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  1. Not exactly related to the topic at hand, but the article on your Volare Road Runner is one of my favorites. I was a kid in the 70s so performance (or lack of it) didn't mean much, but those flashy decal covered late 70s "muscle cars" worked their marketing magic on me. 🙂
  2. Looks good. With the retro thing being so popular with the automakers I'm surprised Jeep or one of the big custom shops hasn't offered something like this in full scale.
  3. If you have been using the Testors brands, our options have been declining for years. First they killed off Polyscale and Floquil, then there has been a relentless drive to cut back on their remaining lines. Testors is owned by a large paint company that apparently has little interest in supplying hobbyists with paint, but at the same time they still dominate the US hobby paint market. Tamiya and Vallejo are the two main alternatives and each have some limitations, Games Workshop is another, but again also has some limitations. I can certainly see being excited to try out a new paint that is getting good reviews.
  4. I've gotten to walk through a couple of small fire apparatus builders shops, and seeing the real ones in production, very much like you show here was such a light bulb moment for me. In 2001 I went to Boise to pick up a new engine from Boise Mobile Equipment and while there I got a tour of the facility. Up to that point I had just seen the whole truck and the idea of scratch building one seemed to be way beyond me. After walking through the plant and seeing the piles of sheet metal, and tubing, components waiting to be installed and apparatus in various stages of completion suddenly I saw it as Evergreen plastic and the "it is lots of little models" idea clicked in my head. After that what seemed impossible, suddenly just seemed difficult. A couple of photos I took (still used film in those days so I didn't take very many). and the finished one I was there to pick up. No place to put the spare so they just bolted it to the bumper, very classy. 😄
  5. '54 Chevy truck based on the '50 kit. They have a good snap kit and full detail kit to work with, so mostly just need to do the cab for either. a '52 GMC would be a fairly easy modification as well, mostly a change in the grill. Technically GMC used a different I-6 engine, but they are very close in appearance so could probably be ignored. Considering how many times that kit has been reissued over the past several years it seems to sell well enough. They could also offer a longer bed 3/4 ton, or maybe a 1 ton. Not sure how much the chassis changes for a 1 ton, but I think mostly wheelbase and springs. With a heavier truck a tow truck package (just tow equipment in the bed for that period) could be done as well. Quite a few options available there and they mostly feed from each other allowing even more options. I think a similar thing could be done with the '55/57 kits as well to create a '58/59 and / or GMC variants. In these years I think GMC had a different enough engine though that they would have to kit a new engine to make it right. Then there is the '60 Chevy pickup. Again GMC would be a nice option that wouldn't take a ton of work. In this one they should tool up the GMC V-6 for it. A long bed stepside would be welcome as well. A NAPCO 4x4 conversion for any of the '50-59 trucks would also be fairly easy, as they wee add on parts on the 1-1 trucks, so just need to add the parts to a kit. The 67-72 Chevy / GMC truck is an older kit desperately in need of some attention, but with a good foundation to work with. A very popular truck in 1-1, as are the 1950s Chevys.
  6. Agree this is not something easy to buy without looking and touching, but a little math can help. At 13 links to the inch that works out to about 2" links (1 scale foot is 1/2" in 1/24 so 6.5 links to the foot = 1.85 scale inches in 1/24 or 1.92" in 1/25), that seems like pretty big chain to me, 15 links to the inch is 1.6 scale inches per link which seems more appropriate. Maybe even 18-20 links / inch (1.2-1.35 scale inches). I have some chain I got to tie down a dozer on a flatbed that looks about right for that. It doesn't say the size, but I measure it at 14 links per inch and it looks decent for a heavy chain for that task. Looking at the photos, I'd guess that is a little lighter weight chain on the tow truck. There is a towing company around the corner from me, I'll see if I can get an idea of the size chain they use on their trucks.
  7. Interesting, it reminds me a little of a Corvair. Also kind of like the 3rd Gen Ford and Chevy vans after they started to get a real hood instead of burying the whole engine inside.
  8. If you try to use laser printer decal paper with an inkjet it will cause the ink to bead up or pool. Maybe you got a sheet of the wrong kind mixed in. There is something different with the film on Inkjet paper to help it absorb the liquid ink. Lasers use a dry toner that prints on the surface of the film. I've used decal film that was several years old and have never had an issue with it aging, other than some slight yellowing around the edges.
  9. Neat project and very nice work so far. When I lived in the Sierras there were a bunch of snowplows and snow blowers around, the more common were just Ford, International etc dump trucks with plows, but there were some big Oshkosh plows that came out when it started snowing really hard. When the big plows couldn't keep up the snow blowers came out. That was a good indicator to me that it was time to stay home. 🙂
  10. Thank you, not much different than what I have done and actually I guess not much different than the real ones although they of course have more inside.
  11. Their sales have got me several times. I'd love to visit their factory and miniature craftsmanship museum, but it is more like 10 hours for me.
  12. Oh, yeah, that Sherline catalog, I thought buying the lathe was the expensive part. 😄
  13. I was in the same place you are 5 or 6 years ago. I was very close to buying a Taig lathe myself, but after checking around with other modelers who had a lathe most were running a Sherline. There were also a few with other lathes, and most of them told me to buy a Sherline instead of the one they had. It is hard starting out because there is a fairly steep learning curve, and you don't really start learning about all this stuff until after you have a machine, so you are making a fairly significant purchase half blind. If you do go with a Sherline, give some serious thought to the longer 4400 (17"). It is an extra $100, but that also includes the zero-able hand wheels as well as having twice the length available (works out to $55 for the hand wheels, and $45 for the added length). The distance between centers is not the length of a part, that stated length also has to account for any tooling, chucks, drill bits etc. If you have a part in a chuck, that takes about 1-1/2", a drill chuck is another 2", a drill bit could be 2-4". If you do any drilling, reaming or boring the extra length is very handy. I've never needed the full 17", but there are many times I would have come up short on the 8" model. I will warn you, buying the lathe is just the start, machining can be addictive and the machines will talk you into buying more stuff for them. 🙂 A nice feature is Taig and Sherline both use the same 3/4-16 spindle thread and 3/8-24 for tail stock tooling (Sherline uses a Morse Taper, but the drill chuck comes with an adaptor), so many of the accessories can be used on either lathe. I have some Taig tooling I got for the Sherline, and since a lot of my Sherline tooling will work on the Taig, I won't need to buy much to run it. There is a really good youtuber Blondihacks who is very beginner friendly in her content. She explains things very clearly, and keeps things at a basic level. She uses machines that are bigger than a Sherline or Taig, but the concepts basically the same. About 3 years worth of video so if you have the time to binge watch it is time well spent. Blondihacks I've found the Sherline lathes really stand out from the other mini-lathes. Because I developed further interest in machining, some of which was larger than I could do with the Sherline I eventually bought bigger machines. The Sherline lathe and mill are still used more than the bigger machines because they are easy to use, accurate and a little less likely to murder me. As you mention their light weight is very handy if you don't have a lot of space. I did the same at first, having a shelf under the work bench for whichever machine wasn't being used. Because the mill is rather messy, I ended up moving them downstairs into the basement and set up a larger work area so both machines could have their own spot. Then they started inviting friends over and I have been their servant ever since.
  14. These are stunningly small planes. A local air museum has a BD5 on display, and it looks like a large scale remote control aircraft. Hard to believe they can fly with a person at the controls. Those must be tiny in 1/72, like maybe a 3" wingspan?
  15. Amazing work, and you never seem to get into a comfortable rut, always doing something a bit different than the last. This is much less vintage than most you have done. I have a request if it is not too late, I'd like to see the underside of the rear box, and how you fit it to the chassis. I've done a couple of box builds like that and fitting to the chassis is always a bot of a cludge for me.
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