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MrObsessive

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  1. Tom, that's what I had heard too among other things. It's no small feat to do what they did......and for all those years! The last time I saw Don and Carol (Toledo NNL in 2015), I could tell that it was wearing on them. Glad to see that they can finally take it easy, although I heard Don is still casting some things, but nowhere near spending the amount of time that he once did.
  2. I like it! This is one kit that NEVER gets old. I sure wish though we could see new tooling of the 1957-'58 Golden Hawks. I have a loooong stalled project of a '58, but to see a brand new kit (Moebius??) would be a dream come true.
  3. Here's the latest on the bodywork...........more work than I thought, but at this point I can feel confident there won't be anymore "mishaps" as far as the bodywork showing through a completed and cured paint job. The roof split was the largest (and hardest) to fill in. In hindsight, this should have been the route to go....use as much plastic to fill in the deep split/valley and not rely solely on the putty to not have a reaction with whatever paint/primers that are going to be used. Bodywork is at this point about 80% done. Both sides as can be seen by the pics are totally filled in and this time I tried to use as much plastic as possible, with just a very small amount of putty to fill in any divots and tiny voids. Phillip, the grille I'm using is a modified one from the Danbury Mint diecast. It had to be narrowed a bit as that one is 1/24, while this model is 1/25. The middle trim piece will need to be fastened back in place as it's broken loose on the bottom over the years. To make things fit a bit better on the sides, I'll rework the leading edges of the fenders to better conform to the outer edges of the grille. That's it for now. At the moment, I'm working on the doors as far as getting the outer door skin work done on those and then it's on to making new door jambs, hinges and hinge supports. More work than I anticipated, but I'm going to try something a bit different in making them open/close and fit better in the body. The hood has a bit of work needed too as where I filled in the scored lines with putty, the oven cleaner made that come loose as well. So far I got those filled back in with plastic and then it's on to smoothing things out. Thanks for tuning in! EDIT: I almost forgot......yes Phillip, I'll be using the same colors as before. Snowshoe White with Regency Purple two-toned. I still have a bunch of paint left over from PaintScratch.com of the purple and not long ago I had to order some Snowshoe White as I had no more of that.
  4. Now you all know how I feel about certain things being correct. Namely body shapes. There's no such thing as being 100% correct on any model, but there are some things that are so grossly misshapen, I have to fix 'em! Having said that, the last couple builds were simple on my part as I wanted to get away from the drawn out Shelby Mustang WIP I had going. The '74 'Vette was a change of pace for me as it was the first time I believe I took what was a very forlorn looking model and turned it into something nice. No opening doors, no working suspension/engine details, just some body corrections which it needed and I had it done in less than six months which is a very short time for me. I liked doing that so much I took ANOTHER 'Vette I thought was lost and restored that one. You all seen the '68 and how I brought that one back to life. Now, I'm sort of back into the detail mode as I'm taking a long shelved project and semi redoing it to finish it up for good. The work on the '55 Fairlane has been tedious, but half of the work was already done years ago, namely the interior and chassis/engine bits. It's just a matter of fixing the body where the paint went bad and then getting it all repainted and ready for display. If I can get this done before the end of the year, that'll be a record for me since I can't remember the last time I got that many done in a year! As far as fun, I consider research and body corrections as part of the fun. I like doing body mods/corrections where needed. A kind of stickin' it to the model makers as I'm someone with no sophisticated machinery to do what I do, yet you'll have them spend tens of thousands of dollars on molds but it's still wrong. So as they say "To each his own". What's fun for one can be dread to another.
  5. Interesting topic! I for one will need to make something in PE for a future resto/rebuild project. I'll be in dire need of 1957-'58 Studebaker Golden Hawk scripts/emblems and there's nothing else out there that can come close. And this being such an esoteric car to do, I don't ever expect to see such a thing on the market. I have a CAD program on my one PC so that part I can do, it's the making of the negatives and such that'll be the tricky part. I see that MicroMark sells a mini PE system, so I may spend some bucks on that to at least get my toe in the water to see how all this works.
  6. Yes. As someone who had a family member's house TOTALLY DESTROYED when a plane hit their home ANY plane crash is a big deal. In Dale Jr's case no one was hurt which is good, but psychologically it can be a quite distressing for anyone involved. In my case I wish it was just mental damage that occurred when the plane hit my Uncle's house many years ago. In fact, my Aunt happened to be in the house when it hit, so not only was she killed, but everyone on the plane was as well. It's one of those things that one never forgets.
  7. Blurry pics are another sign for me to tread with caution. Back in the mid '00's, I saw a conversion started on eBay where someone was taking a '56 Ford and turning it into a '55. The pics were VERY blurry, but you could see the the A pillars were literally bent inwards to meet the roof which seemed to me too narrow for what he was doing. I sent him a note and mentioned it to him and his answer back to me was........"The roof fits quite well, it's just the angle of the pics". OK. 🙄 I took a chance and bought the kit anyway and sure enough just as I thought, both A pillars were leaned in so far to the inside, the car looked absolutely terrible and no way was the 1:1 like that. What was this model? It's the '55 Ford you see as my WIP right now here on the board. If you've seen my Fotki pics, now you know why I had to literally SPLIT the roof in half as the Lindberg '53 Ford roof was obviously too small for the AMT '56 Ford. So, it just reinforces especially from that auction forward that any blurry pics I see I instantly ignore them. That says to me the seller is trying to hide something and that they for whatever reason won't take the time to make sure the pics are clear enough so that the potential buyer can actually see what they are getting.
  8. Tom, just seeing your post.........thanks for those pics! I see something on the engine which I will be changing...........the angle of the distributor. I had it straight up and down and it should be at an angle as seen here. Thankfully I do have the correct air cleaner as I got the one off of the junker Danbury Mint car. Thanks David!
  9. Man, I've paid some BIG bucks for models/kits, but NEVER that much! I have the convertible, but had to buy it in stages. First the body, then the interior, and then some final pieces I was thankfully able to get from The Modelhaus before they closed shop. All that and it cost NOWHERE NEAR $1100! I wondered about that too. I also NEVER trusted old sealed kits since being burned on one many years ago and I vowed never to buy a sealed vintage kit again. Some folks just like to collect sealed kits though.....but that's an awful lot of money and you're not even sure about tire burn, broken/warped parts.
  10. Thanks Darryl! Still plugging away at the bodywork. Got the roof and sides mostly done now and it's on to the doors. While I'm at it, I'll make new hinges (brass) and probably end up crafting new door jambs as the ones on the doors were breaking apart from the stripping/disassembly.
  11. I like this a lot John! Nice subtle work on those rear wheel well openings. If you hadn't pointed it out, I might not have noticed! I have one of these as well and now I can't unsee it!
  12. I agree! That one would be especially hot among the lowrider set! You can imagine the possibilities for detail!
  13. My all time FAVORITE bike! I had one a lot like this one as a kid that my Dad bought for me brand new. This would have been during the 1968-'69 time frame and I had it till I started junior high school around '72 or so. Yours looks FANTASTIC and very realistic! I sure hope Round 2 sells a bunch of these.............more money for other long lost reissues we'd love to see! This is one of those MUST GET kits I'll be looking for before the year is out.
  14. And here it is! I believe this is a '63 looking at the grille. I'd LOVE to have this one............it SERIOUSLY needs some whitewalls though!
  15. That's definitely pre-production as I don't think actual production starts till later this year. Could have been worse....imagine that thing rolling over the hill!
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