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modelercarl

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About modelercarl

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    MCM Avid Poster
  • Birthday 04/06/1941

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  • Are You Human?
    yes
  • Scale I Build
    1/25 & 1/24

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  • Location
    Howell, Michigan
  • Full Name
    Carl Gowan
  1. 2020 Family Truckster !

    After retiring at the end of 2002, after working 50-55 hours a week for almost 30 years, I had a hard time adjusting to so much idle time all of a sudden. One of my daughters found a program run by Hyundai/Kia out of their engineering center in Sumpter Twp., near Ann Arbor, MI. They had 2 crews, one days and one nights, that road tested all of their new and future model vehicles on a variety of roads in southwest Michigan area. They usually had 3 test routes that they ran where they tried to include 15% gravel, 15% urban (during rush hour), 10% through unincorporated areas, 25% expressway and 35% suburban/urban roads during non rush hour. These routes were revised or replaced with new routes about every 3 months. Every vehicle was driven at least 100,000/year before being scrapped. There usually was 2 versions of a model vehicle being run at all times, except for hand built models of future offerings. Hyundai/Kia used standard corporate forms that each driver was responsible for filling out during their daily shift that documented a variety of inspections and tests that were to be performed and the drivers were often tasked with special inspections and tests that were required on a daily basis. When issues or problems were identified by the drivers, they were addressed by the mechanics and the vehicles were then put through a rigorous test drive to address whether or not the problem was resolved correctly. In addition to this facility doing vehicle testing, Hyundai/Kia had warm weather testing in Arizona, cold weather testing in Colorado and Canada. This testing program is still being run as outlined above by Hyundai/Kia.
  2. Trumpeter 1960 Pontiac Bonneville

    WOW! That is the best build I think I have seen of the Trumpeter kit despite it's shortcomings. The paint and foiling are excellent, the interior is spot on and the photography has captured every detail magnificently. I bought a '60 Catalina when they came out so these have always held a special place in my memory....had several friends who bought them that year, Catalinas, Venturas, and Bonnevilles. Again....an excellent build of this kit!!!
  3. Any Veterans out there ?

    US Army E-5, 1961-1964. 513th Intelligence Corps Group, HQ Oberursel, Taunus Mountains, Germany. Was a great experience with a variety of TDY postings in West Germany, Berlin the best and Heidelberg a close second. Almost re-enlisted but had not been back to the States in almost 3 years and a lot of those who did re-enlist found themselves heading to Vietnam.
  4. Anyone interested in this one?

    Well, I ordered two of these last week. I have two grandsons who are somewhat interested in building (have built 3 kits each so far 1/25 scale). They thought this bigger scale would be neat to try and for the price, I thought this was an ideal time to get them one. Surprise, surprise....I got two kits in sealed bags in one box with zeroxed instructions! Looked through everything and I have to say the styrene looks very good, not much cleanup should be required and the chrome is some of the best I have seen in a kit. Thinking I should have got one for me.
  5. What did you see on the road today?

    Mike, It kind of surprised me when he said 4 inches. I probably should have taken a picture from the side and lower because it does look lowered, but I would have guessed 2 inches max, it sits down over the wheels real nice. I told him that I build 1/25 scale models and that there are kits for 1965 Galaxies and he got pretty excited about it. I told him I could do a search on them and let him know for sure. He wanted to know if I could build one of his car and what it would cost. I did a quick search on ebay and there are several kits listed so I might think about it.......I have built 4 kits for friends of their teenage cars, but never for money.
  6. What did you see on the road today?

    Spotted this very nice looking 65 Ford Galaxie 500 at the local Walmart this afternoon. Most significant thing about it.....painted bumpers. He also removed the side chrome. Lowered 4 inches in front and then lowered the rear to achieve the stance he wanted. The rims are a perfect complement. Claims it is a real chick magnet!
  7. Trumpeter Bonneville

    I have attached a picture from the 1960 Pontiac Dealer Brochure that spells out the stock interiors offered for the Bonneville that model year. As you can see the picture shows the tri-color interior as a stock offering (five colors available) and then in the word descriptions it say that you can get an "all Morrokide in four colors" So both a tri-color and a solid single color were standard options.
  8. Good Bye Wire Wheels!!

    In 1957 when I was 16, I owned a '53 hardtop, there were 3 of us in town that had them. 2 of us had the standard full wheel factory hubcaps and the other one had dog dish hubcaps. During the next year we all added bubble skirts on the rear and Oldsmobile spinners on the front. We lived in the metro Detroit area and I don't recall ever seeing wire wheels on any Fords back then. Your models are always top notch in every respect and I usually search them out when looking for ideas on how to improve my detailing skills. The cars we kids drove during this period were almost exclusively Fords and Chevys. Usually when looking at your models I can say "oh yeah Bill or Terry or Mike had one of those!"
  9. Senior citizen

    Roger...welcome aboard! Like you I am an "older" model builder, 77 last birthday and got back into this hobby about 20 years ago after a long time away from it. I found a kit of the first car I owned that got me started.... a 53 Studebaker. I bought the car for $225 in April 1957 when I got my driver's license and have been fortunate to find kits of many of the cars I have owned over the years. As many have stated, you will find a tremendous trove of information here on the forum (and many ways to do the same thing as well), but probably the best advice is to just get building, learn as you go along and don't be hesitant to strip the paint and start over. For starters I would recommend using Google as your first search for info. It will provide you tube videos and lead you to other search results, even Model Car Magazine articles and topics of conversation.
  10. Revell auto transporter questions

    I have built 3 of these and have another as a WIP. I have found that priming and painting all of the pieces first is easiest for me. I touchup any spot that needs it after assembly. My first build I tried building up sub-assemblies then painting, but due to the "birdcage" concept of the trailer it was very difficult to get good coverage. If you follow the steps in the instructions for assembly you will end up with a surprisingly sturdy build.
  11. Got this yesterday...2018 Ford Edge SEL thanks to a daughter's employee discount. Terrific vehicle, handles great, smooth quiet ride.
  12. PDMC Route 66 Club Build

    Fantastic display! I see something new to amaze me every time I look at this. The model builds displayed are all top notch! The number of hours Involved in this endeavor (models and diorama) must be in the many hundreds.....
  13. Gotta pay to play but OUCH

    Well I guess I should outline my bona fides. In 1964 when I got out of the Army (3 years in the 513th Intelligence Group, primary responsibility for intelligence in Europe), I enrolled at Lawrence Institute of Technology, Southfield, MI. on the GI Bill. Course of study was mechanical engineering. After about 6 months of study I got a job at Pioneer Engineering, Warren, MI. as an entry level draftsman while continuing my studies 3 nights a week at LTU. At Pioneer I was being trained in the special machine group. This group was doing design of complete high production machine systems used by the automotive and diesel engine manufacturers of the US. Over the course of the next three years I was recruited by competitors of Pioneer and eventually ended up at Modern Engineering, Berkley, MI. I worked there for 4 years eventually becoming assistant group leader for the Lamb Machining Systems group. Lamb was the premier high production special machine design and build company in the world. Eventually I was recruited by Lamb to join their organization as an assistant project engineer in 1971. Over the next 30 years I rose through the ranks to Project Engineer, Engineering Manager and finally Director of Engineering. During that period I had responsibility for profit and loss, engineering, and assisted manufacturing and service departments from initial concept to final acceptance of our equipment in the customer's plant. Products we designed and built machines for ranged from 100 station transmission housing machines, 5 machine systems for diesel engine block manufacture ($35,000,000) to small machines and systems for master brake cylinders. Also included were all other sizes necessary to produce a wide variety of engine components and drive train components. This equipment was built for the 3 major US car and truck manufacturers, all of the major US diesel engine manufacturers and ZIV in Russia and Daewoo in Korea. We designed and built equipment for several European manufacturers as well For about 5 years Lamb entered the auto body manufacturing system market also. We designed and built systems for robotic welding of body panel subassemblies and complete bodies for the 3 major automotive companies in the US. During my career I not only learned quite a bit about engine and drive train components and their functions but also picked up a wide range of knowledge in the course of visiting and spending many days in customer plants around the world. I have also become computer literate and can research anything that might interest me or I want to learn more about.
  14. Gotta pay to play but OUCH

    Michael threw the ball at Bill and he committed a bad error on it. He countered with his usual egotistical back slapping claims without any backup at all as he has always done. It you read his second paragraph about the $200,000+ vehicle he is designing, responsible for all design decisions and integrating a variety of electronic systems for and wait....physically making most of the custom parts for.....this sounds like a rather spurious claim. In addition Michael's point is well taken.....regular followers of this forum have heard these type of comments from Bill over and over. It is like he has some sort of inferiority complex and needs to hear these comments regularly. In my opinion Michael is a very reasonable and fair moderator who takes the task seriously.