AMT body, and some careful sanding, I found that the Revell top lines up pretty close at the windshield, although it is a tad narrow there, and then way narrow at the back. If you compare the two bodies, they are close to dead-on width and lengthwise, but Revell has managed to get the relationship between the convertible top "C" pillars (for want of a better term) and the top of the rear fenders very close when compared to photos of a 1/1 car. I think I may have to widen that top; It won't look right if I just go ahead and add material to the AMT body to close up the gap between the interior and the top. Maybe I should try out an original issue AMT '57 before I start cutting that top, though. Hmmmm. The remaining guts of the Revell convertible will serve as a donor for the MCW '57 Nomad. I am going to build the Nomad as the Hollingworth car so that solves the wheel issue.

    Another parts interchange I performed recently was the adaptation of A Revell '59 Chevy convertible top and windshield to the Trumpeter '60 Bonnevile convertible. This has been more straightforward, with minimal modifications. Fixing the interior on this kit is a whole other story, however, so it's still on the bench.