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Tom Geiger

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  1. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic NNL East   

    Mark- The stacks are in front of me and should leave here today.  I've had a busy few weeks.  My Internet was down for a week and at the same time I was busy with certifications at work.
  2. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Dr Crankys Rat Rod   

    Too messy to clean up afterwards!      I prefer the usual  "Thump!  Thump!" when you run them over.
    Bill, I'm surprised you haven't seized the opportunity to offer a light resin cast cam shaft for these rat rodders!  You could even pre-thread them!
  3. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic What Pleased You Today!   

    Even further confusing to the average Joe when Consumer Reports lists identical twins (for instance Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable) with one on the recommended list and one on the list of cars to avoid.
  4. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic What Pleased You Today!   

    Many years ago my father in law wanted a new Toyota Corolla. This was when the Corolla and the Geo Prizm was the exact same car.   A buddy-0-mine worked at a Chevy dealer and as a favor agreed to give me a cost deal on a Prizm for him. 
    My father in law shows up with a brand new Corolla before I could react.  I asked him why since I could have saved him several thousand dollars... he said the Toyota salesmen told him that Toyota sold the Corollas that failed their quality test to Chevrolet to sell as Geo Prizms!    And he believed it!   And paid full list as usual.
  5. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Winter Weather   

    Yup, we used to hold NNL East the last Saturday in March.  We always managed to dodge the bullet, never having to cancel the show.  But...  we had serious snowstorms  both the week before and the week after the show over the years!
  6. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Recaster Alert   

    Many years ago NNL East had a video done each year. We paid a professional company that did car show videos to film this. We'd sell maybe a dozen copies each year.  As I stood at the show table attempting to sell these, people would say things like, "No Thanks. My club buys one and makes copies for all our members."  So we stopped doing the video.  Wouldn't ya know that a lot of people complained!  Many more people than we sold videos!
  7. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Revell 30 Model A Ford Production Halted?   

    Prior to having a local Hobby Lobby I used the Michaels 40% off coupons.  If I didn't see anything I needed, I'd find a lady in the store with a big item in her cart and give her the coupon.  Instant smile.   Once the new Hobby Lobby opened here in town earlier this year I was standing in the model aisle and there was a guy in his 30s looking at a ship model. We got talking, and I showed him the coupon on my phone.  He said he was debating buying the kit because it was expensive, but the coupon sealed the deal. He also bought paint and supplies for the kit.
    I like to think I'm a fair person, so I've always felt disdain for those who try to beat the system, The last time I was in Hobby Lobby I bought two cans of paint. One at 40% off and one at retail.  I remember one guy bragging on the boards that he'd bring his two small kids along with him and all three get on the check out line, each with a kit and a coupon.  It hit me that it was setting a real good example for those kids... Dad teaches them how to scam a store, watch Dad take care of himself, and neither kid got anything!
  8. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Jeep J10 Gladiator   

    I understand if you have a 3-D printer all you have to do is scan that picture and the printer will produce a perfect 1/25 scale kit on sprues and all!  
  9. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Now THAT'S service!   

     I subscribe but I haven't seen mine yet.  Expected to see it Saturday,  and with Monday being a holiday it will probably come on Tuesday. My post office seems to deliver magazines late
  10. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Recaster Alert   

    Guys-  I couldn't find current listings but here's everything he has put on eBay...
    Note that he has no negative feedback but 3 neutrals in the past month:
    "Okay casting, lots of flash not removed"
    "Poor quality casting"
    "Disappointed in quality--fidelity of product doesn't match picture"
    His poached products are aimed at the tuner market.  That and the fact that he's using his mother's credit card tells me this is a kid. Probably doesn't understand that he cannot copy other's products.   With the poor quality now noted in his feedback, he won't be around long.
    Sad fact is that there is that a lot of guys in this hobby don't understand right from wrong.  One past caster / poacher I confronted on the phone told me that once he bought a resin product, it was his to do what he wanted with.  From his tone, he actually believed that.  And others believe if they change any small aspect of that part, that it's now their design.
    He is local to NNL East, but we have no record of him every attending the show.  
  11. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Four door or sedan/post interest   

    Hey Bill, you haven't lived until your daily life includes strapping babies in car seats in the back of a 1973 Barracuda!  Been there, done that!  
  12. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Four door or sedan/post interest   

    People on this board need to understand that we "over enthusiastic" model folk represent a small fraction of the US model car kit market. That's why we gained the title, "The Lunatic Fringe". What seems perfectly logical to us, appears like those guys dressed up in Star Trek uniforms to everyone else.  
    Pick up a Hallmark calendar of cars. Look through it at the choices of the photographs. Those are the cars the general public recognizes.  Same thing when they go into the hobby shop, they see a '57 Chevy, a Corvette or Ferrari on the shelf, they recognize it and decide it would be a fine pastime to build the model.  These guys represent 90% of the kit market and decisions tend to be made in their favor.
    Do not use the logic of what was issued in the 1960s as proof of marketability.  Different time, different market. Millions of kits sold versus today's tens of thousands.  Back then the bumper crop of annuals we received were dictated by the automobile manufacturers, voting with their pocketbooks, as they financed the tooling by ordering promotional model runs.  As they were making the tool for the promos, the model companies planned on converting that tool to produce a model car run as well. Nearly free tooling, with kits sold in the hundreds of thousands to a huge fan base.  So many of the sedans and wagons we saw back then were actually choices made by the car manufacturers than a demand by model builders.  
    And note that there are stories about how kits came to be.  For instance the 1977 Dodge Monaco 4 door sedan came about as a companion to the wildly successful Dukes of Hazzard   General Lee.  That was the first kit to do over one million copies.  So they took the existing Dodge Monaco 2 door (which was a financed promo) and converted it to the sedan to become Rosco's Police car.  That was a cheap and easy decision and sold well as a companion to the General Lee.   
    Today the model car companies have to be very careful with what they do. If you follow the market of  Revell and Moebius, you will see them gambling on tried and true classic hot rods.  These are cars people will build over and over.  Just note how many Model A and '32 Fords you will see at a model show. Eternally popular and guaranteed that the tooling won't fall out of favor in the future.  And they make sure that they will be able to do multiple versions to maximize their investment in the tooling. Note that these kits sell in the thousands, rather than hundreds of thousands or millions as in the heyday of the hobby.
    Before someone jumps up to mention the Moebius Hudsons,  important to reveal that Frank, the owner of the company is a Hudson fanatic.  It's good to be king.  And Moebius has no less than eight versions of those kits to market to earn back that investment.
    The kit manufacturers also understand who is their market.  Kids aren't building like we did when we were kids. In fact the kids of the 1960s ARE the same people building today, although in much limited numbers.  As an aging herd, we baby boomers are either retired or headed to retirement.  We have time and the money to be model builders. So the manufacturers are serving this market and the subjects that this age demographic remembers.  
    And as said before in this thread.  We are talking the US kit market.  We have no influence on Japanese or German kits.  Those are aimed at their markets and sales in the USA aren't even a blip on their screen.  Those folks don't have the allergies that our herd does to sedans, so you will see more of that.  Many of you may not know that 2 door and convertible cars were heavily taxed as luxury items in many countries, so their staple was the 4 door sedan.  And they'll collect and build what they remember from their youth just as we do.
    And that Euro / Japanese market has heavily influenced today's US car market. Today's younger car buyer has no problem with 4 door cars. They are normal.  Where our herd will scream that a Dodge Charger "NEEDS" to be a 2 door hardtop, they outsell the 2 door Challenger by a large margin.
    Note that I'm just like you guys. I buy every sedan and wagon kit produced. I buy a lot of resin conversions too, you just have to be willing to make that investment if you want the subject matter.  I also am a student of the business end of the hobby.  So I try to understand and respect the decisions made based on the market.  These folks aren't stupid.   
  13. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Very sad news   

    I am sorry to hear of Miguel's passing!    I met him on his trips to NNL East and GSL. A very nice guy and great friend to the hobby
  14. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Pro-touring Plymouth Volare 340   

    Looks like a good start.  Be careful with the relationship between the transmission and the hump in the interior bucket.  Note that the interior has no pedals so steal those from the Duster as well. The chassis is simple but can be made to look convincing with some work.  I used the kit rear and springs, but cut out the driveshaft and added my own.  The front end is non-existent though. It does have the torsion bars, and unfortunate that there isn't a better chassis with these.

  15. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Land Rover   

    Perfect!  I love everything you did, the rubber gasket on the roof windows was the final detail.  At first I thought your side glass needed edges painted, but I looked at a few 1:1 photos and saw it to be exactly what you did!   
    Now RM... where the heck is this kit?  I'm sure this would be a good seller not only here but as a Revell of Germany release for Europe.