Tom Geiger

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  1. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic What do you do when they ask?   

    Hey Rob-  The public makes allowances for differences like the car being an SS.  You probably would've had that same problem with a kit!  Or he wished he had an SS and now he does.   How many times I've seen someone hold up a model and say, "This is just like the one I used to own... except mine was a 4 door, and had a 6, and was green".
    The great test... send him the info on the diecast. When he balks at spending $55 on a replica of his old car, you'll know just how important the whole thing is to him!  
  2. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic What's your next model purchase?   

    I just got caught up last week. I got both Moebius Ford pickups, the Satellite and a '57 Ford Ranch Wagon.  That leaves the new Model As... will need at least two of them.
  3. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic 1/43 Lada Taxi: How Fail can you get?   

    I enjoyed your assessment of this third world people mover!  That was the downfall of the communist regimes.. their cars really sucked!  I know you are Canadian and I believe I have some Canadian market brochures for the Lada.  I don't believe we ever sold the cars here in the USA, and we were probably ticked off at Canada for allowing them on our continent!
    I will say that as big a laugh the Yugo was here, again they were a cheap no frills car that would soldier along if you were nice to it.  My back door neighbor had a Yugo that he came into under unfortunate circumstances.  Back then they were advertising them for $99 a month five year leases.  He co-signed for the lease on one for his daughter's shiftless boyfriend, under the promise that he would use the car to get and maintain a job.  That didn't work out all that well, and our hero soon repossessed the Yugo from now ex-boyfriend.  He did mention that he'd rather pay the $99 penance than have that guy around, so I guess it was cool.
    So once having possession of this little turd, he decided he had to drive it to get his money's worth.  And drive it he did, as his daily commuter car.  He admitted that it did the job for the five years of ownership without major mishap or breakdown.  He said he actually got to like it.  Then the lease was up. The leasing company first offered him the car for a large amount and he declined. He told them to come and get it.  They reduced the price several times and he still didn't want to actually own this car.  Then it happened... the lease company actually abandoned the car.  They never picked it up.
  4. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic What do you do when they ask?   

    Most of the general public, even car people, have no idea the time and efforts that go into our models.  One time  I took my wife's brother up to the model room for a look. He looked the finished models in my case, then he walked over to my closet of unbuilt models, and asked if we had time to "put one together" before dinner.  When I opened a box and showed him what was inside, he did a double take.  He admitted that when he saw my models he thought the kit came all painted and detailed, and I merely had to screw a couple of parts together.
    Our work looks like diecasts to a lot of people. And you know, sometimes that's good enough for a lot of people.  I think while the public underestimates the work we do, at the same time we've gone way off the deep end.  We immediately assume they're asking for a full blown contest model, when a diecast or a simple box stock build the same color as their own car would make them very happy.  One time our department secretary asked me about a 1968 GTO for her husband for Christmas. I found a $15 diecast in the same red he had.  The only thing I added were scale license plates that matched the photo she loaned me.  You'd think I gave them a million dollars. They were very happy!
  5. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic 1960 Chevy Wagon   

    In place of the Floquil "dust",  do the same thing with Testors DullCote.  It gives that translucent grime look to plastic kit glass.
  6. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic How About An Old Survivor?   

    Just like real cars, they're only original once!   
  7. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic A few pics of the real Pontiac Sloper.   

    Aha!  I knew that was a local body style!  I am a fan of Aussie cars and that is one cool and different body type.  Sure to have US car guys turning their heads if it showed up at an event here.
  8. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic A few pics of the real Pontiac Sloper.   

    Ross, was that body style produced in Australia?  It doesn't look familiar to me.  Way cool though! 
  9. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic How About An Old Survivor?   

    Gene, I'm not certain, but the balls don't appear to have been painted.  I only have the release from around 1990 with the gray car on the box. That doesn't include the intake / carbs nor the headers.  I'm not sure if they were in the original release of the kit, or if the builder kit bashed them from something else.
  10. Tom Geiger added a topic in Under Glass   

    How About An Old Survivor?

    Many of you know that I seek out and preserve ancient builds. I see these as the folk art of our youth and I hope my posts have saved some old beauties that otherwise might have been broken up for parts.   I especially love cool old customs that were well thought out and executed, as well as those that just have a cool factor.  This is one of those with the cool factor. Dave Burket found this one in a collection and set it aside for me.
    This has to be an original issue AMT 1932 Vicky kit.  In fact one of the things that makes it cool is that this looks a lot like the retro box that the kit is now out with!  

    Our original builder did a great job of building a drag car.  All flat paints and period racing decals.  This one is barn fresh, I haven't even gotten around to cleaning it up. Per the rules of my Olde Kustom Kollection, these relics get a good cleaning, and any missing parts are replaced, but there are no improvements to be made!  We are preserving them as an art form, and we don't want to change history.

    I've had this car a few months, and it's sat in plain view.  Only today did I realize that the body wasn't attached at the front, but it felt secure in the rear. A quick look revealed that the builder set it up like a funny car.  I went looking for the hinge and saw that he glued the fenders to the tires.  So if you turn the rear wire axle, the body opens up.  Actually pretty cool for an early 1960s kid.

    So this mean '32 has earned it's spot in the Olde Kustom Kollection.  
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  11. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic '87 Civic   

    Nice concept!  Since those Hondas last forever under the worse circumstances, you'll see cars like that headed in and out of Philadelphia!
    There was a red one like this that always was sitting at an office building I frequented.  From where it was sitting, it looked like the building maintenance guy owned it. It was in much worse shape than yours, bad enough that folks would question if it was a running car or just abandoned there.  But it did move every day!  I had planned on taking some photos, but never did.
  12. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic "Lara" - a very personal build.   

    Great Build Tomo!   You really captured the spirit of your car!
  13. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Problems posting   

    I will post responses to posts on my phone, but I do my power posting from my laptop. That includes posts with photos.  For Fotki,  try this:
    Once on the Fotki page where your photo is showing, click on the "SHARE" box above your photo.  Once the options come up, at the bottom click the box marked "More Sharing Options".  This will bring up a box UNDER your photo so you will have to scroll down.  In this box, the second option is "Code For Forums".  Copy the text here, and  paste it into the same window I'm now typing in here on the forum.  Ignore the "Insert other media" option.    
    We don't have a preview mode anymore, but once you hit "Submit Reply" your photo should appear in the same spot in your post as the several lines of text you pasted.
  14. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic how to make black interiors nice   

    Back when my daughter was young we were building a model of a Suzuki Samurai that we painted to match the colors of my Geo Tracker.  When we got into the gray interior, we noticed that there were over 20 different grays in there... not only color, but material, texture and tone.  Black interiors would be similar.
    This is why I buy every different can of spray paint in gray, black and browns... the tones I seem to paint my interiors most.  Then get all the clear sprays... gloss, semi-gloss, matte and flat for starters... and in different brands.  
    If you have access to a 1:1 car like the one you are modeling, get in the interior and notice what is in there.  If not, my favorite archive is eBay Motors, especially the ads/auctions where the seller has posted 25-200 photos.  Those are great for detailing.
    Once you know your tones, use different blacks and then experiment with the glosses.. I've even found that spraying with a matte and then adding a semi-gloss coat over it gives you another variation. For leather, many people use the nose grease trick,  rub your finger on the side of your nose and then on your seats to get an interesting and realistic tone.  Use flocking or embossing powders for your carpets.  
    Then look at the details. BMF what's chrome, detail out anything you can. I always add printed gauges when I can. They don't have to be decals, they set in well with white glue and a canopy glue gloss over them.  If small switches and things are different colors, pick those out with paint on a toothpick or a Sharpie pen.  I've also added missing items... does your kit have sun visors and a rear view mirror? I've added visors from other kits or even cut my own from plastic sheet stock.  Are there door lock buttons?  I've added those by using a short length of engine wiring. 
    Headliners are usually a shortcoming of kits... I've added many with painted masking tape (same technique as making vinyl tops, only upside down) and even business cards with a pattern in the card stock.  I also buy every different roll of masking tape I can, and it seems that the cheaper ones have the more interesting and deeper patterns.  I use these for headliners as well as adding a center section to a seat.
    I've also done some minor detailing to add realism.  For instance I've installed bucket seats in different positions... passenger seat all the way back, drivers seat a bit closer to the wheel as if set for a short driver.  I've cut head rests off of seats and reinstalled them at different heights.  Add items -   I've made state inspection stickers, and even parking permits. An air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror, or even a tissue box on the front seat.  Little unexpected details like these bring an interior to life.
    Good luck!
  15. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic 1972 Nova SS Yenko clone   

    Very nice work!  Now you need to add the Yenko stripes to the big one!