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  1. Pete, I hear you on the cruddy eBay changes! I surfed eBay a lot on my phone.....one of the categories I had listed that they totally messed up was "Vintage Model Kits". I noticed a HUGE change after I got the last update from them (a few days ago) that nowhere near the number of listings were showing up like before. It was not unusual to have at least several hundred listings pop up within a few hours. It's now down to a couple dozen which I know is not how it was previously. I'm at the point where I'll only look for something on an "as needed/wanted" basis and not keep fooling with their screwed up system. 🤯
  2. One other thought..........knowing how "obsessive" I am about rooflines and such, I'd want to keep the '59 roof as a parts donor as that can be used for another swap later. In fact, as I was typing my last post, a '58 Plymouth four door hardtop came to mind. Or perhaps, a '57 Desoto FireFlite four door hardtop? The rear part of the roof would need some subtle reshaping for '57-'58 (lower), but a number of cars could be done from that. One nice thing about those old Johan bodies is that they were pretty much right on the mark when it came to accuracy. In fact, I believe Johan is the only manufacturer to ever do that 1957-'59 Mopar four door hardtop roof style. 🤔
  3. I've done a couple roof swaps and I can tell you that not all applications will apply. Each model will have (or need) its own way of doing a swap. It can depend on the manufacturer and how "true" to scale said car is. On that note, I'd strongly advise measuring out your roofs as best you can to see how much of a difference there is, if there's any at all. If these were two Johans, I'd say you may not need to worry about that at all. But, being that the '57 is an AMT kit, I'd not be surprised if it's a bit on the large/wide side for 1/25th scale. Johan was notorious for "undersizing" their models to suit whatever box they needed to go into. This was a store request kind of thing due to the fact that whatever outlet Johan wanted to sell their models in, the stores needed to have the model boxes fit in whatever space was available. In the '50's and '60's this was a widespread practice particularly with Johan kits. As far as your '59, I'd not cut the roof below the A pillars. Reason being is that the windshield frame A pillars are a bit different between 1957 and '59. I'd cut it along the windshield header and then graft the '57 roof on to that. On the rear part of the roof, I'd try to cut just outside of the C pillars and leave a bit of the tulip panel (the area between the rear glass and the trunk), so you'll have some play around room to sand/file for whatever is needed. If you take a look here, you'll see pics of a '59/'60 Chevy Impala roof swap I did years ago. I was able to do pretty much a direct transfer of the roofs as they're from the same maker and scale. In fact, the '60 (which had a MUCH better roofline IMO) was derived from the '59 as far as tooling. As far as your door lines, if I were building this, I'd try to keep as much of the original trim as possible. I'd start the scribing of the new lines on the trim, and work outwards from there. You might want to look into something called "Dymol Embossing Tape". This is the tape they use to stick on items in the store for pricing and such. Very nice and rigid, and just the thing to use when you want something sturdy to re-scribe new lines into plastic. One more word of caution............I don't know how old that X-EL Promo is, but be careful because as kit plastic ages, it can tend to get BRITTLE. I'd work carefully and slowly cutting the roof as you don't want any surprises. Hope this helps!
  4. Wow, I'm so sorry to hear this. And yes, the 2019 NNL East would have been the last time I saw him in person. At one point a while back, he wanted to get together a club here in Central PA. These days though, I just flat didn't have the time to do that and sadly, that'll never happen now.
  5. Aaaah! That looks soooo much better! The roofline was one of the reasons I never built this kit. I could see what the issues were, but building it was not a priority compared to other projects I've had in mind. Thanks for showing this..........just goes to show that it's the subtle things that CAN make or break a model.
  6. Ray, I don't know if you're still interested, but there are full kits of this car coming very shortly. If you check the link here, Agora has all the details.
  7. Wow Scott! VERY nice and clean! I have to say you work FAST! For me, just getting things together for references for example can take more time that not!
  8. This is waaaay overdue for an update! I've had other things going on......chief of which was Eaglemoss's '55 Mercedes 300SL in 1/8 which I just finished up this morning. To make a long story short, I never started a thread on that one due to the real fact that getting parts from Eaglemoss was like pulling teeth.......and I know how much that hurts. It was over a YEAR since I got anything significant from them, so one day a few months ago, I saw the entire kit on eBay from a seller in France. I went ahead and bought the kit from him, called Eaglemoss to cancel everything, and went to work on it. I've got a TON of pics of the whole build and down the road I'll start a separate thread on it......pitfalls and all. Well, now that the Benz is out of the way, I can get my attention back to the Cobra. Last time I posted, I showed above the bare chassis of the kit. Since then, I do have the interior all built up. This will be just a few pics in this update..............more to come as I have packs #9 through 11 ready to build. #11 was a nice surprise as you'll see below. I have the dash done as well...............I'll show that one later on as the steering wheel has yet to be attached. A few days ago, I got this nice little surprise on my porch-----this was part of pack #11. I couldn't resist putting the body on the (not yet finished) chassis! Sooooo..........I got my work cut out for me for the forseeable future! Pack #9 from what I can see has a bit of fiddly small bits to get sorted out. I can also see some effort to get the windshield frame "chromed" as they painted that in aluminum for whatever reason. I'll have to take some time to strip it and polish it up as it is solid metal. I just downloaded the PDF instructions from Agora for the final pack #12. That should be here to my house any day, so I can get this one finished up and call 'er done. 👍 Thanks for tuning in to this quick update. More to come later on!
  9. That was one of the issues I had with my last Saturn. The rod that connects to the back of the clutch pedal (also plastic) would no longer stay put and the dealer quoted me that exact figure to fix everything, as that was part of the clutch slave cylinder. In hindsight, I might have been able to replace just the pedal, but I was at a point that I wanted another car, so I let it go and went and bought the Challenger. It served me well........my Ion Coupe had 155,000 miles on it and the engine still ran like a brand new car. It used NO oil and no smoke out the back of the tailpipe at idle or at speed. With only 79,000 miles on the Vue so far as I write this, I'd like to hang on to it for a looooooong time.
  10. Thomas, I thought about a new/newer vehicle for a quick minute, but I'm at a point in life where I really don't want to deal with any more car payments as BOTH vehicles are paid for and I have titles in hand. That was one of the criteria that was embedded on my mind when I wanted to get another car. VERY low or no car payments at all. I just hate that monthly bill staring at me with full coverage to boot for insurance. I don't know how folks do it with payments dragged out for six, seven, and now I'm hearing EIGHT years. That's simply INSANE! If the car had over 100,000 on it with its age, I probably would have passed on it. Since I've had Saturns before, I'm familiar with the quirks and other things that can go wrong with them at a certain point in mileage. That this one is a manual was also a MAJOR plus for me.
  11. I'd take any Crossover or SUV over a Mini-Van! NEVER liked those from the beginning and they were once on my "Top Ten Warning Signs of Danger" list when it comes to driving. Years ago, practically each time I'd have a close call with someone driving dumb, they'd be in a BROWN mini-van. Absolutely don't like 'em! I took a peak underneath when I was first looking it over and all looks solid. Even the inner fenders on the chassis side look good as I see no surface rust starting. That wasn't the case with my Ion Coupe which was showing surface rust on the inner fenders and the car wasn't quite 10 years old at the time I had it. I suspect this one was owned by an older person judging by the miles on it, and may have been garage kept. As far as the car wash, the one I went to was the "rag type". They don't use the spinning bristles which I don't like in the least. Probably the antenna got snagged on one of the rags and it's the type you can't lower. I can easily take it off its base if I plan on going again.......or better yet, I'll be washing it and then there's no worries. ☺️ I'll admit it is a lot more convenient and practical to load large/heavy items in it. Every so often because I have three cats, I buy the industrial size litter for their litter box. It's MUCH nicer not having to lift that big, heavy box into the high liftover trunk in the Challenger.
  12. Yeah Tony..........I absolutely do not like the CVT's at all, and it definitely needed to be a manual with the four cylinder. Since Saturn is no longer around, Chevy dealers will work on them. The rear struts were a bit weak for the tailgate, so I did take it to a Chevy dealer and they replaced them at a reasonable price. My next door neighbor just bought a new Ford Escape which has a "dial" in place of a shifter. I can just hear the crazy stories now when those start to fail and the expense in fixing those! 💲 💲
  13. I was never a real big fan of trucks, Crossovers and SUV's. One reason was because to me they seemed to be "too much" as I'm a single guy with no kids to cart around, and they seemed to sit up "too high" which is not the type of stance I care for in a 1:1 vehicle. Well, recently I had an incident with my Challenger where I wanted some work done on it (tune-up among other things) and what should have been a few hours at the dealer, turned into a TWO DAY job. Seemed as though there was some kind of issue with a car that was before mine (I suspect there was an accident), which held up work to be done on my car for quite a while. It occurred to me after I got the car back that I should really consider getting a second car for the simple reason of where I live. I live in a somewhat rural area and there's NO public transportation of any sort UNLESS you can get a taxi which can be very expensive. If there's an emergency, I'm at the mercy of nearby neighbors which can be a headache as I'd not know what plans they have or if they're even at home. I decided to look around to see what was out there......my criteria was that it had to be something that was going to be "winter friendly" as I'm at a point in the Challenger's life where I no longer want to drive it through the winter if at all possible. Saturn had popped into my mind as I had one before, but I didn't want another coupe like I had. I was on eBay one day back in mid July and I came across an auction where a dealer here in PA had one listed. It was a Saturn Vue with a five speed so my curiosity got the best of me so I read the description thoroughly. The dealer (in New Hope, PA which is about two hours away from me) had excellent feedback from other customers so I bid on the car and waited for the dealer to contact me. Mind you, I've never bought a car off the 'Bay, so this would be an interesting experience. I put up the $500 deposit after the auction was done, and then drove out to the dealer to take a good long look. The car was everything as described, and I drove it for a bit with no issues. It ran well, I saw no signs of oil leakage, or any issues with a slipping clutch. The car had a background check with it and no signs of wreck damage and it was originally a one owner car from NJ. It had just over 77,000 miles on it which was terrific for what's now a 15 year old vehicle (2006). Here it is in my driveway now...........save for an issue with the shifter cable about two weeks after I bought it, I've had no trouble at all. I took these pics not long after I bought it......I'm just now getting them posted after I switched phones and have them on my hard disc. Pay no attention to the weeds! Nice "anti theft" device..... The antenna got bent when I tried to take it through a wash, forgot to take it off and it got snagged. No biggie as I was able to straighten it out, but I've since replaced it with a shorter one. There's a local fella that runs a car detailing biz....he did a very good job on the Challenger late last year and I'm scheduled to take this one in later in the month. Now I'll be set for winter and I can keep the other one parked and drive it only on nice days (or occasionally a light rain shower.)
  14. Just ran across these pics of the Packard engine I have on my hard disc.............lookin' spot on Manuel! 👍
  15. Thanks for that info Manuel! I once lived many years ago above an old dealership that sold these brand new (Studebaker-Packard dealer). I was talking to the original owner's son one time about these cars as he was very familiar with them. He did say that it was an "option delete" feature, although like you said probably only a few cars were built without it. To my eyes, it looks cleaner without it, but it is a unique touch on that type of car. Thanks soooooo much about the engine info! That was one thing that's always stopped me from building the kit I have. The engine out of the '53 kit would be woefully wrong, and your listing of what you used is a HUGE help. I have all those parts on hand somewhere in my stash, so that makes things a lot easier. Your front end is looking good! On the '58 Golden Hawk I did, that was one area that I'd need to redo. My front end came out too "short"........so your suggestions and pics certainly help here.
  16. In my life, I've only ever seen this car twice in person. Once on the road not far from where I lived at the time, and another time in the Hershey Museum. This is another one I'd like to build from the '53.......Franklin Mint (or Danbury?) did one, but like their Stude Golden Hawk, the bodies aren't "quite right". I'd have to build mine WITHOUT that toilet seat on the decklid though! I was told that was optional.
  17. Manuel!! You're doing one of my FAVORITE cars of the '50's! Hawks, especially the finned '56-'61 cars, are a definite childhood memory as I can distinctly remember being carted around in one of those as a little kid. I don't remember exactly what year it was, but it was one of the finned cars with the rounded rear window. I have this kit too..........not bad as it's IMO one of Ray's better castings. It however, leaves much to be desired in the small details and I'll certainly be following along. Thanks also for the PDF link........I saved that one in my arsenal of reference materials. I see how it crosses over into the later Hawks as that will come in handy. Years ago (late '90's), I built and finished a '58. Unfortunately, a cat I had at the time knocked it off the shelf and it came crashing onto the floor. The hood was damaged and I never got around to fixing 'er up again for display. It's here on my Fotki page. Keep up the great work............LOVE those Hawks!
  18. Judging by what I see on the 'Bay and even for built-ups, I'd say that Caprice would definitely sell if it were reissued. A lot can be done with that kit, especially if the trailer is kitted along with it.
  19. I've done that with mine David and it still managed to work its way loose eventually. I thought about taking a #61 drill bit and putting a like size brass or steel rod through the two parts. Epoxy or super glue the rod and no more separating at the dangdest times!
  20. I too can vouch for Doug's great work. Several years ago, I did a thread of a buildup with his initial test shot of the Poly engine. The original thread can be seen below...........
  21. John, that looks a lot better with the revised wheel openings! That should have been the original stock look than what GM did with the original '59. 👌
  22. OK..............I've been using Tamiya Tape for masking for MANY years now and I've had nary an issue. These pics will speak for themselves.......... A still in progress '55 Ford which two toning was a must for the car I wanted to replicate........ I have to agree with what others have said about the tape. I only leave the tape on until the paint is dry to the touch. When pulling off the tape, NEVER pull the tape straight up. You'll want to pull it back, and then slowly at that. It might not hurt to use some clear paint along the edges before you paint to prevent any bleed under if there's a problem with soaking. BTW, I've used Tamiya Tape on all sorts of paints and simply have not had an issue. Along with the use of Parafilm, it's my go-to source when I want to do two-toning or stripes.
  23. I remember going to a McDonald's around 1965-'66 because we were moving and my Mom didn't have the means to cook anything yet on a stove. My Dad took my sister and I and for whatever reason I can remember a hamburger being something like .15-.20¢? 🤔 I would eventually work at that same McDonald's when I was a senior in high school (1978), and I can distinctly remember .30¢ burgers at that point and a cheeseburger was .35¢
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