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larman

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About larman

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  • Birthday 09/29/1969

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  • Location Bethlehem, Pa.

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  1. larman added a post in a topic K&R Kustoms+Rods "barn find" dry lakes belly tanker   

    Even though it's been said a bunch of times here, this is fantastic work! Brilliant engineering and scratch building followed by "dead on" paint and weathering.
    Easily one of my favorite builds I have seen on this site!  -Larry
  2. larman added a post in a topic 1961 Dyno Don Impala Pro Street   

    Very nice! Nice engine!
  3. larman added a post in a topic Gasser class designations   

    You are absolutely right that there is some leeway in scale with motor internals, weight, etc. I think the point of most of the comments  above is it is noticeable if the model is a C/G car with a naturally aspirated small block Chevy and has an A/GS designation on it.
  4. larman added a post in a topic 1948 Ford Convertible Club Coupe, now with outdoor pictures (pic heavy)   

    Love all your vintage Ford models, and your photography is top notch too!
  5. larman added a post in a topic K&R Kustoms+Rods belly tanker update: 8/12/17   

    This is a fantastic build! Top notch work on a great subject.....
  6. larman added a post in a topic Help need a 1/12 scale 427 Chevy big block   

    The Monogram 1/12 '67 Corvette is a 427 tri-carb motor. Has  options for stock and a single 4bbl carb, tube headers and Moroso valve covers for the drag version.  Probably cheaper to buy a whole '67 kit than get a 3d printed motor. I had planned to do a '69 Yenko Camaro a few years ago and was going to swap the 427 in the '67 Corvette into the Camaro and the 302 Z28 motor into the Corvette.
  7. larman added a post in a topic old kits   

     Unbuilt models are just parts until you do something with them. Original box art and old stuff is cool, but IMHO, if it's too "valuable" to build sell it while you can and buy more models that you will build! 
  8. larman added a post in a topic Gasser class designations   

    I have seen plenty of drag models that are clearly classed wrong. For me, I try to follow the NHRA/AHRA rule books for specific years on my builds. I guess it is in the same vain as do you want  correct plug wire order? Do you want authentic colors? Equipment? Everyone builds for different reasons, so I guess it wouldn't bother a lot of people. However, I tend to recognize it when it is wrong and I think there are quite a number of drag builders who woud also. 
  9. larman added a post in a topic '29 Ford Lakes Roadster UPDATED: 9/6/17   

    That is great work! you have the stance and overall look dead on!  -Larry
  10. larman added a post in a topic 57 ford galpin gasser   

    Top notch work! You nailed the look perfectly!
  11. larman added a post in a topic T bucket pick-up hot rod   

    Incredible work! This is easily the best built up I have ever seen of this "less than detailed" kit!
    Clearly a lot of extra work was done to get it to this level.
  12. larman added a post in a topic little drag & little rod 1/24   

    Both are beautiful! Terrific work! 
  13. larman added a post in a topic 63 Dodge   

    Boy, That is NICE!  Love those carbs!  Great job!  There is nothing like the sight and sound of a true max wedge car on the drag strip! 
  14. larman added a post in a topic 1/18 Diecast dead?   

    The biggest thing for me about 1/18 diecast, or any scale for that matter, is the problem with "metal fatigue". AKA the tin worm. I have had a LOT of 1/18 diecast from low line store bought Maisto models to expensive items from Carousel, AutoArt, Precision Miniatures, GMP, etc. Regardless of brand, you can have a model that will literally fall apart, or at the very least, get a paint "rash". This is particularly prevalent with the Ertl  'American Muscle" models. It does not discriminate by cost however and I have seen GMP and other high end models with similar problems. So, I have had a good number, about 5 to 10% of my entire collection of cars (collection in the hundreds) that have various degree of damage through no fault of my own. They were always stored indoors in a dry environment. There is also no guarantee that the others won't have a problem over time. In contrast, I have plastic kits that are from the late 50's and early 60's that are 100% fine, with the only issue being decal sheets that  yellow over time. I did not buy any of my models to turn around and sell them for profit, but in recent years I have decided to sell a good number of items due to space limitations and changes in lifestyle.( Married now, with many more family commitments, etc)  It is much harder to sell diecast for what you pay for them compared to plastic models. Most of the older plastic kits I have sold I made a little profit on, I am lucky to get my money back on diecast.  When you put them on ebay, most people factor shipping into what they want to pay. I still can't offer free shipping like a high volume dealer, so it is hard to get a decent price unless it is a super rare item or in demand at the moment. I always find it laughable when the guys who collect 1/18 brag about the fact that they are "real metal" and have "weight to them". BIG DEAL! They may also fall apart, or have the hood curl up or have paint crack or rash up......Frankly, I would not have gotten involved with the diecast had I known about these issues. These days, I am strictly back to plastic in 1/24 and 25th scale with an occasional big scale project. Honestly, I am kind of glad to hear 1/18 is dying out, I feel like a lot of people are not aware of the possible issues these models can have over time. 
  15. larman added a post in a topic 67 Vette Street Freak/Gasser   

    Great model ! I was following the in progress posts on this one! I'm not gonna lie, because of your post and the Mongoose version you posted I was inspired to buy one of the Accurate Miniature kits on Ebay. There was/is a guy selling them for $7 plus shipping, minus decals and photoetch parts. Perfect for this kind of build! Thanks for the inspiration, and once again, you did a great job! -Larry