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  • Full Name Gerry Paquette

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  1. Exotics_Builder added a post in a topic Can Bare Metal be cleared??   

    Yes it can.  I have done it and it does not lose its luster.  Now, I have only used lacquer paints, both mainly Testor.  This model had its BMF clearcoated

  2. Exotics_Builder added a post in a topic Revell 30 Model A Ford Production Halted?   

    Mine is in the basement stash soon to go to Portland Oregon to a deserving friend, Dave Fletcher.
  3. Exotics_Builder added a post in a topic 1/24 race exhaust?   

    The closest I have seen:

  4. Exotics_Builder added a post in a topic WW2 Helmet Air Filter Covers?   

    Didn't AMT have some German Helmets as extra parts in some of their 60's cars?  If yes, Would they be too big?
  5. Exotics_Builder added a post in a topic Calling it done. Revell 57 Ford Custom Wagon   

    These are Model Car Garage that I have had in the aftermarket stash for quite some years.  They worked well with the American Satco wide whitewalls I used on the kit as the tires are wider.  The only glaring problem (to me) is that there is no opening for a valve stem and they are full wheel covers.  So I drilled each and ran a wire through to simulate a valve stem.  Also polished them using Wenol metal polish.
  6. Exotics_Builder added a topic in Under Glass   

    Calling it done. Revell 57 Ford Custom Wagon
    After having a problem with the Flintstone Sedan Delivery body, I put this back on the shelf.  I pulled it back off in December to try and do something with it.  Since I had already modified the interior for a sedan delivery, I decided to make this a custom shop wagon such as would be at a car show.  A benefit is it made the interior mods more visible.

    Since I still had the original body, I did a mild customization to it and painted it Testor’s Electric Pink Lacquer covered with Wet Look Clear.  

    For the interior, I used parts bin seats and detailed with: seat belts; used model railroad nails for door locks; and added some gear to the cargo area.

    Engine was fully detailed out with wiring and plumbing.  I used the now out of business Detail Junkee’s air cleaner and valve cover PE set to dress up the engine and added some additional PE and a non-working dipstick.

    Chassis detail included fuel lines, brake lines and an emergency brake.

    I used the Molotow Liquid Chrome markers to touch up BMF and chrome tree parts.

    Still need to add the exhaust tips and that is that for this one.

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  7. Exotics_Builder added a post in a topic 1/25 Revell Ford FD-100 Pickup   

    Okay.  Here is the test shot we saw at our GTR November 2016 meeting.  Sorry a couple are blurry.  This one CANNOT BE  BUILT STOCK.

  8. Exotics_Builder added a post in a topic Revell 1966 Chevy Suburban   

    When they attended our last club meeting, they indicated late May, early June to us.  The tooling was slower to get cut and approved and ran right into the Chinese New Year.
  9. Exotics_Builder added a post in a topic Recaster Alert   

    It's really sad this kind of stuff happens.  R&D Unique got twerked by more than one vendor on their detail parts.  If I remember correctly, Dave even did a legal action against one.
  10. Exotics_Builder added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    Just arrived today.

  11. Exotics_Builder added a post in a topic Four door or sedan/post interest   

    When IHOBBY was going on here, I would interview the plastic model companies on future offering "types".  Although this was over three years ago, it likely won't change much.  Four doors and lower range models have VERY limited market appeal, except in very limited circumstances.  If you look at 4-door offerings, you have seen very little:  60's Continentals, 65-66 Chevelle Wagons, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Charger, some SUV's and extended cab pickups as examples.  Lower end models have also been limited and often when associated with some targeted area such as racing:  57 Chevy Black Widow; 56 Chevy Del Ray as examples.
    Japanese and European model manufacturers have different audiences and their offerings are primarily targeted towards their home markets.  Many Aoshima and Fujimi four door models are Japanese market variants often with only right drive.  Revell of Germany is coming out with a Porsche Panamera (I know High- end but a four door).  And, in those cases, they do not have all the US NHTSA requirements in the kit. I did a Fujimi BMW M5 about 20 years ago that needed a lot of work to make it a US spec model.  
    We on these boards represent a minute amount of the potential audience for kits, albeit we are definitely almost all in the enthusiast category.  But it gets down to marketing choices and making a profit.  Remember, any year may lead to only about 5 new offerings, and that would include major modification of an existing tool.  So, would you rather have the recently released Ford Bronco or a Whatever.  The model companies will chose the one market analysis says is most likely to sell.  Also remember there is competition to the plastic model companies by the diecast makers.  
    Each year, we all seem to prognosticate what the manufacturers will offer and then, once known, carp about them not fulfilling a niche or need we have.  It never hurts to throw ideas out, but there are hundreds of ideas for every one chosen to be kitted.  
    I look at it this way.  If the manufacturers offerings don't "float my boat", I won't buy.  I will be sad, but glad that at least some modelers are getting something exciting.  If they hit my sweet spot, other modelers will likely not be happy.  
  12. Exotics_Builder added a post in a topic Hiroboy   

    I have ordered from Steve multiple times and have always been satisfied.  His service is First Rate!
  13. Exotics_Builder added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Royce Kit   

    PM me on what you'd be interested in doing.
  14. Exotics_Builder added a topic in Truck Kit News & Reviews   

    To Trade - AMT Kenworth Canepa
    Looking for exotics or GM cars/pickups.

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  15. Exotics_Builder added a post in a topic Fujimi Chevrolet Astro AWD Van   

    I am mainly focusing on exotics and Chevies.  Slowly winnowing down the other stuff or saving selected like the Ford Thunderbirds