Harry, your update on treatment is welcomed. The port installation will be a factor that cuts down your discomfort in the long run. I know a dear woman friend survivor who had extensive chemo and praised the port which avoided injections. Dude, we're all behind you so keep us posted. C
Showtime... A long time between updates due to much head-scratching, fiddle-faddling and pure guesswork. But a very major hurdle overcome. The headliner is complete, permanently in place and is playing nice with the long-ago designed and assembled furniture. All in the hopes for a cozy, starlet-friendly cabin. Designed 'on the fly', making up as you go and trial and fit at infinitum. The headiner consists of two main pieces of plastic to recontour the rather odd-shaped, truncated inner roof. Remember, it's been cut 13mm in front and 6 at the back. Plus Pocher gives you screw bosses and ribs you don't want. The top section is one simple flat piece with a tediously curved back edge. The sides and back are all one piece of .020 plastic cut from many templates and shaped over and over and which curves at the corners. This reduces the area a bit and required narrowing the previously fabricated seat. Many bad vocabulary words were tested here. When finalized and press-fit in place, it was covered with light gray leather, suede side out. The lighter color chosen because it would have no visibility back there with a dark skin.
The side panels, also from many months back are the same gray leather as the seats with burl wood photo trim panels to mate with the 'wood' door caps. I think the suede imparts a nice nostalgic 'mohair' or mouse fur fabric. I felt glossy leather would have been out of place back there.
AS mentioned the seat required narrowing due to the corner curves so some sweaty time on the belt sander resulted in the diet seen here. Thankfully, no catastrophies occurred because I have only small scraps of gray leather...
And this is the result. Yes, the head room is low and the leg room generous, all designed to encourage 1932 reclining starlets. Jean Harlow would not complain:
Here are some views with the seats in place (they plug in) and the inner door panel propped in place. Mercifully, they all seem to harmonize. More (easier) work to be done making front kick panels and dashboard installation.
The door panel pleats were made to be in symmetry with the cowl and hood louver angle.
All-in-all, I consider myself lucky. I'm very far afield now and nowhere near helpful instructions. This is not strictly 'scratch-building' but very close to 'scratch-altering'. The damnable part is that any misstep or poorly executed, highly visible part ruins 2+ years of work. The coming roof outer covering is such an area. Although I dreaded the headliner for many months, it is done and I was lucky. The roof covering is now the new dreaded part. As will be the hood alterations when that comes up. Someone remind me that this is a fun hobby, please?
All very valid (and humorous ! ) points. Great way to build fun on the cheap. I can tell you that 550HP in 2650 pounds runs those 11's, carves apexes and doesn't break stuff. But is like a blunderbuss in comparison.
A nice milestone in Harry's Fund balance is the fact that over $10,000 has been raised due to the generosity of you members and Harry's personal friends. But the troubling thing is that this does not solve a major worry: the true cost of cancer care today. I decided to find out the financial nature of such care. A simple search of chemotherapy costs these days is truly daunting. Having browsed a variety of medical sites, the overwhelming fact is that no two cancers are alike and neither is the cost to combat them. A startling fact is that the cost factor depends largely on whether chemotherapy is administered by an independent oncologist or one who is hospital based. The hospital based care is literally doubled the independent cost. There are many reasons for this including red tape and overhead costs. This is the very issue Harry is facing now, with his chemo treatment program to begin very soon. He is trying to obtain a reasonable cost plan between the two. Looking for hard number costs, I did come across this recent data for Harry's cancer type. The source is Costhelper.com / chemo costs: "According to an article in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, combination chemotherapy regimens typically used for advanced colorectal cancer can range from almost $12,000 to over $30,000 for an eight-week course, depending on the drugs. But new drugs usually cost more: for example, Adcetris , a recently approved drug that treats recurrences of some types of lymphoma, can cost more than $120,000 for a course of treatment, and so does Yervoy , a new skin cancer drug." So although clearly the Fund is off to a good start, it is evident that Harry's weak insurance-based help will not be adequate and his out-of-pocket costs will be considerable. Many here have given what they can but Harry's worry continues after our involvement has ended. I have come to realize that the Fund's stated financial goal is definitely closer to the expense Harry may face. So please, find a creative way for outsiders (non-modeling contributors) to help in any way possible. Deepest thanks to those who have contributed. To those who can make additional contributions, please do so. We can make an enormous difference is Harry's life.