BTW, I want to mention that my next build won't be so "obsessive". In fact, it'll be mostly box stock, but the build after that------well lets just say that it'll be "over the top" in what I'm planning on doing! B)
Well, I guess I'm guilty as charged! Thus my handle on this board. While the things you mentioned are important, there are those of us that try to get as close to the 1:1 as possible. For me, that comes down to accurate roof/lower body lines (to the best of my ability), accurate chassis details, and oh yeah-----the working features that I try to make as "in scale" as possible. I don't mind collecting pics are even buying shop manuals if it's a car I know I'll be passionate about. I consider it part of the build, and I'll go so far as to have the actual color mixed locally for me if possible. The '59 Chevy I'm working on at the moment is one of those cars. I'm VERY familiar with GM 1959-60 rooflines, and the shape of this one bugged me so much, that I swapped roofs off the much more accurate '60 to get what I wanted. I guess to each his own.........some of us are a lot more passionate about certain builds than others. It doesn't make us more "right" than the next guy, just what makes some of us tick I suppose.
OK, here's another one and it relates to eBay. When sellers put the description on an item and it says-----L@@K!! You might see this five, six, seven times in a row on a listings page, and I can't stand it! It's like someone scratching your brain or something! If it's junky and a recent kit, and it's poorly built, I may not want to L@@K!!
Clayton, while I have no in progress pics to show as of yet, you might want to take a look at a post I made here regarding the Ventura's wheels and glass. Just something to keep in mind when you're doing your bodywork and such, and not difficult at all to do.
OK, some will accuse me of being a grammar policeman, but it drives me crazy when the words "loose" and "lose" are not used in the right context. For example, "He did not loose his keys, He did lose his keys". "She did not wear lose clothing, she did wear loose clothing". I'm seeing this more and more, and it's just one of those things IMO that's crazy making. Another trend I see happening not just here, but on other boards and not necessarily hobby ones, that is the proper placement of periods, commas, and question marks. The periods, commas, and question marks go right smack next to the words, there is no space between. Example: Hey, how are ya! (Correct) Hey , how are ya ! (Incorrect!) Alright! I can already hear the sighs of disgust! This is just one man's opinion and agree or disagree, it's just one more of those annoyances I've been observing in society as of late.
Mike, congratulations! Like Kevin, I've never been married and I'm 54. I don't fret about it though, and it's really wonderful that both of you share this great hobby in common! That alone makes her a indefinite keeper!
Ok, I built this one a looooong time ago (late '80's) and this kit suffers from the same malady that also afflicts their '57 Corvette. Seems as though the windshield frame has a bit of warp to it as the curvature of it has a larger radius than the cowl it's to fit on. One way to check if there is warp, is simply lay the frame as is on top of your dashboard/cowl of your 'Vette. If the radius of the frame is larger than the cowl, it indeed is slightly warped. The windshield posts should line up 'bout perfect with the upper door trim on the body without any struggle. Here's what I did and I'll warn you it's not for the faint of heart------------glue the windshield frame on the body with the posts lining up with the trim, holding it in place till it fully sets, then putting in your windshield. It looks like you've painted the body already so you'll have to do this carefully, as you of course don't want any glue smudges on the surrounding bodywork. I recommend tube glue (sparingly) as opposed to liquid glue as it of course is thicker, and less likely to run on you. You could also carefully try super glue, but I'm not a big fan of that as you'll need to work fast, thus increasing your chances of ruining something else. After everything has dried nice and hard, your glass should slide right in without much effort. You could even use just some white glue to keep it in place if needed. Hope all this helps! I have this kit as well, but haven't looked at it in ages-----it's just something peculiar I happen to remember about it as well as the '57 when I first built one (first kit actually), back in '78.
Frank, you want to go to your settings bar (click on your name on the upper right hand corner) then account settings. When you get to that page, find where it says "signature", and then click on that. There you can edit your URL by typing whatever words you want it to say in the text box, highlighting it, then click the "chain" button in your text box (next to the U). Then, you can paste in your URL, and the editor will turn those words into HTML. I did something similar in my signature----------I hate super long URL's frankly as I find them terrifically annoying (eBay's are the worst!). Hope this helps------this is the only way I can explain it, and someone may have a simpler way short of showing a video.
Maple Bacon?? I gotta try that sometime, but they're not around here! I just checked out his Facebook Page and ooooooh do those look good! But when you're 330 lbs. like I once was, donuts are off limits for me! They can be just too addictive!
Steve, your paint came out nice and smooth this go round! One suggestion though if I may........you really want to make sure your parting/mold lines are gone, particularly across a visible area such as in your roofline. If you're going to put a clear over that type of paint, it wouldn't hurt to test it on something to see if it'll be compatible. Even clears among like kinds may not always play nice with certain colors or brands. As far as compressors, I don't really have much to say on that one as I've been using this dual tank one for over 10 years now! Little bit of overkill, but it certainly gets the job done!
Bill, I look no further than the grocery store and what's in the bakery aisle. Take a look at the size of donuts lately......I swear those things are bite size as they indeed have SHRUNK in the last coupla three years. Yet the price has stayed the same............about 65¢ per donut in my local grocery store. I'm not a donut eater except for the occasional cheat day treat, but I couldn't help notice how dreadfully small they've gotten over the last number of years.
Good question Skip....I was looking at pics over at scaleautoworks.com, and was looking especially close at this one.............
If you take a look at the very leading edge of the fender brow, it looks as though Pocher may have faired them in on their rendition of the body, but left just an ever so slight undercut on the bottom part of the brow. It could just be the shadow of it due to the lighting, but it's an interesting observation just the same. Now I have to wonder with 1300+ parts to this kit, is the engine going to have working pistons and crankshaft just like their old Benz 500 K roadsters?
For some reason this caught my eye, and while I'm not a truck guy per se, all I can say is WOW!! Super excellent weathering, and I swear the last outside pic you took, it looked for all the world like the real deal! A definite A+++ build!!