Tom Geiger

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  1. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic How About Some Light Commercial?   

    Here's a pair of metal Explorers we never got in plastic...  I believe these were Maisto.  

    The Ironsides Ford van.. only NOT in 1/20 scale. These appeared at Walmart for a blink of the eye!

    And a pair of Jeeps! I bid low on two at the same time and got lucky. I reasoned that I'd resell one... then I got them and loved the colors! 

    And while on the subject of Jeep... a decent starting point for any Jeep model. I believe this one is Ertl.

    While not light commercial, I liked this one a whole lot. I believe it's Maisto. And for $10 I had to have it. If car companies were doing promotional models today, they'd look like this!  Highly detailed diecast, it's the available technology.

    And since we have driven this train off track from light commercial, I'll share this trio.  It's a Pontiac Solstace,  Saturn Sky and Opel GT, the version GM sold in Europe.  Yup, the only Opel ever made in the USA and shipped off to Europe!
  2. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Johan 31 Caddy   

    I built the towncar WAY BACK in Early 70's!!
    looked good for a few days, then sat in the back window of our 70 Impala
    on a trip from Pittsburgh, Pa all the way to Bryson City, NC!!
    Needless to say, It Deformed badly!!!!!
    Ya know something... we have all done that at one time. Learned the hard way.  And it's not our fault!  Those pesky model companies CONSPIRED against us to melt our models, so they could sell us more models!   There should've been a warning printed on the box!  Like when you get your suit back from the cleaners and the clear plastic bag has a warning "Do Not Place Bag Over Your Head!"   I feel a class action suit coming on!
  3. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic What Pleased You Today!   

    I love your vistas Ed!  This is about  as far as I can see out my back windows....
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  4. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic 67 Chevy Chevelle SS   

    How do I edit the title? 
    Go to your first post and hit "edit".  That will turn the title into a line of text you can modify
  5. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Finally a good use for those warped promos ;)   

    But... but, can they be built stock?  
    I don't get that lucky that my promos warped into an aggressive stance. MIne all look like they rolled down a mountain side!
  6. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    It's the same in New Jersey. The original Garden State Parkway was paid for many years ago. The day to day maintenance of the road, as well as major improvements all come from the federal government.  The toll was a quarter back then... and they needed a raise. Why? It pretty much came out to be toll collectors salaries and benefits.. so essentially they told us that it cost more than a quarter to collect a quarter.  So it became 35 cents, then 50 cents and double that today. 
    When there was pressure to change something, the bought into the Ezpass toll collection system.  The mortgaged installation of this system was more than the cost of the original roadway. And the term of the bonds guaranteed that the'd need to collect tolls for a very long time!
    Shortly after that they decided to merge the three toll road authorities into one to save money. So the Garden State Parkway, NJ Turnpike and Atlantic City Expressway all became one entity.  Sounded fair.  But then the Turnpike went on a major expansion, which in all fairness they did a remarkable job in a decent time frame. So that will guarantee tolls to be collected on all three roads for eternity.
  7. Tom Geiger added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    How About Some Light Commercial?
    I've always said that diecast vehicles are nothing more than a starting point for a model I want to build.  So whenever I see a decent diecast truck that isn't available in plastic,  I grab it up. It can be displayed as-is for now, but is always available to me as something to be stripped down and done as a truck I want for my shelf!   Many of these are currently in storage, so I may have the manufacturers wrong, so feel free to correct me!

    I believe this is a Jada. I have two of this original issue, that has all the stock parts.  I've taken a blue one apart for parts, the entire bed assembly is plastic and will appear on a model. I had sent off the factory correct wheels / tires to Al Raab for casting.  

    1941 Plymouth Pickup - This one has appeared under a couple of different company names, most recently as a Motormax Walmart special along with a plastic camper shell that looks totally wrong on this truck. This no doubt was copied from the Danbury Mint vehicle.  1941 Dodge panel van - Johnny Lightning Release,  I believe our friend Art had a hand in this one.

    Look twice on the above two photos... they are not the same vehicle. We didn't get the second generation Chrysler minivans in plastic, but we did get them in scale! One is a Dodge Caravan and the other is a Plymouth Voyager.

    1950 Ford Step Van.... was produced with many different company colors.  The year of this van can be changed by simply changing the grill.  I'm planning on one of these becoming a 1953 model.

    Modern cars really didn't get kitted often, so here's a pair of diecast Pontiac Vibes by Road Signature. I got the blue one at Good Will for $2

    And would you believe that two different companies went after the mid 50s Internationals?  The van is a FIrst Gear, which also did a window van, while the pickup was done by Liberty Classics.  I can just hear the, "No thanks! I'll wait for plastic!"  Yea, that'll be some wait.

    And here's the pair First Gear did for NAPA,  an International Metro van!   Just a few of the many diecast in my collection that we probably will never see as a plastic kit. So why not buy them, either display them or pry them apart as the basis for your next model project.  Note that the entire model car hobby got started by a few guys who were prying open 1950s promotional models, so the hobby has come full circle!
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  8. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Lindberg Crown Victoria? New Or Reissue?   

    I don't know about this situation but maybe they had issues getting approvals to run actual police car logs? I know that Revell / Monogram / Model King had issues getting approvals for the cities on their original proposal of the decal sheet in the '57 Ford police car.  So maybe they are using generic security firm decals because there's no approvals and it's free?   Personally, as a light commercial builder, I like the idea of security decals, as you can see below!
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  9. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Moebius 67-72 Ford Pick-up news   

    That's a nice build incorporating the Motormax camper shell.  The shell itself is a curbside effort, you can see that the windows are all blacked out. The other thing I'd change is the "legs", they are way too thick. Easy enough to replace with some aluminum tube. It is screwed together so it does unscrew easily.  Once done, the inside is full of strengthening bars and screw posts. Pretty hard to convert to a full detail camper.
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    I wanted to go the full detail route but you can see the complexity in this photo. There is really no way to separate the roof for viewing without messing the whole thing up!
  10. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Moebius 1965 Plymouth Satellite news   

    A little  birdie told me he received a test shot of the Comet today....  
  11. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic 1963 Lincoln Continental HT   

    Your Connies are great, and I love the view of your neighborhood and the mission style homes across the street!  It's interesting to see the variety in architecture in different parts of the country. 
  12. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic What Irked You Today?   

    "Around here, we had a "temporary" 1% sales tax that lasted over 20 years."
    The Garden State Parkway!  When it was built in the early 1950s they said the toll would only last until the roadway was paid for!  They forgot all about that promise!
  13. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Dodge Challenger- then and now   

    A nice pair for sure!   
    Back in the day my daily driver was a 1973 Barracuda, pretty much the Challenger twin.  A few years ago I went to Canada on business and the rental car company decided to give me a new Challenger.  I slid behind the seat and instantly I was taken back to my days with the Barracuda.  The look and feel were really captured! 
    The car I rented was bright red with black stripes. In the three days I had it, several people complimented me on the car.  So a pretty Challenger does get noticed.
  14. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic What Pleased You Today!   

    I had lunch today with my favorite aunt and uncle... the one with the red Tesla.   I learned that my cousin, the one with the silver Tesla has ordered another one. The newest one that will do zero to sixty in something like two seconds..   So in September we will have THREE Teslas in the family, none of them mine!
  15. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic What Pleased You Today!   

    I wasn't so lucky. Last week I got dragged to see Train Wreck.   My advice?   DON'T!