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Chi-Town Hustler

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About Chi-Town Hustler

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    MCM Regular

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  • Scale I Build
    1 /24, 1/16

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  • Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Full Name
    Lee Hinton
  1. I need some Slixx Decal help

    Also, in addition to the blow dryer suggestion and the Microsol, sometimes small relief cuts in the decal can also be of help depending on how irregular the surface shape is you are trying to cover. By “cuts”, I dont mean large, long ones, but just enough small ones with a new, sharp Xacto in the right areas to help the decal relax a bit after applying Microsol. That and a lot of gentle pushing down with the tip of a semi-wet Q-Tip. This being said, its never a bad idea to have a second sheet of the same decal if you need to do some minor patchwork by cutting out a small swatch of said stripe to help matters along in tough areas. That way youre not trying to get one large decal to conform to a smaller irregular area like a hood scoop like in the pic. I’ve used that technique sucessfully before on several occasions and have gotten good results. You just want to avoid too much doubling of decals as that will make (say for example), a white stripe twice as white!...Or “brighter” if you get my drift. And of course plenty of patience with this technique will usually produce good results. As with just about anything, experiments and sometimes failures will produce positive experience that can be used in the future. Good Luck!
  2. 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Finished 10/14/2018

    I swear, those pics look like Prudhomme simply pulled up the real car and parked it there for a Car Craft photo shoot....You practically can't tell the difference.... Amazing....
  3. 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Finished 10/14/2018

    I have followed this epic with profound awe since the beginning, mostly as a silent observer, occasionally commenting, but mostly just enjoying the achievement and also relating to the bumps in the long road to the destination. As a fellow modeller it has been a total pleasure to witness and a true learning experience, a lot of which I can apply to my own modeling. No superlatives can be added that have not already been said. Congrats Chris on the completion of an amazing journey. Enjoyed every minute of it. Look forward to your next project.
  4. Double "A" Dale

    Absolutely drop-dead Gorgeous build. The old "Canuck" would be proud!! Long live AA Dale!!
  5. "The Chi-town Hustler"

    Excellent job on this classic Revell kit, nice clean build, nice paintwork....Love the color on the blower, looks very close to the real thing.... Farkonas, Coil & Minnick, Chi-Town legends!!....Never saw a Chi-Town Hustler I didn't love!!
  6. 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Finished 10/14/2018

    Chris; I won't even bother to attempt to add any more superlatives to what's already been said hundreds of times in hundreds of ways....But I've watched this build with amazement for several years now and this creation is beyond a mere "model" and truly into the realm of valuable art....That might sound a bit over the top to some but I'd insure that darned thing if I owned it, it's irreplaceable!!
  7. 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Finished 10/14/2018

    Chris; Glad you remembered to leave enough room between the plug wires for the valve cover breathers!! Although that may seem like a little thing, I've had many "Doh!!" moments with little things like that over the years....Always gotta be thinkin' 4 steps ahead!! Fantastic job on the ignition to say the least, this literally can pass for 1 to 1.
  8. Ramchargers Duster

    For anyone interested in Mopars, check out either the Allpar.com website or Hamtramck-Historical.com....When I saw Ed Poplawski's name on this thread, I thought it looked familiar and recognized it from the Allpar site....He was among those who were right in the thick of it during the Mopar heyday of the 60's & 70's and has some fascinating stories to tell....Great stuff!!
  9. 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Finished 10/14/2018

    Wow Chris, just checked in on this build after a few months away....That is some INSANE detailing on the fuel lines/barrel valve....All I can say is you must have 20/20 hawk vision and an incredibly steady set of nerves in your hands!!....I can get fairly detailed, but I would go BLIND attempting what you are doing....Incredible to say the least!! LH
  10. Scale Models By Chris (SMBC)

    Hopefully that's the case, we'll have to wait and see. Thanks for the input guys, it sheds a bit more light on the situation....
  11. Scale Models By Chris (SMBC)

    Hi Jim; Thanks much for your reply....Given the circumstances of his health situation, I certainly don't want to be too pushy about something as insignificant as model parts....I was just wondering if anyone else on this board knew of their status or if I should contact PayPal to try and get a refund if they were shut down....Believe me, I'd much rather have that motor because it looked killer, so I think I'll just be patient and wait....Hopefully someone at SMBC will contact me via e-mail and at least confirm the order....Thanks Again....If anyone else has any info, please feel free to respond. Lee
  12. Scale Models By Chris (SMBC)

    First off, thanks much for the info, Very sorry to hear this....Obviously, building models is hardly a priority in light of this gentleman's health situation....Hope he gets well and recovers soon....He certainly produces some fine looking quality workmanship. But I guess I'm still unsure as to whether they are still currently attempting to fill orders as the last post in that thread was dated Nov. 2015....Could anyone else shed more light?.... Are they still doing business as of June/July 2016?
  13. Scale Models By Chris (SMBC)

    To anyone who can provide info; A little over a week ago I was searching out "resin pro stock motor kits" online and came across the Scale Models By Chris (SMBC) website and found a real nice 350 pro stock motor kit....So I went ahead and placed an order via PayPal....It looks as if PayPal then withdrew payment from my bank account....Later in the day, as I went back to the site's homepage, a notice came up that said SMBC was temporarily closed down due to health related issues. I have sent a few e-mails to both SMBC and Detroit Resins Group (their parent company??) asking about status of this order and if they are still open for business but have gotten no response as yet....As I searched further online, I came across a few modeling message boards that indicated that the owner of SMBC was going thru an unfortunate serious health issue....So I'm not sure if I may have placed an order thru an old, outdated link or something....Was hoping anyone on this forum might know what the status of this company is??....Are they still in business??....Again, so far I have not received any replies to the e-mails I sent them. Any info anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  14. Bill Jenkins' Black Arrow 1965 Belvedere

    Absolutely SUPERB build of a historic drag car....Jenkins' short stint with a hemi and he made that thing hum too!....The Grump would be proud!!
  15. 1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Finished 10/14/2018

    Just when you think it can't possibly get any better....IT DOES!!!! Chris, you keep inching the bar upward....I cannot wait to see you paint/decal and clear that body....Once it's done, would be really cool to have Prudhomme himself sign the inside in an inconspicuous area....On second thought, I wouldn't want anyone getting near that thing with a marker!!