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    Paul Boucher
  1. Message to FCA: Don't Mess With My Challenger!

    ...and thanks to our current anti-cop mayor here in fun city crime is starting to rise in the subways for the first time in years, not to mention the wonderful stench of urine and vomit creeping back into the stations and trains. I prefer to walk, even if it is 30 or 40 blocks (or more). Anyway, I'd say that most people today don't care what their cars are powered by, just as long as it's an SUV and there's a pedal to go, and a pedal to stop. Most can't drive a standard transmission so it's doubtful that many people care about real high performance anymore, either. Most cars, electric or otherwise, deliver plenty of performance nowadays, anyway. Funny that this is partly due to the stricter CAFE standards that we were all crying about back in the 70s when "they" were emasculating our Corvettes. And from Japanese competition, of course; remember the Honda CVCC? As far as I am concerned, most people these days may as well be driving electrics and hybrids rather than burning a hole through the atmosphere. That being said, I will continue to preserve and relish my 6,000-mile 2006 Mustang GT w/5-speed as I work my way toward the "exit door." PB.
  2. Working with photo etching

    I use Microscale Liqui-Tape. It's thin and flows onto the part nicely. It dries into a non-liquid adhesive surface; it's definitely a rubber cement but not as thick out of the container. You still have to be reasonably careful when positioning the part in as that the Liqui-Tape has a slight "memory" (as does rubber cement) if you try to adjust the part with a nudge after you've burnished it down; lightly position the part and then burnish when you have the part alightned to your liking. This adhesive provides plenty of adhesion for small scripts, etc.
  3. what do you use

    I take my glasses off to see close-up. Although, I do have to squint more these days!
  4. Favorite Car

  5. whats the rarest model you own and did you build it?

    Just saw this old thread. OK, what the heck: JoHan '67 Eldorado (bought it factory sealed, no tire burn!); JoHan stock '69 AMX (bought it factory sealed, tire burn on the hood); I guess my Etzel's Miller 91 is getting kinda rare; HRM Miller is already rare, I imagine, and; I have a pre-production AMT Pro-Modeler '57 Chevy with inspection/comment checklists, etc. I suppose that's rare. PB.
  6. My taste in customs pretty much aligns with Bill Engwer's. In that era customs had context. Taking cars that were available and affordable and making them look sleeker; more modern (and, most of the time, knowing when to stop). Just as hot rods of the '30s through the '50s looked the way they did mainly to improve their performance. Except for a handful of rods from the early '60s (the Doyle Gammell Coupe comes to mind) and some retros from the '70s (California Kid, Jake's '34 3-window, etc.), I've always felt that hot rods had become irrelevant by the time the pony/muscle car era rolled around. As far as customs from from the mid-'50s through the '60s go, I don't think I've seen one that can top what the Detroit factory stylists were up to in the day. Not that all of their designs were tasteful or right-minded IMO, though; '58 Edsel, '59 Lincoln, the "Square Birds," certain early '60s Mopars are a few I can think of. Well, I could go on all day about this subject, but back to work... PB.
  7. The Collier Collection, lots of classic cars

    Thanks for sharing, Greg. This collection was consolidated with the Briggs Cunningham collection, BTW (years ago). Thus the full complement of Cunninghams. PB.
  8. Old Hobby Shop Photos

    This was one of my old favorites. Five floors on 5th Avenue.
  9. Johan prices $$$$

    Hey Ron, I take the Metro-North Harlem line into the city several days a week and we pass an NYPD parking lot in Yonkers, or the upper Bronx(?). In that parking lot is parked a '65 or '66 Fury NYPD patrol car in green/white livery with the bubble gum machine up top, etc. I've seen a cover on it from time-to-time, but it otherwise sits out in the weather year-round, unprotected. Strange, it looks like somebody spent time and money on a restortaion, unless it just happens to be a survivor, but that is doubtful. Body looks to be super-straight. Of course, I've only seen it through the window of a moving train traveling 30-40 MPH (depending on the day) from abot 60' away. Yeah that regarding the Jo-Han kits. Last one I bought, about five years ago, was the '67 Eldorado (a holy grail), facory sealed, for $70.00. Luckily there was no trace of tire-burn, and the chrome is some of the best I've ever seen on a kit from any era. These days, I reserve the $200.00-$300.00 model purchases for must-have, limited-run kits of interesting subjects ('50s-'60s sports cars, sport racers and F1, mostly).
  10. You never had to work at getting the right "stance" with the simple chassis-with-metal-axles in these old kits, apart from perhaps adjusting the track width. And, lowering or raising ride height could be simply and quickly achieved by selecting one of the three axle holes that were often provided in these kits. I don't display my models upside down, however if the chassis is interesting and perhaps part of what defines the car, like on an old ford w/dropped axle, halibrand QC, etc., or an F1/Indy car, let's say, then I do go for good and accurate chassis detail. But, yeah, mid-year Corvettes and early Mustang (Falcon!) chassis were pretty mundane.
  11. Revell 1930 model A coupe kit

    The announcement for the release of the RMX '30 Model A Coupe in the "Coming Soon" section of Modelroundup is dated July...2016. This section of the site hasn't been updated in years. I would love to see them resurrect the tooling on both Model A kits and while they're at it fix the rear ends so that they have proper "buggy springs" w/banjo diffs, and Halibrand QCs, of course, as an option. That's the only thing about both kits that disuaded me from buying them. And, did the roadster come with an up-top?
  12. Palmer '70 Vette - what to do?

    Throw it away. Move on. Life is short. Buld the good stuff. Don't waste your time with such drivel.
  13. For space frames molded onto floor pans (commomn '60s practice), try this: Spray the frame rails, axles, etc., in your favorite shade of gloss or semi-gloss black (or whatever color). When it dries, brush paint the floor pan with whatever color you decide upon, flat black, red or grey primer, etc. It's much easier and faster to sidle up to the frame rails with a brush (and, even flow the paint along the rails) from the relatively flat surface of the floor pan than it is to paint the three small sides of the frame rails with a smallish detail brush, attempting to get a straight bead where the frame meets the floor pan. Especially if your using gloss paint on the frame, which tends to be less viscous than a flat paint, and requires more coaxing toward the edges, creating a wider margin for error. This will save on hours(?) (lots of mimutes?) of masking, too. If you need an authentic body-color overspray effect, then you would have to go back and mask a portion of the frame. I use this technique on my interiors as well; spray everything down with AlClad (or, now, with Molotow "chrome") and then go back and paint around, and up to, all of the "chrome" with the interior color. Often (most of the time) I will thin some of the interior color and flow it around the "chrome" details for a first pass, and then go back and nudge up to the details with a final, opaque coat of paint. This technique works well for picking out contrasting upholstery piping, too. Generally a good way of dealing with raised detail if you don't mind using a brush from time-to-time. PB.
  14. Time for AMT / Round @ to get going ?

    I remember talking my mom into buying the Wild Dream / Tognotti's T double kit for me in Woolworth's (remember them? Our's had a vast model section) in1963. I don't know how I pulled that off. I was usually denied. My wife opines that is why I have such a huge collection of kits today. Loved that kit, though! PB.