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    Paul Boucher
  1. what do you use

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

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Old Hobby Shop Photos

    This was one of my old favorites. Five floors on 5th Avenue.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Hi Randy, I received my HRM order yesterday, thank you. As usual, Harold's products are still of the highest quality. The 250 GTO tires are a nearly perfect fit for a vintage set of Detail Master PE Borranis w/turned rims that I was able to bag on eBay; a great wheel set and a shame they stopped making them. You have a great looking web site, BTW. Let me see, you had the forethought to hire a professional graphic designer, or, like many other modelers it seems, you are a pro (or have been) yourself? Anyway, regarding your note, the D-Type will be my second Profil 24 kit (finally a full detail D-Type! Yay!), however I'm just starting my first one: the 1953 Porsche 550 Carrera Panamericana. They have nicely proportioned and cast bodies and parts, but, like most limited-run niche kits (I have done a couple HRM Ferraris and the LM GT40), it does look to be a challenge (half the fun of it!) and requires a good amount of clean-up, etc. And, for instance, the Porsche has separate, "opening" doors, decklid and bonnet, however no provision for hinges; if they're to be operable it's up to the builder. Anyway, good luck with your new endeavor, and we'll certainly be doing business in the future. Best regards. PB.
  14. See The Usa In Your Electric Chevorlet

    Aaaah hah hah! Saw this coming :) Power generation, of course, which isn't going to go away, anyway. Yep, coal can be cleaned up. I was drafting/modeling up scrubber installations for coal plants back in the '80s. I guess the fines for not being in full compliance aren't high enough, though. Cheaper to pollute. Nuclear is the most efficient power source, and very clean until you have waste product; we were working on all kinds of whacky solutions for the DOE (and, more nefariously, for the DoD) back in the day. And, the public is afraid of nukes (thank 3-Mile-Island, Chernobyl and the Japanese tsunami), although there are very advanced redundant cooling systems such as those that we were designing for, ahem, production reactors, before the end of the Cold War put the kibosh on those programs. Don't forget hydro power. Totally renewable and very clean. Not cheap to build, though, which has always been a problem. But, you don't have to dam up rivers, create reservoirs and displace communities. We dug a channel into an elbow of the Mississippi 30 years ago and floated in a huge (it was almost as large as an aircraft carrier) power house (I think it had 10 or 12 turbines) and plugged it in. The river runs through it. It did cost a fortune, but not as much as a dam/reservoir and huge real estate acquisition and relocation. And then you have all the new renewables coming along. Not all are totally clean though. Solar and wind rely on storage, so the whole battery thing enters the equation (Yes, like electric cars. More engineering to do). I think the biggest challenge to powering up for a paradigm switch over to electric cars is distribution. The power grid is way over-taxed and has been for a long time, like the rest of our infrastructure. Lets's see: Obama wanted $500B for infrastructure (laughably naive low estimate for what was needed even "back then") and was shot down. Trump more realistically wants a trillion (still way too low - we need 2 trillion just for starters) and the republicans don't want to hear about it. Oh, well. So much for that job-creating idea.