Tom Geiger

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  1. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic What Pleased You Today!   

    A good day!  This morning I drove the Tracker to the post office to mail a few parts to folks. I come out and there's a little girl pointing at the Tracker. "Daddy look, can we get one like this?"   I had to smile.
    Now I'm sitting here posting while listening to the Counting Crows albums...  need to study up since I'm going to see them tonight at the PNC Arts Center in New Jersey!  Need to get in the right frame of mind!  
  2. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Happy Birthday Lonewolf - Donn Yost   

    Happy Birthday Donn!  You must be really, really old now!  
  3. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic Shocking news!   

    That's great news. Above is the ancient Exacto brand battery power drill I've used for most of my adult building career. I never use a pin vice, I use this baby for lots of modeling tasks.  I don't know what I'd do without it, so I'll be getting one of these Tamiya tools to see if I like the hand position better.
  4. 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!  
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic How About An Old Survivor?   

    Just like real cars, they're only original once!   
  10. 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.
  11. 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! 
  12. 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.
  13. 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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  14. 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.
  15. Tom Geiger added a post in a topic "Lara" - a very personal build.   

    Great Build Tomo!   You really captured the spirit of your car!