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  • Location Port Orchard, WA
  • Full Name Skip Ragsdale

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  1. Skip added a post in a topic B-N-L   

    I've purchased parts from b-n-l both from the website and off of eBay I've got the same great service either way.  Parts are always excellent whether it's been a carburetor, transmission or valve cover they always come the same zero to no cleanup required!  I've never had an issue with b-n-l, professional, great communication and with a large enough order you might get a surprise goody with it!!!  They're one of my favorite resin shops.
  2. Skip added a post in a topic 56 Chevy Drag Car - Complete!   

    Super job!  Reminds me of some of the old Hank Borger models he built for his Car Model articles.  Low parts count or not, your '56 just has that look that a period correct Ex-Gasser has to have to be credible.  With a little tweeking here or there this could have easily been a Stock Class car as well.  Every thing about your model is plausible, there aren't any parts or doo dads that don't belong, that's what separates a decent subject related model from a really good one in my book.
  3. Skip added a post in a topic Revell '30 Model A Ford parts by R&MCoMD   

    Got an email answer from Norm this weekend I added a couple of the firewalls, tops and a roll-n-tuck insert to my current in process order.  
    According to Norm, yes he is running behind schedule for orders placed over the summer, he just said that things got piled up this summer.  
    I highly suspect he got hit with the Modelhaus Hysteria, now everybody is sort of afraid that other resin casters will pull the plug as well.  (I have no real idea, that's my theory.)
  4. Skip added a post in a topic Avoid the reissue Revell Ramcharger   

    Statistical Process Control,  inspect 1 in 13, find no defect for next 26 lots, inspect 1 in 50,  no effects for XXXX, 1 in XXXX,,,  The Asian manufacturers bought into everything W. Edwards Deming had to say about quality, they thought Deming's 14 points were the thing the world revolves on, which includes greater and greater use of self inspection procedures.  Now couple that with a manufacturing facility in a country where workers are harshly punished for mistakes.  Think said worker is going to blow the whistle on themselves, yeah right.  Couple that with workers being paid piecework wages and you have a recipe for warped bodies!
  5. Skip added a post in a topic Satin Slipper   

    Pics open perfectly for me on my iPad.  I'd echo th comments already made so far you've done a ton of work on that shoe box and it works, even sectioning and shortening through the interior.  Not all cars look good after taking a chunk out of the middle like that, yours looks good.
  6. Skip added a post in a topic 30 A-Bone   

    I like the single air cleaner too, it looks different as in not a cookie cutter Hot Rod.  
    Something you might consider if you  do.  The bottom flange on the single air cleaner looks both too thick and too wide.  Thin it down both in width and thickness adding a nice eye appealing radius as you thin things up.  Spray it with Alclad or other chrome replacement, I think the air cleaner would look 100% better after that alone.
  7. Skip added a post in a topic Revell Trabant 601s in Glacier Blue   

    Geoff, another winner!  These little cars kind of grow on you.  Hopefully that genuine Trabant paint holds up better than on some of the cars!  I see what you meant in your other thread about the paint being shiny when fresh on the real thing, looks very good.
  8. Skip added a post in a topic Vicky, Sedan, And Roadster   

    Better get some really large pulleys to drive that blower on the banger, probably take a over half the engine's horsepower to drive it.  Something like a 4-71 with 2 carbs max would be a little more appropriate for a banger.  Not to mention the wobbly crank and poured babbit rod bearings, maybe they retrofitted the rods and added a full counterweight crank!  Think about going smaller blower and less carbs.  Don't get me wrong, that huge blower on that tiny engine kinda looks kinda cool!
    Your first attempt at lettering isn't too bad at all, actually pretty good.  Check out some of the art catalogs, websites or stores for a decent Kolinsky (squirrel hair) watercolor brush, size one or two for the size you're lettering.  Next, round up either a piece of glass 6" X 6" minimum or about the same size piece of sheet metal to practice lettering.  Next thing (maybe shoulda been the first thing to do)  do an Internet search for "free lettering fonts" find a couple of easy fonts and start copying them, (pencil and paper first) to develope the muscle memory for that font.  Once you can do the letters a - z, 0 - 9 without looking at your reference too much, you're ready for brush and paint!  Go for it, it's fun and relaxing!  I've been Signwritting for years on and off, right now as my real job allows, I've only lettered a few models, it's fun.  Just watch that your lettering doesn't build up too much that it looks way out of scale, you can adjust that part by thinning the lettering paint  to where it lays flat (enamel works best).  Good luck and have fun!
  9. Skip added a post in a topic School me on Zoomies   

    Cartoon Gassers, maybe.  They look more like a collision between a Gasser and a Donk!!  Really they're a conglomeration of parts, making them look like their builder used all the optional parts in the box and half the parts box whether they looked good together or not!  Maybe they're the full scale equivalent of the "Glue Bomb"!!!
  10. Skip added a post in a topic Alternative to BMF/ Imitation Silver Leaf   

    To all the naysayers, laying leaf is actually a whole lot easier than it looks.  The same techniques Jimmy shows you here can help with some of the raggedy edges often seen on BMF where the user fails to burnish it down enough.  In my opinion the leaf can do a far superior job of replicating chrome trim, it's thinner more pliable and can be worked into surfaces that would give BMF fits!  The leaf is the closest to the original BMF that I've ever seen or used.  (Then again, just like Jimmy, I've been gilding sign and striping work for a while, so I see and understand what and how Jimmy is trying to pass along a very useable technique.)  I guess the bottom line is if your too impatient to learn to use a new tool, stick with BMF and don't tell some who wants to try a new technique that it's too hard, won't work, the wrong material for the job or the wrong tool!
    BTW, this is the same exact technique we use to gold leaf signs, as in, let's see, fire trucks, lettering on the side of a Gasser, Dragster, Funny Car, Show Car...  So with what little information Jimmy just shared and with a little imagination you can do the real thing instead of a decal that looks just like a decal of shimmering leaf!
    The other thing here many don't understand about signwritting is that many of these techniques we know and use were either hard learned through trial and error.  That's  because the old guys we learned from were closed mouthed about many of their tricks.  They would tell you part of the way to do something and you had to figure out the rest by applying what you already knew.  So, in my opinion just showing you all the steps Jimmy has given you a huge gift, so don't gripe about it until you try it out!
  11. Skip added a post in a topic Revell '30 Show Rod coupe   

    Nice, "Period Correct" Hot Rod!  You've got a great foundation going on there, be watching the rest of this one for sure.
    You sort of did and didn't mention what you'll be doing with the top insert.  Perusing  the early '60's Hot Rod magazines you see many of the "over-the-top" Hot Rods with plexiglass filled inserts either color complementing the paint or yellow, orange, blue etc.
  12. Skip added a post in a topic 1962 Thunderbird   

    Nice!  Reminds me of a '62 'Bird that shows up at the local (to me) car shows, with a 500 inch Caddy for motervation, he has it disguised pretty well for those who can't tell it's a Cad engine!  I'd say both are equally sweet cars!!!
  13. Skip added a post in a topic '32 Ford High-Bolster Roadster - 9-7 Update   

    Great subject Bernard, agree not often modeled but it's such an important part of real Hot Rod history.  Many forget it was the Hot Rods of the lat 30's and 40's that laid the foundation for the 50's and early 60's Hot Rods so any of us love.  Don't know why, but when I read the tag line I thought it was another one of Dennis' builds, you two turn out some real beauties!  Please keep the cool pix coming, I'm enjoying the eye candy so far!
    makes me wonder now that we have some really sweet Model A and Deuce roadsters why no one has done a bolster in resin.  I know I'd like to see it happen for anything from one like '27 to '32, it's such a classic look that literally screams "Dry Lakes and Street Driven Hot Rod".  
  14. Skip added a post in a topic School me on Zoomies   

    Refer to those jacked up vehicles with whatever tag you want, they're not Gassers, never would have been Gassers in their current form.  No one who was around to hear the real NHRA and IHRA Gassers roar would mistake them as for a gasser either!
  15. Skip added a post in a topic School me on Zoomies   

    Yeah, I knew about the R &C "Highboy of the Month" cars but what I was pretty much referring to was that many of the high aerial acts were never refeferred to as "Gassers".  Which your post further proves, magazines and writers went out of their way to not call those cars Gassers, because they weren't.  Just like the hi-jacked cars posing as pseudo-gassers are being called Gassers by ill-informed people who weren't around when the real Gassers rumbled!  Which is why I rather like the descriptive term "Street Freaks".  
    Then again, I remember seeing (in print), this kind of car referred to as a "Street Funny Car", whip that term around and see how many guffaws and outright laughter that one generates!!
    By the way, some of them pipes are pretty laughable when you look back at them now!   They must be in the magazines that the rat rodders are reading, every once in a while you see a rat rod sporting something similar.  Thankfully just like rat rods those long upward straight pipes (I remember them referred to as "Organ Pipes) were the exception to the rule!!!  
    Just think, 50 or 60 years from now some kid is going to build a rat rod, thinking that's what every one was running in the 2K's because he has two or three rat rod magazines with "cars" with bizarre looking straight pipes!!   Just sayin' , kinda the same...