Jairus

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  • Location Salem, OR
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  1. Jairus added a post in a topic Galaxie Limited 1947 Chevy Coupe   

    Decals by Mark Jones.
  2. Jairus added a post in a topic Galaxie Limited 1947 Chevy Coupe   

    Moebius and many others go to China now for molding, printing and packaging.  China charges much less.
    Galaxie LTD started in Korea during 1998 because that is where Tamiya and Fujimi were going for the best and cheapest molding processes.

    That was then, this is 16 years later and moving the molds to China would be more expensive than simply going with Korea and the same manufacturers (quality) as in 1998.  Management felt it was the best alternative.
     
  3. Jairus added a post in a topic Galaxie Limited 1947 Chevy Coupe   

    Just as an aside. Gary sent some test shots of the coupe to Jimmy Flintstone months ago.  So hopefully a nice chopped version will appear on Jimmy's site now that Galaxie LTD kits have arrived on our shores after a VERY LONG wait.
     
  4. Jairus added a post in a topic What non-auto model did you get today?   

    Not exactly auto related, but I did scratchbuild a "Tardis" and "Doctor Who" character over the weekend.

    Pop quize: Anyone know which doctor?

  5. Jairus added a post in a topic 1960 Chevy Wagon   

    Also... adding people to the front seat helps.
    Never understood why nobody adds figures to their builds as it provides tons more realism to the image than getting the firing order on the 283 correct.
  6. Jairus added a post in a topic 1960 Chevy Wagon   

    Looks great overall.  Nice choice of rolling stock and the weathering... while a little harsh is still believable.

    My only suggestion (not a criticism exactly) but the windshield glass is too thick to be convincing. 
    One suggestion is to vacuum form that piece with thinner material.
    But the easier option is to mask off the wiper tracks and hit it with a bit of dull coat or light tan.
    (In the past we used Floquil "dust" but that doesn't exist any longer.)
     
     
  7. Jairus added a post in a topic AMT TeeVee Dune Buggy   

    The real name for this body is "Berry Mini T".  Google that if you want pics of the real thing.
    "Hot Rod Cartoons" Magazine editor in 1970 built one in his garage and featured the progress in various articles in the mag for many issues after.
     
    The cockpit is tight to be sure, but I think you might be onto something regarding AMT.  They tend to make old molds work rather than make new molds.  Seems the original Berry Mini T used a slightly longer wheelbase (80") than did the Myers Manx. 
    Remember that all those fiberglass 1 to 1  kits required YOU the builder to provide a complete Volkswagon chassis pan and shorten it to fit the body as per instructions.
    Ha!
     
  8. Jairus added a post in a topic Why brass?   

    Well said Tom G. and Mark J.!
  9. Jairus added a post in a topic Revell's "Hot Rod Hydro" - What's New and Different with this reissue?   

    It's not a Hydro.  It's a flat bottom drag boat.  Never understand why they used that name...
    But nice to see they used my decals.
    Shame they didn't use the artwork.
  10. Jairus added a post in a topic '60 Ford F-100: Hacking Away at an eBay Find!   

    NICE work so far!  Big improvement with those '57 Ford rims too.
  11. Jairus added a post in a topic 1948 to 1947 Chevys - Galaxie Ltd   

    Short story is that getting the coupe correct was the big problem.
    During the past 15 years Korean manufacturing went from interpreting drawings to laser scanning 3D models to make molds.
    Galaxie LTD spent a lot of time and expense making drawings and photos available to the Koreans and all the test shots were way off!!!
    So Gary took the test shots to his master builder who modified them and sent the model to Korea who scanned it and made new molds.
    This took quite a few years to do but I told you it was the "short story".
    The long story would take Gary to tell you all the little back and forth details.

    Also.... there was the west coast long shore men's strike, the cold winters in Korea where they shut down everything for 4 months of the year.

    The kits also contain a few new parts like drag tires and completely new decals.
     
  12. Jairus added a post in a topic Monogram '57 Del Rio Ranch Wagon has fenderwell cut-outs   

    All '57's and '58's came with a heater.
    The differences were the deluxe models had a fresh air intake and a 3 speed fan. This became the standard later and is what is molded into the AMT dash.
    But the standard heater from '49 to '58 was a single knob on the dash in place of the heater controls. 

    Twist and it provides power for a two speed fan.  Pull out and it opens a door to blow air to the defroster vent.  No fresh air intake and no temp setting. The hot water circulates through the core all the time.
    Unless it was optioned in, most Custom 300 models would receive the standard heater shown.

  13. Jairus added a post in a topic Why brass?   

    I use both.
    Depends on the application.
    Brass is stronger so brass hinges are better than plastic hinges.
    Brass door panels can be made a realistic thickness where styrene cannot.
  14. 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.
  15. Jairus added a post in a topic Slot Cars Magazine   

    I think Harry is onto something!