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  • Birthday March 12

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  • Location Salem, OR
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  1. Jairus added a post in a topic engine detail ?   

    A model car is just an illusion of the real thing.
    Adding ALL the wires and plumbing needed to make it work doesn't make it an actual car.  So... all that's needed to make the illusion convincing is to put enough detail to convince the eye that it's all there.  And a modicum of realistic weathering will cover up a ton of details left out anyway.
    In some instances only a hint that the details are present is enough to convince.
    Details like plug wires are only needed if they are visible on a real engine.  But things like Generator/Alternator wires are not necessary unless they are on top and in plain view.
    Many times one can fake the illusion by bundling wires and simply running them around the engine compartment in a realistic way with-out taking the time to match up color. 

    Concentrate on what is clearly visible and forget the harder to see oil pressure sending unit wire. Because nobody will see it anyway.
  2. Jairus added a post in a topic Slot Cars Magazine   

    I think Harry is onto something!
  3. Jairus added a post in a topic Carnut from Portland Oregon   

    Welcome Mike!
    Wondering why it took so long?
  4. Jairus added a post in a topic 1/25 Galaxie Ltd. '46 - '48 Chevrolet Aerosedan   

    Well done Mike!
  5. Jairus added a post in a topic Airplane Engines in Autos   

    If any of you guys bothered to subscribe to the Model Cars Magazine ( the source that provides this play room) you would see that I did a Sketchpad article about the very subject of this thread.
    Too bad few of you will pay the entry fee.
    But, I will post a picture of this street rod I started quite a few years ago. Revell '32 Roadster frame with Monogram wheels and tires.
    The engine is a scratch built replica of a General Stuart medium battle tank.

    Tried multiple positions and never finished it.

    Shame you guys won't see the cool Sketchpad article tho....
  6. Jairus added a post in a topic The Corvair Topic   

    A lot of missconceptions and ignorance on this thread.
    Some have posted wise knowledge, but most have ignored the obvious.

    The cars started out with technology not any different from VW, BMW and Mercedes. (The swing axle.)
    But that tech was changed by 1964.

    What killed the Corvair was not the book by Ralph or any technical issue like poor manufacturing.
    It was the simple issue of repair costs.
    The cost to repair a car totally unlike any other machine on the road was much higher than the average Nova or Falcon. So the cars were quietly phased out.
    Technically the suspension, electricals and mechanics were not any different. They even rusted in the same locations as all other uni-body cars of the era.

    It was simply that a mechanic down at the Texaco station charged more to repair a car with an aircooled aluminum block engine than they did a cast iron block water cooled engine. Period dot!

  7. Jairus added a post in a topic Galaxie Limited's '48 Chevy Coupe   

    Oh, and I probably shouldn't be posting this.
    But, test shot coupe bodies (more than one I am told) were delivered by special courier to Jimmy Flintstone. So we can expect chopped tops and convertible resin options very soon. Because his master makers are the best in the business!
  8. Jairus added a post in a topic Galaxie Limited's '48 Chevy Coupe   

    Thank you Mark! I was hoping the box art would answer the question.
    But here is a test shot of the wood framing, and it fits perfectly.
    The decals that Mr. Jones produced are spot on beautiful! (as usual)

  9. Jairus added a post in a topic Galaxie Limited's '48 Chevy Coupe   

    No metal transfers!

    Ted Lear, the body is all new as is the interior.
    The kit also includes new drag slicks and wonderful new decals!!!! What else is there that can improve these models?
  10. Jairus added a post in a topic Galaxie Limited's '48 Chevy Coupe   

    The art changed slightly.
    Some "female" in the Chevrolet camp wouldn't sign off on the deal until I changed the 50's bathing suit into something she felt looked less like "underwear". (Her words not mine)

    I added a Hawaiian pattern to the suit and it passed after that.
    The boxes are printed.
    The directions are printed.
    Ko, the production manager in Korea held off on injection molding until the winter over there (They have pretty severe winters there) abated somewhat.
    But... the last email I receive two weeks ago said that Ko would warm up the facility early February and get production moving.
    I guess this means kits will be on the shelves by April?
    Depends on the ship they use to container the goods to the market.

  11. Jairus added a post in a topic Scale Equipment Ltd   

    Of course Scale Equipment is still in business. Web site is up and new stuff posted.
    They are the best for figures.

    Just wish they would make more driver figures sitting in the cars instead of girls draping themselves over the hoods...... (hint, hint, hint)

    Racing figures from 1959 to 1979 would not go amiss.....
  12. Jairus added a topic in 1:1 Car Reference Pictures   

    1930 Ford Model A Tudor
    Thirteen days ago a friend from Atlanta, Georgia stayed the night at my place and last night he arrived back home.
    The prize: Driving a 1930 Ford Model A all the way from Medford, Oregon back to Atlanta.

    The car: a survivor kept in pretty good condition with some restoration attempts.... but still needs work.

    The trip is now complete and you can read the trials and tribulations here.
    Not to mention tons of information, pictures and other stuff regarding the Model A Ford and.... weathering details!
    Cool no?

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  13. Jairus added a post in a topic 1957 58 59 Fords & Edsels - Who Cares To Share What They Have In Their Collection?   

    Gave this project up...

    For this and never looked back.

  14. Jairus added a post in a topic AMT '57 Chevrolet Slot Car kit review.   

    Another thing I learned with these kits is that they work much better if you solder the chassis pans together rather than depending on the nuts and screws.
    Once set up, use silver solder and Stay-brite flux to weld the parts solid with a good clean up later will result in a chassis that is solid and will NOT come apart.