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  1. Simply gorgeous as always Francis! I share your frustration with not having time to work on your hobby due to summertime projects and commitments. Everything has its time and place. I look forward to a little snow flying so I can get back to my hobby bench, but in the mean time I try to follow your progress as much as possible, in order to stay inspired for whenever I do get back to it. Enjoy the rest of your summer and autumn Francis! This beauty will be awaiting you whenever you are able. tcottc
  2. With that engine sitting under it, anything will look right! Have you thought about turning the scoop around so the tapered part faces front and the opening toward the rear? Just a thought. TCOTTC
  3. Well, I guess I’ll throw my bagged and tubbed shop truck into the mix. I couldn’t stand the fact that the AMT kit didn’t include a Ford engine of any sort, so I decided to back half a 2013 Boss 302 frame and stuff a Coyote under the hood.
  4. Sweet work as always Francis! The more this build comes together, the more I marvel at what a thing of beauty the whole assembly becomes. The individual parts are each amazing in their own right, but seeing them assembled together, each with it’s own function yet in concert with the others just boggles the mind. The sum of the parts is far greater than the individual. Each member of the orchestra is a master, but the symphony is the true work of art! TCOTTC
  5. Not insignificant by any means, and when done well, it stands out as one of those details that sets an outstanding build apart from a merely really good one. Yours, like every other aspect of this build is a thing of beauty. Photo etch brake line clips, flair nuts... Nuts! I have said before that final assembly is my least favorite, and most terrifying part of the build. That loss of patience is probably the most likely culprit. I know you’ll persevere in grand style! TCOTTC
  6. Not much chance of that. My biggest challenge is to learn from your demonstrated mastery and apply that newly learned technique in such a way that doesn’t completely embarrass me when compared to your original. Currently, those hood hinges have got me very frustrated. Try as I have, I just have not been able to come up with something that I would consider acceptable. Forget about comparable. TCOTTC
  7. Wow Craig!!! If that’s what you call “junk”, I’d really love to see the stuff you’re happy with! Nice custom work, and beautiful paint! The long winters up there in the UP must have given you plenty of time to hone your skills!
  8. I don’t think I was really “aware” of your mastery of this hobby until the August 1970 issue of Car Model Magazine came out with it’s coverage of the 1970 show. In that issue, I was amazed that this 15 year old was building such advanced models. You won Best Detail for your entries that year with things like working drivetrain, throttle, steering, and dipstick. Who does that at fifteen years old anymore? I made sure that I hung around the MPC booth as much as possible the following year, in hopes that I could get to meet the legendary Tim Boyd. I’m proud to say that we developed a friendship after that meeting that although went different ways as life developed, still invokes fond memories. So now I’m wondering, about getting you to design me a house.
  9. I’m thinking that there is at least one, if not more books just dying to be written about all of the “special” items included in various kits over the years. Bicycles, motorcycles, boats, surf boards, camping gear, garage gear, trailers, figures... the list goes on and on. Now who would be knowledgeable enough to write such a book? It should be someone that has familiarity with the kits, has writing experience, and has time on his hands. Perhaps this person has already written several books about various aspects of the hobby. Hmmmm...
  10. Gerald, I agree that the changes that you made turned this into a much more believable trike, but you also have to understand that the original inspiration for the Tiki Trike was the work of a fellow by the name of Denny Johnson, who was also the creator of the Zingers. Denny won Best In Show at the 1970 Detroit Autorama MPC Model Car Customizing Contest with the T’Rantula trike. That was the same show where he introduced three little builds that caught the eye of the MPC management, called the Zingers. Believability was never a requirement in those days.
  11. This thread could indeed go on and on. There is a FB group for the Pharoahs Car Club in which I and several others noted here are members. Don Graham is a VP of the club, and although primarily a 1/1 car club, many members are builders in all scales. The great Gene Winfield is a frequent guest. For those who aren’t aware, Gene was a board member, and influence behind the now defunct International Car Modelers Association (ICMA), back in the late 60s and early 70s. TS
  12. Thought you folks might be interested in this one. TS
  13. Hi Mike! This thing just keeps getting more and more awesome!!! The body looks gorgeous! I will be interested in seeing how the HOC candy takes to the bare brass. I’ve never tried that before. Your engine looks killer sitting in the frame too! I noticed your statement about reluctance to using solder as a filler, because you don’t want to risk undoing work that you have already put so much time into. Have you ever tried TIX Solder?. It melts at 275 degrees F. I don’t know what you normally use, but the stuff that I usually use melts at more like 360 degrees F or higher. I have a variable temp soldering iron, that I turn down to 275 degrees when I want to use solder as a filler, and I don’t have any problem with melting other solder points. Just a thought. https://www.micromark.com/Tix-Solder-Pkg-of-20-Three-Inch-Sticks Regards, Tim Slesak
  14. Looking good Francis! You mention using aluminum nuts on the brass carriage bolts. Do the nuts just slip over the bolts and then glue in place, or are they smaller so the softer aluminum threads while twisting over the bolts? TCOTTC
  15. YES YES YES! Roy, I am excited to see that you are reaching out to this extremely talented builder!! If you like this build, you will be amazed at what he is working on now!! Francis, I don’t know if you are familiar with Roy, or his fine magazine yet, but if not, you owe it to yourself to order a few copies. Roy is one talented builder himself, and he obviously puts the same passion into his magazine. Bravo to all!!! Tim Slesak
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