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About modelercarl

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  • 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

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  1. modelercarl added a post in a topic Want to see EXCESSIVE?   

    I have done quite a bit of bidding on EBay and never understood sellers setting a "reserve" price.  If a seller has a set price they want for an item why not cut out all of the useless bidding by making their "reserve" the staring price?
  2. modelercarl added a post in a topic My first diorama build (resto and custom shop)   

    Great first effort, has a "real" look to it.  I built a 3 bay garage diorama several years ago and I think you will always be finding stuff to add to yours or replace older stuff with newer finds.  My only comment would be that you probably would not find a drive shaft still attached to a rear end/axle or a complete chromed front end, they would be in pieces.  Yours makes a perfect photo stage for all your future builds.
  3. modelercarl added a topic in General   

    New Model Master (Testors) Semi-Gloss Black
    Has anyone tried airbrushing the new Model Master Acryl semi-gloss black #FS27038.  For about the past 5-6 years I have been airbrushing frames, floor pans, wheel wells, etc. with Model Master Acryl semi-gloss black #4700 with great looking results.  When I start spraying this new formula it isn't long before it starts clogging up the spray tip and eventually I have to stop.
    When I recently ordered a couple of bottles of this product and it arrived with new labeling and product number and I didn't think anything about it.  I thinned it the same as I always have and have not been able to get the same results I was getting in the past.  I did find some vendors referring to a "new formulation" but nothing else about it.
    I have emailed Testors but have not received a reply yet, so I wonder if anyone else has experienced this problem.
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  4. modelercarl added a post in a topic Paasche Compressor Life.   

    Mike, it is an oilless diaphragm style.  So I think I will pull the head off and see what it looks like....thanks for the info.
  5. modelercarl added a topic in General   

    Paasche Compressor Life.
    I have been using a Paasche D3000R compressor for about 5 years now and have painted about 50 cars and pickups, 9 big rigs (tractors) and 4 Revell auto transport trailers.  I airbrush everything....bodies, interiors, motors, chassis, etc.
    This past week I have noticed that it has become really slow to re-charge the pressure while doing large surfaces or extended airbrushing of complex parts (frames, bodies), sometimes not even able to get back to my 20 PSI spray goal.
    I know compressors have an expected life cycle before requiring rebuild or replacing.  Have I reached that point or might there be some other problem?
    I would appreciate hearing about others experience with this model compressor.
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  6. modelercarl added a topic in On the Workbench: Pickups, Vans, SUVs, Light Commercial   

    PINK Pickup......
    Whenever my 5 year old granddaughter visits she makes sure to check out my hobby/office room to see what she might be able to talk me out of to take home.  She used to ask for one of my built models but after explaining to her several times that they were on display for viewing and I wanted to keep them, they weren't for playing with she has quit asking and now settles for clamps, brushes, spare parts, etc. to take home.
    I built this Lindberg F-150 Flareside and painted it pink, which is the only color she recognizes, and plan on having it sitting on my workbench when she visits next time.  Should be interesting to see her reaction when she sees it and notices her name on the door and when I tell her it is hers to take home.  I bought a Lindberg display case for it also.

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  7. modelercarl added a post in a topic 1970 American-LaFrance Series 1000 Pumper - Complete   

    Excellent build, very realistic looking rig. I have one of these in my stash, even bought some Model Car World ALF red paint for it but have been reluctant to start it as felt that I would not do it justice.

    After reviewing your very informative post and seeing the WIP pictures I am going to tackle this project and hope it turns out close to your build.....thanks for posting this.
  8. modelercarl added a post in a topic Revell's Del Rio   

    Very, very nice!! For a kit with 740 posts over 38 pages this looks great.
  9. modelercarl added a post in a topic Revell Auto Transport Trailer   

    I have 3 built up for displaying built cars and just measured one... it is 4 3/4" high over the highest point, 4 7/8" over the widest part, and 23 3/8" long.
  10. modelercarl added a post in a topic First Detailed Look and Kit Commentary - new Moebius '65 Plymouth Satellite   


    Excellent review!!! This looks like another big win for Moebius and I share your enthusiasm for what they are doing for the model building hobby. I am building the '54 Hudson and another Chrysler 300 (my 6th & 7th Moebius kits) along with a Revell Grand Prix model of a 1:1 I owned. I realized yesterday the significant difference between building a Moebius kit and any kit from someone else.....they have really raised the bar for everyone.
  11. modelercarl added a post in a topic Where to buy or how to make a tow hitch & ball ?   

    Scenes Unlimited has a resin 1/25 scale bumper mount trailer hitch.
  12. modelercarl added a post in a topic Galaxie 48 Chevy Sedan Delivery Finished   

    Thanks everybody for the kind words! If anyone is interested, I posted several pictures of the garage in the diorama section a while back.
  13. modelercarl added a post in a topic Finished Meng Ford F-350   


    I did not have any problems with the chrome, but I did not mask it when painting the flat black. I have found in the past that if you mask chrome and then trim it with an exacto blade before painting, when you pull the masking tape off you sometimes pull chrome off also. No problems with the tires but the fit is not as tight to the rims as we usually see.

    The two problems you will have to address....the side glass protrudes to low under the door openings interfering with interior bucket. In order to get the interior bucket installed correctly you will have to cut/saw some stock from the window glass. I put the glass in and lightly scribed a line along the bottom of the window openings and then used a saw to cut this excess off and everything fit great after that. Also the taillight glass is to "prominent", looking really goofy. You will have to wet sand all of the edges to put a 45 degree chamfer on it so that it blends better with the truck body.

    It is a great kit to build....finishes up as a really good looking model. I am planning on building more of them.
  14. modelercarl added a topic in Under Glass: Pickups, Vans, SUVs, Light Commercial   

    Galaxie 48 Chevy Sedan Delivery Finished
    Just finished this one up today. I was surprised how quickly I got this done, great kit! I did make my own "speed stripes" using evergreen strip styrene....used the Galaxie "chrome" for templates. Painted with Model Car World #6013 Cherrywood Bronze Met. The pictures don't show it off to the best. Will have to get some outside pics to show the paint.

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  15. modelercarl added a post in a topic Finished Meng Ford F-350   


    I had some Model Car World special order Academy Blue ('52 Mercury color) left over from another project and thought this would be a good place to use it up.