chepp

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  • Location East of Pomona, CA
  • Full Name Charley Hepperle

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  1. chepp added a post in a topic #201 rec'd in 91XXX or 92XXX ZIPs? http://www.customclinic.com/ contest results?   

    Thanks, Harry, for the update.
     
    Have any greater-Los Angeles subscribers received #201? I'm still waiting.
  2. chepp added a topic in General   

    #201 rec'd in 91XXX or 92XXX ZIPs? http://www.customclinic.com/ contest results?
    I'm looking forward to receiving #201 at home and/or work. Has anyone received theirs in the 91XXX or 92XXX ZIP codes?
     
    One thing I'm looking for is photos of the winners in the http://www.customclinic.com/ online custom car contest. One of them is mine but I don't know if pix of all will be published.
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  3. chepp added a post in a topic "Drag Strip" Logos-Window/Bumper Stickers   

    Here's a whole web page of them:
    http://www.zazzle.com/dragstrip+stickers
     
  4. chepp added a post in a topic Talk about horrible looking customizations....   

    Yes, beauty is subjective. Here are some photos from magazines showing real customs. I have no comment but just show these for their entertainment value.





  5. chepp added a post in a topic Let's See Some Survivors!   

    Here's my AMT '55 Nomad built in/about 1969. It has reverse-hinged doors from a Revell '57 Nomad and a front clip/engine from the MPC Mako Shark II concept car.
     
    Charley



  6. chepp added a post in a topic Jo-Han 68 Cadillac DeVille   

    A clue that confirms the '80s production date may be the "Boss Man" name -- it's clearly a reference to the Boss Hogg character from the Dukes of Hazzard television show who drove a white Cadillac.
  7. chepp added a post in a topic Photos! Do YOUR model pictures look like real cars?   

    Here's something to consider when shooting a model with a real background. For the real part of the scene (presuming the ground is fairly level with whatever is in the distance), measure the height of the camera from the ground. Then position the model so the camera is the same SCALE height from the ground the model is sitting on. For example, if the camera is four feet above the real life ground, adjust the height of the model and its base so the centerline of the camera's lens is four SCALE feet above the model's base.
  8. chepp added a post in a topic WHOA! REVIVED CUSTOM CLINIC PHOTO CONTEST!   

    Thanks! The link works fine -- I've just submitted my entry. There's still time left (but not much) before the May 1 entry deadline.
  9. chepp added a post in a topic WHOA! REVIVED CUSTOM CLINIC PHOTO CONTEST!   

    I'm in. The link problem from a few days ago has been resolved and my submission has gone through OK. I, too, had to resize a couple of pix.

    FYI, the deadline is May 1 -- there's still time (well, not much) to enter.
  10. chepp added a post in a topic WHOA! REVIVED CUSTOM CLINIC PHOTO CONTEST!   

    There's only about a day left: deadline is May 1, 2015.

    The entry upload link on the contest page: http://www.customcli...com/?page_id=37
    (about 3/4 down the page in the "Upload your entry using the form on this website." text)
    does not work. It leads to a 404 message here: http://bentonworld.c...cwp/?page_id=71

    How should online entries be handled?
  11. chepp added a post in a topic WHOA! REVIVED CUSTOM CLINIC PHOTO CONTEST!   

    The entry upload link on this page: http://www.customclinic.com/?page_id=37
    (about 3/4 down the page in the "Upload your entry using the form on this website." text)
    does not work. It leads to a 404 message here: http://bentonworld.com/cclinicwp/?page_id=71

    How should online entries be handled?
  12. chepp added a post in a topic Man, it's been a while...   

    There's no time like the present. If you still have them get started by repairing damage, if any, to the models then put them on display. That could be a good way to get the "bug" to build some more!
  13. chepp added a post in a topic AMT Parts Pack prices   

    Since the cost of materials and molding apparently is a tiny part of the equation, perhaps a solution would be for the manufacturer to sell a typical model kit box filled with as many tires as could fit. It could be priced the same as a typical model kit.
  14. chepp added a post in a topic MCM Forum - expert work expected?   

    Hi, Bob. It's not obvious to me. Could you tell me why?
  15. chepp added a post in a topic Is our hobby, growing or skrinking?   

    Thanks for the various opinions, facts and other comments on this subject. I am (as usual) especially impressed with the rational posts by Tom Geiger, Art Anderson and charlie8575. It's a complex problem. One thing I might add is that market research done by individual companies is not likely to become publicly available. It is expensive and is usually considered a trade secret -- there would be nothing to gain from giving it away, especially when competitors might be able to use it to aid in competing against the company that paid for it.

    On the other hand, many of Harry P's posts, especially the ones stating that building a model not being educational, don't seem worthy of one who is a moderator. I'll side with the trio mentioned above.

    I've built plastic models, mostly of cars, since I was a little kid in the late '50s. I've had "how to" articles on them published since the '70s. My career since 1982 has been with die-cast toy and model manufacturers in the new products departments -- and often being involved with people formerly with the model kit manufacturers. I know, at work I'm part of the "dark side" since the majority of die-casts are already assembled, sometimes have fad trends in styling that traditionalists abhor, and on and on. Still, my hobby is building models. I can't predict the future of the hobby but it sure is interesting.

    I have the luxury of living two miles from a huge brick-and-mortar full line hobby shop -- I hadn't even realized it existed when I moved here (east of Los Angeles) fifteen years ago. It seems to be going great. It stocks the common kits and items that one would expect, plus it carries all sorts of obscure items (weathering powder, for example), has a big RC track out back and is staffed with knowledgeable people. The store manufactures (or, at least, store brands them) hobby items, too. So between this store and the internet, just about anything I could want can be purchased -- and then re-shaped by me into my own vision in scale.

    I can't imagine how things could be any better.