Mike, you used the right word; 'abrupt'. That's the first impression I got too. What these dopes don't realize too, is that by starting a polite or civil relationship and better describing their project or needs, that many of us can give more and better help. Tom you're right; these type guys are the exception rather than the rule. Especially when a guy from a slightly different culture 3000+ miles away delivers unprompted generosity to you. Happened to me on several occasions and I was only too happy to reciprocate or be generous with gratitude. Skip and I just got hit by a clinker here.
I just noticed this so am a little late in responding. Skip and I have become web friends due to our common interests and over the years I too have been a beneficiary of his expertise and generosity. He has done very similar kindnesses for me. And when possible I have responded to his help in similar manner. Wishing to aid the character described above, (but before knowing his true demeanor) Skip wrote me and asked if I would render some technical help to him. Mr. B (I'll call him) then PM'd me, and with no preamble, asked blunt technical questions about how I fashioned such and such parts for a Benz he was building. A model that Skip had provided his usual huge tech help about. I like directness in a new acquaintance so I answered and told him what he asked. I closed by saying to show me results of my direction and feel free to ask should he need more. With the theory that any friend of Skip's is a friend of mine. Well about a week later, a second PM arrived and with virtually no greeting or mention of the first contact, asking deeper tech questions about how, specifically, I did some things. Again, I went about my usual way of freely giving info and went further and provided several photos of exactly how I performed his desired operation. Again I asked for return feedback, so that I might better help him should he want it. And that was the last of him. Never heard a word. Nice or nasty. Clearly unlike Skip or anyone in Skip's orbit. I didn't mention this to him because I thought he may have a better relationship with this chap and continued to aid him. Now I see that Skip got the same treatment I did. Now I'm not a warm fuzzy guy that hugs a cuddly teddy each night but I DO know sincere, well-intentioned folk who are appreciative of assistance and say so or return a favor. I have built a nice portfolio of web friends who have enriched my modeling experience over the years. And hopefully, I theirs. I will help anyone who asks by first providing the basic info sought. But depending on the / any response, may not give my time or methods so freely past that. So Mr B, assuming you lurk here because you have not yet finished your colossal, definitive statement on that model, be advised that there are many here unlike you who are only too glad to help a soul. You get more with a carrot than with a stick. And being from the UK does not exempt you from contributing to or appreciating our folks. I have literally dozens of web friends from your country who are expert modelers and fall over themselves to contribute to and enrich a fellow modelers experience. You are the exception to that rule and obviously don't 'get' the reason forums like this exist.
Creeping up on the doors... I have been steadily working on the doors and realized I needed to finalize and size the inner panel because one thing leads to another. Hinges, latches and thicknesses are the big concerns. To take a 'break' from nerve wracking stuff I got the comfy side in near finished state. The main pleated panel was made nearly a year ago. In an effort to get the door as thin as possible (the window frames will make them .093 thicker than stock) I made a new thinner sheet backer of .015 styrene. I mounted the pleat section, carpet kick panel and trim strip permanently. The top wood cap and the thin leather fill strip are just placed. The design of the trim will hopefully match the rear side panel shown here. The top cap will be slotted to accept the frames and glass when I get that far. I shot a light clear acrylic on the trim; did not want the syrupy clear gloss of new. After all, this baby is slightly scruffy most everywhere.
Yes Mike the Allison Roller is my hands-down fave of all his stuff; with the S-12 a close second! Beautiful and meticulous Bo. I may be wrong but I thought the steering wheels were off-white. If they were, Skip will be in here to yell at you...
Body color was how they were done in the '60's. Today, Shelby owners and some replica owners do what their idea of cool is. Don't prime your PE. Clean it with lacquer thinner then blow your black on in very thin mist coats. Just to get even coverage. You won't see peel on them on a 1/25 model.