[[Template core/front/global/utilitiesMenu does not exist. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]]
  • Announcements

    • Dave Ambrose

      Board Status   07/20/2018

      Maintenance completed, but there is still more come.


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About modelercarl

  • Rank
    MCM Avid Poster
  • Birthday 04/06/1941

Previous Fields

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

Profile Information

  • Location
    Howell, Michigan
  • Full Name
    Carl Gowan
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Got this yesterday...2018 Ford Edge SEL thanks to a daughter's employee discount. Terrific vehicle, handles great, smooth quiet ride.
  4. 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.....
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Revell Bronco vs. Revell Baja Bronco

    here is a pic of my build
  8. Revell Bronco vs. Revell Baja Bronco

    I built the Revell Bronco (original release), and altered the fenders with flare kits from Fireball model works and used his bigger tires. If you search "Revell Bronco" you should be able to find pics. When I take the original cost of the kit and then add the Fireball resin components, the cost has doubled and the work to modify the fenders, which is very doable but has to be done carefully, doesn't seem worth it when the Baja kit is available. BTW, not knocking the Fireball resin components...they are outstanding quality, reasonably priced and you get excellent service but the costs just add up the way I outlined.
  9. Twenty five bucks to cut a cake.😡

    As they did not buy the cake at the restaurant, I think an additional nominal charge for "storing" the cake, slicing it up, and then serving it to the 8 people at the table would be reasonable. Maybe $15 - $20.
  10. Question for eBay shippers.

    I have sold about 200 items on eBay over the last 4 years (all model related) with no problems at all. The first issue is your listing on eBay. Take a lot of pictures to post with your listing, with loose pieces, spread them out on a neutral background and get clear pics. I think they let you post quite a few pics for free with your listing, and in the description section of the listing note everything that you can think about what your are selling. You will get more "watchers" and bidders. You might want to download IRfan (free) for resizing your photos. Another thing you might want to consider is getting an account with USPS (free) as it allows you to do all of your shipping very easily. You can buy postage and print it out on your printer, you can get shipping estimates for any size package and between zip codes, you can order shipping boxes and envelopes (free) to be sent to you and the part I like best...you can request and schedule pickups at your front door or mailbox. I always have used 2 day priority express with shipping tracking numbers. You might look at listings of items similar to what you plan on selling to see how they are composed, and may even use some of the content that might suit your listing. You can browse completed listings also to give you some good ideas.
  11. Get Your Kicks on Route 66......Before It's Gone

    WOW! This post sure stirs up memories for me. In 1953 my parents bought a new Buick 2 door sedan for a reunion trip to Ventura, CA. My dad's parents, a brother and a sister (4 cousins) had all moved to Ventura, CA about 6 years before. My dad took 5 weeks off work and we hit the road leaving Garden City Michigan, taking "the Southern Route" out to CA and then the "Northern Route" back to Garden City Michigan. At that time the Southern Route was Highway 66 (now Interstate 40). We ended up taking 10 days for this leg of our trip due to the many interesting towns, events, attractions (including a side trip to Hoover dam) along the route. I remember the desert bags hanging on the front of the car, but we also picked up a window mounted "air conditioner" somewhere along the way. It was supposed to keep the car interior cool when you forced air through it but I don't think you could drive fast enough for it to be effective. I remember my dad giving it away at a gas station where we had stopped. Like I mentioned I still have vivid memories of this trip, one of the best ever. Have often thought about taking this trip again at a very leisurely pace, but I think time has run out..... We did return via the Northern Route but none of us enjoyed it anywhere near as much as travelling through the Southwestern US
  12. '52 Ford Mainline Business Coupe/NYPD RMP

    WHAT!! You mean people on this forum MAKE THINGS UP? I am disappointed.....
  13. '52 Ford Mainline Business Coupe/NYPD RMP

    Great project! Your ingenious solutions to the problems and then the detailed explanations are outstanding. Will keep an eye on this project.