Come on Mike..........if Shep felt he had nothing to prove he would not have piped up here to begin with. If he is indeed selling a Fairmont body that was mastered by someone else neither Scott nor I would really care..........it's a free market in that respect. I mastered a stock roof '33 Willys coupe years ago; and there were one or two mastered by other resin casters prior to me coming out with mine; and one after mine. This just gives modelers more choice on accuracy and cost. What hurts business for each of us is when our work is copied. You obviously do not know Scott or I as well as I thought you did.........we would be nothing but impartial here. For someone who has nothing to worry about Shep sure has ducked and weaved here instead of addressing it head on and proving he did nothing shady. Even if the body he is offering turned out to be a direct copy that 'his resin caster' stole without his knowledge you'd think he would want to cut ties with a person like that after finding this out...........but, hey, that's just me! LOL!
How is this for food for thought..............want to clear this whole mess up? Why didn't Shep offer to post up a handful of CLEAR photos of the body he is making available? Since Scott and I are the most familiar with the body he mastered (and I cast) I am sure one of us would quickly point out if it was indeed different......and neither one of us would have anything to prove by saying it was a direct copy if it wasn't. Scott's work stands on it's own.......as does mine I suppose. I surely would not lay claim to work that did not come from my own hands. I don't know Shep; but anyone thinking they were the accused would surely want to clear his name........especially on a forum such as this; which gets enough 'flow' to possibly hurt his business and credibility.............and prove their innocence.
A lot of resin casters will either repop a vintage kit/body/ or part that is out of production (such as a lot of Modehaus' lineup of restoration parts); or they will mold/cast something they modified to make a specific year or body style available........like turning the '63 Galaxie 500XL hardtop into a '63 Galaxie 4 door sedan for example. There are others who completely scratch build something from raw materials...........like Evergreen sheet stock and body filler to make something that was never before available in kit form.......like Scott did here! There was nothing even close to using as a starting point so Scott spent many hours (years I believe) scratch building this Fairmont kit to make it available to the public and to recoup some of his hard earned money and time back so that he might possibly be able to offer something else after this.
You really can't get any closer than the AMT '36 Ford 5 window coupe. I've got a few photos of the 1:1; and without stopping to really look at each photo I just thought it was a chopped '35 or '36 Ford coupe body! LOL!
I just wanted to let you guys know that the molds for the louvered parts took quite a beating filling quite a few orders in such a short period of time. I tend to think at this point that I am not going to get the typical number of castings out of the molds; which are already at the 3/4 mark for life expectancy. If you had your eye on these I would not wait much longer. Sales have already dropped off at this point; so I do not foresee remolding these at this time.
That photo of the station wagon looks to be the one my dad use to offer years ago.......right down to the chassis being molded in black. The front bumper/grille assembly I have is the same as that one; but the rear bumper I have left here is for the conv't. kit.
Tommy, I may have what you need; or real close since my dad use to offer an Olds Starfire conv't. resin body. The front bumper and grille assembly I have looks to be as close of a match as you are going to get; and the rear bumper looks the same except it has the 'grille' attached to the top of it........which can be trimmed off easily enough. E-mail me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will take some photos of the parts for you; and can more easily send them to you through e-mail..............Ed
Jim, shoot me an e-mail and I can get back to you easier/faster. I don't log in here every day.
Richard, I am sorry to say it doesn't look like we'll be able to make it to the NNL East this spring. Shoot me an e-mail if you want to order any of these interiors while the molds are still 'young'. I am probably not going to be making new molds of this stuff once they've run their course...........unless sales were exceptional; which hasn't been the case.
btw, I use to sell on eBay until sales dropped off way too much..........and it started costing me money to keep a store open. Same deal with my web site; which is no longer up due to the cost. I have my stuff posted up on Fotki for the time being.
For all the accolades on these new interiors there seems to be very little interest in them. At least in actually ordering them anyway. I didn't quite expect either of these interiors to move as well as the '50 Olds interior did; but did not think they'd be total duds. Unless something changes I honestly do not see myself coming out with any other interiors at this point. I have anywhere from 17-23 days straight into making each interior.......and that is all I am working on during this time...one interior at a time.....no time is being spent in the shop when I am doing master work or whatever I am working on ends up not finished in a timely manner. I kind of wish I didn't just spend another $80.00 in Evergreen! LOL!
Anyway, if anyone is interested yet I have 4 or 5 of each of these currently cast up..........so no waiting period! To those of you who already ordered one of them I thank you for your support! Maybe I'll actually see one of them being put to use someday!
Thanks Tom! The only part of the original (kit) door panels that I used was the trim piece at the top for each interior. The rest of the door panels are completely scratch built. To give you an idea of how many pieces are involved...........the small '40 Ford coupe door panels I am working on for a personal project will be made up of 38 pieces (counting window cranks and door handles......no arm rests) by the time I am done......and that is just one side. The front and rear seats for the Chevy interior had to be cut apart; and the front seat needed lots of work to make the pleats line up.....had to straighten out the sides of the seat back before I could do anything else. It's almost more time consuming then it's worth! LOL!