Mark... Over the past few years I have gotten to know Mike Garland and have become good friends with him. You are right that Mike and I talk quite often. There were a few times I told Mike that I needed to call and ask you about my engine. Mike had mentioned to me at those times that you weren't taking any calls, So why would I try and call then. I respected what Mike had told me and I didn't want to bother you. You could of easily called me as well because I had given you my number when I purchased your 426 Hemi for the Army car back in 2011. And yes it was true that back when I ordered the Donovan's I did tell you that I wasn't in a hurry for them at all because I was in the middle of the Army F/C Build but was wanting to start to plan the Dragsters build back then. When I showed you pics of the dragster and engine, you said you didn't have the High rise manifold at that time but would consider possible making it. I had no issues with that. I didn't expect that I wouldn't have to wait as long as almost 3 years as I did to get them. I truly appreciated that you got my engines to me and fixed the issue. My only Problem was about how long it took to get them. That was my only issue I had with you. At a certain point back when I ordered the engines (lets pretend this was 3 to 6 months after I ordered them) you could of told me.... Hey Chris things have been busy and I don't have the time at the moment to develop the High rise manifold but I could pour your engines and when I get the time to do the Manifold I will. I would of been completely ok with that. A little communication would of gone a long way or even just an email saying... Hey I haven't forgotten about your engines, Life has been busy and in the way. No biggie I would of understood. At one point I figured you had completely forgotten about them. How would you or anyone else feel about waiting for parts for almost 3 years? I think people would of felt similar to what I did and been a little frustrated. Now to answer to your comment as to why I would I want to buy Resin since I can draw my own stuff up. Well back when I ordered your engines I wasn't doing any 3D drawings for parts and don't think I had ever considered it until some time after I had gotten some 3D parts from TDR off Shapeways. After seeing the parts it dawned on me that I draw stuff up for work all the time and heck I bet I could draw something up for my model. I think that is when I did the blower and the only reason I did it because I was trying to make the blower look exactly like the one on the restored Army Vega Funny Car and since you didn't have a Mooneyham Blower I wondered if some of the details would print. Seeing that it printed some of the details it made me wonder what else I could draw that would print ok enough to put on a build and that's how I got to where I have with a few parts that I have done for the Army Car. But if I want to order Resin, Photo-etch or 3D printed parts, It's my choice and If I don't use all of said parts on a car, whats it matter anyway. I paid for a product and using what I want to replicate and engine or parts on a car or what ever it may be. Not everyone of my builds will be replica's Like the Army F/C or the Dragsters I want to build. Prior to ordering the Donovan engines from you. I had bought 2 of the Comp Resin's Donovan's and well after I had received your 426 Hemi, I was so impressed at the quality, how nice they were and how well they fit together that I traded one of the Comp Resin Donovan's and gave the other Comp Resin one to a friend because when I knew you had the Donovan's and I was going to order them from you. I know the quality was going to be way better and I wanted to buy yours for these builds. Now I have seen your post over on Facebook on the Dedicated to Preserving 1/16 drag models that you just posted a day ago (i was able to view as a guest, wasn't logged in), even though I haven't been on in almost 2 years now (I deactivated it for personal reasons) and how your are saying people here are saying you are the worst resin caster. Not once did I ever think that. I have always said and I will stand by this that your 1/16th Scale Engines are the best in the business. I will stand by my word on that. Ask Mike Garland because I just told him the same thing again earlier today when I talked to him. When ever people asked about where I got my engine for my funny car, I always told them you did them and passed your info on, as well as said he is the best in the business. Now I don't know how many people ever contacted you but I would tell them to let you know I recommended you. As far as John Teresi goes... Yes he is a dear friend of mine and we have become close friends over the years of going to shows here in AZ, California, GSL...etc. I am not exactly sure why he chose to go the TDR route. It may of been just the fact that he wanted to do something a little different that what I was doing since he wanted to do his own version of the stage coach. I know he did like the engine in the Wells Fargo Coach since it was different from the Jolly Rancher Coach. He is the only one that can speak to why he ordered what he did. Mark I do hate to see you say that you aren't going to be doing any more resin business and getting out of it because the stuff you did for us 1/16th scale builders is truly some of the best resin I have seen in that scale hands down. I know that resin casting isn't an easy thing but when you told me in one of your emails that you were burnt out of doing it and wanted to get back to building some of your own build. I totally understood and respected your decision for that. You had also mentioned that it was only a part time gig for you and that it got much bigger than you expected when you started out just wanting to offer your parts to other 1/16th scale builders. With it getting as big as it did I think that should tell you something, that you do nice work on your parts. In closing Mark what I would like to say is, you did come thru with the parts and I am truly thankful that you did. So thank you again for getting them done for me. I feel the issue has been squashed and I don't have any issues with you. For the people who have bought from Mark before you know what I mean when I say he has the best quality parts in the business. And for those that have never had the opportunity to buy his parts, if he decides down the road to start selling again, I would tell you to give his parts a chance and order an engine from him. you won't be disappointed.
Scott... Nice work on those door hinges. Man it sure looks killer. This build is coming out great. I have some of those magnets that Bill mentioned that I got from my local hobby store. I have them in 1/16" Dia and 1/8" Dia. If you want pics of them I will take some for you since I think they are a different brand that what Bill showed But the same thing. Keep up the great work and I look forward to your next update.