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About modelercarl

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    MCM Friend
  • Birthday 04/06/1941

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  • Scale I Build
    1/25 & 1/24

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  • Location
    Howell, Michigan
  • Full Name
    Carl Gowan
  1. Signs of getting old...... at modeling

    I am 76 and enjoy relatively good health, have a few ongoing issues like knees and hips that can aggravate me now and then, but not serious enough to keep from doing pretty much whatever I want to do. Have bi-annual physicals to make sure nothing "sneaks" up on me and so far these show me to be in "very good" physical condition. My Medicare supplement insurance pays for the monthly fee for membership at a local gym and I go at least 3 times a week for about 45 minutes of exercise on cardiovascular machines and free weights. I walk frequently, not a planned exercise program, but I don't hesitate to park at the far corner of parking lots or a block or two away from a store. I could do better about my diet but at the same time I don't indulge in high calorie or high fat food. Used to have about 12 classmates that got together once a month but in the last 5 years or so we have become a group of 4 and I don't have much hope of that lasting much longer. I see people in my kid's generation that are so far out of shape, overweight and generally inactive that I find it hard to believe that actuarial tables indicate that "we are living longer"....... and around here it is commonplace to see some 40 year old to pop out of a vehicle parked in handicapped parking right in front of a store and stroll inside. I still enjoy building car and truck kits very much but do find that it takes me a little longer as my attention span seems to have shortened.
  2. Looking for a good airbrush

    Thanks for the info...
  3. Looking for a good airbrush

    What is the name of "the one from Japan"? Steve's link does not open.
  4. Moebius 61 Pontiac Catalina

    One of these (a white one) was my first car after getting out of the army in August 1964 and it had these whitewalls on it.... remember scrubbing them with Brillo pads to get them white. I don't remember when "skinny" whitewalls came on the scene but it was a few years later.
  5. Bob Lutz on the Future (or not) of the Automobile

    Never happen in 20 years, if ever. We can't even get good roads in many locales.....the major cities in the world are struggling to provide transportation for the population now with the revenue that they capture through taxes, etc. so where is the money going to come from for all the new infrastructure. The change from horses to automobiles (and trucks) was easier to accomplish because they both basically used the same road system for their needs......this would require ALL NEW systems to become widely accepted. Just another Bob Lutz pipe dream.......this kind of stuff is why he has bounced around the auto industry for years, never had any really sound approaches to problems facing the auto industry.
  6. Meng f-350

    I have built a couple of these....you have to trim about 3/32" off the bottom of the side glass because it interferes with the interior bucket during final assembly. Everything will fit fine after doing that.
  7. Testors Model Master paint

    All of this just confirms what I said.....GM realized they were not going to be competitive and got out of the business, Caterpillar (already a more successful builder/supplier in this market) bought the assets and eventually adopted the product improvements that General Electric had and started producing more competitive engines.
  8. Testors Model Master paint

    The reason General Motors got out of the business is General Electric. If GM was making any money with their locomotives, it wasn't enough, and when GE started expanding their offerings, with better product, GM realized they were not going to be competitive in the market and dropped out.
  9. Wow! So realistic, very well done.......this build brings back bad memories for me. For about 5 years I lived in Saline, MI. and we had a Roadway terminal a couple miles from town and they had a couple of these rigs for local deliveries. I don't think they ever got over 25-30 MPH at ANY time, everybody hated being trapped behind one because the roads and traffic in the area prevented anyone from being able to pass and some areas had 45 MPH speed limits. They could put you in a bad mood real quick. They both looked just like your model!!!
  10. Very nice build, excellent attention to detail, great colors......best build of this kit yet.
  11. Displaying finished models

    In a way I am fortunate that my slow building pace means that I don't have a large number of models for display. I have models of the first 4 cars I ever owned that I display in a china cabinet in the dining room, the rest of my models are displayed in acrylic cases I built that have "interference" fit front covers to keep the dust out. I do open them randomly for and hour or two to allow gases to escape.
  12. George IS still around and doing chroming. I just got 2 sets of bumper and grilles ('56 Buick, '54 Mercury) chromed by him and as expected the results were outstanding. It did take about 3 weeks and George explained that he was pretty busy, but well worth the wait. The email listed above is good for him and it may take some time for him to respond.
  13. Toledo Toy Show and NNL is October 10th

    Thanks for posting the show flyer...
  14. Toledo Toy Show and NNL is October 10th

    What are the hours of the show?
  15. Another post complaining about the capabilities of engineers from a pseudo engineer. I spent 35 years in the engineering field (high production transfer machines for gas and diesel engine, drivetrain component production), staring as an apprentice "board rat" in a job shop in 1964. I worked through all levels of engineering in many environments retiring as a Director of Engineering for the largest special machine builder in the world. I have worked with engineering groups with 12 to 75 engineers, at all levels of education and experience, all of the major automotive manufacturers (world wide) and the 4 major diesel engine manufacturers. Granted there are/were some who did not perform at the desired level, just as in any other work environment, but I can guarantee that these individuals were an insignificant minority and were either terminated or moved to work functions that did not have responsibility of any sort. The video posted here is something dreamed up by COMEDY WRITERS (and not to go at it either), and has no relationship to the real world we live in. Anyone who sees any relationship between this video and the real world is, in my opinion, suffering from low self esteem and grasping at anything to rationalize their own shortcomings.