The tools have probably been paid for many times over. a common misconception. Remember that Round 2 only bought the company a few years ago. So all that tooling is heavily mortgaged and must be worked to earn it's weight!
I bought the '66 Chevy pickup with that camper on it at Wally's. The camper is okay if you are satisfied with a curbside camper. The windows you see are painted black, they aren't open. The unit is held together with screws, and when you unscrew the whole thing, the interior is full of screw posts and such. It would be a real chore to clean that all up well enough to put an interior in it.
"The first car I remember as a kid was my mothers first station wagon. A white '65 Country Squire with wood grain." My memory of my first job! A neighborhood guy with a flat grey, as in never washed, '65 Ford wagon hired me to assist him at a local flea market. I'd go load up this wagon from his garage every Friday evening, then met him at 5am Saturday to ride in that wagon to the Englishtown, NJ flea market. It didn't last long, he was a cheap creepy guy who would always try to cheat me out of a few dollars. So I quit!
Rob, when we were due for an upgrade of the family car, I found a 2006 Buick LaCrosse with 32,000 old man miles on it and paid $8000 cash. No electronic light show on the dash, great car that drives and looks new, and it's paid for! I bought it around Thanksgiving so it now has 38,000 miles on it and the wife loves to drive it.
"And let's face it, there are more than enough lousy drivers on the road already." I hate driving from PA to NJ on the weekends! It's surely amateur hour out there! Nothing like drivers who think they can do 50 in the center lane on the Turnpike, creating a hazard as everyone has to go around them. And toll plazas? These idiots cannot seem to pick a lane. Some of them just stop there in the middle of the plaza while they contemplate their move... and none of them have EzPass, so the turnpike doubles the number of cash lanes on the weekends.
"Do you guys see the "Insert other media" grey button above the "Submit Reply" black button on the bottom of the reply to topic?" Yes, it appears just as you describe That has two options, existing attachment, and "insert image from URL"Do they not work? No, the button brings up pop up. The "insert image from URL" allows me to put in my image location text, but once you hit "insert image in post" the squirrel cage just turns and turns, never ending. It's stuck. I just tried the "insert existing attachment" button. It gives me an error message, "The page you are trying to access is not available for your account." Maybe because I have no images saved? I dunno
Also, I really want the image to open in a new window, not your existing one. It does bring up a pop up Thanks for all the work and concern.
I watched both episodes last night on On Demand and enjoyed them. I'm not going to nit pick little details. I liked the characters, and sympathized with the situation they are in and their passion to get their cars built against major odds. I did find it interesting what they have done to old US cars to keep them running, like the different power trains and how hard parts are to come by. And anyone who has kept a '54 Olds running with a diesel boat motor, so to earn an income to support his family is alright with me. Some of our whiney Americans could take a lesson from this guy!
"Thought about selling off your models, tools, parts, paints, etc. DON'T do it! Box everything up and put them in the corner or something, but DON'T get rid of your modeling stuff. I did back in 1990 only to find myself starting all over 'bout 7 or 8 years down the road. Boy was I ever sorry. " I agree. Right now I've gotten the bug to go through my old stamp collection. I was into stamps big as a kid and teen, giving it up when I got into the real life stuff of jobs and family circa 1980. I never sold or ditched anything. I packed it all up and moved those cartons through an apartment and three houses. And suddenly this year I get the bug to check it out again! And it's been a blast.
Again guys... it's not about us. Kits like the Starsky and Hutch Torino, Elvis Meyers Manx, Beverly Hills Cop Nova, Batmobile, Herbie the Love Bug / Spiderman VW, Simpsons cars... the whole genre isn't for us. It's aimed at the absolutely HUGE TV and Movie Memorabilia hobby and show industry. Huge, slick professionally run shows across the country that attract thousands... complete with celebrity appearances and other hoopla. These events make our model car shows look like lemonade stands! And for these kits, it's all about the box art and the movie or TV show tie in. Most will never have the cellophane cut open, they'll be kept in memorabilia collections. Ever wonder why Round 2 hasn't done a new automotive subject, but has done new sci fi kits? Ever check out the Moebius website and see the skads of sci fi theme kits? Yea, it's a huge market, much larger than our ever complaining herd!
I was in a hurry today as we were on our way to my sister's house in New Jersey for a party. We had a large cooler with beer, wine and food we needed to keep cool so I stopped in the local convenience store / gas station to gas up and get two bags of ice. I followed a guy into the store and to the ice cooler. He reached in and grabbed the last two bags of ice! I didn't realize it at the time so I opened the door and... no ice! He spotted me and offered up one of his two bags! Super nice! Made my day and restored my faith in humanity... a small thing, but he didn't have to do that!
That wouldn't be a good thing at all! I never want to do the direct links of photos because each member has a limited storage area and needs to delete photos after a while, depending on how many photos they post over time. That's why so many of the older threads have red Xs instead of photos. When I post a link to my Fotki albums, I never intend to delete or move that photo so the picture will always appear in the thread. If we had to choose one way, I'd eliminate the site storage option as most of us have online storage, and others can get it for free.
The hood is like a small potato chip. Mine doesn't sit right at all. One story I heard was that the Surfite was a side project for Roth. As he was working on other cars and was laying fiberglass on them, anything left over got added to the Surfite as it sat in the corner of the shop. I've always loved the little bugger! Just because it's so different from the show cars of that period!
Hosted on Fotki With Avenel Hobbies closing in New Jersey, I made my final visit and saw these Danbury Mint pickups in the display case. I will buy diecast for my light commercial / pickup collection for vehicles that we'll never see in plastic. And I couldn't pass these up for $50 each complete with boxes etc. They are a '29 Dodge, '31 Chevy and '42 Ford pickups. That's equal time to the big three!