Hey Joel! You put a lot of effort into this one and overall did a great job! I especially like your attention to detail in the interior and the way you made broken glass. I can see you are hooked and this won't be your last rusty build. There are a few things I see, and I'd be happy to critique it if you'd like. Either here or in a PM. Let me know!
Most stores near me have spray paint out in the open... Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, HobbyTown.. Pep Boys has theirs locked up and it's a pain in the tail to find someone to unlock it, then they stand there and sigh as I hold several different colors up to the light. Like I'm inconveniencing them spending money in their store. The worst is Michaels. They have all the generic craft spray paints out in the open, but their Testors case is locked. You ring a bell for service, nobody comes.. you finally walk to the front of the store looking for help. Someone finally comes to the case with you and opens it. I pick out the can I need, and the lady takes it from me, I can't touch it... she NEEDS to bring it up to the register. As if I'm a senior citizen klepto... I don't buy paint there anymore.
No, Don wants to do the right thing. I spoke to him a few weeks ago and he said that they are literally swamped, and no matter how many hours they work they aren't catching up. They have been able to maintain the delivery time they've promised, and no doubt would rather hold off on taking new orders a bit so they can continue at that service level. Most of us understand the situation, and are happy to wait as long as it takes to get a Modelhaus order. But there are a few idiots who complain, and they ruin it for the rest of us.
Reedman in Langhorne, PA always sold multiple lines of cars. Established in 1954, I remember them advertising as far away as Jersey City, NJ in the late 1960s. They are called Reedman Toll now and are still in business. They currently sell Chevy, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Subaru, Fiat and Jaguar at one location.
I love it Dave! Love the final choice of decals... but if you were having problems figuring it out, you did design a certain decal sheet a short time ago! I've been working on my own version of the S'cool Bus. I started it as part of the 24 Hour Build and actually got it 80% finished before tacky paint that wouldn't dry had me stop at 6am. I've worked major hours the last 14 hours straight at work, so I haven't had a chance to get back to it. I won't post my progress photos here, so not to invade your thread.. but hopefully will get some bench time soon to finish it!
Hey, that is a super cool build! I have my own 1960 Plymouth Airport Limo build still on the bench! Finish yours as you mentioned. It's a bit ornate to be a utility vehicle, but there are cars like that in limo fleets today! PS- Don't eat that hotdog, there's something funky about it!
I think everyone knows I am a big cheerleader of preserving ancient models built by folks in past eras. I also find it important to remember our friends who have passed by having one of their models. I have several on my shelves that were built by friends who are no longer with us. It makes me feel good to have something of theirs to remember them by. I have a slightly different view than many of those above. I find it important that we don't destroy unfinished models from our friends. We don't just throw them away or dump them out into a parts box. I wouldn't strip one down and rebuild it completely. But I would finish it, in their style and intent, as a tribute to them. I see those unfinished models as broken dreams, models that our friends had good intentions of finishing, but their lives were cut short before they had the time. A while back I had a friend that was rebuilding a diecast '55 Ford Ranch Wagon from a custom to a stock vehicle. We emailed back and forth about his progress, and I donated some parts for the effort. He was very cautious of showing his work at club meetings, but I prodded him to show me his progress. At a meeting he carefully pulled it from a box, showed it to me, and immediately put it back and out of sight. A few months later I learned that he had passed away. I was sad to lose a long time friend, but also sad that this model that was so important to him wasn't finished. I never stopped thinking about it. About a year later, Dave Burket told me that this fellow's widow called him, and he bought the collection. I told Dave about the unfinished Ranch Wagon and my desire to finish it in our friend's honor. He said he'd look. He called me a few days later and gave me the news that it was actually completed! He knew I'd want to have it, so we got together at our next club meeting and he handed it to me. At first he refused to take money, but I made him estimate what he paid for it, and reimbursed him. This model now sits proudly on my shelf as a momento to a friend. I would have been honored to finish it. It deserved to be finished. But I was very pleased that my friend did manage to complete his final model before he left us!
It all depends on the results you would like to achieve. If you are happy with mediocre results, soldier on! It's just a hobby. If you sincerely want a nice to superb finish, there are no short cuts. I'm not the best painter, but I do prime EVERYTHING. For nice results, one must clean up the body. That means sanding out imperfections, mold lines, ejector pins and filling in depressions with putty and such. For the life of me, I cannot see the result of this work in raw plastic, but the work I still needs to do is very evident with a coat of primer gray paint! I know a guy in the hobby who takes a kit body from the box, no prep at all and squirts hardware store spray paint on it. He puts no effort into his models, and at the same time is upset that he never places in contests. I try to explain this to him and he wants no part of it! His solution is that judges should view models from a distance. He thinks the hobby should lower it's standards to his build quality instead of working towards those standards to win an award. Don't be him!
I know a guy who is so obsessed with not building anything if it's not perfect, that I don't believe he's finished a model in the 30 years I know him! Don't be like him. On the other hand, I know guys who don't do any prep at all and squeeze hardware store spray paint on the bare plastic. It's a matter of 'to each his own'. I fall somewhere in the middle. I like to scratch build things and add details as a personal challenge. I saw how busy a 1:1 Volare was under the hood and took it as a challenge to see how much of it I could recreate in scale. I don't go overly crazy on a regular basis. I almost always wire engines and add a fuel line. I never add brake lines and such. I will swap in a full detail chassis for models with a one piece chassis. I like to build a nice model but I no longer focus on contests, I won't open doors and trunks anymore, I like to add surprising little details and enjoy making the little parts. It's easier than many folks think! I'm more into pleasing myself and the odd band of folks I call my friends.